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IB Business & Management
Teaching ideas and resources for the Business & Management module of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme
A rare opportunity has arisen for a qualified part-time teacher to work in the Business Education Department at Sha Tin College, in Hong Kong, from January 2015.
We are looking to appoint a qualified teacher of Business and Economics to teach to IGCSE and IB Diploma level on a part-time basis, with the possibility of full-time from August 2015.
Visit the College website for more information: http://www.shatincollege.edu.hk/working-us
The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 28th November.read more...»
For the 6th successive year, Level7 Education will be running their annual student revision workshops in Hong Kong, to help students prepare for the May 2014 IB Business & Management examinations…
Read on if interested in further details...read more...»
IBID Press will be launching the new 3rd Edn Business Management textbook, ready for first teaching in September 2014.
Read on for sample pages and pre-ordering details.read more...»
This week’s activity is for students (and teachers if they like) to create a Wordle Quiz of The Imperial. This works rather like a crossword, but is easier, quicker and more visually pleasing to create. An example, produced by one of our students, is attached for reference.
This week’s activity is for students (and teachers if they like) to create a MP3 recording of The Imperial. Students can then listen to their ‘favourite’ bedtime story at home and/or whilst travelling to/from school to consolidate their understanding of the case study.
This week’s activity is to get students to produce a personnel profile of everyone mentioned in the 2014 case study.
Paul Hoang and the team are almost there with their comprehensive pack of teaching & learning resources to support the 2014 IB B&M Paper Case Study on The Imperial.
Dozens of IB teaching colleagues have already pre-ordered the pack and we will send it to them as soon as it is complete.
In the meantime, you can download some sample pages from the Pack from this link
Don't forget to also follow the tutor2u IB Diploma account on Twitter for further support for the IB Business & Management course.
This week's activity is to get students to prepare their own time line of the events in the case study...
This year’s case study is based on the hotel industry in Mombasa, Kenya with a focus on the hypothetical business The Imperial.read more...»
This year’s case study is based on the hypothetical hotel The Imperial. Follow the tutor2u Business & Management blog for lesson ideas and activities to help your student prepare for the May and Nov 2014 exams.
A tutor2u Case Study Pack, written by Paul Hoang, Margaret Ducie and Urvashi Sharma, will be available in mid-January 2014.
The Case Study Pack can be pre-ordered now and will be sent to colleagues as soon as it is completed.
Let your students have a go at this A-Z Quiz on the Royal Danish Bearings case study...
By now, your students should really be getting to grips with the Royal Danish Bearings case study. Get them to watch this short video clip on YouTube to see how ball bearings are made...
Zondle is a great tool for revising in a fun and engaging way. My students have produced some fantastic quizzes based on the RBD case study...
This week's activity is called The Password Game and is a great, fun way to learn key terms from the Royal Danish Bearings case study. The PPTX is attached and you can add/edit key terms as you see fit...
By now, your students probably know the answers to the following questions:
Who was the visionary at RDB? Who empowered RDB's middle managers? Who adopted TQM, Kaizen and benchmarking at RDB? Who was a lifelong industrialist? Who worked at an investment bank in New York? Do the workers at RDB have job security? Are they proud to work for RDB?
If your students are struggling to answer these, then read on...
This week's activity is based on Ben10's excellent Give It A Go blog on using Wordle - a free word cloud website...
This week's class activity is to get students to create a time line of the events in the RDB case study. Can they work out when Valdemar Holstein and Anna Holstein were born?
A superb, comprehensive
teacher and student support pack for the IB Business & Management Case
Study on Royal Danish Bearings for exams in May & November 2013:
The Paper 1 Case Study Pack has been produced by Paul Hoang to help colleagues and students in their preparations for the May/November 2013 Paper 1 examination (Royal Danish Bearings).
