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Who is engaging with whom? Internationalizing opportunities for business schools in emerging economies

Dianne Lynne Bevelander (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 14 September 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the globalization of Business Schools and present different strategies, issues and perspectives on how and why business schools are going global. The paper explores various models for globalization, contrasts and integrates them, and then presents an approach to globalization that is within the reach of these smaller and less endowed schools.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews relevant literature and an analysis of exchange programs amongst the world's leading business schools. Different aspects of the globalization of management education are discussed including internationalizing the curriculum, globalizing research agendas, and the impact of globalized competition.

Findings

A framework has been developed that can be employed by business schools – especially in emerging economies – to internationalize themselves through their education and research programs. Recommendations are made for how business schools with limited resources can meet the challenge of offering the internationally‐oriented education experience increasingly demanded by employers and students alike.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations to this paper result from the use of Financial Times top 100 ranked business schools. Aside from weaknesses inherent the rankings methodology, the choice of these business schools excluded hundreds of high quality business schools around the world – many of which are internationally recognized for quality. Furthermore, the methodology of the scanning of web sites of schools for types of collaboration agreements across borders might not give the full picture of agreements betweens schools.

Originality/value

Although a considerable amount has been written about the globalization imperative facing business schools (with many illustrations of what could be considered best practice), there is a significant lack of information when it comes to the articulation of strategies and implementation challenges facing smaller and less well endowed business schools that want to globalize.

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Citation

Lynne Bevelander, D. (2012), "Who is engaging with whom? Internationalizing opportunities for business schools in emerging economies", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 646-663. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513541211263728

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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