Internationalisation of Business Education: Examining Employability Skill Dimensions and Job Fit in China

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Developing an internationally competitive managerial workforce is indispensable for leading in a global business environment. This study recognises the important technical and business skills and personal attributes necessary to support the 'employability' of undergraduate business students in China.The employers (n=69) and under graduate business students (n=281) were surveyed regarding their perceptions on the importance of certain general business and technical skills and personal attributes which contribute to employability of the students in the industries in China. The analysis of data indicates that significant differences were shown to exist between students and employers in their perceptions of each of the three 'employability' support fields. Results also suggest the overall importance of establishing a platform for the career advancement of graduates. Based on the findings, specific implications related to employers, students and educational institutions were identified. The study offers new insights into the concept of employability by reclamation of the value of skills and personal attributes required at work place. The paper addresses a foundation to support the 'job-readiness' and 'employability' of business graduates as well as the development of industry-relevant international business programs to improve the 'employability' of business graduates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Firms, Markets and Institutions
Subtitle of host publicationNew Challenges and Opportunities for International Business
Place of PublicationBelgium
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference - Brennan, Germany, Germany
Duration: 12 Dec 201314 Dec 2013


ConferenceEuropean International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference


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