The comprehensive RDB Case Study Pack resource comprises:
Something new that I've tried this year to get the students more involved in their learning of the pre-seen case study is to get them to create a classroom display. Not only can this help to improve the classroom environment, it also means RDB is always on the minds of the students when in the classroom!
Read on for details of some of the poster ideas for this case study...
Happy New Year!
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting class activities for students (and teachers) to help prepare for the May/Nov 2013 Paper 1 B&M exams based on this year's case study - Royal Danish Bearings.
Read on for the first week's activity
Read 50 questions on the case study here.
This article on ship breaking in Bangladesh raises quite a few interesting ethical issues involving various stakeholders and also the overall ethical objectives of businesses. Great to link with TOK as well. Click here for the article ......
Great news item for linking Society (or Culture) with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Concert, which has hit problems in Jakarta, Indonesia…
Here’s a great case study to teach total quality management, productivity improvements and its impact on job satisfaction of employees. Read the full case study here…....
With the exams just a few weeks away, here’s this week’s top exam tip to help with evaluation - the STOP principle…
A brilliant news article from the New York Times that will have direct relevance to students for the UWP Mission to Loyka case study…read more...»
Here’s the next exam tip - this one focuses on evaluation, the essential skill required to get a Level 7…read more...»
Here’s the second exam tip for the upcoming IB B&M exams about learning the quantitative methods…read more...»
As the final examination is fast approaching, keep an eye on tutor2u for tips on preparing for the upcoming exams. The first tip in the series is about planning your revision carefully…read more...»
How well do you know the UWP case study? Take this week’s comprehension quiz to find out…
Create a personnel profile for all known stakeholders in the UWP case study
This week’s activity requires students to dissect the case study and create a personnel profile of Kos Palouk, Michael Donovan, General Meiri, General Pierce, the governor of Beral, and the Olive Hats.
How many women appear in the Fortune 500 top billionaires in the world? And how many of these are from China? Which computer maker saw profits soar 54% whilst its American rival reported a 44% drop in profits? Take this month’s current affairs quiz to find out…
Research Task – Theory
This week’s activity follows on from last week’s research task on the context of peacekeeping and the UWP Mission to Loyka case study. This week’s activity requires students to research and present their findings (either as a poster, research presentation, blog etc.) about relevant theory related to the case study. This activity will allow students to write better quality answers by applying relevant B&M tools, concepts and theories of the UWP Mission to Loyka.read more...»
Research Task – Context
This week’s activity is for students (and teachers if they like) to gather background information about the case study (such as peacekeeping). This will allow students to write better quality answers that are in the context of the UWP Mission to Loyka.read more...»
This week’s activity is for students (and teachers if they like) to create a podcast of the UWP Mission to Loyka case study.
Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon.
Which BRIC country finally joined the WTO? Which luxury carmaker enjoyed record-breaking sales - a record held since 1978 - despite the global recession? Take the January Quiz to find out…read more...»
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
I’ve uploaded three revision games based on the UWP case study on Zondle…
I have uploaded 50 questions on the Business & Management Paper 1 case study: UWP Mission to LOYKA. Read here
With the focus of the IB Business and Management Paper 1 case study on non-profit organizations (NPOs), I found this interesting article, written by Laurence Lien, the Chairman of Lien Foundation, on the role of non-profit organizations. Although his writings relate to Singapore, there are a lot of linkages one can establish between the Government of a country and NPOs. As one reads through the article, there is an interesting mention made of a hospital scenario. I thought this article relates perfectly to the case study, especially with the United World Peace Mission (UWP) contemplating on constructing either a hospital or a university at Loyka. By comparing government programmes to the big stones in a container and NPO programmes to the small stones filling the remaining gaps, Laurence acknowledges that NPOs can be a rich source of innovation and experimentation and that the public sector should welcome and encourage the proliferation of new ideas from the NPOs. Read more here ………..
