Development of the GMI

The Science of Our Work: Development of the Global Mindset Inventory

The Global Mindset Inventory (GMI), developed by Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management, is a psychometric assessment tool that measures and predicts performance in global leadership.

Developed through a rigorous theoretical and empirical process, the GMI provides insights into an individual’s, group's or organization’s Global Mindset profile. Global Mindset is defined as a set of attributes and individual characteristics that help global leaders better influence individuals, groups and organizations unlike themselves.

Process of Developing the GMI

Beginning in 2005, eight Thunderbird professors with expertise in global business and cross cultural communications from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, ranked #1 in International Business, interviewed over 200 global executives. 

These professors collaborated with other distinguished scholars around the world to define the concept of Global Mindset and develop metrics and scientific instruments to measure an individual’s, group’s, or organization’s profile of Global Mindset. The result is the Global Mindset Inventory (GMI).

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Highlights of the GMI:

  • Developed through a rigorous scientific process, including a series of GMI pilot tests with over 1,000 global managers
  • Criterion-related validity tests were carried out on the GMI with the purpose to determine the ability of the GMI to predict performance in global leadership for the individual or organization
  • The GMI instrument has followed a multiphase, multi-method, research methodology 
  • Having impressive psychometric properties, as evidenced by its strong reliability scores and multidimensional validity properties, provides insight to an individual’s Global Mindset  
  • The GMI survey consists of 76 questions which were developed and verified through a process of confirmatory factor analyses with internal and external reliability tests
  • The GMI instrument scales of Intellectual Capital, Psychological Capital and Social Capital were developed based on theory development and statistical analyses of the Global Mindset construct 
  • Research has determined that Global Mindset can be developed and improved
  • Having a strong Global Mindset profile is a proven predictor of success in global leadership positions.

About the GMI

The GMI:

  • Is a web-based survey consisting of 76 questions
  • Takes an average of 10 minutes to complete
  • Measures your Global Mindset in three capitals and 9 competencies
  • Has 3 versions available for our clients in the Corporate Sector, Academic Institutions, and Non-Profits/Government Sectors
  • Is available in self-assessment and 360 versions.
  • As of January 1, 2015, completed by over 26,000 respondents from many countries
  • Has been validated by the Dunnette Group, a world class instrument design firm 
  • Is available in multiple languages

Applications of the GMI

  • Assists with quantifying the ability to succeed in navigating across cultures
  • Helps identify success potential in employees in organizations 
  • Can be used for developmental purposes
  • Notes the strengths and areas of improvement for Global Mindset 

The Science Behind the Global Mindset Inventory

The Najafi Global Mindset Institute is dedicated to helping define, measure and develop global leadership, global talent and global knowledge.

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