Unrevealed: New Syllabus for IBDP Business Management in 2022

Learning or teaching a brand-new syllabus can be nerve-hacking. It raises a lot of questions, doubts, mix feelings.

Blen brings you all you need to know about the new syllabus for IBDP Business Management course, so you can feel more confident and have fewer concerns.

When it will be first assessed?

It will be taught in August or September 2022 for the first time, with the assessment taking place in May 2024.

This is a part of the regular curriculum review conducted by IBO every seven years involving a long process of consultation, formulation and collective creation.

The revised course is also even better aligned to the IB mission, through the exploration of four interdisciplinary concepts: creativity, change, ethics and sustainability, this new course empowers students to explore these concepts from a business perspective.

What is changing in the course content?

It’s not a 360-degree turnaround. The new course is an add-on to the existing course content. IBDP Business Management will still focus on these four main pillars.

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Operations

Some concepts that are no more there:

  • Daniel Pink Drive’s Purpose, Mastery and Autonomy model
  • Guerrilla marketing
  • Kanban and Andon
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Debt factoring
  • Some of the more sophisticated sampling methods are out as well.

Some new concepts that are introduced here:

  • Deci and Ryan motivation theory in human resources
  • New equation defect rate
  • Data mining
  • Crowdfunding
  • Culture clash

What is changing in the assessment pattern?

The assessment models have also been revised for exams starting in 2024. The external assessment (exams) will be much more focused. Each paper will now concentrate on a particular skill set. Here are the subject briefs, SL and HL.

Paper 1

  • Paper 1 will now be the same for SL and HL students.
    • Earlier Section A of the paper was the same, but Sections B and C were different
  • Based on a pre-released long case study as an extract and a list of topics providing the theme and context, with qualitative focus.

Paper 2

  • Contributing 35% for SL and 30% for HL students.
  • Based on unseen stimulus material, possibly some charts, tables, and infographics, with quantitative focus.

Paper 3

  • Only for HL students, contributing 25% of their overall score
  • Based on unseen stimulus material, such as extracts from emails, Twitter feeds, newspaper articles

Internal Assessment

  • Same internal assessment (IA) for SL and HL students with the same task and the same criteria.
  • Based on a research project about a real business issue or problem facing a particular organization using one of the four conceptual lenses
  • This task contributed 30% for SL students and 20% for HL students.

And finally…

Blen brings you comprehensive content, concepts, questions and mock test to strengthen your preparedness towards your IBDP.

Blen wishes all of you all the very best for tackling with the new Business Management 2022!