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  1. Hi Arun, Have you checked the other thread on this same topic (It is stickied in this forum). It is always difficult to advise someone on choosing between two topics. What interests you more? Economics has a broader scope, in terms of looking at global economic theories. It touches on the indicidual family, and the firm, but the focus is more wide, and global. It is also a more theoretical subject. It generally is seen as "better" when looking for university acceptance (but not in all cases, and it depends on what and where you want to study!) Business and Management is a topic that looks at
  2. Indeed, it seems that Paul Hoang's book is the most popular B&M book I have seen. It is well written and covers the content well. If you are going to self-study, you should ideally get someone to study with, and perhaps find someone who is either a teacher/tutor, or has a good business qualification that you can chat to if/when you get stuck (or alternatively, just post a message on this forum) Remember to pace yourself. 2 years seems like a lot of time, but it goes past very quickly, and the work mounts up of you have not taken huge inroads into the books from the start! Also, self-studyi
  3. This question is a bit like asking "I am hungry, Should I go and eat a Ham Sandwich or a Chicken Pie?" The difference comes down to what you would prefer doing, and what your final goal is going to be! To simply say that you are planning on studying business is not very specific. You could decide to study commerce as a discipline (my first degree was a Bachelor's degree in Commerce), but in this discipline, there are various "subjects" including Accounting and Finance, human relationship management, Marketing and Commercial Law (which would be linked to B&M), and also subjects such as inte
  4. Hi Maulik, I have to agree with SweetnSimple on this one - the topic I choose would interest me, and probably not you!!! You mentioned Motivation. This is also a very large arena. As a subset of Human Resource Management, and closely associated with Psychology (Industrial Psychology, if it is a Business & Management EE), you would need to know the major motivational theories (Maslow, XY theory, Hertzberg, Achievement Theories (McClelland), Expectancy Theory, Z-Theory, and others) Then you would need to understand how they are applied in organisations. One interesting piece of research I di
  5. Hi Maulik, There are no specified topics for your EE. An EE is the opportunity for you to research something around an area in which you have interest. For example, if you want to find out how McDonalds decides which is the next new item to put on their menu, you would be researching in the area of New Product Development, and Market Research (HINT: Make sure you can actually speak to someone at McDonalds, and I don't mean at a restaurant, I mean at corporate!) Look at the entire syllabus of B & M & see which area interests you, then see how you think that that topic applies to a compa
  6. I am not entirely sure about the ToK Essay, but I believe that most assessments' (Essay, EE, Coursework, Portfolio, etc) due dates are set by the school, so that they have enough time to grade them properly before sending to IB for moderation. The "Hard" date is the day they are due at the IB. However treat the assessment as an exam. If you are unable to submit it, then ensure that you have sufficient evidence to prove that you were unable to submit it. A doctor's note saying you were at home with 'flu (I am not talking about Swine Flu/H1N1) will probably not be good enough if you have a compu
  7. Hi SkyHS, I have only just joined this site, so have only started looking through "old" posts, and came across this one. Did you come right on this topic? Could I help? I have been using whiteboards in teaching for a number of years, and this year, I have started having access to smartboard/interactive whiteboards. If it is not too late, I can assist you in getting your interviews done! David
  8. I would also speak to your EE supervisor for input. As Sweetnsimple said, it is more about the process, and your ability to articulate the process and results, than about the actual results. Remember, your EE is a school project. You are unlikely to change the course of mankind, or discover something world changing in an EE (save that for when you do your masters/doctorate). It is really much more about your ability to objectively reason and research!
  9. I would agree with the other posters. If you are not studying a subject, then completing an EE in that subject would be doubly hard...consider: An EE is all about taking the knowledge you are learning in your coursework, and extending it to an additional level. It is either original research beyond the scope of the core curriculum, or additional research into an area not fully covered in the curriculum. In either case, you would be expected to know the core curriculum of the subject relatively well to know where you are extending it. Psychology can also be a complex topic. I know nothing about
  10. Hi Peaches, Do all teachers do the IB to get familiar with the program - Certainly not! Most experienced teachers probably did another school curriculum (I did the South African curriculum, others did A-levels. Most people do the curriculum in their home country, and then go to a university or teachers' training college to train up to be a teacher. I am comfortable teaching IB Business Studies and Economics as I have a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, and an MBA, along with my teaching qualification. But as a teacher with plenty of teaching experience in commerce and computer sciences, I may be
  11. A good approach to this case study is: 1. Read it through quickly (so you get a good understanding of what it's about) 2. Read it through slowly - taking notes - so that you understand what issues are being covered 3. Start putting together a few generic template answers: - Timeline (so you know what happened, in which year - it could show cause & effect relationships - SWOT Analysis (if you haven't done one of these before the exam, you'll probably be sorry - PEST Analysis (Again, a useful tool to use) - Porter's 5-Forces Analysis (A third good tool) -- -- These three analysis tools
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