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Multilingualism
 among
 MBA
 students
 in
 Nepal,
 Advantage
 in
 Corporate
 Nepal
 
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Multilingualism among MBA students in Nepal, Advantage in Corporate Nepal Shrizana Shrestha MBA I – Fall 2012, Kathmandu University School of Management Email: 12133_shrizana@kusom.edu.np Sandeep Sigdel MBA I – Fall 2012, Kathmandu University School of Management Email: 12134_sandeep@kusom.edu.np Ashish Silwal MBA I – Fall 2012, Kathmandu University School of Management Email: 12135_ashish@kusom.edu.np Minal Singh MBA I – Fall 2012, Kathmandu University School of Management Email: 12136_minal@kusom.edu.np

Abstract
The aim of the research was to find the level of multilingualism among MBA students in Nepal, and whether being a multilingual through MBA studies has any advantage in the corporate workplace environment. Our research was conducted through online surveys for two phases of the research (MBA students and Business executives). We used a combination of primary data, along with secondary sources, which included literary articles from the past on relevant topic. The findings of the first phase of the research were strongly conclusive in the sense that a

MBA
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Multilingualism
 among
 MBA
 students
 in
 Nepal,
 Advantage
 in
 Corporate
 Nepal
 

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convincing majority of MBA students in Nepal are multilingual (skilled in 3 or more languages). The second phase of the research gave us unanimous conclusion from the business executives of Corporate Nepal that being a multilingual does in fact comes with an advantage in the workplace.

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Introduction

With the increasing importance of globalization through the twenty first century, the importance of skills in multiple languages has taken an upward direction. It is argued that any competent business manager has found it necessary to be able to communicate in more than one language. Even in the case of a relatively unaffected country from globalization like Nepal, understanding and use of English and Hindi in day-to-day walk of life has encouraged business students to master themselves in at least three languages. We are finding out what is the proportion of multilinguals among MBA students in Nepal. Furthermore, we are trying to conclude if there is any connection between multilingual MBA graduates and their potential success because of this skill in the corporate world after they graduate. The questions we want to investigate in this research are as follows: Q1: Q2: What are the dynamics of multilinguals among the MBA population in Nepal? What is the association between being multilingual at business school, and success in the corporate scenario after graduation?

MBA
 -­‐
 I
 

Multilingualism
 among
 MBA
 students
 in
 Nepal,
 Advantage
 in
 Corporate
 Nepal
 

3
 

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Rationale of the Study

It is a widely talked topic that having multiple language skills is an advantage in the workplace. We are interested to see if the same case applies for the corporate workplace in Nepal. More specifically, we are also interested to see if those preparing to enter the corporate scene of Nepal in the near future (MBA students) are skilled in multiple languages. We are also interested to see if they would have any advantage over their non-multilingual colleagues in the workplace. This paper will give us a credible idea about the multilingual status of MBA students in Nepal, and whether they would find their language skills helpful in the corporate workplace.

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Purpose of the Study

The purpose of the study is to test the association of independent variable that is: MBA enrollment with dependent variables that are; languages and success in corporate workplace environment.

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Literature Review
Monolingualism

Monolingualism or unilingualism is the condition of being able to speak only a single language, as compared...
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