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Factors affecting the receptivity of potential graduate business students for online MBAs: Mid-level managers in selected Arab nations

, Touro University International, United States

Touro University International . Awarded

Record type: DISSERTATION

Abstract

This study focused on the factors that affect receptivity of online MBAs by Arab mid-level managers and whether there is enough receptiveness to online MBAs to accept along or substitute it with traditional MBAs.

The growth of the Internet in the Arab world has opened up the possibility of using online MBAs as an alternative to the traditional MBAs. With the huge rise in population in coming years, Arab countries are expected to face problems in meeting the educational requirements of their populace. Online MBAs could be the answer to the problem. Most of the developing countries in the Arab region have high unemployment rates thus resorting to nationalization of most industries to resolve the problem. Without providing the populace with quality education and without the disbursement of huge resources, this problem may not be resolved. Today, most affluent Arabs look to the western world for quality MBA programs and some of them undertake programs in the few quality universities in the region. However, this is extremely expensive and in many cases, the students avoid repatriation. This compounds the problem of unemployment making it more acute and unsolvable. Besides this, the online form of MBA has been seen to have numerous advantages for the student over the traditional MBA which help the mid-level managers in the Arab world gain quality managerial skills, while on the job.

Twenty-four hypotheses were developed to explore participants' receptivity for online MBAs. The results of the meta-analysis showed that there was a definite correlation between various variables that were measured against receptivity levels in online MBAs. This meant that receptivity in online MBA programs could be favorably improved through instilling and improving personality traits and characteristics in Arab mid-level managers. Only the demographic value of gender gave a t-value of t = 2.44, which led to failure in rejecting the null hypothesis that gender has no significance with receptivity levels.

Citation

Abou-Rustom, E.R. Factors affecting the receptivity of potential graduate business students for online MBAs: Mid-level managers in selected Arab nations. Ph.D. thesis, Touro University International. Retrieved May 23, 2019 from .

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