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Why are borders still so important to us? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
July 2, 2008, 11:18 pm
Filed under: If you only have 15 mins, Management

A Business Week article from a few years ago recently resurfaced in a discussion humanitarian planning, and it made me think about why we still have the concepts of ‘headquarters’ and ‘field’ offices long after leading transnational companies have abandonned these in favor of truly distributed leadership with executive level folks spread out around the world to leverage proximity to clients, lower costs, talent availability and time zone responsiveness.

Take a look at the article here, and let me know what you think – why don’t NGOs have more of their senior leadership in the countries where they work?


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I think because they need to stay near their donors. Your grants and donatiosn are what keep the NGO alive, and being able to do in-person meetings is a big part of that money flow.

Comment by Alanna Shaikh

I think this is a really good point – particularly when you need multiple representation in different locations to talk to donors at different levels.

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