Title: Global agility - going beyond intercultural competence

Authors: Daniela Gröschke

Addresses: Department of Intercultural Business Communication, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8, D-07743 Jena, Germany

Abstract: In this conceptual paper, the author explores research on intercultural competence and agility to identify a set of competencies needed to thrive in environments characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity - including flexibility, efficacy, resilience and specific mindsets (growth and global mindsets) - and proposes the concept of global agility to describe this set. Individuals manifest global agility when certain contextual variables are present (e.g., global group members and organisational inclusiveness). Fostering global agility should contribute to creativity and innovation in organisations. Implications for human resource development and organisational development are discussed.

Keywords: intercultural competence; agility; inclusion; innovation; creativity; global agility; resilience; flexibility.

DOI: 10.1504/EJCCM.2021.116903

European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2021 Vol.5 No.3, pp.236 - 251

Received: 30 May 2020
Accepted: 14 Feb 2021

Published online: 05 Aug 2021 *

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