In space, no one can hear you scream.

Silence seems to have become a key cue in the science fiction film, from Scott and Cameron's iterations of the Alien franchise (Alien UK/US 1979 and Aliens US 1986), through Nolan's Interstellar (US 2014), and Cuaron's Gravity (US 2014) to the recent outing Arrival (US 2016 dir: Denis Villeneuve). Silence is a of course a feature of a vacuum, but is this why it is also a feature of some science fiction film? There are obvious connotations one could read into ...

Business Management Exam Preparation

As the May 2016 IB exams are approaching teachers and students are getting busier with exam preparation. The new conceptual and contextualized approach to teaching BM is clearly different from the content-based approach from the previous program. This approach puts the Paper 1 Case study and the teaching towards Paper 2 in a different perspective. Previously many teachers used the “teaching the examination” approach in relation to the Paper 1 Case study. Teachers and students will come up with questions, ...

Being student-centred in Business Management

It is often difficult in some cultures to change the emphasis on learning away from teachers to learners, as cultural expectations are that the teacher is the 'source of knowledge'. The IB programme expects, however, through all of its components that students take control of their learning and are 'risk takers' and that the teacher should move from being the 'Sage on the stage' to the Guide on the side'. I do not think that we can expect students, who ...

‘Tis the season for giving

It’s the season for giving and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook announced at the beginning of December that he and wife Priscilla Chan intend to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation through their charitable foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The initial focus for the Initiative will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. Zuckerberg went on to say that the couple will give 99% of their Facebook shares ...

Social enterprise, Social business and Sustainable organanizations

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Business management plays a key role in the process of putting the IB philosophy in practice. The course encourages the appreciation of ethical concerns, as well as issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR), at both a local and global level. Business does not have to just be about maximising profit. The Business management course encourages ...

Desirable accessory, technology solution or fad?

Wearable technology, wearable devices and fashionable technology are clothing and accessories that incorporate computer and electronic technologies. Smart clothes can be both practical and aesthetic, making technology a part of daily life. By embedding garments with electronics and sensors, they can exchange data with people and other connected devices, without human intervention. Wearable devices are, therefore, a good example of the Internet of Things, since they are part of the network of physical objects or "things". According to GlobalWebIndex, 71% of ...

HLIA negative trends

As we move to the new Business Management programme and assessment models, it is a good time to reflect on negative trends in the preparation and completion of the higher level internal assessment, and the (probably optimistic) hope that these will be addressed in the May 2016 session. Although, left to last in this post, the appendices are becoming the most problematic aspect of the HLIA. At the start of any programme, there tends to be a range of mistakes that ...

Subtle changes, significant consequences

At first glance the new programme guide for Business Management contained no major changes. There was a name change with the ‘and’ removed, and there were reductions in SL content, particularly in operations management. Other aspects seemed very familiar: the tasks for HLIA and SLIA remained the same. There were some relatively minor changes to the assessment criteria, making the selection of the appropriate mark easier to understand. The external assessment still lay in two papers; one based on a ...

VW’s smoke and mirrors

The German car giant Volkswagen (VW) is in crisis. In a scandal labelled “diesel dupe”, the world’s largest automaker has admitted that it rigged diesel vehicles in the US to pass emissions tests in the lab. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some VW diesel cars sold in America had devices that could detect when they were being tested, and then change the engine performance to improve emission results. Once on the road, the engines switched back from ...

Important changes to the new BM programme (updated 5th October 2015)

The IB coordinator notes for September contain some significant alterations to the new Business Management guide (first assessment 2016) that affect the Standard Level internal assessment, Paper 1 (the pre-seen case study) and Paper 2, section A. An updated version of the Business management guide, relevant student samples and specimen papers are available on the OCC to reflect the following changes. SLIA A problem regularly faced by moderators is that students submit their commentary without attaching the supporting documents (SDs). In some ...