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Participation in tertiary study abroad programs: the role of personality

Steve Bakalis (School of Applied Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)
Therese A. Joiner (School of Business, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



The increasing trend for the globalisation of business has highlighted the need for a better understanding of the factors that influence levels of intercultural awareness within organisations. Within the higher education sector, one initiative that aims to address this issue is student study abroad programs. This paper reports on a study that investigates factors that influence Australian students' propensity to engage in these programs. Using both qualitative and quantitative analysis, we examined the role of students' personality in the decision to participate in study abroad programs. The implications for education in international business are discussed.



Bakalis, S. and Joiner, T.A. (2004), "Participation in tertiary study abroad programs: the role of personality", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 286-291.



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