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Knowledge Area Module 1

Learning Agreement



Economic Influences in International Societal Development




Steven R. Van Hook



April 18, 2002




Walden University



Ph.D. in Education Program

Specialization: Transcultural Distance Learning




Iris Yob, First Year Advisor







For KAM 1, abiding by the guiding theme of societal development, I will for breadth examine and contrast theoretical foundations of socioeconomic development, and how those developments evolved from and/or have impacted cultural values. For depth, I will then contrast the theoretical foundations with the current-day environment of evolving and revolving economic systems (e.g., the transition from centralized states to more decentralized, free-market systems), and the impact of those changes on social interaction. Finally, for application, I will integrate the breadth and depth findings with the development of a course in Global Economics for Antioch University.




Breadth Preliminaries


SBSF 8110: Theories of Societal Development



Breadth Objectives


Analyze and contrast the theoretical foundations of socioeconomic development; criticize these theories within the context of how revolutionary changes in operational economic models may actually influence empirical changes in social interaction. Among other theorists, I will integrate within the breadth analysis socioeconomic and cultural development theories of Bauman, Gilpin, Marx, Huntington, and Hofstede. 

Breadth Reference List


Bauman, Z. (2000). Globalization (European perspectives: A series in social thought and cultural criticism). New York: Columbia University Press.


Gilpin, R. (2001 ). Global political economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


Harrison, L. E., & Huntington, S. P. (2000). Culture matters: How values shape human progress. New York: Basic Books.


Heilbroner, R., & Thurow, L. (1998). Economics explained: Everything you need to know about how the economy works and where it's going. New York: Touchstone.


Hofstede, G. (1980).  Culture's consequences: International differences in work-related values. Newbury Park CA: SAGE Publications.


Huntington, S.P (1995). The clash of civilizations and the remaking of world order. New York: Simon & Schuster. 

Marx, K. (1969). The communist manifesto. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company.


Skelton, T., & Allen, T. (Eds.). (1999). Culture and global change. New York: Routledge.


Trompenaars, F., & Hampden-Turner, C. (1998). Riding the waves of culture: Understanding diversity in global business. New York: McGraw-Hill.



Breadth Demonstration


In a scholarly paper of about 30 pages, I will define and contrast a spectrum of economic development theories, and examine how they have withstood the tests of fundamentally transforming economic systems, laying a foundation for the depth examination on how changes in economic models may (or may not) impact societal interrelations.




Depth Preliminaries


SBSF 8120: Current Research in International Societal Development



Depth Objectives


Analyze, critique, and contrast the theoretical social and economic foundations from the breadth component with contemporary realities of social development as socioeconomic models change, particularly in Eastern Europe. 


Depth Reference List



Applebaum, A. (2001, October 1). The new new world order. Slate. Retrieved December 23, 2001, from http://slate.msn.com/?id=116462


Berrell, M., Gloet, M., & Wright, P. (2002). Organizational learning in international joint ventures. The Journal of Management Development. 21 (2), 83-100. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://clorinda.emeraldinsight.com/vl=17878921/cl=19/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/02621711/v21n2/s1/p83


Brown, L. R., & Flavin, C. (1999, May/June). A new economy for a new century. The Humanist. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://80-sks9.sirs.com.proxy.ohiolink.edu:9099/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=OH3657-s23909lu&artno=099407&type=ART


Elashmawi, F. (1998). Overcoming multicultural clashes in global joint ventures. European Business Review. 98 (4), 211-216.  Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://clorinda.emeraldinsight.com/vl=17878921/cl=19/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/0955534x/v98n4/s3/p211


Inglehart, R., & Baker, W. E. (2001, March/April). Modernization’s challenge to traditional values: Who’s afraid of Ronald McDonald? The Futurist. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://80-sks9.sirs.com.proxy.ohiolink.edu:9099/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=OH3657-s23909lu&artno=131030&type=ART


Kahn, J. (2002, March 21). Globalization proves disappointing. New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2002, from http://www.nytimes.com


