Argument and Communication for International Business: Class 5

This class is 3 hours long

Office hours for 30 minutes after class

Instructor: Alisa Gordaneer

Today’s Topics

• Schedule for next few weeks

• Assignments 5 and 6:

– Presentation expectations

• Team work intro

– Team assignment plans

• Case analysis team activity: building an argument as a team

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MGMT 542 Schedule for Next 3 weeks

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October 10

Build argument as a team

October 17

Review, preparation for final assignment due at 11:55pm Nov 1.

October 24

October 31

Writing as a team

Team presentations

Assignment 4: Annotated Bibliography

Value 20%

Due October 13, 11:55pm

Write an annotated bibliography of four articles you have found that help you understand the assigned topic. Each entry should have a one-paragraph summary of the article, followed by one paragraph about the article’s value in contributing to your argument. The two paragraphs combined should be no longer than 150 words.

In doing so, you will demonstrate your ability to summarize clearly and concisely, follow APA format and citation guidelines, and make reasoned judgments about the validity of researched articles based on active reading and critical thinking.

Questions?

Assignments #5 and #6: Team Argument Perspective

Presentation

Time limit: 5-7 minutes

Present a position on your topic

Support it using evidence from the assigned case study.

Your argument will include:

at least one alternative perspective

an analysis of the weaknesses of that perspective

a conclusion that asserts the strength of your position.

Written Paper

Word count:  800 – 900 words

Your position, supported with evidence from the assigned case study

Your argument will include:

at least one alternative perspective

an analysis of the weaknesses of that perspective

a conclusion that asserts the strength of your perspective.

• Apply feedback presented by the class and instructor.

Basic skills to demonstrate

Brief summary of the case

Paraphrase of evidence

Team work

Argument, counter, rebuttal, reassertion

Thinking ahead: MGMT 542 Assignments 5 and 6

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Assignment 5 (5%)

Team presentation

Present an argument about a case

Assignment 6 (5%)

Team written paper

Write the argument presented in class, with revisions as suggested

In class during Class 7

Incorporate feedback from class

Due Thursday, October 25 , 11:55pm

Questions?

Presentations!

How does he do it?

General expectations for presentations

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All members of the team

Prepare

Present

Presentation: (do not go over time limit)

Effective visuals

Concise wording

Argument

Logical sequence

Document sources

Presentations: be prepared!

Use PowerPoint

Bring your presentation saved on a flash drive

Submit PPT file to Moodle by 9pm the night before presentation

Presentations – What is Expected:

Content

Introduction

Team Style

All are introduced

Smooth hand off

Presentation

Clear introduction and overview

Main points clearly labelled

Presentation of argument

Question and Answer

All are engaged

Clear and appropriate conclusion

Within time limit

Citation in presentation?

Presentation style includes:

Strong teamwork

Team is introduced

All team members engage and answer questions

Smooth and well-rehearsed

Good organization and flow

Clear introduction and overview

Main points clearly labeled

Appropriate conclusion

Visually appropriate

Slides are easy to read (font and style)

Slides focus on key points, essential details

Within time limit

You’ll receive a warning that time is running out

Be prepared to answer questions

What does TPP mean?

TransPacific Partnership ✔

Team Planning Process ✔

Thinking Ahead: The Team Planning Process document

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Team assignments worth 15% or more of final grade

Start TPP at least 2 weeks before assignment is due

Teams will need to discuss roles and expectations – your team coach can advise

What is a Team Planning Process document?

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Team

All members of team play a role

Assignment

Review guidelines carefully to determine requirements

Plan

Divide tasks, ensure contribution from all members

Summarize

Follow-up and assess your process—instructors can give different grades to team members if warranted.

When to do them?

Launching phase

Organizing phase

Reflection phase

Team Agreements

Expectations, behavioral norms and rules

Includes:

Individual and team expectations

Consequences to missed expectations/deadlines

Agreed behaviors

Communication

Team assignment plans also cover

Assignment analysis

Information required

Roles of each team member

Work plan

How will you meet deadlines?

How will you keep in touch and on track?

Who does what?

