Internationalizing Business Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2012 Colloquium


Internationalizing Business Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2012 Colloquium
May 31, 2012

NAFSA’s programs on internationalizing the professional disciplines are designed to serve as a catalyst for transforming curricula and infusing global knowledge, awareness, and cross-cultural competence in coursework and co-curricular activities. NAFSA’s programs offer strategies, model practice, and resources for this work and build communities of practice among discipline faculty, deans, and other international education professionals.

The third colloquium on internationalizing business education, Developing the Global Mindset, was held in Houston, Texas in May 2012. Through presentations, panels, and collaborative discussions more than 60 participants from business education programs and related organizations learned about the Global Mindset Inventory, how to educate students with a Global Mindset, and the practical implications of structuring programs to accomplish this goal. Language and other cross-cultural differences were addressed.

Participants left with strategies to help build business student's capacity to grasp global and cross-cultural issues.

Presentation Materials

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Colloquium Program
The program provides the schedule of events, session titles and descriptions, and the presenters' names and institutions.

Developing the Global Mindset
Rachel Clapp-Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Leadership, School of Management, Purdue University Calumet, United States set the stage for the colloquium by giving an overview of the Global Mindset instrument and discussing the implications of using the instrument to measure global awareness.

Panel on Internationalizing Students: How Do We Educate Students with a Global Mindset?
Three educators presented information about their vision for creating programs both inside and outside the U.S. and the preparation of business leaders with global competence. Their insights provided inspiration to participants to seek out and consider new approaches in business education.

  • David E. Platt, PhD, Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), McComb School of Business, University of Texas-Austin, United States considered how international business topics and perspectives can be stratified to provide appropriate learning for different students, and create a baseline level of “global readiness” for all students.
  • Mary Pang, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Internationalization and Corporate Communication, College of Business, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong spoke on creating the conditions for internationalizing students. She presented the trends and challenges from an Asian perspective.
  • Victoria Jones, PhD, Associate Provost for Global Engagement, Seattle University, United States discussed global trends in the teaching profession, citing high performing education systems and using the example of Singapore's strategy for preparing 21st Century Learners.

Group Work: When We Are the Foreigners: Cultural Aspects of International Business
Orlando Kelm, PhD, Associate Director of Business Language Education for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), University of Texas-Austin, United States used case studies to help participants appreciate the cultural issues that arise when you “are the foreigner.” He specifically addressed how to deal with the subtleties of language and cultural context in that come up when managing oversees.

Small Group Discussion: Participants were invited to choose the topic they would like to discuss in a small group.

  • Curricular Issues in Globalization
    Steve Murdoch, Associate Dean at IESEG School of Management, France had participant explore areas of curriculum development to incorporate globalization into every facet of the business school student's experience.
  • Preparing Faculty for Internationalization
    Anne D'Angelo, PhD, Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives, Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota, United States provided participants with strategies to engaged and assist faculty in internationalization, as well as address some of the myths or barriers to internationalization.
  • Moving Beyond Exchange—Dual-Degree Programs and More Systemic Experiential Education.
    Brian Leacock
    , MBA, Associate Director, International Programs, Gustavson School of Business had the group explore other proven and conceptual ways to move beyond traditional exchange programs. Participants investigated other program forms and structures, methods of enhancement, and ways to measure success of these international and experiential programs.

Resources & Presenters