Developing learning relationships in intercultural and multi-disciplinary environments: A mixed method investigation of management students’ experiences

Heliot, YingFei; Mittelmeier, Jenna and Rienties, Bart (2019). Developing learning relationships in intercultural and multi-disciplinary environments: A mixed method investigation of management students’ experiences. Studies in Higher Education (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1610865

Abstract

In this article, we suggest that competencies in working in intercultural and multidisciplinary environments are part of expected key skills in contemporary organisations. Higher educational institutions across the globe are pressured to contribute to the development of such key skills. Using social identity theory, through social network analysis of 113 postgraduate management students in one UK business school and follow-up focus group interviews (N=16), we have identified three types of learners: Co-National Learners, Bridge-Building Learners, and Cross-National Learners. We argue that developing learning relationships in intercultural and multidisciplinary environments needs to go beyond a cultural-only approach, and the understanding of identity has an important place.

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