A Global Classroom? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Global Virtual Collaboration as a Teaching Tool In Management Education

Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2013, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 414-435

Posted: 18 Jan 2015 Last revised: 3 Jan 2017

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Vas Taras

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics

Dan V Caprar

UNSW Business School

Daniel Rottig

Florida Gulf Coast University

Riikka M. Sarala

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro

Norhayati Zakaria

Saudi Elactronic University

Fang Zhao

American University of Sharjah - School of Business and Management

Alfredo Jiménez

Universidad de Burgos

Charles Wankel

St. John's University

Weng Si Lei

Institute For Tourism Studies

Michael Minor

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) (Formerly University of Texas-Pan American)

Paweł Bryła

University of Lodz - Department of International Marketing and Retailing

Xavier Ordeñana

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)

Alexander Bode

Technical University of Darmstadt

Anja Maria Schuster

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Erika Vaiginiene

Vilnius University

Fabian Jintae Froese

Independent

Hanoku Bathula

University of Auckland

Nilay Yajnik

NMIMS University

Rico Baldegger

University of Fribourg

Victor Z. Y. Huang

UCD Smurfit School, University College Dublin

Date Written: September 1, 2013

Abstract

We evaluate the effectiveness of global virtual student collaboration projects in international management education. Over 6,000 students from nearly 80 universities in 43 countries worked in global virtual teams for 2 months as part of their international management courses. Multisource longitudinal data were collected, including student and instructor feedback, course evaluations, assessment of changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors following the experiential project, and various indicators of individual and team performance. Drawing on experiential learning, social learning, and intergroup contact theories, the effectiveness of the experiential global virtual teambased approach in international management education was evaluated at the levels of reactions, learning, attitudes, behaviors, and performance. The findings show positive outcomes at each level, but also reveal challenges and limitations of using global virtual team projects for learning and education. Implications for international management education and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: exepriential learning, international business, global virtual teams, management education, X-Culture

JEL Classification: A20

Suggested Citation

Taras, Vas and Caprar, Dan V and Rottig, Daniel and Sarala, Riikka M. and Zakaria, Norhayati and Zhao, Fang and Jiménez, Alfredo and Wankel, Charles and Si Lei, Weng and Minor, Michael and Bryła, Paweł and Ordeñana, Xavier and Bode, Alexander and Schuster, Anja Maria and Vaiginiene, Erika and Froese, Fabian Jintae and Bathula, Hanoku and Yajnik, Nilay and Baldegger, Rico and Huang, Victor Z. Y., A Global Classroom? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Global Virtual Collaboration as a Teaching Tool In Management Education (September 1, 2013). Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2013, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 414-435, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2551105

Vas Taras

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics ( email )

401 Bryan Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6179
United States

Dan V Caprar

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Daniel Rottig

Florida Gulf Coast University ( email )

10485 FGCU Blvd S
Ft. Myers, FL 33965-6565
United States

Riikka M. Sarala

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro

P.O.Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27412
United States

Norhayati Zakaria

Saudi Elactronic University ( email )

jeddah
Saudi Arabia

Fang Zhao

American University of Sharjah - School of Business and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 26666
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

Alfredo Jiménez

Universidad de Burgos ( email )

Parralillos s/n
Burgos, Burgos
Spain

Charles Wankel

St. John's University ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
United States

Weng Si Lei

Institute For Tourism Studies ( email )

Colina da Mong Ha,
Macau
Macau

Michael Minor

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) (Formerly University of Texas-Pan American) ( email )

1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78541
United States

Paweł Bryła (Contact Author)

University of Lodz - Department of International Marketing and Retailing ( email )

Narutowicza 59a
90-131, Lodz
Poland

HOME PAGE: http://www.uni.lodz.pl

Xavier Ordeñana

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) ( email )

Km 30.5
Via Perimetral
EC090150

Alexander Bode

Technical University of Darmstadt ( email )

Anja Maria Schuster

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

Erika Vaiginiene

Vilnius University ( email )

Sauletekio ave. 11, Vilnius
Vilnius
Lithuania

Fabian Jintae Froese

Independent

Hanoku Bathula

University of Auckland ( email )

Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

Nilay Yajnik

NMIMS University ( email )

V. L. Mehta Road
Vile Parle (W)
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400056
India

Rico Baldegger

University of Fribourg ( email )

Avenue de l'Europe 20
CH-1700 Fribourg
Switzerland

Victor Z. Y. Huang

UCD Smurfit School, University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

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