My people perish from a lack of knowledge.
For decades, the education system of the United States of America has continued to experience a significant relapse. This deterioration is evident in her ability to educate all students to an academic and practical level which was once held in high regard for many years, by numerous scholars around the world. Such a reality has become even more prevalent as the European country, Switzerland, continues to advance with increased swiftness in the realm of academic education and work experience. The educational distinction of Switzerland is attaining a level which is being recognized globally, and its core is proving to be the fundamentals of its Dual Education System, by way of an ever progressing apprenticeship program.
The elements which allow for the success of such a dual-education system relates primarily to that of culture. Beginning with country culture, it is through the historical lens of both the U.S.A. and Switzerland, that a view into how the formation and longevity of a proposed and existing dual-education system has progressed or diminished throughout the last century. Following country culture is organizational culture, which aligns all the actors at every level of the education and workforce spectrum. This is where the ability to develop a framework, illuminating the macro, meso and micro levels of organizational culture and their effectiveness is afforded.
As the core objective of obtaining a viable education is to provide the necessary elements for entering the workforce. It is here that this research study will provide empirical evidence to further reveal and validate the importance of the companies and the role they play in the dual education system as they endeavor to educate students today to become tomorrow’s “most desired employee.” This corroboration is further enabled by the synergism of companies, institutions and government thus allowing for the revelation of the missing link which will pave the way for the systematic revitalization and increased interest in a present day dual-education system within the United States.
The results of this research are made evident as a myriad of lessons have been exposed. These lessons are effectively positioned to assist in the combat of reducing the growing numbers of youth unemployment, under employment as well as the improvement of an ever increasing unskilled workforce within the United States. Furthermore, elaboration of the necessity for communities of practice and strategic alignment of all elements of the framework is systematically empowered. This opens the gateway for proposition, to the U.S.A. for academic and vocational reforms to create a bond that binds education and the workforce for a long, lasting and lucrative relationship.
Lessons to Learn by the United States of America from the Swiss Dual-Education System
University of St. Gallen
School of Management, Economics, Law,
Social Sciences and International Affairs
A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MANAGEMENT
Myrtle Patricia Alexander
The United States of America, the United Kingdom and Jamaica
Approved on the application of
Professor Dr. Martin Hilb
Professor Dr. Philipp Gonon
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