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Managing executive attention in the global company

Birkinshaw, Julian
Bouquet, Cyril
Published in MIT Sloan Management Review. 2007, vol. 48, no. 4, p. 39-45
Abstract any companies today are truly global in reach. Shell Oil has operations in more than 140 countries, Coca-Cola sells its products in more than 200 countries, and Nestlé boasts that it has factories or operations in almost every country in the world. For the executives running these companies, the challenge of keeping abreast of events in markets around the world is mind boggling. Interestingly, the biggest problem is not a lack of information: Executives are deluged with monthly reports and market analyses for every country in which they operate. The problem is having the time and energy to process the information. Indeed, executive attention is a scarce resource, one that needs to be carefully managed.
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BIRKINSHAW, Julian, BOUQUET, Cyril, AMBOS, Tina. Managing executive attention in the global company. In: MIT Sloan Management Review, 2007, vol. 48, n° 4, p. 39-45. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:73802

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