ERIC Number: EJ1121585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Measuring Globalization: Existing Methods and Their Implications for Teaching Global Studies and Forecasting
Zinkina, Julia; Korotayev, Andrey; Andreev, Aleksey I.
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v30 n5 p321-339 2013
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to encourage discussions regarding the existing approaches to globalization measurement (taking mainly the form of indices and rankings) and their shortcomings in terms of applicability to developing Global Studies curricula. Another aim is to propose an outline for the globalization measurement methodology that would take a systemic approach to revealing the global flows (both their direction and content) and networks, which will allow the multidimensionality in globalization measurement crucial for proposing and verifying formal explanations and hypotheses, as well as for developing globalization forecasts. Design/methodology/approach: Several methodologies for globalization measurements are compared in the paper, among the most important are variations of the index compilation methodology, and methods of network analysis. Findings: For Global Studies curricula, globalization measurement tools much more complex than indices are needed. A possible solution could lie in the analysis of country-to-country flows (and networks which these flows form), which appears much more data- and effort-consuming than the methodologies behind the index compilation, will allow the elaboration of a systemic vision of globalization and the interactions between its various aspects, which should necessarily underlie the Global Studies curricula. Research limitations/implications: The research concentrates upon the most widespread approaches to globalization measurements, such as the most widely recognized globalization indices, and the few attempts at country-to-country flows and networks measurement. Originality/value: The paper's originality/value lies in proposing an outline for a new multidimensional approach to measuring globalization based upon country-to-country flows and networks.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Prediction, Network Analysis, Systems Approach, Teaching Methods, Measurement, Comparative Analysis
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