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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Managing in a Global Environment

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.4 stars
Content Quality: 4.4 stars
Effectiveness: 4.2 stars
Ease of Use: 4.1 stars
Reviewed: Jun 29, 2006 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: Managing in a Global Environment is a collection of websites that provides
information on a plethora of different topics associated with doing business in
foreign countries. These include: Interactive Global News, which provides news
clips and archived stories for a variety of countries on many topics of
interest; frequently asked questions (which contains market research, trade leads, and standards/regulations of other countries), a world factbook (which contains reference maps and flags), International Market Research Reports (which provides detailed information on Canada), trade magazines, along with state department reports and newspapers from many foreign countries. Business students will gain famliarity with the complexities of doing business in other cultures through an immersion in material both about and from those regions.
Learning Goals: Exhibit an understanding of business in other countries by:

1. Increase familiarity with export patterns among nations
2. Increase knowledge of the amount of international trade and goods traded
3. Interactive practice with learning exercises
Target Student Population: undergraduate business, foreign relations students, and possibly as reference for adults or upper level high school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Rudimentary understanding of economic concepts.
Type of Material: Collection of text, maps, lists, and exercises
Recommended Uses: This module can be used as reference material, or, in the case of "Global
Business: An Extra Challenge" or "Where in the World" as class exercises, to
uncover issues or problems in other countries.
Technical Requirements: Web browser only.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.4 stars
Strengths: "Managing in a Global Environment" provides individuals with

* a comprehensive resource for learning information about doing business in
other countries, supplemented with news stories and some cultural information.
*provides an indepth coverage of trade regulations and standards with regard to
penetrating foreign markets
*engages students in learning to conduct business and market products in other
countries.
*provides headline news and reports about other countries
Concerns: NAFTA was the only global trade treaty which was discussed as well as some unlinked pages on the map of Global Business

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.2 stars
Strengths: "Managing in a Global Environment"

*engages students with learning exercises;
*presents country information with regard to marketing potential in a variety of
formats (reports, newsclippings, and pictorial representations)
*provides a section on "frequently asked questions" which aids student knowledge
search on country information
*provides vignettes on international corporations
Concerns: This site does not provide flexiblity for interactive learners requiring
immediate feedback, or for auditory learners. Suggest using material as a reference or for supplementing other lessons

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.1 stars
Strengths: "Managing in a Global Environment"

* is organized into chunks of material that are easy to navigate.
* Is organized into two major sections: "Company Profiles" and "Exercises."
Concerns: * Not all of the links are functioning properly, and the back button does not
work in some of them (e.g., "click on a region or country" on the homepage.
* In the "Archive" section, not sure where 2001-2005 are housed.