Mark E. Mendenhall Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Mark E. Mendenhall

J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership
Gary W. Rollins College of Business, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

I began conducting research on global managers in the early 1980s and was part of pioneering research to better understand the dynamics associated with expatriate adjustment. In the late 1990s, I shifted my research and consulting focus in the areas of assessing and developing global leaders. My research has taken me to many countries, primarily Germany, Japan, Iceland, Austria, and the United Kingdom.


Mark E. Mendenhall holds the J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership in the College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He received his B.S. degree (1980) in psychology and his Ph.D. degree (1983) in social psychology, both from Brigham Young University. Dr. Mendenhall is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of global leadership and international human resource management. In 1998, he held the Ludwig Erhard Stiftungsprofessur endowed chair at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), and from 1999-2004 he was a visiting professor at the Europa Institute at the University of Saarland (Germany). In 2013, he was a visiting professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and from 2009-2015 he was a visiting professor at Reykjavik University (Iceland).

Dr. Mendenhall has co-authored 24 books, some of which include:  Global Leadership: Research, Practice and Development, 3rd edition (Routledge); Managing Culture and Human Resources in Mergers and Acquisitions (Stanford University Press); Developing People Through International Assignments (Addison-Wesley); Blackwell Handbook of Global Management: A Guide to Managing Complexity (Wiley-Blackwell); and Global Assignments: Successfully Expatriating and Repatriating International Managers (Jossey-Bass).

He has published 106 journal articles and scholarly book chapters in a variety of publications, including Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Relations, Organizational Dynamics, Human Resource Management, Management International Review, and Journal of Management Inquiry.

A firm believer in applying findings from the research literature to organizations, he actively consults organizations in global leadership. He is a partner in The Kozai Group, a consultancy that specializes in global leadership identification, assessment, and development. Some of the firms he has worked with include: IBM-Asia Pacific, IBM-Japan, General Motors, Monsanto, JCB, Japan Airlines Corporate Academy, Premier Health, Molex, The Global Leadership Advancement Center, Volkswagen, and BUPA International. He has worked with many local companies as well, some of which include The Dixie Group, TVA, Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Tennessee, CBL & Associates Properties, Leadership Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Police Department, the Erlanger Health System.

Dr. Mendenhall has also presented numerous training seminars on leadership and other management-related issues for many organizations. Participants attending his seminars have come from such companies as: Mitsui Manufacturers Bank, Whirlpool, Toyota, Xerox, McKee Foods, DuPont, Maytag, ABB Combustion Engineering, Nippon Express, Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs Realty, Hitachi, Phizer Consumer, Inc., Ricoh, Sony Ericcson, Sony, Mitsubishi Chemical, JVC, Canon, Mitsubishi Electric, Agilent Technologies, Yokohama Rubber, Pioneer, and Mitsubishi Motors, Conagra, Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, Combustion Engineering, Velsicol Chemical Corporation, Provident Life & Accident Insurance Company, Alco Chemical, and the American Heart Association.

He is active in the Academy of Management and is currently past president of the International Division of that organization.  Dr. Mendenhall has traveled widely and has lived overseas for nine years (New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, and Germany).


    Ph.D. (1983) Brigham Young University
    B.S. (1980) Brigham Young University

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Global Leadership
    Expatriate Adjustment
    Intercultural Competencies
    Collaborative Leadership

Personal Interests

    His avocations include genealogical research, football (keen follower of the Premier League and the Bundesliga), and theological history. Mark spent his formative years in New Zealand, where he grew up in a small, multicultural community near Hamilton, New Zealand, and maintains that his “emotional/cognitive software” is a least one-third Maori, if not more.



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Developing Global Leaders with the Global Competencies Inventory (GCI)

Published: Sep 01, 2018

Assess key global leadership competencies and develop managers and executives to thrive in a global business environment. The Global Competencies Inventory (GCI) is a comprehensive, statistically valid self-assessment based upon empirical research and a state-of-the-art inventory developmental system.

Mark Mendenhall on Global Leadership Competencies

Published: Sep 01, 2016

Speech given at the Global Leadership Advancement Center, San Jose State University in 2016

Finding Global Leadership Potential

Published: Sep 01, 2016

Webinar in partnership with Aperian Global hosted by Allan Bird and Mark Mendenhall.

Mark Mendenhall on the History of Expatriate Research

Published: Jun 01, 2017

Bringing together famous scholars whose voices we typically only see in print, Dr. Yvonne McNulty (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore) and Professor Jan Selmer (Aarhus University, Denmark) organised and moderated a high-profile International Management/Organisational Behaviour symposium with six ‘famous scholars’ in the expatriate management field - Mark Mendenhall, Margaret Shaffer, Guenter Stahl, Anne-wil Harzing, Chris Brewster and David Collings

Mark Mendenhall on Responsible Global Leadership

Published: Sep 01, 2013

Mark Mendenhall's presentation "Refection Remarks: Defining "Responsible" in Responsible Global Leadership" at the 2013 Global Leadership Summit sponsored by the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston MA.

Mark Mendenhall discusses Global Leadership, 2nd Edition

Published: Aug 10, 2012

An interview with Mark Mendenhall, co-author of Global Leadership, 2e from Routledge. This was recorded in a live environment at the Academy of Management Conference in Boston, August 2012.