Coxe Distinguished Professor of Management
Global Leadership is a consortium of non-competing companies that seek to prepare their high-potential executives for transnational leadership assignments. Current consortium members include Colgate-Palmolive Company, Corning Incorporated, Deere & Company, and Rolls-Royce.
It’s one thing to learn about global business practice in a classroom; it’s quite another to grasp the nuances of another culture by exploring village life outside Chennai, India, or meeting migrant workers in Shanghai, China.
Each consortium member sends a team of 6–12 executives to participate in the three-module program, creating a cohort of participants from a broad array of geographies. The group spends a week on the Tuck campus in Hanover in the fall, a week in Chennai, India in the winter, and a week in Shanghai, China in the spring. Learning destinations have varied over the years, depending on the needs of the member companies and market dynamics. The program has used global venues in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Oxford and Singapore and has continued to evolve its focus on developing strategic global leadership capabilities.
Professor Vijay Govindarajan (VG) first conceived of the idea for the consortium and is the founding faculty director. He brings new ways of thinking about strategy and innovation, including reverse innovation—when a multinational corporation learns to generate successful innovations in emerging markets and then export them to the developed world.