Study Abroad in U.S. Business Management Education

April 11, 2012 By: Anne M. D'Angelo, Carlson Global Institute, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota Download pdf

Internationalization is exerting a powerful influence on business and management education. Educational leaders are working to align curriculums with the skills that are needed in the global marketplace. Rapid change in the field is bringing a wide variety of learning models into practice as institutions struggle with educational objectives and explore assessment tools.

This paper makes a substantial contribution to our knowledge of emerging trends. It examines the international programs being developed at four business and management institutions: University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, UCLA Center for International Business Education and Research, and Kennesaw State University and the Coles College of Business.

Information was gathered through telephone interviews covering:

  • Program goals and objectives.
  • Leadership strategies and issues that emerge during implementation of international programs/study abroad.
  • References to the vast literature on internationalization of business and management programs being disseminated by key organizations, such as the MBA Roundtable and the Centers for International Business and Education (CIBERs), as well as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Study abroad academic and experiential content, structure of programs, roles within curriculum, costs, and sources of funding in the context of specific U.S. business school cases.