Closing the Skills Gap — East & West
Some experts are calling this era the Century of Asia, and it's not hard to see why. China and…
Georgia (Mar 3, 2014) — Some experts are calling this era the Century of Asia, and it's not hard to see why. China and India are becoming economic giants; along with the U.S., they account for one-third of the world's population. It's likely that everyone in the business world will eventually have close interactions with Chinese, Indian or American businesses or employees. This means that Eastern and Western business schools will need to work together in innovative and relative ways to produce managers who can succeed in global business environments.
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But if Eastern and Western schools are going to have productive parnterships, all of us will have to look beyond the stereotypes. Many people believe that Eastern business education emphasizes rote memorization and produce highly trained graduates who lack soft skills and independent thinking abilities. Others are convinced that Western education business students excel in communications and soft skills, but lack strong technical training. And yet, employers in China and India often complain that recent graduates lack technical training, while U.S. employers are unimpressed by the communication skills of their new hires.
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