Guidelines for Writing a Critical Analysis
Critical Analysis For this assignment, you will not be assigned any case and/or topic; you will pick the case and/or topic, so long as it pertains to international business. A critical analysis is an analytical exploration of a journal article or other assignments relevant to required course readings and class work. The subject and content of the article or assignment should relate directly to concepts covered in the course. You may also draw upon your own personal work experience to analyze the article or assignment and develop your argument. The work selected for analysis or to support an assignment must have been published in the last three years.
You will find recommended journals from which to choose your articles or research assignments listed under the Recommended Supplementary Resources Section, however you are not limited to these journals A critical analysis, at a minimum, will address:
1. Relevance of the article to course content (state the chapter in the textbook to which the article is relevant); 2. Analysis of the logic and completeness of the author’s argument (answer the following eight yes/no questions and state the reasoning for each answer); a. Did the author’s conclusions proceed logically from the information s/he provided you in the article? b. Did the author provide relevant and up to date information? c. Was the information reliable? d. Did the author provide sources for his/her information? e. Were there dates for the sources? (They might be out of date now). f. Did the author provide specific examples to support his/her arguments? g. Did the author offer a solution to a problem? h. Was the article balanced, in other words, did the author explain the point of view of each side of the argument? 3. Analysis of the article’s strengths and weaknesses (identify at least 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses of the article other than those mentioned in #2 above and each strength and weakness should receive its own paragraph and the descriptive word or short phrase should be in bold print); 4. Your logical basis of agreement or disagreement with author’s position stated in the article (student should take a clear stand and either agree or disagree with the author’s position and fully explain the logic behind his position); and 5. Be compliant with the APA format and the student should strive to avoid mistakes in English. The paper should be no longer than seven (7) pages, excluding the title page, abstract page and reference page(s), and the assignment needs to be in the current APA format. You should have at least three (3) scholarly references. To be successful with this assignment, please consider the following format: Title page Abstract page Brief introduction section Step 1: Problem Definition section Step 2: Justification for Problem Definition section
Step 3. List advantages and disadvantages of each alternative in terms of criteria that seem appropriate section Step 4: Evaluate Alternatives section Step 5: Review section Step 6: Draw Conclusions, Make Recommendations/Decisions section Step 7: Follow-Up and Evaluate section Reference page Components % of Grade Analysis 30% Content 30% Critical thinking and information literacy 20% References 10% Writing Mechanics 10% TOTAL 100%