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Managing transnational education: Does national culture really matter?


Eldridge, K and Cranston, N, Managing transnational education: Does national culture really matter?, Journal Of Higher Education Policy and Management, 31, (1) pp. 67-79. ISSN 1360-080X (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13600800802559286


This article reports on an exploratory study that examined the effect of national culture upon the management of Australia's provision of transnational higher education in Thailand. In particular, using Hofstede's national cultural value dimensions as an analytical tool, interviews with managers responsible for Australia's provision of transnational higher education in Thailand were examined with the aim of exploring how they understood national culture to affect their work and working environment. The findings suggest that, in the case of transnational education partnerships between Australian and Thai universities, managers believe national culture affects both the academic and operational management of their transnational higher education programs. The findings also have possible implications for both transnational education managers involved with other countries and for researchers of transnational education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cross-cultural, higher education management, Hofstede, transnational education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cranston, N (Professor Neil Cranston)
ID Code:62544
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-03-12
Last Modified:2015-03-12

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