Research Handbook of Global Leadership
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Research Handbook of Global Leadership

Making a Difference

Edited by Lena Zander

The Research Handbook of Global Leadership is an exciting new Handbook that brings together an international, prominent group of scholars to take a fresh look at global leadership, and query why and how global leaders can make a difference in our world both today and in the future.
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Chapter 11: Responsible global leadership: a multi-level framework

Günter K. Stahl, Christof Miska, Laura J. Noval and Verena J. Patock


Responsible global leadership has emerged as a major theme in light of the challenges facing global corporations and their leaders today. In this chapter we provide an overview of existing and emerging research relevant to responsible global leadership, including work on ethical decision making, shared leadership and corporate social responsibility, highlighting the individual-level influences on responsible leadership and the conditions under which global leaders may engage in responsible or irresponsible conduct. We explore the organizational, institutional and cultural context within which global corporations operate and their leaders make decisions, including characteristics of the top management team, organizational culture and the broader institutional and cultural environment. We discuss the constraints that these multiple influencing factors impose on responsible global leadership and conclude with a real-life case example to illustrate how global leaders can make a difference by safeguarding ethical conduct and achieving triple-bottom-line outcomes in their organizations.

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