The Development of Undergraduate International Business Practicums in Small Business Schools: An Experiential Learning Framework

Published on Jan 2, 2019in Journal of Teaching in International Business
· DOI :10.1080/08975930.2019.1628686
Jeffrey E. Johnson5
Estimated H-index: 5
(St. Mary's University),
Matthew L. Jordan (St. Mary's University)
ABSTRACTThe value of the inclusion of experiential learning opportunities in international business education has been well established in the literature. We set out to examine industry-identified skills and experiences that could lead to enhanced employability and early career performance. Through our extensive review of theory, empirical work, leading programs, practicum channels, and our own qualitative study, we proposed frameworks to help guide small business schools best structure their undergraduate international business experiential learning offerings. Specifically, we suggest the establishment of tracks or concentrations with supplemental skill focus, emphasis on foreign language proficiency, and requiring at least two international internship or service learning practicums, preferably abroad, that include mini-consulting projects, presentations, and deliverables.
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