ERIC Number: ED262675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
International Expertise in American Business. How to Learn to Play with the Kids on the Street. IIE Research Report Number Six.
Kobrin, Stephen J.
The importance of international expertise to American international firms, the kinds of international expertise needed by managers, and how these skills are acquired were studied. In addition to providing information for business, the findings may help colleges in preparing international studies graduates. Using either interviews or questionnaires, views were elicited from 233 managers in 126 very large companies: Fortune 500 industrial firms and money center banks doing business abroad. International expertise was defined as knowledge of social, economic, political, and legal systems. The ability to operate abroad, interpersonal skills, and country knowledge were rated as important by the managers, as was understanding differences among countries. Most managers felt international expertise was important but not as essential as technical, functional, and organizational skills. Foreign language ability was also seen as an asset but not critical. Managers noted specific values of language skills, including cultural understanding and finding information. Managers gained knowledge of other countries largely through business travel, overseas assignments, and experience abroad (particularly interpersonal interaction), as well as by reading. Contacts that can provide additional country knowledge were also identified. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Banking, Business, Business Administration, Communicative Competence (Languages), Economic Factors, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Higher Education, Information Sources, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Management Development, Overseas Employment, Political Influences, Skill Development
Institute of International Education, Communications Division, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Institute of International Education, New York, NY.