Extended Essay English B Criteria Air

  1. Hey guys, I want to do my extended essay in the business and management area, but I have no idea where to start. The only thing I've heard about the business subject...is to avoid it...

    So has anyone done their EE on business, or is planning to this year?

    Any info would help, thanks!

  2. hi!

    well I did mine in Business and Management and I'm really happy with the way it turned out but we will have to see if the external IB people who mark it agree! For me, the reason why I chose to do my EE is Business and Management was because it was the subject which I felt I could write 4000 words on without boring myself to death since I chose a topic which interested me.

    But remember that you need to choose a topic which allows for you to collect primary research as well as secondary research so the company/school/charity etc that you choose to do you EE on, you have to know someone in that company etc so that you will be able to collect this primary research.

    In my school around 7 did their EE in business and management with quite a few opting to do theirs in Psych, History and English.

  3. Thanks for replying!

    You sound pretty confident about your B&M EE, you have no idea how comforting that is! I'm really interested in the Business and Management stuff too, I don't think I would be able conjure up 4000 words with another area like biology.

    Choosing the topic is my biggest concern right now. I've gone through the B&M EE guide at least twenty times, but I still can't figure out what they want me to investigate. From what I read, it sounded like I need to analyze fairly intense company info, like annual sales and growth rate.

    I was wondering, would perhaps a small, independent store work as the subject of the topic, or does the IBO want a bigger establishment with more concrete financial reports?

David Ripley7 December 2017 - 18:56

This seems a bit tricky, Selda, and you're right to be cautious. I don't know the prose poem by Kincaid, but I can only imagine that the whole approach is fundamentally different, in technical/literary terms, to 'The Bell Jar'. This could possibly be useful ... but only if the style/approach of each had some direct relevance to the research question. I presume that the research question must have something to do with the themes & message of each work - since what else would two such radically different genres have in common? Does each work have something distinctive to say about the protagonist? Or about human nature? Or what?

I think the IB would accept in principle the comparing/contrasting of two different genres ... but only if, in practice, there is some credible argument for doing so. I would require the student to (1) explain clearly what point she is trying to make, and then (2) produce a very clear and explicit research question addressing the point.

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