Fostering International Exchanges: Globalization or Internationalization of Business Schools?

40 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2016

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Dr. Bertrand Guillotin

Temple University (Fox) - Strategic Mgmt Dept.

Severine Louvel

University of Grenoble - Institute of Political Studies Grenoble (IEP Grenoble)

Vincent Mangematin

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Date Written: November 2, 2015

Abstract

Thus far, the internationalization of management education has been mainly defined as the institutional answer (Knight, 2003) to the growing pressure on business schools to become more “global.” The purpose of this paper is to describe the two processes of globalization and internationalization, to analyze the extent to which they are converging and to study the strategies used by business schools to address this tension. We address three questions: How does the tension between globalization and internationalization materialize? And on what indicators can we rely on to measure the globalization or internationalization level of a business school? Does the growing use of technology in teaching (e,g., Massive Open Online Courses or MOOC) foster globalization or internationalization?

The focus of our discussion is centered on 1) the implications of these changes to the structure of business schools; 2) the use of technologies. Our contributions aim to provide management education leaders with a better understanding on how to navigate globalization and internationalization. We seek to close the knowledge gap that is based on the confusion between internationalization and globalization. We also advance that MOOCs could help guarantee quality through globalized processes and would foster globalization, especially the globalization of knowledge dissemination. Furthermore, our findings may be relevant and applicable to not-for-profit global knowledge networks and learning communities that share characteristics with universities (Jarzabkowski, 2008) including loosely coupled corporations (Mintzberg and Rose, 2003, op. cit. 289).

Keywords: Business schools; internationalization; globalization; MOOCs; isomorphic pressures

Suggested Citation

Guillotin, Bertrand and Louvel, Severine and Mangematin, Vincent, Fostering International Exchanges: Globalization or Internationalization of Business Schools? (November 2, 2015). Fox School of Business Research Paper No. 16-021. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2685405

Bertrand Guillotin (Contact Author)

Temple University (Fox) - Strategic Mgmt Dept. ( email )

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Severine Louvel

University of Grenoble - Institute of Political Studies Grenoble (IEP Grenoble)

IEP - B.P. 48
Grenoble Cedex 9, 38040
France

Vincent Mangematin

Grenoble Ecole de Management ( email )

12 Rue Pierre Semard
Grenoble, Cedex 01 38000
France

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