Hanken Newsletter 2-2011

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Title: Hanken Newsletter 2-2011
Publisher: Hanken School of Economics
Date: 2013-04-19
Language: en
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/38893
Abstract: The recent parliamentary elections in Finland saw a flood of voices speaking against immigration / internationalisation. For a business school aiming at high-quality research as well as at educating business managers for the Finnish and international business communities, internationalisation is a must. Why? First, the obvious. Finland is a small, export-dependent country. Business is increasingly global. The days when firms could manage well by producing for the local market are definitely gone. Most new successful firms are now “born global”, i.e. focused on global markets from the very start. Managing international business requires knowledge of international markets as well as international contacts. Hanken is unique in Finland due to the language skills mastered by our students as well as our mandatory foreign exchange period. As a side effect, sending students abroad also internationalises our Helsinki and Vaasa campuses, since bilateral exchange agreements bring a fine mixture of international students from top schools to Hanken. Research, too, is international. To be on the front line requires the ability to communicate and interact with the international research community. We need to recruit internationally among top researchers, not just locally. Ideally, part of our faculty will be international, without jeopardizing our responsibility for education in Swedish in the business sector. Hanken is at the very beginning of this process, and great effort is needed to compete for business academics on the international job market .


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