Global Trends, Dynamics, and Imperatives for Strategic Development in Business Education in an Age of Disruption
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Global Trends, Dynamics, and Imperatives for Strategic Development in Business Education in an Age of Disruption

Anatoly Zhuplev (Loyola Marymount University, USA) and Robert Koepp (Loyola Marymount University, USA)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7548-2
ISBN13: 9781799875482|ISBN10: 1799875482|EISBN13: 9781799875505|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799875499


Over the past two centuries, the world’s socio-economic progression has gone through profound paradigm changes unfolding along four major developmental stages. Higher education has been an important part of this process.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, unfolding as we speak at the current of these four stages, encompasses and integrates a wide range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds and affecting all disciplines, economies, and industries. A critical part of these processes is a fusion—a synergetic integration of technological, socio-economic, and business developments and innovations based on increasingly effective and time/cost-efficient information platforms coinciding with advances in transportation and logistics that is transforming once cumbersome transnational machinations of trade into efficient and flexible global supply chains. These processes foster an exceptionally dynamic environment and exponential development of business opportunities. On the other hand, they also bring about “creative destruction” that causes numerous organizations, whole industries, and broad economic sectors to vanish from the socio-economic and business landscape under competitive forces. The disruption has critical implications for labor markets and, by extension, higher education.

The accelerated pace of technological, socio-economic, and business innovations as well as ongoing fundamental changes in the real world call for an adequate, if not expedited, progress in pedagogy. While modern universities have adopted in various degrees through information platforms such as Blackboard or Brightspace, video conferencing, and other technological innovations, they still commonly rely on pedagogical ideas and concepts rooted in a thoroughly pre-modern era rooted in medieval times.

Business education at colleges and universities of higher education is a sizeable and globally interdependent sector playing important strategic role and enjoying high socio-economic and national policy priorities. As part of the national and international socio-economic landscape, business education has been engaged in changes and strategic disruptions associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and other forces and impacts. These dynamics have been amplified across the world by the advent of COVID-19. The proposed book aims to explore the issues and developments in global business education.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Zhuplev, Anatoly is a Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California) and former Editor-in-Chief at the Journal of East West Business (2011-2013). He taught for ten years at the Moscow Management Institute, and subsequently at the Advanced Training Institute of the State Committee for Printing and Publishing in Moscow; in Bonn, Germany in 1994, 1998, 2009; in Warsaw, Poland (as a Fulbright scholar) in 2005; in Paris, France in 2004-2007, and at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989-1990. His books and articles on International Management, International Entrepreneurship, International Business, European Energy Security and Corporate Governance (around 100 overall) have been published in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Russia, and the former USSR. He received his Ph.D. from the Moscow Management Institute, Russia, in 1981, and his B.S. from the Moscow Engineer-Economics Institute in 1974.