Acknowledging student diversity: Modifying the MBA experience for international

Dunwoodie, Karen and Ainsworth, Murray 1999, Acknowledging student diversity: Modifying the MBA experience for international, Journal of Management and Organization, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 35-45, doi: 10.5172/jmo.1999.5.1.35.

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Title Acknowledging student diversity: Modifying the MBA experience for international
Author(s) Dunwoodie, KarenORCID iD for Dunwoodie, Karen
Ainsworth, Murray
Journal name Journal of Management and Organization
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 45
Total pages 11
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Publication date 1999-12-01
ISSN 1833-3672
Summary Most international students entering RMIT's MBA program have relatively limited work experience and lack self-presentation skills. Some shortcomings in self-confidence in a western culture, job-seeking skills, networking experience and personal presentation skills are also evident. In these qualities the international students are notably different from the older Australian part-time students with whom they study. This visible diversity provided the catalyst for developing several “internationalising components” to better meet the needs of international students to enable international students to present themselves as informed, capable, culturally aware and desirable graduates. This paper describes how program changes were made with the objectives of building team interaction and problem solving skills, as well as cross-cultural awareness, building self-awareness of “me as a manager in the global marketplace” and exploring cultural diversity in business practices. In addition, the “competencies” stream was modified, with emphasis being placed on students' ability to assess the appropriateness and cultural fit of western models and theories in their own countries.
Language eng
DOI 10.5172/jmo.1999.5.1.35
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
1503 Business and Management
1505 Marketing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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