Proceedings of the 8th Teaching & Education Conference, Vienna

STUDENT GLOBALIZATION: HOW MUCH INTERNATIONALIZED ARE BRAZILIAN MBA STUDENTS? A MEASUREMENT PROPOSITION

FERNANDO DE ROSA, BENTO ALVES DA COSTA FILHO, JOSE GASPAR NAYME NOVELLI

Abstract:

The supply and demand for MBA courses have grown over time worldwide. The most diversified programs are available at business schools. The opportunity for exchange experiences and establish international network has stood out among the students’ priorities. This paper seeks to build a research model that would permit the assessment of Brazilian MBA students about the internationalization of their career and academic life as a consequence or due to an MBA Course. Global mindset driven to an internationalized behavior can be expressed by the conversion among experiences abroad and internationalization at home tied with global global skills. A model with multidimensional factors is proposed after a comprehensive examination of the literature. This model is composed by four constructs: internationalization at home, experience abroad, global skills and global mindset. Although literature presents the above constructs isolated or partially combined, none of them bring a model integrating all of them or considering higher education in a holistic approach. The study developed by McCormick & Stephen (2016) was used as a basis for the present model construction, which improves this lack of integration approach. This research model would permit the identification of the main factors that explain the likelihood to be an internationalized MBA student.

Keywords: MBA, internationalization, career, business school, global mindset, global skills

DOI: 10.20472/TEC.2019.008.006

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