Global Cosmopolitans: The Creative Edge of Difference
Luncheon Presentation by Dr. Linda Brimm, Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD
"Global cosmopolitans" refers to the talented pool of highly educated, multilingual people who have lived, worked, and studied for long periods in different countries. While they have diverse starting points and experiences, their views of the world, and themselves, are profoundly affected by both the realities of living in different cultures and their manner of coping with the resultant challenges. They know what its like to come to a new country, a new school or a new job and feel that sudden loss of identity. They become experts at recreating themselves in light of new cultural conventions and often mange to reinvent themselves so seamlessly that it is hard to see where their creative edge of difference lies. What are the challenges that they encounter along their journey? How do global cosmopolitans identify, communicate, and leverage their skills? How can organizations understand and benefit from their experiences?
Linda Brimm is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she also works with individuals and families at a center she co-founded in Paris. Her work spans identity development, diversity, and change. She is the author of Global Cosmopolitans - The Creative Edge of Difference which combines her study of identity development and change in the lives of the next generation of global leaders. Dr. Brimm is a graduate of Cornell University and received her Master's from Northeastern University and her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis from the Universit?? of Paris.
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