Managers Without Borders

Europe's companies, executives, and workers are becoming more mobile, flexible, and transnational

When the executive committee of consulting and software giant Cap Gemini Ernst & Young meets, the view of the Arc de Triomphe out the window is practically the only clue that the corporate headquarters is in Paris. Meetings are conducted in English by a British-born chief executive, Geoff Unwin. Only three of nine committee members of this French company are French. The rest are Dutch, British, Swiss, and American. And the multinationalism extends beyond the boardroom. At a training center in a 17th-century chateau outside Paris, Cap Gemini regularly brings together executives from different countries to work on strategy projects. And if you clash with foreign colleagues, you can start looking for employment elsewhere. "Our clients demand people who are mobile and internationally literate. So do we," CEO Unwin says.

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