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Transcultural brokerage: the role of cosmopolitans in bridging structural and cultural holes

Levy, Orly, Lee, Hyun-Jung, Jonsen, Karsten and Peiperl, Maury (2019) Transcultural brokerage: the role of cosmopolitans in bridging structural and cultural holes. Journal of Management, 45 (2). 417 - 450. ISSN 0149-2063

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0149206318773404


The growth and proliferation of global systems and transnational cultures have generated larger and more diverse types of cosmopolitans, all of whom span conventional social boundaries. Understanding this diversity is increasingly important because cosmopolitans often bridge across a wide range of transnational and global networks within and across global organizations. Drawing on multiple disciplines, we conceptualize cosmopolitanism as an embodied disposition characterized by high levels of cultural transcendence and openness that are manifested in and enacted along varied trajectories of cultural embeddedness in one’s own culture and cultural engagement with the cultural Other. We then propose an analytical framework for the influence of cosmopolitan disposition on transcultural brokerage processes, specifically on bridging structural and cultural holes. Finally, we present a typology of cosmopolitan brokers and their corresponding practices and activities as they engage in transcultural brokerage. By recognizing the diversity and complexity of cosmopolitans and their respective dispositions, we significantly expand the pool of “global talent” beyond the traditional focus on expatriates, and we challenge the conventional wisdom on who counts as talent in an interconnected world.

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Additional Information: © 2014-2018, Orly Levy, Hyun-Jung Lee, Maury Peiperl, Karsten Jonsen
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 15:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:16

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