Welcome to Spring 2013 Class

This space is specifically for students enrolled in BUSA3000 at Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University taught by Jacobus Boers.

This semester we will learn about “Globalization & International Business Practices.”  I know that since this is a core course you are likely here because you have to be here and not because you are just desperately looking to learn about international business.  Many of you will find this a brave new world.   Do not fear, you will not just survive but will discover all kinds of interesting things that will better prepare you to compete in a global job market.  Most important, while we learn we will do some fun  stuff!

You can take the traditional approach, read the textbook, write a paper, come to class and study hard.  This will get you some pretty good results (if you study really hard).

Alternatively you can read the textbook, write a paper, come to class and study hard AND ENGAGE in the conversation in class or out of class.  There will be many options available to you: FaceBook, Twitter, blogging, a wiki, and others.  Be careful in how you use these tools in class because they may show how well (or how little) you have kept up with what is happening in class.  If you engage fully you may just see the world differently by the end of the semester and earn an excellent grade (if you study really hard).

I look forward to meeting you.  I am ready to have fun.  Are you?

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SWoRD Writing Environment

You will need to create an account in SWoRD and log in for you to submit your term paper and review other papers.  The link for SWoRD is

http://sword.lrdc.pitt.edu/sword/login.jsp

When creating your account please pay special attention to the pseudonym you choose.  This is the name that other students will see when you review their papers.  Please choose the pseudonym carefully to avoid (a) connection with you real name and (b) embarrass you when the instructor or others see the pseudonym.

After your account has been successfully created you will need to take one more step –  verify your email address.  SWoRD will send you a confirmation email with a link. YOU CANNOT LOGIN AGAIN UNTIL AFTER YOU CLICK THAT LINK. It may take a few minutes for the email to reach your account. If you haven’t received the email in 10 minutes, please check your spam filter.

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International Business Term Paper

This semester you will earn 25% of your final grade by completing an international business term paper.  This assignment requires you to do research and write a clear and logical research paper on a specific topic in international business or globalization, and to explore this topic in reference to one or more countries.

Your paper will require you to state a thesis and then show analysis that provides at least three reasons why your thesis is true.

In you analysis you need to include at least one newspaper article or media report from another country (other than the country you choose to cover and NOT the United States of America) as evidence in support of the claim in your thesis.

You will be graded on:

  1. The quality of Critical Thinking in your paper
  2. Your writing, and
  3. Citation your of sources, both in the text where you specifically quote or reference a source, as well as in a bibliography.

The International Business Term Paper will be graded using a rubric.

Term Paper Process

The term paper is not a single submission assignment.  You have to follow a process and you will earn you grade through all the steps of the process:

  1. Conduct background research on your country of choice
  2. Write a Term Paper developed through a process of drafting & review:
    1. Submit a FIRST DRAFT of your paper
    2. Review the drafts of 3 (three) other students and apply the rubric to their drafts
    3. After review by 3 other students and the instructor/writing consultant you will receive feedback on your first draft from at least 4 individuals
    4. Submit a SECOND DRAFT of your paper
    5. After review by 3 other students and the instructor/writing consultant you will receive feedback on your first draft from at least 4 individuals
    6. Rework, improve and refine your paper and resubmit it for final grading.

Term Paper Format

The paper should be:

  • At least 1, 500 (one thousand five hundred) and no more than 2,000 (two thousand) words.
  • Use proper reference citation using formal APA or MLA style and
  • Include a list of sources cited (bibliography).

Paper Topic

You will need to select a term paper topic from one of the following topics:

  1. Outsourcing and offshoring
  2. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  3. The impact of trade on economic development
  4. Cross-cultural challenges in international business
  5. The prospects of continued globalization
  6. Other topics specifically approved by the instructor.

Resources

You are provided with several resources that will allow you to submit a well researched and considered term paper. These resources include:

  • A workshop (for a full class period) with a business librarian on the use of library resources in doing international business research, including finding international business and media articles
  • Excellent information available on Writing Effective Research and Technical Reports at: http://hollywood.gsu.edu/mkt/wwwmkt/WritingReports/Application.html
  • Information on proper reference citation using APA or MLA style refer to the library website under the BUSA3000 Research Guide
  • The textbook with several resources identified in each chapter
  • The CTW writing consultant assigned to this section
  • Peers that will give you feedback
  • Assessing your own work against that of your peers as you review the papers of 3 other students
  • A defined process for doing research and preparing a term paper.

Draft Process

 The term paper itself will be completed in three steps:

You need to select a country other than the USA to study for the tern paper. You will then do some background research on the country to allow you to select a topic to explore as it relates to this country. You will continue the process by collecting information about your selected topic as it relates to your country. The objective for this first draft is (a) to collect the background information and to (b) develop a concept thesis for your paper. This stage will be due as the First Draft of your term paper, should be no less than 1,500 (one thousand five hundred) words and will be submitted in SWoRD. You will receive feedback on the First Draft from the instructor/writing consultant as well as three peers in the class in SWoRD and then will be able to incorporate any of this feedback you get into your Second Draft.  You will also give feedback and assess the drafts of three other students in your class using the rubric.

The Second Draft will require you to continue to do research on your topic and show specific supporting evidence for your thesis. If you discover that your thesis needs to be modified or changed you will need to make the appropriate adjustment. In the paper you will need to conduct an analysis of your topic as it relates to your selected country. Your evidence needs to include at least one newspaper article (from outside the country you choose to cover or the USA) as one of the pieces of evidence in support of the thesis. This article may not originate from the country you cover in your analysis, but must be from a second country. A complete version of your paper, including citations and references and at least 1,500 (one thousand five hundred) words long will be due as the Second Draft and will be submitted in SWoRD.

