The Future of Multicultural Diversity Curriculum in Higher Education: How Business Schools Prepare Students to Lead in a Multifaceted Global World

By Roxanne Helm Stevens and Linda Hunt.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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As the economies of countries around the globe become increasingly interconnected, the world at work is becoming more diverse, not less. Multicultural diversity in a business context is an extremely important topic which needs to be understood by students entering the workforce in our present global world. Business students, in particular, must understand multicultural diversity in order to value it and to develop a diversity skill set which allows them to negotiate their way through global workplace communities.
Higher education business schools must respond to the urgent need that exists for organizations operating in the global marketplace to hire and retain professionals prepared to think critically about multifaceted diversity issues in the workplace. Business management programs, often known for longevity of curriculum, are revised through competitor analysis and examination of secondary and primary research into the needs of identified stakeholders (e.g., students, employers, etc.). Although competitive benchmarking and employer surveys are two common sources of information relied on heavily for curriculum planning purposes, they may present curriculum limitations.
This paper examines diversity from an organizational and educational context, looking at the concept of diversity and exploring the value of teaching a diversity curriculum. The authors compare diversity curriculum across the AACSB accredited business programs in California - thirty-three universities- and find a lack of diversity curricula. Few AACSB accredited business school programs offer a diversity degree or concentration for students who have a proclivity to choose it. The widespread absence of diversity curricula is surprising because global issues are critical in business sustainability.

Keywords: Business, Higher Education, Multicultural Diversity, Sustainability, Curriculum

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.141-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 767.559KB).

Dr. Roxanne Helm Stevens

Chair, Master of Human Resources and Organizational Development, School of Business and Management, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, ca, USA

Roxanne Helm-Stevens joined the School of Business and Management faculty at Azusa Pacific University in 2000—teaching in both the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. In 2007, she accepted the Chair position for the Master’s in Human Resources and Organizational Development. Her areas of teaching include organizational behavior, management, business, and employee development. Currently, she is in the dissertation stage of her doctorate in Strategic Management from Alliant International University. She participates in national and international conferences, presenting and publishing on strategic management and organizational behavior topics.

Linda Hunt

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, ca, USA

Linda Hunt is a 2009 graduate of Azusa Pacific University having served in an executive leadership position in the corporate sector in management, finance and as the CFO of a foundation. Currently she is working in the non-profit sector, and is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. Linda has a passion for communicating global diversity and faith integration issues and is known for building community, business and educational partnerships.

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