The Difficulties of Implementing Change on International Interim Assignments

During 2011, primary research was undertaken at The University of Durham in the UK, to establish what enabled interim executives to deliver successful international assignments. This work was placed in the members’ library of the Institute of Interim Management and is now added to the The 3 Graces website here by permission of the author.

The major conclusion of the work was:

“Executive interims face significant challenges in implementing change on international assignments…. particularly at the hands of cultural differences (both corporate and local) which can act as barriers to the effective implementation of tasks and the assignment overall. In order to combat these challenges, and succeed in the profession, interims need to be equipped with certain personality traits, skills and corporate experience: strong communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility and adaptability, and a wide breadth of experience up to board level which has developed transferable skills with an emphasis on strong leadership.”

The paper can be read here: Durham Research Paper


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