Making the connection

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Assigned Chapters to this round: Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and/or 14.

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR REPORT, Please make sure that the article meets the conditions of the publishing source, publishing time, and relevance to the assigned corresponding readings that are presented in both the course schedule.

Making the Connection (Current Event Exercises). To further illustrate real-world examples of subject topics, every individual student is required to submit TWO making the connection reports. The purpose of this assignment is to analyze critically (not summarize) recent article(s) that illustrates several key issues, concepts, challenges, and problems that we have discussed in a certain module. The article should be a major article (not articles that are 1 or 2 paragraphs in length) and have relevance to assigned international business topics. The article(s) should be published on or after August 1, 2019. There are two scheduled making the connection rounds. Each round of the assignment will correspond with a number of assigned chapters (see the course schedule below). Your report must provide a “so what” or what you’ve learned from the article. You must critically analyze several concepts from the assigned readings for each round and demonstrate how these concepts are connected to the core story discussed in the article. Read the “making the connection rubric” before embarking on this assignment. You have to gather relevant information for your report from one or more of the following high quality business press outlets; Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week,, The New York Times, Barrons Magazine, Financial Times,, and/or All of the journals identified in this list are searchable in MSU databases, Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier or ABI/Inform. I require that you read from the previous list because the depth of reporting and insights provided by the major papers exceed most of the capabilities of the regional and some national papers. Articles published in any other sources will not be accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the article meets the conditions of the publishing source, publishing time, and relevance to the assigned corresponding chapters that are presented in the course schedule (see below). Failing to meet any of these three conditions will result in a grade of zero on the assignment.

The requirements for this exercise are

  1. Identify an article(s) published on or after August 1, 2019, with a subject that is relevant to a topic from the corresponding round’s reading material.
  2. A complete citation for the article (source, date, page, etc.),
  3. A write up—a minimum of three doubled-spaced pages long (with 1” margins and 12 point font), and error-free.
  4. Please submit an electronic copy of both your written report and the article(s) to the appropriate designated drop box on Blackboard.

The write up Must follow the following outline and include the following three clearly labeled sections (1) Succinctly discuss the major focus of the article (1/4 of the report), (2), A discussion of how the topic relates to international business concepts covered in the corresponding chapters of the assignment round (either demonstrating support for course concepts or contradicting concepts) (1/2 of the report) (3) What is your reaction to the issue and/or what solutions would you propose? Give your analysis/critique of how you think the organization(s) is handling the situation from an international business point of view (1/4 of the report). You MUST Use headings per the outline above. Make sure that the bulk of the review is your analysis, comments, and views about the merits of the issue and not just the mere summary of the article. Read the “making the connection rubric” before embarking on this assignment.

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