You will receive feedback on the Second Draft from the writing consultant and 3 peers on SWoRD and then will be able to incorporate any of this feedback into a Final Version of the term paper. The Final Term Paper will also need to be submitted in SWoRD.

Term Paper Structure

All good papers, presentations, or arguments have the following format: introduction that builds to a supposed thesis, reasons why the thesis is true, and a conclusion restating the thesis.

The final version will therefore be organized as follows:

Part I. HYPOTHESIS/PROPOSITION: things like Outsourcing is good or Offshoring is bad or FDI leads to economic growth or Russia is ripe for foreign investment or India has changed its laws to increase entrepreneurship.

Part II. EVIDENCE: Discuss three reasons and the evidence for your hypothesis/proposition. Site your sources. Include in your evidence at least one article from a newspaper or other media source in the country you have been selected for the paper or a third country. Critically evaluate the sources as to coverage and potential bias. Please do your own thorough research to identify good English-language newspaper(s) from your country. Do not use the following sources for your local media source: AP, UPI, Financial Times, New York Times, WSJ (all editions), Deutsche Welle, Kyodo, Bloomberg, International Herald Tribune or CNN. The requirement is to learn about news, analysis and commentary from a different point of view, not from global news wire services. It is important that your instructor be able to read your international newspaper article. Your grade will be withheld unless a copy or tested link to the original version is included in the paper.

Part III: CONCLUSIONS: Show that your thesis has been proven and what you learn from this.

 

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Registering your i>clicker

An i>clicker2remote is required for in-class participation and voting in this course.  You may purchase the remote through the bookstore.  Instructions for using i>clicker2 are on the back of the remote:

  • When purchasing your remote, be sure to tell the bookstore you are in my class and you are using i>clicker2—NOT the original i>clicker.  The correct ISBN is: 1429280476.

You will need i>clicker2 for answering numeric/alphanumeric questions in my course, but you can also use i>clicker2 in your classes which require the original i>clicker, which allows for multiple choice entry only.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR WEB REGISTRATION

 i>clicker2

i>clicker2 is a response system that allows you to respond to questions I pose during class, and you will be graded on that feedback and/or your in-class participation.  In order to receive this credit, you will need to register your i>clicker2 remote online within the first 2 weeks of class.  While you can register online at any time, you must have come to class at least once and voted on at least one question in order to complete the registration.  Once you have voted on a question in my class, go to http://www.iclicker.com/registration. Complete the fields with your first name, last name, student ID, and remote ID.  Your student ID should be you GSU student ID. The remote ID is the series of numbers and sometimes letters found on the bottom of the back of your i>clicker2 remote. It can also be found on the LCD screen upon powering on your i>clicker2 remote.  i>clicker2 will be used every day in class, and you are responsible for bringing your remote daily.  When you use your clicker in class it will automatically associate you with the clicker number you registered.

If you need technical support for i>clicker or i>clicker2, please contact (866) 209-5698 or via email support@iclicker.com from 9AM-11PM EST, M-F.  The i>clicker website (www.iclicker.com) also has support documentation, video tutorials, and FAQs for students.

I>CLICKER POLICIES

Cheating policy:

I consider bringing a fellow student’s i>clicker to class to be cheating and a violation of the University Honor Code.  If you are caught with a remote other than your own or have votes in a class that you did not attend, you will forfeit all clicker points and may face additional disciplinary action.

Forgotten clicker:

Please realize that we will be using i>clicker in almost every class and clicker points will be used for the in class quizzes and also your in class participation for your final grade.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to come prepared to participate with a functioning remote every day.  However, I do realize that difficult circumstances do arise, and it up to you to find ways to earn your total participation grade if you were unable to use a clicker in a class session.

Broken/lost clicker policy:

If you have lost or broken your i>clicker remote, you will have to purchase another one.  Please email me with your new Remote ID so that I can manually register your new remote.

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Ready for Fall 2012 Semester?

It is Sunday evening and tomorrow morning the summer break comes to an end.  The Fall  2012 semester will bring lots of excitement and activity.  I will be teaching three sections of BUSA3000 each with 45 students.  It will be a busy semester!

I hope that as you walk this journey with me this fall that you will explore new things, new ideas and new types of activities.  Together we will learn and grow.

I believe that this generation will make those that came before proud.  It is my hope that when you complete this course with me in December that you will find yourself more confident, more inspired about  the years ahead.

I am your guide, mentor and resource.  You will do the discovering and learning on your own,  at times in unpredictable places.

I look forward to our trip…

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Hello world!

This space is specifically for students enrolled in BUSA3000 at Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University taught by Jacobus Boers.

This semester we will learn about “Globalization & International Business Practices.”  I know that since this is a core course you are likely here because you have to be here and not because you are just desperately looking to learn about international business.  Many of you will find this a brave new world.   Do not fear, you will not just survive but will discover all kinds of interesting things that will better prepare you to compete in a global job market.  Most important, while we learn we will do some fun  stuff!

You can take the traditional approach, read the textbook, write a paper, come to class and study hard.  This will get you some pretty good results (if you study really hard).

Alternatively you can read the textbook, write a paper, come to class and study hard AND ENGAGE in the conversation in class or out of class.  There will be many options available to you: FaceBook, Twitter, a wiki, and others.  Be careful in how you use these tools in class because they may show how well (or how little) you have kept up with what is happening in class.  If you engage fully you may just see the world differently by the end of the semester and earn an excellent grade (if you study really hard).

I look forward to meeting you.  I am ready to have fun.  Are you?

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