Publication Date

Spring 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randall Capps (Director), Alma Hall, and Joseph P. Cangemi

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Western Kentucky University As a result of globalization, the world truly is a smaller place. Today’s business school graduate no longer has to board a plane to transact with international markets—all that is needed is a mobile device and an internet connection. Therefore, a global mindset cannot be limited to only those students who have an opportunity to study abroad; universities must find ways to provide all students with international exposure. A review of the literature shows that, even though business schools are providing students with the necessary technical skills to work within a globalized economy, they falter at providing students with intercultural skills.

This study is a qualitative case study exploring how the leadership of IAE Lyon School of Management developed an innovative internationalization program to address this problem. International Week was created in 2006 to combat the growing concern of the vast majority of their students who did not have an opportunity to travel or study abroad but faced working within a global society. Through the use of semi-structured interviews with four distinct groups of key stakeholders involved with the program, the researcher gained insight as to how International Week continues to be an important component of IAE Lyon’s internationalization process.

Through thematic analysis, the researcher uncovered two overarching themes as being essential to facilitating internationalization at home for all students: (1) understanding the “purpose” of developing an internationalized program, and (2) understanding the importance of providing students with an internationalized curriculum. This research sheds new light on the internationalization literature and provides a model for other institutions of higher learning that are seeking ways to provide internationalization at home for their students who are facing the same dilemma.


Higher Education | International and Comparative Education