BUSS4 Research Theme: Comparative Case Studies with Model Essays for Section B (ZigZag Education)

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BUSS4 Research Theme: Comparative Case Studies with Model Essays for Section B

BUSS4 2013: Organisational Culture

Comparison 1: John Lewis and Yahoo!
Comparison 2: Research in Motion and Mars
Comparison 3: British Airways and Barclays
Comparison 4: Apple and P&G
Comparison 5: BMW/Rover and Royal Mail

Comparative case study articles for past BUSS4 research theme – perfect practice for Section B of the exam, where students answer questions on various topics from BUSS4.

  • Detailed articles each discuss and compare two case studies of businesses with contrasting issues of each theme
  • Additional research links and pointers to encourage research
  • Plenty of Comprehension & Discussion Questions ensure students get the most out of the case studies
An extremely thorough group of case studies, with excellent coverage of the Research Theme... asked questions that allow students to carry out thorough research... the material is so relevant. G Nocher, Head of Business & Independent Reviewer (2012 edn)
  • NEW Analysis & Evaluation activities for each comparison develop these key exam skills
  • Essay Questions in AQA style
  • Model A-Grade Essays show students how to compete in the exam!

Specifically designed to extend knowledge & practise essay-writing skills. Perfect preparation for the 2016 exams!

We used the resource to enrich teaching... Increased knowledge of real world and exam technique clarified... Detailed examples, lots of practice answers... Buy it... Matches the specification 100%. F Beran, Subject Leader, Customer (2012)

