Developing a Global Mindset: Integrating Demographics, Sustainability, Technology, and Globalization

  • Citation: Raj Aggarwal (2011) Developing a Global Mindset: Integrating Demographics, Sustainability, Technology, and Globalization, Journal of Teaching in International Business, 22:1, 51-69
    • Topics:
    • Transnational Issues
    • Keywords:
    • globalization
    • technology
    • demographics
    • sustainability
    • business schools
    • education

Business schools face a number of challenges in responding to the business influences of demographics, sustainability, and technology—all three of which are also the fundamental driving forces for globalization. Demographic forces are creating global imbalances in worker populations and in government finances; the world economy faces sustainability and climate change challenges; technology is accelerating business change and changing the nature of work; and the global economy is being re-structured with the rise of major emerging economies such as Brazil, India, and China. Given an uncertain future, this essay examines the nature of these challenges and contends that while providing measurable knowledge of global business and specific job skills are important, business schools must focus on the attitudes, skills, and knowledge helpful for student career flexibility including leadership skills, a good work ethic, and abilities to continue learning.

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