The new Paper 1 case study (for May 2012 and Nov 2012) was released at the beginning of the month. No doubt, teachers and students will be working hard on this to prepare for the final examinations. I’ll be posting weekly activities to get us all familiar with the United World Peace Mission to Loyka…
This month’s November current affairs quiz is packed with questions from the airline and motor industries, and plenty about the BRIC economies. And a Premier League football club has proved you can’t run a business at a loss, however much you think your star players are worth.
How many of the 46 questions can you answer? Take the November quiz to find out…read more...»
With the Chief Executive dismissed just under two months ago, Yahoo is all set to undergo a strategic review. The internet giant must decide whether to go alone or succumb to suitors. Bidders range from China’s Alibaba to AOL and Microsoft apart from a few others, although Yahoo turned down Microsoft’s offer of $47.5 billion just three years ago, a very costly mistake which has seen its share price fall from $33 to a mere $16 now. However Yahoo is initiating minor internal adjustments to its capital restructuring process to avoid a hostile takeover, in the process, irking a few stakeholders. Is this turnaround strategy enough for Yahoo to revive its market share from rivals Google, Apple and Facebook?
Read more here .....
This week saw two new budget airlines being launched in the burgeoning no-frills travel market. Both airlines have focused on their brand names to show that their airline is indeed different. Singapore Airlines announced SCOOT, a new long-haul budget carrier to compete against Air Asia and Jet Star. In the wake of the Qantas debacle, a new budget air line was unveiled yesterday in Brisbane. Sporting the iconic green and gold colors, AIR AUSTRALIA is the new brand name for Strategic Airlines, which has been around for almost 20 years. With a soaring Australian dollar and a high demand for travel in Asia, this week’s announcement is strategic given that the global economy is slowing and fuel costs are going through the roof.
Read more on Scoot and Air Australia
Starting this month, I’ll be posting a monthly current affairs quiz for B&M students and teachers. It’s common knowledge that IB examiners prefer (and in some cases require) answers that use real world examples. There are 30 questions in this month’s current affairs quiz…read more...»
In this article, Thomas L. Friedman highlights how today’s hyperconnected world requires white-collar workers to compete with a bigger pool of cheap geniuses, some of whom are robots, microchips and soft-ware guided machines. Thanks to iphones, Facebook, Skype, amongst others. Just under a decade ago, the connected world was a challenge to blue-collar workers. Thanks to globalization, outsourcing and the internet. Thomas L Friedman points out that for us teachers, the challenge is to inspire our students to be the ’better’ and ‘best’ people in today’s hyperconnected world. Read the article here ...
This year’s Forbes Rich List of the wealthiest Americans has been published. There is no surprise who is top, but how many women feature in the top 10 and how many people in the top 10 are related to one another? Read on to find out…read more...»
Here’s a great visual to add to your PowerPoint presentations, class notes or as a stimulus for a starter/plenary when teaching labour productivity.
So what really is the estimated opportunity cost of Angry Birds in the workplace? And just how much is Rovio estimated to be worth now?! Read on to find out…
It’s the start of the new academic year for many centres, and here’s a starter for teaching Unit 5.5 Location. The USA has, for the 3rd year running, slipped in the annual ‘Global Competitiveness’ league table compiled by the World Economic Forum. Which country is number 1? Is Britain in the top 10? Whilst there is no real surprise about Greece, which position has Hong Kong soared to? Read more to find out…
Our revision toolkit for the Reach Out case study for IBDP Business & Management in 2011 is still available. Adam Dean, Head of Commerce & IT at Emirates International School - Jumeirah, has produced a comprehensive analysis of the Reach Out case, including a mock exam paper. This resource can now be ordered from the tutor2u online store here:
With the Easter holidays in full swing, May 2011 candidates are busy preparing for their final IB exams. This week’s ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams is about improving evaluation skills…read more...»
With just a week to go before the Easter holidays (in this part of the world anyway), May 2011 candidates will be busy preparing for their final IB exams. Here’s this week’s ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams courtesy of Brett Hillman and Fiona Charnley from Australia…read more...»
