ERIC Number: EJ1196547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Belief Systems in Marketing Classes: Preparing Students for International Stakeholder Interactions
Peterson, Mark; Minton, Elizabeth A.
Journal of International Education in Business, v11 n1 p43-62 2018
Purpose: Marketing students need better grounding in understanding major worldviews of the twenty-first century, given nearly guaranteed, international interactions with stakeholders. As such, the purpose of this paper is to develop a pedagogy focused upon secular and religious worldviews that can be used effectively in the classroom. Design/methodology/approach: A cross-cultural study using data from the USA and China examines current worldview understanding among business school students. A training session in worldviews is then conducted, and a follow-up study is used to assess worldview learning and further interest in learning more about worldviews. Findings: Student understanding of worldviews is increased through a 1.5-h teaching session. Students' interest in learning more about worldviews significantly increased after the teaching session. Practical implications: Worldview training is an effective way to prepare students for interacting with stakeholders in the increasingly global world in which these students will eventually work. Business schools need to incorporate worldview training in international marketing courses, at a minimum, or offer complete courses in worldviews and related applications to business operations. Originality/value: Prior research has not tested worldview training on business students, especially when comparing student learning in a more religious-based culture (USA) and a more secular-based culture (China). Thus, this research shows that worldview training is effective regardless of the culture it is used in, which is important to informing students in a growing global marketplace.
Descriptors: Marketing, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Communication, International Cooperation, World Views, Religious Factors, Teaching Methods, Cross Cultural Studies, Business Schools, College Students, Followup Studies, International Trade, Course Content, Foreign Countries, Taxonomy, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Consumer Science, Cultural Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States