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What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5592)
"Very good resource with accessible case studies...Saves teacher time on prep and planning with differentiated activities built in...Comprehension questions allow students to pick out key facts, helping them to prepare for the BUSS4 pre-release section... " - V Barr, Head of Business Department and Independent Reviewer
'An excellent resource that has aided my teaching of the research theme. The research theme requires a lot of time for teaching preparation and this resource significantly reduced my workload and also allowed the students to concentrate on developing their understanding rather than spend time on finding examples etc... I particularly liked the in-depth information provided by the resource and the wow activity which allowed the students to write a good paragraph summarizing their understanding of that research theme content contained within the comparison. The lasting impression content also helped to provide a good evaluative summary of the content and contained the necessary words such as ‘because’, and ‘depend on’ which are needed for a good evaluation paragraph... The resource theme encourages students to analyse and evaluate points rather than simply giving examples which some other resources do and this is important as these assessment objectives are the ones which are weighted highest on this specification and therefore needed for a good grade in unit 4... This resource covers each of the Research Theme bullet points in depth providing good easy to remember examples.'– A Deol, Subject Leader for Business & Independent Reviewer
'Invaluable... having excellent examples at hand to back up their own research is a means to give them extra confidence... I particularly like the use of business examples and economic data which can be very difficult and time consuming to get if I was to have to do it myself or get students to do... having answers for the case study is also very useful and allow a clear focus to be given when going through answers with students... the information is up to date which is excellent for students to use... at the top of each section there is specific reference to the context. The use of essays for each topic is excellent as it can be difficult to find appropriate essays for each topic and of course is excellent practice for section 2 of the exam.'– G Nocher, Business Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'Logical development of essay writing skills. Sequence made sense, writing frames helped with practicing skills and case studies provided knowledge to answer questions... The explanation and understanding of what was needed in an A grade essay. In addition the tools to the write an A grade essay... Absolutely what is needed for A2 essay writing. In my experience students at A2 have built their knowledge but fail to show this through their weak essay writing skills. This resource is the basis for some hard practicing of what is needed... this gives students the correct base; it is then down to the hard work of practicing.'– G Wainwright, Business Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'A resource that will certainly enhance the student's grade ... I liked the fact that this resource made reference to both BUSS3 and BUSS4 links within the document, showing how students can combine work learnt within BUSS3 with their written answers and knowledge for BUSS4... Providing an essay writing frame gives clear guidance to the student and to teachers of ways in which they can plan the answer and thus take a more structured approach to writing the 40 mark question... There is a good use of resources provided and links to various materials or websites that the students and teachers can view to further enhance their understanding... Good use of a wide range of case studies that provide good indepth research that students can use to assist with their application... The questions are very much linked and written in the style of BUSS4 questions. The sample answers are clear, and provide the viewer with a great understanding of how responses should be laid out. I like the fact that the resource provides a commentary so both teachers and students can see where marks were awarded and where improvements could be made. The grade at the end also shows what this would achieve which can then be used by teachers to say, where could improvements be made to progress this.'
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5068)
'An excellent resource that I cannot recommend highly enough for A2 teachers that teach unit 4 for AQA for the research theme... The resource had up to date examples of firms with background information ensuring students had a understanding with explanations of cultural benefits/problems that each firm had encountered. There were also essay questions on each research theme which further supplemented student learning on the research theme... The resource gave valid examples which students need to refer to within their exam to achieve good application. It also shows how students can improve their analytical and evaluation skillsby giving example paragraphs which students need to finish... The specification is met 100% for the research theme and gives not only examples but exempler answers. Even more so it helped to improve student understanding of examination marking by giving students a answer which they are then encouraged to mark and then contrast to what it would receive in an exam... The good thing about this resource was that it gave answers to every single question thereby helping to minimise teacher preparation. It is so good that it really is all you need for the research theme and whilst I was tempted to use other free resources this is excellent value and has definitely improved my teaching of this research theme. Myself and students are more positive about achieving the high A* and A grades and this would have played a big part.'A Deol, Business Teacher, Examiner & Independent Reviewer
'Good detailed explanations of the process of essay writing with a range of accessible and useful case study comparisons.'F Beran, Business Education Subject Leader & Independent Reviewer
'An excellent piece of work and mirrors the specification very closely... The theory on organisational culture links directly to the specification content, the notes are short but very clear. The use of the numerous business examples are very important in relation to the both the essay and the research theme question so will be invaluable. The style of the essay questions is an excellent match to the exam style questions given by AQA. The numerous excellent and detailed case studies backed up with all the other useful resources especially things like the student essay marking task will only add to helping both students and teachers for a section of the BUSS4 exam which can be very stressful and at ties difficult to find useful information in a relatively short space of time... it is very detailed and covers all relevant information that is required for the BUSS4 exam. I like the fact that there is also some time spent on the Section B essay which is very useful. Also it is generally well laid out and has a natural sequence to it. Within the resource itself I also think the range of activities offered are relevant and enhance the resource. With the amount of excellent business examples used it will give students and teachers a basis to work from even if they do not use every