With just over 2 weeks to go before the Easter holidays, May 2011 candidates will be busy preparing for their final IB exams. Here’s this week’s ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams…read more...»
With less than 4 weeks to go before many students leave school for the Easter holidays and prepare for their final IB exams, each week I will be posting a ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams.
Here’s the fourth in the series…read more...»
IBDP Business and Management students will be busy preparing for the Paper 1 pre-release case study. How well do you know Reach Out? Take the 3rd in the series of the 10-question quiz to find out…read more...»
With 5 weeks to go before many students leave school for the Easter holidays and prepare for their final IB exams, each week I will be posting a ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams.
Here’s the third in the series…read more...»
With 6 weeks to go before many students leave school for the Easter holidays and prepare for their final IB exams, each week I will be posting a ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams. Here’s the second in the series…
In early March, I was privileged to have been invited to the Koç School in Istanbul, Turkey. The students I met were absolutely amazing – academic geniuses with real personalities and humbleness. This blog is dedicated to them…
IBDP Business and Management students will be busy preparing for the Paper 1 pre-release case study. How well do you know Reach Out? Take the second in the series of the 10-question quiz to find out. BTW, next month is Austism Awareness Month…
So where is the best place on the planet to live? And why are the BRICs all over the news? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
With about 7 weeks to go before many students leave school for the Easter holidays and prepare for their final IB exams, each week I will be posting a ‘top tip’ for the B&M exams.
Here’s the first in the series…
IBDP Business and Management students will be busy preparing for the Paper 1 pre-release case study. How well do you know Reach Out? Take this 10-question quiz to find out…
We’re back from the Chinese New Year holidays, so here’s the latest current affairs quiz…read more...»
China and India have been in the news again for all sorts of reasons… do you know why? And which American bank has reported more losses, this time amounting to USD1.2bn (£769m)? Take this week’s current affairs quiz to find out…read more...»
In preparing for the P1 pre-seen case study, I watched a brilliant 45-minutes BBC Four video with my students in class called “My Family and Autism”...
Which US car maker has launched the ‘Volt’ to take on Toyota’s mighty Prius? Which Wall Street bank - which remained profitble during the financial crisis - has reported an increase in profits of 47%? And which internet website, with over 400 million hits each month, has just celebrated its 10th anniversary? Take this week’s current affairs quiz to find out…read more...»
Used these two footy video clips as (light entertainment) starters for 5.4 Quality…read more...»
Which Chinese internet company has more customers than Facebook? And what is the most popular overseas destination for French Bordeaux wine? Having already launched the LePhone, Lenovo is about to launch a new gadget to take on the iPad – but what is it called? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
Here’s an interesting article that can be used when teaching 2.3 Communication…
Forget the traditional textbook example of product life cycles – which game caused a total storm in 2010 with sales of $360m (£227,848,101) on its first day of release? And who is the most successful female television entrepreneur of all time with her very own 24/7 cable network? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
Useful videos from BBC Four and YouTube for the Reach Out case study (autism)...read more...»
Interested in teaching in the Humanities Faculty at an excellent international school in Hong Kong? We have two vacancies for Business Education from August 2011. There is also a post of responsibility in the Faculty for a Coordinator of Theory of Knowledge and IPSE. Read on for more details…read more...»
Which oil-rich country has its National Day on Thursday? Which computer game raked in £135 million on its debut? And which metal has hit yet another all-time high on the commodities market? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
Here’s a great online quiz that you can use with students to check their sense perception of some well known brands…
So how much does the world’s most expensive dessert cost?! What is the latest unemployment rate in the world’s largest economy? Why is Ferrari in the news, for the wrong reasons? Take this week’s current affairs quiz to find out…read more...»
Welcome to a new academic year and a new set of current affairs quizzes for Business and Economics students…read more...»
