Immersion versus exposure: Preparing future business leaders for global organizations.
In today’s global corporations, managers expect new recruits to be fluent as intercultural leaders able to influence their peers toward the accomplishment of common organizational goals. As more corporations become multinational organizations, today’s business leaders require knowledge of the numerous cultures that are reflected in their organizational workforce. This requires today’s business recruits to develop knowledge and skills that transcend national boundaries and stereotypes. The purpose of this paper is to compare two popular active learning approaches to gaining global exposure or cultural sensitivity for business students as they prepare to enter the global workforce: cultural immersion and cultural exposure. In this paper, the authors collected data from expatriate employees of multinational companies regarding means for developing cultural sensitivity through undergraduate/graduate programming and corporate training programs. This is the first in a set of studies proposed to assess the value of study abroad in preparing future business leaders.
Academy of Business Education
Shank, T. & Gillis, T. (2011). Immersion versus exposure: Preparing future business leaders for global organizations. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 12, (Proceedings of the 2011 Academy of Business Education Conference). http://www.abe.sju.edu/proceed2011.html
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