ERIC Number: EJ846655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Globalization's Culture Consequences of MBA Education across Australia and Singapore: Sophistry or Truth?
Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v58 n2 p131-155 Aug 2009
A generally held view among international managers is that the cultural changes occurring in most modernizing societies may lead to similar outcomes and the erosion of cultural differences. Cultural convergence is posited to result from the homogenizing effect of technological transfers between societies. One major force which emerges from this technology transfer is the convergence of education (Webber 1969). The purpose of this study is to investigate the convergence of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) education along Hofstede's (1997, 2001) five work-related cultural dimensions across Australia and Singapore. The pre-test and post-test quasi experimental design with control groups was employed. The findings revealed that there are convergences along Hofstede's "Individualism, Uncertainly Avoidance" and "Power Distance." However, the Singapore Chinese scored significantly higher on "Long versus Short-term Orientation" (or "Confucian Work Dynamism") at both time points.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Business Administration Education, Masters Programs, Cultural Differences, Technology Transfer, Foreign Countries, Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Cross Cultural Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Singapore