A Cross Cultural Analysis of the Geographical Knowledge of U.S., Irish, Israeli, Mexican, and South Korean Business School Students

  • Hise R
  • Shin J
  • Davidow M
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ABSTRACT Geographical knowledge about foreign countries is considered to be a significant factor related to the successful marketing of goods and services in international markets-a not insignificant conclusion by experts given the sizable trade deficits run up by the United States in 2000 ($365 billion), 2001 ($346 billion), and 2002 ($435 billion). Unfortunately, previous research has concluded that U.S. business school students-tomorrow's executives who will make decisions that will impact their firms' international operations-have inadequate levels of international geographical knowledge. This article compares the geographical knowledge of U.S. business school students to that of business school students in four countries: Ireland, Israel, Mexico, and South Korea. The sub-par performance exhibited by the U.S. students and the impact of six independent variables on global geographical knowledge are used to develop a number of pedagogical conclusions designed to enhance the international geographical knowledge of U.S. business school students and students in foreign business schools and overcome the antipathy toward this subject matter that apparently exists within business schools and their various external constituencies.

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  • Richard T Hise

  • Jong-Kuk Shin

  • Moshe Davidow

  • John Fahy

  • Roberto Solano-Mendez

  • Lisa Troy

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