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IB Business & Management
Teaching ideas and resources for the Business & Management module of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme
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...
For the 5th successive year, I'll be running the annual student revision workshops with Level7 Education in Hong Kong, to help students prepare for the May 2013 examinations…
Read on if interested in further details...
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…
This is a final call for those interested in attending the final student revision workshop with Level7 Education, in preparation for the upcoming May 2012 examinations…
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…
I’ve uploaded a few B&M revision quizzes on Zondle.
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…