Reflections on the Research Paper, A Conceptual Framework For Instilling a Global Mindset in Business Students, 
1-2 page reflections on the research paper. Read the paper, and just tell me your take away on the paper, 1-2 pages, relaxed reflectionsA Conceptual Framework for Instilling a Global Mindset in
Business Students
Kam C. Chana, Anna Fungb, Hung-Gay Fungc, and Jot Yaud

aDepartment of Finance, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA; bDepartment of
Management and Organization Behavior, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA; cCollege
of Business Administration, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; dDepartment of Finance,
Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, USA

ABSTRACT
This article proposes a conceptual framework for instilling and
fostering a global mindset among students of business in
general and international business in particular. Students learn-
ing to become global managers must first have an open mind-
set and be aware of changes in themselves. When managers
encounter problems at a global firm, they need to consider the
unique situations that cause problems and create appropriate
solutions. Different settings or environments require different
approaches, reflecting the complexity of heterogeneity and
indeterminacy in decision-making. We suggest pedagogical
methods for teaching international business by instilling a
global mindset in business students.

KEYWORDS
Curriculum development;
Global mindset; Teaching
international business

1. Introduction

“Think global and act local” is a cliché repeated by management when it
attempts to enter foreign markets by integrating local conditions into its
global expansion strategy. This cliché presumes that managers have a global
mindset that enables them to formulate and implement such a strategy. Thus
a global mindset is one that adjusts effectively to various global forces in
international business to address regional and country-specific issues (Kedia
& Mukherji, 1999).

As mindsets shape people’s views and lead to actions, managers must build
upon global mindsets to confront challenges and succeed in a global envir-
onment. First, from a pedagogical perspective, these managers must first
understand this concept and its implications while they are students.
Although the need to have a global mindset seems intuitive, it is not well
understood. Using a conceptual framework, we elaborate upon its underlying
assumptions. Second, beyond purely academic knowledge, having a global
mindset is a prerequisite for global managers if they wish to compete
successfully (Gupta & Govindarajan, 2002; Paul, 2000). Thus students who

CONTACT Kam C. Chan johnny.chan@wku.edu Department of Finance, Western Kentucky University, 1
Big Red Way, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA.

JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
2018, VOL. 29, NO. 1, 4–19
https://doi.org/10.1080/08975930.2018.1455907

© 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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desire to become global managers must fully embrace this concept to prepare
for a successful career.

This article has two objectives




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