At Global Matters, Dr. Mansour Javidan will reveal how a global mindset is critical for success in an international business landscape

As commerce becomes increasingly globalized, fostering a global mindset can provide the competitive edge businesses need to stay relevant. But what exactly does it mean to develop a global mindset, and how can it positively impact the bottom line?

As part of the inaugural event of the Global Matters speaker series, Dr. Mansour Javidan will discuss the global issues companies are facing and their implications for individual employees, managers and executives. He will explain the concept of "global mindset" and demonstrate why it's critical for success in global business. Dr. Javidan will share suggestions about how individuals can develop their own global mindset and what organizations can do to help. The event will take place Nov. 20 at the Carlson School of Management, 3M Auditorium, and registration is available online.

"Global issues and interactions are inescapable in business today," says Michael Houston, associate dean of global initiatives at the Carlson School. "Global Matters is intended to offer those seeking insights into effectively dealing with these issues and interactions an opportunity to hear first-hand from individuals with deep knowledge about various aspects of the global business scene."

Speaker Mansour Javidan is an award-winning executive educator and author whose teaching and research interests span the globe. Dr. Javidan received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Garvin Distinguished Professor and Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Dr. Javidan has been designated an Expert Advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a Senior Research Fellow by the U.S. Army. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. Dr. Javidan has designed and taught a variety of executive development courses, offered and facilitated workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 25 countries around the world.

"We are pleased to start the series with an alumnus who has vast experience in working with companies to prepare their managers to successfully interact across borders and cultures," says Houston.