Assignment Description: Critical Memos [10% of final grade]
Two brief Critical Memos (
2 double-spaced pages written in Times New Roman font, size 12
each worth 5% of the final grade, are due at the end of the two Asynchronous weeks, as for the
calendar posted in the syllabus.
Critical memos should not summarize the readings due for that week. Rather, they
critically engage in commenting and generating thought-provoking insights on specific
dimensions of the topic being examined
Your memo must convey one main critical argument
that expresses and justifies your personal insights resulting from an in depth reading of the
course material and the subsequent reflection over their content and implications
. Here are some
examples about how you can go for your memo:
Identify a news that contradicts/reinforces/expand a concept or framework or position
discussed in the lecture/manual/reading/news articles that were assigned. Elaborate on how
the real-world happenings described in the news relate to the course content. For example,
is the news at odds with a position or argument presented in a reading?
Formulate one or two questions raising doubts about the effectiveness/strength/importance
of a concept or case study examined in the lecture or assigned reading(s). Elaborate on that,
providing examples and/or conceptual arguments that support the value of your questions.
No need to provide a definitive answer to your own questions. The task is to create doubts
and highlight weaknesses in mainstream thinking on international business.
Draw the attention on some unexplored implications of the
concepts/frameworks/cases/news examined in the class. E.g., is any concept explaining more
than the manual or the professor suggest? Is there any dark/bright side of a specific business
experience that is not dealt with?
In the next page, you will find the rubric I will use to mark your Critical Memos: