College of Business and Hospitality Management
Current Trends and Issues Conference Assignment
March 10-11, 2012
Course Composition and Instructions: The requirements for completing the one (1) credit Current Trends and Issues course is accomplished in two parts (a) by participation in a two-day professional/academic conference on current trends and issues in the respective disciplines of study and (b)by the completion of a written assignment as shown below. Attendance at the conference accounts for 50% of the grade and this assignment accounts for the remaining 50%. You are expected to complete both aspects of the course through which you would have gained a more expansive appreciation for the relationship between the world of academia and the world of work.
Question 1. Using the presentations of the Current Trends and Issues Conference as a basis for further investigation do the following:
a) Select four themes that emerged and in one to one-half pages, kindly provide a summary of each theme.
b) Identify five peer-reviewed journal articles which address each of these themes. Present a one page summary of each article and then use this information to critique the themes identified.
Question 2. From among the following influences, select three and write a three page paper on each of
them to show their impact on the progress of the business sector. As a student of Business
Administration, discuss three strategies that you could implement to positively support business
advancement in these area.
(A) Implications of the Portia Simpson- Miller led government for the Business and Hospitality Sectors
(B) The NDX: Impact on Jamaica’s economic progress
(C) Jamaica and the IMF: Opportunities and Challenges to the Jamaican productive sector
(D) The need for a Debt Management Policy: A Business/Hospitality Management Graduate’s Perspective
Question 3. (a) Write a critique of your experience in the MBA programme at Northern
Caribbean University. What are four strategies/recommendations that you would make to
improve the programme?
(b) From your growth experience in the MBA programme, select one national/international issue
which you would like to adopt for meaningful change. Create an action plan for meaningful change.
Submit assignment by April 15, 2013 to your respective campus.