This paper, writen coinjointly with Betina Szkudlarek, Jeanne McNett and Harry Lane is based on a series of interviews of prominent educators in cross-cultural management. This paper is part of Laurence's research project 'The hidden side of Cross-Cultural Management'.
In a series of interviews with leading Cross-Cultural Management (CCM) educators, we examine the state of the CCM field within business education. We invited eight prominent scholars and executive educators to consider the following main questions. What is the role of cross-cultural management in business curricula? What challenges do we face teaching this material? How can we create an engaged learning environment with the diverse audiences we encounter in our classrooms, and what theoretical frameworks best support these efforts? Finally, what is the future of cross-cultural management education? What changes and challenges can we expect? The learnings that emerged from our interviews are grouped around three main themes: the content of what we teach, our understanding of audiences with whom we work and their evolving expectations of cross-cultural management education, and the role, preparation, background and assumptions of the educators. This series of interviews contributes to highlight current trends in CCM education: a shift in content from knowledge to conditions of knowledge creation, a transition from monocultural audiences toward biculturals and global cosmopolitans, and finally, a changing responsibility of the educators from providing knowledge to developing and honing responsible, tolerant and resilient global citizens.