Enhancing student competency and employability in international business through master’s dissertations

Sinkovics, R. R. , Richardson, C. and Lew, Y. K. (2015) Enhancing student competency and employability in international business through master’s dissertations. Journal of Teaching in International Business, 26(4), pp. 293-317. (doi: 10.1080/08975930.2015.1130107)

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A core component of International Business (IB) postgraduate programs around the world is the master's dissertation, which requires students to produce a written document, typically around 20,000 words in length, based on empirical research. While the dissertation is given considerable importance in such programs, often accounting for more than a quarter of a candidate's final grade, the effectiveness of the dissertation in delivering outcomes remains largely unknown. This article addresses this shortcoming by providing an empirical understanding of the perceived usefulness and value of master's-level dissertations and evaluating their impact on the personal and intellectual development of students. Findings demonstrate the unique ability of the dissertation to enhance student employability, both for scientifically interested and deep learners as well as for functional learners.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Employability, competency, master’s dissertations, deep learning, MSc.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinkovics, Professor Rudolf
Authors: Sinkovics, R. R., Richardson, C., and Lew, Y. K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Teaching in International Business
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1528-6991
Published Online:16 March 2016

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