What research will you do?

What is the scope/scale of the assignment?

Activity

Review “Team Planning Process” document in our course site (Unit 3)

Begin to answer the questions and fill it out as a team.

MGMT 542 Assignments 5 and 6

Case analysis

Develop argument

Present argument (in class and on paper)

Team Work on Cases

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Read the case

Scan for information

Ask questions

Discuss

Case Analysis Activity: Individual work

Go to the Moodle site for MGMT 542.

Go to Unit 3 Readings and open the link labelled “Root Capital case”

Using active reading, review the case on your own. Make notes for yourself about what the case covers.

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MGMT 542 Assignments 5 and 6

Case analysis

Develop argument

Present argument (in class and on paper)

Team Process

Individual work

Record each person’s perspective

Consider and discuss perspectives

Arrive at claim everyone can agree on

Allows each person to develop best ideas

Allows each person’s ideas to be heard

Allows team to incorporate all members’ thinking

Allows team to present unified perspective

Step 1: Develop your own position

On your own, make notes on what you think about these questions:

How has Root Capital best helped its clients?

What evidence in the case illustrates these successes?

— What does it need to do to be more successful?

How do you know this would work?

Record each team member’s perspectives on the flip chart. Bullet points are ok.

Make note of:

How has it helped?

What areas could be more successful?

Do not evaluate perspectives at this point. Your goal is just to record them on the chart.

Step 2: Uncover your team’s positions

Now, imagine that Root Capital is going to make significant investment in the area you recommend, as long as it helps them get to their goal of making themselves obsolete

As a team, decide on a perspective you can all agree on, to answer this question:

What one area should Root Capital invest in, to get it closer to its goal?

Ways to evaluate:

Can we make a clear claim about this perspective? ✓

Do we have sufficient evidence to support our claim for this perspective? ✓

Can we make (and refute) a counter-claim? ✓

✓✓✓ Yes? This is your perspective.

Step 3 Decide on your team’s position

MGMT 542 Assignments 5 and 6

Case analysis

Develop argument

Present argument (in class and on paper)

Build a presentation (Assignment 5)

Time limit: 5-7 minutes

Explain context and present a position on your topic

Support it using evidence from the assigned case study

Your argument will also include:

at least one alternative perspective

an analysis of the weaknesses of that perspective (rebuttal)

a conclusion that asserts the strength of your position.

Basic skills to demonstrate

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Brief summary of the case

Paraphrase of evidence

Team work

Argument, counter, rebuttal, reassertion

What is the problem/situation described?

What should Root Capital focus on to get it to its goal?

What would be another way of doing so? What weakness can you see?

What makes your recommendation the best strategy?

Include evidence from the case only. No external research is required.

Each member of the team contributes to ideas

Each member presents part of the presentation

Build a paper (Assignment 6)

Word count:  800 – 900 words

Explain the context and your position, supported with evidence from the assigned case study

Your argument will include:

– Sufficient evidence to support your assertions

at least one alternative perspective

an analysis of the weaknesses of that perspective

a conclusion that asserts the strength of your perspective.

• Apply feedback presented by the class and instructor.

As a team:

Identify evidence to support the claim you have developed.

Consider a counter-claim as well (what is another way they could have prepared?) and a rebuttal (what are the drawbacks of that alternative?)

What evidence best supports these claims?

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Consider:

How will the presentation for this class allow you to practice for other presentations?

What skills do you hope to develop as a result?

How will you adapt based on feedback?

Discuss with your team

What is our initial research question?

What?

How?

Why?

How can we divide our efforts to complete our work?

What do we need to know?

How can we avoid overlapping our efforts?

Assign roles or tasks

Use team forum in Moodle to discuss/share

How will we talk about it?

How can we keep organized?

Team plan

With your team, continue filling out your team planning process document, based on what you now know.

Homework

Submit Assignment 4, Annotated Bibliography, by Saturday night, 11:55 pm

MGMT 542 presentations take place in class next week.

Submit your PPT presentation to the Assignment 5 dropbox by 6pm the night before.

Bring your presentation on a flash drive!

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