Designing Business Education for Ukraine: Lessons Learned

  • S.L. Smith
  • V.M. Mikelonis
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 1)


This paper delineates a seven-year program in Ukraine that took a systemic approach to initiating change in the design of undergraduate, post-diploma, and MBA, business programs. Five design principles guided the process: (1) designing curriculum based on stakeholder needs and accreditation standards; (2) determining the appropriate balance of hard and soft skills in the curriculum; (3) focusing on attitude change, the need for continuing education, and ‘learning how to learn;’ (4) designing integrative rather than exclusively discipline-based education; and (5) developing partnerships with a variety of stakeholders in Ukraine, the United States, and Poland.

Key Words

Ukraine business education economic development CEUME Center for Nations in Transition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S.L. Smith
    • 1
  • V.M. Mikelonis
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaUSA

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