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Strategy and the internationalisation of universities

Graham Elkin (Department of Management, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
John Farnsworth (Department of Management, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
Andrew Templer (Department of Management, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 28 March 2008




The paper's aims is o explore the relationship between having a complete strategic focus and the extent of the internationalisation of university business schools and the level of desire for the future internationalisation and to further validate the model of internationalisation.


Data were collected for business schools and business facilities using the Elkin, Devjee model of internationalisation concerning the current and desired levels of internationalisation of the business schools. In addition schools were asked six key questions about strategic focus.


It was observed that those schools with complete strategic focus had higher levels of current internationalisation and greater aspirations for even higher levels of internationalisation than schools without a complete strategic focus. It was also found that there may be a connection between research intensity and internationalisation.

Research limitations/implications

Future samples would be better to clearly separate whole universities and business schools and the role and status of respondents.

Practical limitations

In order to be successful in internationalisation institutes need to develop a complete strategic focus.


The use of the model of internationalisation was further validated and the model was used for the first time in conjunction with strategic focus to illustrate strategy in practice.



Elkin, G., Farnsworth, J. and Templer, A. (2008), "Strategy and the internationalisation of universities", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 239-250.



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