Graduate Education

Global MBAs: Finding one that fits the bill

April 20, 2011: 12:51 PM ET

Whether you want to be an entrepreneur or a senior corporate manager, all budding business leaders will need a global grounding. Here's what to look for in a global MBA program. 

By Shawn P. O'Connor, contributor

FORTUNE -- Economists, managers, and business school faculty can no longer ignore the powerful economic impact that international events abroad have on businesses across the world.

Japanese companies such as Toyota (TM) and Sony (SNE) have been forced to slow production following the disasters in Japan, leading to shortages of car parts and electronics around the globe. Unrest in Bahrain, Syria, and Libya has caused oil and gasoline prices to skyrocket in the United States, threatening our anemic recovery and consumer confidence. At the same time, it's impossible to go a week (or sometimes even a day) without hearing the latest indication that BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) economies represent emerging (or should we start saying emerged?) global powerhouses.

There's little doubt that the world's economies will only become increasingly interconnected during your career; so, how do you best prepare for the challenges that you'll face as a global manager?

Whether you aspire to become an entrepreneur or a senior manager at a Fortune 500 company -- and regardless of your industry focus -- you will likely need management education that will prepare you to excel in this new economic paradigm.

Does this mean that you should pursue your MBA abroad? More

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