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The Creative Component
International management professionals are increasingly called upon to communicate in a myriad of formal and informal ways. The evolving complexity of the field, the development of electronic information systems, technological innovations, and the development of different management structures and styles, calls for creative communications skills.

The Creative Component provides the candidate the opportunity to develop and display communications skills through either a formal research paper or an academic thesis. The candidate must write an original, documented paper of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length on a special aspect of international management. Grading will be on a pass-fail basis. The candidate must submit the title and outline to be reviewed and approved by the Examiner. ?The research paper may be written at any time while the candidate is enrolled in the certification program. Unlike the written examinations, a candidate may prepare and submit the paper at his/her own convenience.

The subject should be one with which the candidate is familiar by virtue of employment, or one in which he/she is particularly interested or specifically qualified to write. A work-related case study would be a good choice for many candidates. It is recommended that the research paper thoroughly cover a narrow subject, rather than superficially treat a broad one. The subject matter and its composition must be original with the candidate. All secondary sources must be properly referenced. The paper will be judged on the basis of the originality of its content and on its organization, logical development, grammar, and neatness of presentation.

Masters or Doctoral Theses: The Society will accept a copy of a candidate’s thesis as a qualifying submission if it directly addresses a facet of international management.? The candidate must submit the title and outline to be reviewed by the Examiner to substantiate that the paper directly relates to the thrust of international management research papers. Upon acceptance of the outline, the candidate then submits a copy of the actual thesis to the Examiners.? Upon receipt of the written thesis, the Examiners will schedule a telephonic or face-to-face oral examination to be conducted by a panel of three examiners.? The examiners will orally examine the candidate to assure themselves the candidate has a grasp of the broad field of international business.

General Approach

Candidates may prepare for the examinations in various ways. There is no requirement as to how a candidate obtains his/her knowledge, since all are subjected to the same examinations. Some take regular courses at universities, colleges, or other accredited institutions of higher learning. Others take special courses in evening or extension departments of universities or colleges, or technical institutions along the lines in which they will be examined. Many candidates join others in local study groups, while others prepare individually by means of home study.

Textbooks for each of the modules are published in the US, China, and other countries. They present selected, targeted material.?Exams may be given online or on hard copy. Candidates will be required to obtain proctors and examination sites. ?The Institute/Society does not have “official” or specific testing sites in the United States or in foreign countries.

The examination site may be a local university, the candidate’s workplace, or any location that consists of a quiet place where candidates may sit undisturbed for a maximum of three hours (for each exam).

The proctor may be a Certified Member, a candidate’s supervisor, a teacher or professor at a local university, or anyone of such standing, but he or she must not currently be seeking certification him/herself.

Examination Form and Format
Exam questions for Levels I and II are multiple choice.?The examination for Level 3 is a written thesis and oral examination.? The multiple choice examinations include questions relating to definitions, understandings of concepts, discussion of the relative merits of various issues, as well as development of approaches to hypothetical situations. A list of sample questions is available from the American Certification Institute.

Rules of Conduct for Examinations
The specific rules pertaining to the conduct of the examinations are printed on the front of the examination book. Read them carefully before answering the first question. Candidates are expected to exercise honest and ethical behavior during the exams.