3 – 4 strong paragraphs B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

3 – 4 strong paragraphs B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

Discussion Boards (DB) are a key component of online learning. They foster active participation of learners and dialog with fellow learners and instructors. Graduate-level courses require learners to create original posts to course DBs and to engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the course. Original posts and responses should be substantive, and if references are made to the works of others, APA guidelines for in-text citations and references apply.

Minimum Weekly DB Expectations

  • Post an original and thoughtful Main Post to the DB prompt.
  • Respond to at least 2 other posts from learners and/or the instructor (Response Posts).
  • The first contribution (Main Post or Response Post) must be posted before midnight (Central time) on Friday of each week.
  • Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week.
  • For DB assignment prompts with a Part One and Part Two, Part One should be addressed in the first week of the unit with a Main Post and minimum of 2 Response Posts, and Part Two should be addressed in the second week of the unit with a Main Post and a minimum of 2 Response Posts.

More on DBs

At the end of each unit, DB participation is assessed based on level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion. DBs allow learners to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB are accepted after the end of the unit. Learners must demonstrate an appropriate depth of understanding of course content to receive credit for having submitted substantive posts. Typically, this is achieved with 3–4 strong paragraphs for Main Posts and 2–3 strong paragraphs for Response Posts.

This DB has three parts:

  1. Compare and contrast vertical and horizontal integration. What are some of the variables make each of these integrations valuable? Provide an example of a vertical and a horizontal integration that has happened recently.
  2. In what circumstances should an organization consider diversification as a viable strategy?
  3. What benefit does a global strategy provide an organization? Describe a situation when a global strategy would not be a viable solution for an organization.

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Grading Rubric:

Grading Criteria

Percentage

Post explains issues, elaborates on all parts of the topic, and contributes to group understanding of topic

40%

Multiple substantive responses reflecting participation are evenly spread throughout the discussion period – 2 or more per week – sharing opinions, observations, and experiences, asking questions and making suggestions

40%

Comments are appropriately addressed, well written, timely, relevant and coherent displaying accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

20%