Globalisation has been the hot topic in management education in recent years. Some business schools have responded to globalisation by initiating a slew of programmes designed to nurture international skills and cultivate graduates who can work with ease in cross-cultural environments. But are business schools doing enough to prepare students for the global business environment?
Professor Howard Thomas is the Dean of Lee Kong Chian School of Business at the Singapore Management University. The author of over 30 books and 200 articles, Professor Thomas’ career in business and management education has spanned nearly 50 years. He has been a business school dean on three continents – University of Illinois in USA; Warwick Business School in UK and Singapore Management University in Asia, and is one of the most highly-cited scholars in his field. He is recipient of five honorary degrees as well as the prestigious Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Academy of Management. Bridging theory and practice, he has also been a consultant to global companies and professional organisations.
In this podcast, Professor Howard Thomas shares his insights on the impact of globalisation on business education and the skills that the ‘go-anywhere’ graduate must possess – including analytical, cultural, contextual and emotional intelligence – to succeed in today’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business world.