Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership characteristics contributing to outstanding global leadership in the pharmaceutical industry
by Witt, Teresa A., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012, 171; 3567732
Abstract (Summary)

The pace of globalization continues to accelerate, which is demanding new approaches to leadership. One area where global mergers, acquisitions, alliances, and partnerships have become commonplace is in the pharmaceutical industry. This growing globalization has made it significantly more important to understand how culture impacts and influences effective leadership. Outstanding global leadership will continue to be a business imperative for the future.

This study used a mixed-method approach to identify the characteristics and behaviors that contribute to outstanding global leadership and to recommend methods for developing these characteristics. For the quantitative portion of the study, the GLOBE Research Survey was administered to mid-level leaders in a global pharmaceutical company. The qualitative portion of the study included semi-structured interviews with a smaller set of participants from the original sample group.

The quantitative survey indicated that the characteristics of integrity, performance-oriented, inspirational, visionary, and decisive strongly contribute to outstanding global leadership. The qualitative interviews supported these findings and offered recommendations on how to develop these characteristics, including the implementation of role models, feedback, coaching, learning environments, and culturally diverse opportunities.

This study provides preliminary evidence that there are specific characteristics that contribute to outstanding global leadership. The results of this study may be used to contribute to the success of global corporations, specifically in the pharmaceutical industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, R. Boyd
Commitee: Schulling, Sharon K., Voss, Todd S.
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Pharmacy sciences
Keywords: Globalization, Globe Research Survey, Leadership, Leadership characteristics, Mixed-method, Pharmaceutical industry
Publication Number: 3567732
ISBN: 978-1-303-19822-9
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