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Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti on Teaching Business in the Global Context

Bhaskar Chakravorti is a Senior Associate Dean at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

When Tufts University launched its Master's in International Business program four years ago, it was focused on one thing: global context.

For starters, the two-year degree is housed at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, which specializes in international affairs, not business. (Tufts doesn't have a business school.) All students have previous international experience and they are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. It's not uncommon for students to take a politics class in Mandarin or history in Arabic.

Perhaps it was only fitting that Bhaskar Chakravorti, an Indian native with American academic credentials and global consulting experience, head the program.

“Classes on finance and marketing are crucial but they have little value unless they're framed in the appropriate historical, political or sociological context," says Mr. Chakravorti, director of the Institute for Business in the Global Context at the Medford, Mass., school.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Chakravorti, 52, spoke about the type of student the program attracts, teaching global business and why speaking the local language matters.

Read the complete interview (more)