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In this discussion, you will gain experience in analyzing the shaping and driving forces that impact the development of new leadership agendas.

In The New Competition for Global Resources, a special report prepared by the Boston Consulting Group and Wharton, the Triple E threat driving new understandings about the global future, leadership, and competition was defined as "the need to compete with everyone, from everywhere, for everything" (p.18). Using the case study PepsiCo India: On the Road to Sustainable Development?, define how the shaping and driving forces PepsiCo experienced in India impacted the leadership agenda. In particular, address whether the impact of the forces merely created leadership recognition that situations needed to be fixed or contained in order for the firm to penetrate further into the Indian consumer market, or whether the impact of the forces created a reorientation of the leadership agenda as the PepsiCo mindset changed because of learning about and exploring a complex set of concerns for the future.

Discussion 2

In this discussion you will gain experience in evaluating Gardner's Five Minds as guides to addressing future agendas held by today's global leaders.

In the world of global talent and leadership, define which one or two minds are crucial to the solution of Pepsico's dilemma in India. Defend your choice with information in the case study, in Gardner's text, or in more current articles you are able to find about Pepsico's Asian presence.

Discussion 3

In this discussion, you will gain experience in articulating a particular leadership theory and evaluating a rationale for using it as a guide to enact a leadership agenda.

Using either Scharmer's 2010 article "Uncovering the Blind Spot of Leadership" or Pless and Maack's "Responsible Leadership" as a guide, analyze the ability of the top leadership team at PepsiCo to recognize and change the way they had responded in the past to the pesticide and water contamination issues. Take a stance on whether Nooyi and the top leadership team at PepsiCo exhibited the capacity to align the Five Minds toward finding new solutions to these issues.

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As organizations expand and spread their operations across different countries, they are confronted with a different set of challenges and opportunities. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important for organizations to understand the differences across cultures and countries and accordingly develop customized strategies on the basis of these differences across nations. PepsiCo had initially been catering to the region of developed markets and its entry into India was a shift since India is a developing market which is on the state of expansion. As such, rather than merely focusing on selling the products and beverages in the nation, the management team had indulged in a slew of corporate social responsibility initiatives so as to gain recognition in the markets and...
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