About the Foundation

History

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In the early 1990s, late Professor Robert J. House from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, who a visiting professor at Gustavson School of Business at the time, conceived the idea of a large-scale international study of cultural, leadership and organizational practices. His host Gustavson’s Dr. Ali Dastmalchian, together with his colleague Dr. Mansour Javidan were the first to begin the data collection in the Middle East. Since then, the Global Leadership & Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE) project has expanded to more than 200 researchers from 62 countries and has become one of the largest, most prestigious and most comprehensive studies of its kind in the social sciences.

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In January 2015, the GLOBE project moved to UVic and the Gustavson School of Business when Dr. Ali Dastmalchian was elected by GLOBE members to be president and chair of the Board of Directors for the GLOBE Foundation for Research & Education. As president, Dr. Dastmalchian follows GLOBE’s founder and first president, the late Professor House; Professor Mansour Javidan from Thunderbird School of Global Management; and Professor Peter W. Dorfman from New Mexico State University.

The GLOBE project has become a leader with award-winning books, more than 400 academic and practice-oriented journal articles, a massive database, and GLOBE has been adopted by university scholars, diplomats and consulting agencies around the world.


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Governance

Foundation for Research and Education: Board of Directors (2015 - Present)

  • Ali Dastmalchian, President of GLOBE and Chair of the Board, Professor and Dean, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver B.C., Canada
  • Paul Hanges Professor of Industrial Organization Psychology, University of Maryland, MD, USA
  • Peter W. Dorfman, (Past President of GLOBE and Chair of the Board) Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University, NM, USA
  • Ping Ping Fu, Professor of Organizational Behaviour , Nottingham University Business School China, Ningbo, China
  • Marcus Dickson, Professor of Industrial Organization Psychology, Wayne State University, MI, USA
  • Mary Sully de Luque, Associate Professor of Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, AZ, USA
  • Neal M. Ashkanasy, Professor of Management, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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Past Presidents

  • 2010 - 2014 Peter W. Dorfman Peter W. Dorfman, Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University, NM, USA
  • 2004 - 2009 Mansour Javidan Ph.D, Garvin Distinguished Professor and Director, Najafi Global Mindset Institute, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, AZ, USA.
  • 1993 - 2003 Robert J. House, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA.

Past Board of Directors (2009 - 2014)

  • Ali Dastmalchian, Professor of Organization Studies and IB, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada
  • Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India
  • Peter W. Dorfman, President of GLOBE and Chair of the Board, Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University, NM, USA
  • Miriam Erez, Israel Institute of Technology, Isreal
  • Ping Ping Fu, Associate Professor of Management, CUHK Business School, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Mary Sully de Luque, Associate Professor of Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, AZ, USA
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Founder

Robert J. House

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Trained in that great tradition of leadership studies at the Ohio State University, where he received his Ph.D. in management in 1960, the late Robert J. House was one of the foremost experts on leadership across cultures. The principal investigator, and founder in the early 1990s, of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Research Program (GLOBE), he had visited close to 40 countries during the course of the investigation. The GLOBE project, divided into multiple phases, has published 3 books—one examining culture and leadership in 62 societies; the second taking a more in-depth look at 25 of those societies; and a third book examining strategic leadership behaviours and effectiveness for CEO's based on data from 24 countries. The project has succeeded at providing a valuable resource for managers doing business in other countries and serves as a rich source of information for anyone interested in understanding how leadership grows in different cultural grounds.

In addition to his work developing GLOBE, House is best known for his creation of the Path-Goal Theory of Leader Effectiveness, which he developed in 1971 and revised in 1996. House described the essence of the theory as “the meta proposition that leaders, to be effective, engage in behaviors that complement subordinates’ environments and abilities in a manner that compensates for deficiencies and is instrumental to subordinate satisfaction and individual and work unit performance.”1 The theory, which has been widely studied, also led House to the development, in 1976, of his well-known theory of Charismatic Leadership.

House’s refreshing ability to analyze and revise his own work twenty-five years later, is illustrative of his approach. He quotes D.O. Hebb’s maxim that “a good theory is one that holds together long enough to get you to a better theory,” then continues to reflect that, “the virtue of internalizing the spirit of these assertions is that if one does so one will never be compelled to defend one’s own theory, which inevitably will be shown to be false.”2

A prolific writer, House had authored more than 130 journal articles, which have been reprinted in numerous anthologies. He was a cofounder of the premier leadership journal, Leadership Quarterly, where he also served as executive editor, and had received numerous awards throughout his career. He was a Fellow in the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Robert House was honored with the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award on October 28th, 2011.

In Memoriam

June 16, 1932 – November 1, 2011 by Mary (House) & Mike Goldman, with permission.

Professor Robert J. House received his Ph.D. degree in Management from Ohio State University, June 1960. He went on to hold faculty appointments at Ohio State University, University of Michigan and City University of New York. He joined the University of Toronto in 1973 as Shell Professor of Organizational Behavior, and was pivotal in the establishment of the school’s PhD program. From 1986 to 1988 House was the Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness at the Rotman School of Management. In 1988 he was appointed the Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor Endowed Chair of Organization Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

A prolific writer, he authored more than 130 journal articles and many book chapters. His articles have been reprinted in numerous anthologies. He is a cofounder of the premier leadership journal, Leadership Quarterly, where he also served as executive editor. House received the Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contribution to Management, and four awards for outstanding publications. The awards were conferred by the Academy of Management and the Canadian Association of Administrative Sciences. He has also authored two papers, which are Scientific Citations Classics.

House was the Principle Investigator and Founder of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness (GLOBE) Research Program from 1993 through 2003. Among his major contributions is that he founded a non-profit foundation to sustain the GLOBE Project beyond his tenure including a board of directors and a constitution. During this time he visited universities in 38 countries. He has also been a visiting scholar or visiting professor at 14 universities, most of which are in Europe or Asia.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He has served as chairperson of the Academy of Management Division of Organizational Behavior between (1972-73) and President of the Administrative Science Association of Canada (1985-86).

House’s major research interests are the role of personality traits and motives as they relate to effective leadership and organizational performance, power and personality in organizations, leadership, and the implications of cross-cultural variation for effective leadership and organizational performance. For his contributions and friendship, he will be remembered fondly by his colleagues and friends around the world.

Bob’s heart gave up on November 1st. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Tessa, his adult children, Danny, Tim and Mary, his grandchildren, Ken, James, Gabe, Jessica and Jared, and his two sisters, Mary Lou and Diane.

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GLOBE Books

The GLOBE books represent results from a twenty-year research program investigating the influence of culture on societal and organizational effectiveness. Our latest book showcases our examination of strategic leadership effectiveness for top-level management based on data from more than 1,000 CEOs and over 6,000 top-level managers in 24 countries.

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