Literature Essay Guidelines for International Business

Literature Essay refers to a possibility to cover 1 - 2 credit points missing form your degree by reading literature on a topic that is important for your Bachelor's Thesis, or for your current working life situation to improve your skills in a certain field of business.

You are reporting your learning in essay form by reflecting your real-life experiences with the ideas presented in literature and articles.


Literature Essays

Students of TAMK BBA in International Business can include 1 - 2 credits of essays based on reading literature into their Free-Choice Studies. In the Free-Choice Studies section you have a course by the same name, code Literature Essays 3B00CX30.

You should choose the books on which you base your essay from the List of Literature by Johannes Partanen (Jyväskylä TeamAcademy). The name of the book collected by Mr Johannes Partanen is called "Tiimiyrittäjän ja tiimivalmentajan parhaat kirjat, Valintaopas 2016" (you can also use versions from earlier years). Even though the name of the book is in Finnish, you can find a lot of suggested literature in English in it.

The books in the List of Literature have been given one to three book points according to how demanding they are. Three (3) book points equals one (1) credit point. The List of Literature covers topics such as Leadership, Marketing, Innovation, Community Building, Learning, and Personal Development. International Business Students can include a maximum of five points of Literature Essays in their Individual Study Plan.

You can borrow the List of Literature by Johannes Partanen (Jyväskylä TeamAcademy), "Tiimiyrittäjän ja tiimivalmentajan parhaat kirjat, valintaopas 2016" in TAMK Library. There is also one copy of it for review in the TAMK Reference Library.

A Literature Essay must not be a summary of a book, but in stead in your essay you will need to compare the contents of the book with, or reflect on, your experiences from working life. It is more important to focus on the contents, in stead of the length, of the essay. You need to pay attention to the true findings that you gain during the reading. The essay must, however, meet the minimum requirement of two pages + the Coverpage (see the writing guidelines below).

On the Coverpage you need to identify:

  • your name
  • student number
  • the name of the book
  • the number of book points listed in the List of Literature (by Mr. Johannes Partanen)

To get 1 credit point, the book(s) you have read must be worth three (3) book points.

You can also suggest a book outside of the List of Literature. The book can, however, not be one of your International Business course books.

Students of International Business return their essays as an e-mail attachment to Senior Lecturer, Mr. Matti Karlsson,

The Literature Essays will be graded with the grade "S" (= Pass). Students get feedback on their essays.


The Writing Guidelines for Literature Essays (International Business)

A book essay is written so that it covers a certain book using a consistent and personal approach. Consistent approach refers to writing the essay using a clear structure that holds throughout the essay. Personal approach means that the topic is discussed from a creative and new point of view.

A literature essay refers to a text written using a personal approach. The topic of the essay is discussed creatively and in an original manner. The author deals with the topic at hand using their own views and experiences, e.g. based on work experience, as the backbone. Furthermore, a book essay is not a piece of text that refers to implications presented in the source material, but rather it analyses and questions them. Instead of the author merely presenting their opinions and views, they will also have to be able to justify themselves.

The essay writer also has to familiarize oneself with a book and compare his/her own views of the matter with the views of the author of the book. The essay writer can use his/her work experience, practical training experience, other books or other things they have learned to compare their knowledge to the things written in the book.

In the process of writing a book essay, the essay writer needs proper referencing and summarising skills, as the essay is based on a source material. Referencing means telling about an article or a piece of work in one's own words so, that the relevant information is conveyed to the reader. The original content of the material and the thoughts of the author must not be mixed. The essay writer has to understand the source material well enough to point out the order of importance and correlation between different matters in the essay, even in a summarized form.

The essay writing student must also indicate the topics that are important, the ones that are less important and the overall correlations and consequences of different issues. When summarising the essay, the student is required to include the most important topics of the source material, and narrow down the details and demonstrations, that can be understood even without the core content. The order of presenting matters in the book essay can change substantially from the original. However, the book essay is not meant to a summary of the entire book, but only the parts that are addressed in the essay.

The essay must be consistent and uniform throughout. It means, that the entire essay is to be divided into clear paragraphs, and the paragraphs must be in a justified order. All things dealt with in the essay are to be directly linked to the topic. The most conventional discussion order starts with a paragraph explaining a list of topics, that the essay talks about and each of the latter paragraphs discusses a part of the list. The essay structure can be based on presenting the cause and effect, comparison, classification or chronology.

Each paragraph must distinctly discuss only one matter, and each matter discussed have to relate to the essay topic directly. Sentences in the paragraph are to be written so, that each of them has at least one element referring to the previous sentence. This can be done using a pronoun, conjunction, synonym, a repeated word or a repeated part of a word. It also makes clearer, whether the author is referencing the source material or expressing their own views and thoughts.

The essay must be at least two pages long and written on computer.

The cover page is to feature

  • the name of the book,
  • its author,
  • the student's name and student number,
  • the book topic (each book topic is marked on the book list) and
  • the book's value in points (as listed in the List of Literature by Johannes Partanen; "Tiimiyrittäjän ja tiimivalmentajan parhaat kirjat, Valintaopas 2016").


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