Low, S.P. (2001). Chinese business principles from the eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC): are they still relevant today? Marketing Intelligence & Planning. 19 (3), 200-208. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://tamino.emeraldinsight.com/vl=1629329/cl=11/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/02634503/v19n3/s7/p200


Luna, D., & Gupta, S. F. (2001). An integrative framework for cross-cultural consumer behavior. International Marketing Review. 18 (1), 45-69. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://clorinda.emeraldinsight.com/vl=17878921/cl=19/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/02651335/v18n1/s3/p45


Michailova, S. (1999).  Exploring subcultural specificity in socialist and postsocialist organizations: The case of Bulgaria.  Paper presented at the SCOS conference, Anderson School of UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.  Retrieved November 8, 1999, from http://www.agsm.ucla.edu/research/conferences/scos/papers/michail.htm


Mavondo, F. T. (2000). Marketing as a form of adaptation: Empirical evidence from a developing economy. Marketing Intelligence & Planning. 18 (5), 256-272. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://tamino.emeraldinsight.com/vl=1629329/cl=11/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/02634503/v18n5/s4/p256


Mueller, S. L., & Clarke, L. D. (1998). Political-economic context and sensitivity to equity: Differences between the United States and the transition economies of Central and Eastern EuropeAcademy of Management Journal. Vol. 41, 06-01-1998, pp 319(11).  Retrieved November 4, 1999, from the Electric Library database.


Rundh, B. (2001). International market development: New patterns in SME’s international market behaviour? Marketing Intelligence & Planning. 19 (5), 310-329. Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://tamino.emeraldinsight.com/vl=1629329/cl=11/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/02634503/v19n5/s3/p319


Samary, C. (1999, November). Former communist countries braced for change: Eastern Europe heads into the unknown. (B. Smerin, Trans.). Le Monde Diplomatique, English edition.  Retrieved November 12, 1999, from http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/en/1999/11/?c=04samary

Sen, A. (2001, November 23). A world not neatly divided. New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2001, from http://www.nytimes.com


Singhapakdi, A., Rawwas, M. Y. A., Marta, J. K., & Ahmed, M. I. (1999). A cross-cultural study of consumer perceptions about marketing ethics. Journal of Consumer Marketing. 16 (3), 275-272.  Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://clorinda.emeraldinsight.com/vl=17878921/cl=19/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/07363761/v16n3/s5/p257


Uchitelle, L. (2002, February 9). Challenging the dogmas of free trade. New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2002, from http://www.nytimes.com



Depth Demonstration


In a scholarly paper of about 30 pages, I will analyze and critique the theoretical social and economic foundations from the breadth component with contemporary realities as socioeconomic models change. I will also prepare an annotated bibliography of approximately 15 current research and investigative articles addressing socioeconomic developments and reconfigurations. 






Application Preliminaries


SBSF 8130: Professional Practice and International Societal Development



Application Objectives


Apply the breadth and depth analysis of international socioeconomic development’s relationship to current realities in transitioning economies, and design an online curriculum component integrating the issues within a course in global economics.


Application Reference Materials


Coates, D., & Humphreys, B. R. (2001). Evaluation of computer-assisted instruction in principles of economics. Educational Technology & Society. 4 (2). Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://clorinda.emeraldinsight.com/vl=17878921/cl=19/nw=1/fm=html/rpsv/cw/mcb/07363761/v16n3/s5/p257http://ifets.ieee.org/periodical/vol_2_2001/coates.html


Lockwood, F., & Gooley, A. (Eds.). (2001). Innovation in open & distance learning: Successful development of online and web-based learning. London: Kogan Page Limited.


Muirhead, B. (2001). Practical strategies for teaching computer-mediated classes. Educational Technology & Society. 4 (2). Retrieved April 14, 2002, from http://ifets.ieee.org/periodical/vol_2_2001/discuss_summary_jan2001.html


Rossett, A. (2002). The ASTD e-learning handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill.



Application Demonstration


Use the research and findings from breadth and depth in the development of an online component for a course design in Global Economics for Antioch University, and submit the site URL along with the written component of the application demonstration. I will document the integration of the breadth and depth components of this KAM in the course site design with a scholarly paper of about 10 pages.



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