In the following analysis, I have identified five multi national companies to show how they managed crisis and dealt with negative publicity. The companies are Mattel, PepsiCo, JetBlue, The Coca Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson.
Click here to download the article.
Sir Stelios has told the company that it must improve its performance within 90 days or it will lose the name.
Read the article here
Enteries for a new name to be forwarded to me as soon as possible. I will compile a list a publish.
Which country has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become the world’s leading oil producer? Which Chinese bank has won government approval for its world record breaking flotation worth at least USD22bn? And which company makes gadgets for the likes of Dell, Sony and Apple? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
A new series begins on BBC1 tonight that will no doubt provide some excellent material for Business Management students.read more...»
Here’s an interesting 4-minute BBC video clip that can be used for teaching market segmentation and targeting (Unit 4.2).read more...»
Merger talks between which two American airlines have halted? What is Coca Colla? And who is the richest man in Britain? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
Who owns the trademark ‘Xperia’? Which Japanese manufacturer plans to give the iPad a run for its money? And what’s happening at Goldman Sachs? Take this week’s CAQ to find out…read more...»
The IB B&M syllabus incorporates many quantitative techniques…
A big “Thanks” to Darrell Zawada from Sha Tin College for this great teaching and learning idea…read more...»
This year’s Interschool Marketing Competition in Hong Kong was bigger and better than ever. Congratulations to Team Prestige for their very convincing victory!
Here’s the third quiz for students to test their comprehension of the N-Pharma case study. Give yourself 5 mins, i.e. 30 seconds per question…read more...»
So which international jeans brand has opted to use the controversial slogan “Be Stupid” as part of its revamped marketing campaign? Tiger Woods has been dropped by yet another sponsor. And which EU nation is made up of some 6,000 islands? Take this week’s Current Affairs Quiz to find out…read more...»
The inverted Y model can be used as a guide to answer questions of a higher order nature such as evaluate, discuss, justify, recommend and to what extent. Read here
Here is the third of several top tips for tackling the exams in May 2010 - Top Tip #3: Plan your revision carefully…
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” Peter F. Drucker, Management guru (1909 - 2005)
Here is the second of several top tips for tackling the exams in May 2010 - Tip #2 – Learn the structure of the exam papers…
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be uploading some important exam tips on the B&M blog. Here is the first of several top tips for tackling the exams in May 2010…
The second blog entry on teaching and learning strategies for the pre-seen case study 2010…read more...»
In this document, you will find SWOT analysis, PESTLE analysis, RATIO analysis and several questions under each of the 6 topics for N-Pharma.read more...»
I have heard many presentations from business folk over the years and the last two years of our embryonic Entrepreneurship Society have been memorable for some superb talks. None has quite matched the impact and the quality of a talk given by Tony Fernandes, Founder and CEO of Air Asia last Thursday night.read more...»
The first of two blogs on teaching and learning strategies for the pre-seen case study 2010…
This article analyses marketing strategies incorporated by businesses in the Food and Beverage industry in the face of external environment changes and how they have adapted their Marketing Mix to suit these changes. Marketing Mix changes
In this overview, business students can relate Ansoff’s growth strategies in the launch of new cars in an already entrenched market…... read moreread more...»
JPMorgan Chase are at the forefront of changing the rewards culture in the banking sector.read more...»
The Church of England has been under mounting pressure over the past year to disinvest in the FTSE 100 company after it continually refused to back down on its plans to construct an open-cast mine on Niyamgiri mountain in Orissa, India. Activists believe it will destroy the area’s ecosystem and threaten the future of the 8,000-strong Dongria Kondh tribe, who depend on the hills for their crops and water and who believe the mountain and surrounding forest to be a sacred place.read more...»
The Guardian reports today that Toyota was aware of the fault a year ago but chose not to act upon it because they did not believe it to be a safety issue. This represents a major PR disaster for the global car manufacturer.read more...»