example given.Probably for me the most valuable element of the source was the range of case studies included throughout; this was backed up by the comprehension and essay questions at the end of the information which again were relevant. Of course having the suggested answers section is invaluable and gives a teacher backing up to check against their own thoughts on the questions posed... gives them a clear planning reference to work from or adaptGiving students guidance towards a certain business in which to use based on the examples used here will save a lot of time and the information itself is very clear and appropriate. Also having the further research and discussion points will hopefully lead to some positive class discussions and give students the valuable tool of independent learning... having charts in the resource is good in two ways as obviously the information is useful and secondly it also breaks the work up from just having numerous amounts of text.'G Nocher, Business Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'Very impressed with it. The material covered was pertinent and relevant and presented in a way that is logical and understandable and contains plenty of appropriate detail. It will be a valuable teaching tool... The info given is in-depth and gives the student a good grounding in what the company is all about as well as the prevailing culture and the issues involved with this. I also like the range of questions and the model answers, which will be immensely helpful to students of all ability ranges. I also like the companies chosen, as many are household names that students will be familiar with... enhances learning through the range of links and revision exercises. The questions following the case studies can be used as the basis for class exercises as well as discussion, and the model answers will enable the teacher to go through answers students give in and compare / contrast them to see where marks might be being lost... Everything is logically sequenced and easy for the student to follow. The language used is sufficiently jargon-free yet containing terms that students will require for the exams... A2 deals with 'change and the organisation' and the topic chosen, and the range of companies offered in this resource, put the two together very succinctly, enabling the student to see how change occurs, what drives that change and the role that culture plays in the process, as well as the problems involved in trying to change.'L Todd, Business Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer
Feedback from teachers for previous editions of BUSS4
"This is an excellent resource, packed full of information that is vital to the pre seen case study. the resource will enable all students to gain a better understanding of the 6 bullet points required... I like the fact that the resource contains vast amounts of information and real life case studies on each of the bullet pointed areas of the pre seen case study. The resource has excellent research tasks and the exam questions and model answers are vital in the development of the students' understanding of the topic and the exam as a whole... This resource is packed with in-depth information that can only enhance the students' learning further. One would be silly not to use this resource as it is sure to aid the student in their exams... meets the required pre seen case study to a tee."J Harrison, Business and Management Lecturer & Independent Reviewer
"An extremely thorough group of case studies, with excellent coverage of the Research Theme... This will save both students and teachers time which will help to concentrate on the key areas... The focus on the bullet points within the Research Theme was excellent and asked questions that allow students to carry out thorough research... the material is so relevant." G Nocher, Head of Business & Independent Reviewer
"Excellent ..a breathtaking array of informative take-overs and mergers with lots of follow-up activities as well as exam practice hints... The sheer breadth of material on offer, with copious references to websites to go further and deeper into the topic concerned. Intelligently used, the thinking student can derive considerable benefit from this material... By providing sufficient detail so that students of all ability ranges can benefit. The material also contains excellent revision hints and practice exercises, plus some suggested answers." L Todd, Head of Business Studies & Independent Reviewer
"An excellent resource crammed full of good practice and advice on criteria with worked examples and all areas addressed thoroughly... the resource is designed to flow through the stages of what the students need to do in Buss 4 step by step. It is easy to follow and would be ideal to encourage independent learning... I liked the fact that a whole section (case study) could be extracted per lesson - dip in and out as required. The planning framework was also good as it could be followed with the essays... promotes independent learning and demonstrates pure application as is required for Buss 4 and leads the students and the teachers through how to research effectively which is a skill students do find hard with the sheer volume of information they can have access to... it could be used on an ongoing basis as a resource in its own right on Mergers... It matches the specification with reference to the criteria and what is required for Buss 4... A2 students will benefit greatly from this resource." C McBain, Business Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer
"Very comprehensive and good quality throughout... I like the fact that it covers so many aspects and potential class exercises - from simply getting the class to write the essay and having an exemplar of the standard to mark to on one hand to group exercises and marking exercises. Then it also covers discussions - the research itself could be done individually or communally. So all-in-all it is a very versatile resource and could suit a number of teaching styles and presentations and a wide range of learning styles with something to appeal to all student learning styles... Variety of approach and delivery is the clear strength here... The examples of essay responses are good stimulus material for learning essay writing... I like the fact that there is overlap between the bullet points in the comparison as clearly the examiners could set combined questions so it benefits students to deal with the bullets in this way rather than in discreet topics... Very well, indeed - can't fault the coverage which is comprehensive in my view." S Haynes, Head of Business & Independent Reviewer
"Very useful in preparing students in essay writing technique. Analysis of model answers and reference to assessment criteria is good."C Broadhurt, Business Studies Teacher & Customer
'Very useful. The breadth of research is impressive... I like the number of examples and the fact they come from different industries... as a condensed summary of examples needed to be used in the exam essay it works well.'I Avroutine, Business Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'Students did not have to waste lots of time finding examples of mergers/acquisitions. We used the resource to enrich teaching... Increased knowledge of real world and exam technique clarified... Detailed examples, lots of practice answers... Buy it... Matches the specification 100%.'F Beran, Subject Leader, Customer
Unit 4, June 2013 Exam

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