Saturday, February 19, 2011

How well do b-schools do global?

Not so hot, according to the a blue-ribbon committee report issued by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for US business schools.  I have not yet had a chance to read the report (200 plus pages but no executive summary), but press reports indicate that some of the concern deals with curriculum content.  For instance the Business Week article cites the fact that very few schools have international business departments and that globalization issues tend to be integrated across the curriculum as opposed to having separate courses on global issues.

I am sure that if NC State started to offer a concentration in global management we would get lots of interested students.  But ever since the creation of the College of Management, we have steered away from such offerings for a simple reason -- there are very few openings for "global managers" who lack depth in the traditional areas of business.

NC State has made great strides in developing a global presence.  The Poole College of Management has joined the International Partnership of Business Schools.  We have a dual degree Master of Global Innovation Management with IAE in Aix-en-Provence France.  The MBA program now does multiple study abroad trips each year.  Our college was instrumental in luring Skema Business School to Centennial Campus.  Can we do more? Sure -- and we plan to!  I welcome comments from students and faculty about what could we do better. 

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