I almost never do book reviews in my blog.
But a business colleague recently asked me for what I thought was the best book on global management and delivery.
The good news: Mendenhall, Punnett and Ricks wrote a 719-page academic tome that is much broader, deeper, and insightful than any other book I’ve seen on the topic.
The bad news: it is out-of-print and almost impossible to obtain – and I will never part with my worn, dog-eared copy!
I do not believe you can ask a question or have an inquiry on any topic that is not addressed to a deep level of detail in this book. It contains hundreds of references.
I can only whet your appetite with the Table of Contents:
I – Global Picture – Understanding the international management environment
2. Global mgmt in the context of politics
3. The cultural environment
4. International labor relations
5. The global ethical environment
II – International strategic management and operations
6. Global strategy overview
7. Foreign entry decision
8. Implementing foreign entry decisions
9. Adapting management to foreign environments
10. Managing operations globally
11. Organizing and control in global organizations
III – Executing international decisions through staffing and directing
12. Human resource selection
13. Training for international assignments
14. Managing the expatriate manager
15. Special issues for global firms: women and dual-career couples
16. Communication and negotiation in global management
17. Leadership and motivation in global context
Appendix A – Careers in international business
Appendix B – Experiential exercises
Appendix C – Case studies