Title: Designing global leadership development programmes that promote social capital and knowledge sharing

Authors: Inger G. Stensaker; Paul N. Gooderham

Addresses: NHH - the Norwegian School of Economics, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway ' NHH - the Norwegian School of Economics, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen, Norway

Abstract: This paper explores the role of Global Leadership Development (GLD) programmes for developing the social capital of multinational enterprises and ultimately the enhancement of knowledge sharing across corporate divisions and national borders. Drawing on both qualitative interview and survey data, we find that GLD programmes can promote cross-border knowledge sharing. However, the effects of such programmes depend on their design. We identify two factors crucial for social capital development and knowledge sharing: first, a selection issue related to participants' previous experience with leadership programmes and, secondly, a process issue which concerns the quality of the social interaction in the group work.

Keywords: social capital; knowledge sharing; multinational enterprises; MNEs; global leadership; leadership development programmes; leadership programmes; international management; cross-border collaboration; corporate divisions; knowledge sharing capabilities; geographically dispersed organisations; social interaction; group work.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2015.070229

European Journal of International Management, 2015 Vol.9 No.4, pp.442 - 462

Received: 04 May 2013
Accepted: 19 Nov 2013

Published online: 30 Jun 2015 *

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