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Some ideas for IA Secondary Research

Saturday, September 05, 2009
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I hope the following ideas might be useful as a starting point for various IB Business and Management tasks - such as

  • *IA (HL and SL) Secondary research
  • *Choosing a suitable IA SL topic
  • *Choosing a suitable EE topic

  • Remember … before you start surfing….

  • The following links are respected, and are a good place to start, but DON’T trust something just because it’s on a website!
  • You are expected to select a range of secondary research sources for your IA. As well as these external sources, you should look for internal sources of secondary research - company end of year reports etc
  • ALL IA secondary research MUST be current (i.e. published in the last 2 years)
  • a) Tags for companies and IB BaM content
    http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/tags/

    b) Case studies
    http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/information/index.php (various topic links and company information links)
    http://www.afrbiz.com.au/page.asp?E_Page=416355 (Australian based company links)

    c) Business theory links
    http://www.bized.co.uk/learn/ib.htm (IB BaM theory)
    http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/index.php (Business theory - be careful to select a BaM topic not one that is not in the syllabus)

    d) Great research sites
    www.ft.com – a monster site – you can go to UK, European, Asian, US and Middle Eastern versions). I click the ‘Companies’ tab and then use the search box to get research on a company I’m interested in
    www.guardian.co.uk/business - I love this site because it is the easiest one to get lots of sources on a particular topic. Once you go to any of the links on this page, you should look for the “Related subjects” links down the right hand side of the page. Here are some of the links that may spark some ideas:

    e) Business by Sector - examples
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/banking
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/telecoms
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/theairlineindustry
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/retail
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/supermarkets
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/fooddrinks
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/oilandgascompanies

    f) Business by topic - examples
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/mergers-and-acquisitions
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/executive-pay-bonuses
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/corporatesocialresponsibility
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/ethicalbusiness

    g) Technology Businesses – examples
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/microsoft
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/google
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/youtube
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/facebook

     



     

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