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ERIC Number: EJ891452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
The Impact of Study Abroad on Business Students' Career Goals
Orahood, Tammy; Kruze, Larisa; Pearson, Denise Easley
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v10 p117-130 Fall 2004
As an increasing number of U.S. corporations position themselves for international competition, the demand for cross-culturally competent employees is expected to rise. However, reports suggest that graduates of U.S. business schools lack cross-cultural skills, prompting employers to recruit international students. The authors designed a study that tests the belief that business students will acquire desired international and cross-cultural perspectives through studying abroad. This study seeks to understand the impact of studying abroad on business students and their career plans to determine whether study abroad experiences are all "hype," or if they have "substance." The authors administered a survey, designed for this study, both to students who had, and who had not, studied abroad. The results show that business students who have studied abroad are more open to internationalizing their careers. These students, due to the skills that they acquired while abroad, are the types of professionals that employers seek for international assignments and even for domestic assignments that require a degree of cross-cultural competency. The authors use the results of the survey to propose strategies to aid business students in articulating the pragmatic value of their study abroad experience. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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