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Business Management HL

Part of the IB subject group 3 individuals and societies, Business Management HL is a rigorous and dynamic course that explores how business decision-making processes are affected by, and impact on internal and external environments.

Course structure

The course covers the following topics:

Year 1

  • Course Overview
  • Business Basics
  • Stakeholders and Environments
  • Growth and Planning Tools
  • Marketing Basics
  • Marketing Mix and More
  • Sources of Finance
  • Financial Accounts
  • Assessments

Year 2

  • HRM Functions, Structures and IA
  • Motivation and Leadership
  • Culture and Relations
  • Internal Assessment
  • Operations Management 1
  • Trial Exam
  • Operations Management 2
  • Paper 1 Case Study
  • Individual Study Plan

Activities and assessment

The Business Management HL course includes the following activities: discussions and online debates, creating wikis, written tasks, readings and case studies on current topics, and project work (individually and in groups).

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Business Management HL, we recommend students set aside seven to ten hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Business Management HL will enable students to:

  • develop their understanding of business theory, as well as the ability to apply business principles, practices and skills
  • encounter a wider range of international contexts in business
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools
  • develop 21st century skills like communication and digital literacy which are much in demand by employers

Course availability

This course will be available for use by schools with enrolments from:

  • August 2019 for May exam sessions
  • January 2020 for November exam sessions

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