The value-added of double degree programs to the main stakeholders: A case study of the Aalto University, School of Business' double degree landscape

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi Holstein, Juuso 2013-01-24T02:30:23Z 2013-01-24T02:30:23Z 2012
dc.description.abstract Abstract Double degree programs as part of institutions’ internationalization strategies have become more and more popular due to students demand for more comprehensive international study options. Even though some authors have put effort on researching double degree programs ability to support institutions internationalization strategies, a clear analysis of motivators and their influence on the evaluation of double degree programs has been lacking from the literature. The aim of this study is to evaluate the value of double degree programs to students, employers and faculty members as the key stakeholders. In addition to this, the study is guided by two other focus areas; first the source of double degree programs’ expected value is studied. As a second objective, proposition of a practical model to guide the university to increase the value of entire program is framed. At the time this research project was started, the Aalto University, School of Business was facing various challenges in establishing its double degree programs. In order to study double degree programs’ value-added within the Aalto University’s context, the research is conducted as a single case study. The data collection focused on employing mixed research methods. Internet-mediated questionnaires were used as the main research instrument to gather information from the three key stakeholder groups. However, quantitative data was supported by qualitative interviews, which were designed to increase the depth and quality of the research. The findings of this research do support various theoretical considerations, but due to the novelty value of the research, this thesis also explains how double degree programs are understood as a part of universities’ educational offerings, but it also studies the program’s position in the Finnish context. Findings show that double degree programs cannot be created or managed in isolation from their surroundings. At the moment, the greatest challenge universities have is the unawareness of the program and its characteristics among all stakeholders. Students are expecting the program to have positive impact on their employment, but at the same time they are distracted by other international study options. Employers, on the other hand, value program’s impact on students capacity-building and their ability to effectively operate in the business environment, but the value is clearly decreased by the mixed perceptions among recruiters. Despite the obvious influence on increased diversity among students and improved cooperation with foreign partner universities, faculty members do not feel that their personal objectives and goals would be in-line with benefits perceived from double degree program. In order to effectively manage positive and negative consequences of double degree programs, this research suggest that all educational institutions need a detailed action and communication plan; on the contrary to other double degree researches, a very case sensitive action plan is introduced in the end of this study. Keywords: double degree, dual degree, international study program, internationalization strategy, transnational education, collaborative programs, joint degree, Aalto BIZ, higher education en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The value-added of double degree programs to the main stakeholders: A case study of the Aalto University, School of Business' double degree landscape en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Department of Management and International Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword double degree
dc.subject.keyword dual degree
dc.subject.keyword international study program
dc.subject.keyword internationalization strategy
dc.subject.keyword transnational education
dc.subject.keyword collaborative programs
dc.subject.keyword joint degree
dc.subject.keyword higher education
dc.subject.keyword Aalto BIZ
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201301251241
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major International Business en
dc.programme.major Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon international companies
dc.subject.helecon liike-elämä
dc.subject.helecon business life
dc.subject.helecon yliopistot
dc.subject.helecon universities
dc.subject.helecon kauppakorkeakoulut
dc.subject.helecon schools of economics
dc.subject.helecon Aalto-yliopisto
dc.subject.helecon Aalto University
dc.subject.helecon tutkinnot
dc.subject.helecon university degrees
dc.subject.helecon opiskelijat
dc.subject.helecon students
dc.subject.helecon koulutus
dc.subject.helecon training
dc.subject.helecon kansainvälinen
dc.subject.helecon international
dc.subject.helecon kansainvälistyminen
dc.subject.helecon internationalization
dc.ethesisid 13117 2013-01-04
dc.location P1 I

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