ERIC Number: ED367226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Internationalization of Business Curricula: Major Changes in Leading Schools.
Devine, Elton A.
This paper explores criticisms of how business (frequently referred to as management education) is taught at the university level in the United States. In response to these criticisms, changes in management education are being made primarily in three areas: interdisciplinary approaches, international business, and foreign languages. A comparison of changes being made at two leading business schools (the University of Michigan and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania) is presented. The two schools were found to parallel each other in such areas as enhancement of the global focus, exchange of students and faculty with other educational institutions, team teaching and learning, problem-centered courses, and commitment to continuous innovation and improvement. The University of Michigan was found to be unique in having courses comparing how various countries approach business, and having language programs for students and faculty. The Wharton School was unique in offering the opportunity for students to develop cross-functional majors, using 6-week teaching modules, and having a pre-entry 4-week period for all first-year students. Factors that other institutions might want to consider in determining what changes are appropriate and practicable for them are listed. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University of Michigan; University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 1-3, 1993).