Internationalizing Business Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2014 Colloquium


The Value of Global Experience

Deans, faculty members, and business leaders met at the NAFSA 2014 Colloquium on Internationalizing Business Education to discuss strategies for incorporating global perspectives into business education and career preparedness. Experts in the field presented and discussed strategies used in business education programs and explored common challenges faced in incorporating these strategies to improve their students' global competencies. Stakeholders from the community, businesses, business school alumni, and career centers discussed the relevance of developing global skills and competencies.

Presentation Materials

Colloquium Program (150kb Adobe PDF)
The colloquium was held in San Diego in May 2014. More than 60 participants from business education programs and organizations heard presentations and participated in discussions and networking opportunities. The program provides the schedule of events, session titles and descriptions, and the presenters' names and institutions.

Welcome and Overview of the Program
David Pyke, University of San Diego, welcomed the audience and offered an overview of the program.

2014 U.S. Business Needs for Employees with International Expertise (650kb Adobe PDF)
Mark Ballam, San Diego State University, shared the results gathered through the 2014 U.S. Business Needs for Employees with International Expertise survey of U.S. executives about the needs of the U.S. business community for a workforce with international skills in order to be globally competitive. The survey provides a longitudinal comparison with data obtained from a similar study in 2003. It suggests a need for increased levels of international competence among employees, foreign language skills, and international experience.

Developing Global Competence Within the Curriculum
Denise Dimon, University of San Diego, acknowledged that although high-impact learning opportunities, including study abroad, are very important components of developing a global mindset for our business students, her presentation focused on the importance of developing international competence through the business curriculum. The discussion was how the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, through specific initiatives and strategies over a five-year period, engaged and developed its faculty, courses, and programs working toward achieving this goal.

Panel: San Diego Case: The Voice of Stakeholders About Whether "Global" Matters
Mark Ballam, San Diego State University, facilitated the panel discussions on global experience, skills, and competencies that business schools provide and how those competencies correspond (or not) with the talents businesses are seeking. A number of stakeholders from the community, businesses, business school alumni, and career centers talked about the relevance of developing global skills and competencies. Participants learned about the kind of talent companies are looking for, the global skills and competencies sought after by recruiters, and the relevance to current employment of the global skills that students learn.

The following representatives served on the panel:

  • Emilie Hersh, Chief Executive Officer, InterKnowlogy
  • James J. Tarbox, Executive Director, Career Development & Services, San Diego State University Career Services
  • Bernardo Andrade, Logistics Coordinator, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Presentation Taylor Guitars
Barbara Wight, Chief Financial Officer of Taylor Guitars, shared how the company has evolved into one of the world's leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars, while also promoting innovation and environmental stewardship in the musical instrument manufacturing process.

Roundtable Discussion by Topic
Anne M. D'Angelo (350kb Adobe PDF), University of Minnesota, facilitated roundtable discussions focused on the following three topics:

Participants discussed one of these topics at each roundtable and came up with a list of challenges and successes related their chosen topic. At the conclusion, each group shared one challenge and key success with the entire group of participants.

2014 Agenda & Presenters

2015 Partner

NAFSA thanks its partner organization, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) for their assistance with this colloquium.