Sample Business Studies Article Review on Gulliver, B.R. “Complimentary Computers: Qatar Airways Thinks It Has Found a Way around.” The Economist (2017)

Brief Summary of the Article

On March 20, 2017, the Trump administration imposed a ban that prohibited travelers from ten airports in the Middle East from boarding planes with large electronic gadgets such as laptop computers and tablets. This ban will have a negative impact on the large connector airlines from the Middle East such as Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad among others (Gulliver 1-3). Most travelers using the airlines are business people, and the ban may make them avoid the airline. Qatar Airways is lending laptops to its business-class passengers traveling to or from the U.S as a way of dealing with the electronic ban (Gulliver 1-3).

            Other Middle Eastern airways will implement similar plans; for example, Etihad airways will offer iPads and free internet access to passengers traveling to the U.S from 2 April 2017. On the same note, Emirates has come up with laptop-handling services that enable passengers to use their computers to the last minutes before boarding their flight. The laptops are then collected and placed in a hold, and their owners can have them back when they connect to a flight that does not travel to the U.S (Gulliver 1-3).

            Experts have advised that the security measures should not be criticized or opposed without a careful analysis because the safety of passengers is key in the aviation industry. However, some observers have doubted the move because the Middle Eastern airlines are prohibited from transporting passengers with large electronic devices to the U.S, and not Britain. Yet the two countries are acting on the same intelligence. Critics have argued that the underlying motive for the ban is protecting American airlines from Middle Eastern competition (Gulliver 1-3).

Lessons from the Article and the Usefulness of the Information

The lesson learned from the article is that the Trump administration is keen to protect American citizens from any security threat in the wake of increased terrorist attacks. In addition, terrorists have been devising new ways of inflicting harm on people, for example, the use of motor vehicles and knives as seen in France and recently Britain. Therefore, security experts are afraid that terrorists might use large electronic gadgets such as laptops and iPads to bring bombs into planes. The move to ban large electronic devices is, therefore, justified on security grounds.

            However, targeting Middle Eastern airlines is what seems questionable because terrorists can target any airline. Moreover, numerous cases where terrorists have not come from the Middle East; but have been radicalized citizens of the countries they targeted have been reported. Hence, banning passengers connecting to the U.S via Middle Eastern airlines is not an effective way of preventing terrorists from carrying explosives into large electronic devices and bringing them into the plane.

            Middle Eastern airlines are likely to suffer losses because of the move. In the report, it was noted that American airlines have always complained of competition from Middle Eastern airlines. This is the reason some experts have considered the move as a means to protect American airlines. The main lesson is that politics and business are intertwined because a political decision often affects business and vice-versa. In this case, business is the main motivator behind the ban, that is, protecting the aviation industry in the U.S from competition.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Practitioner Journals

            The main advantage of publishing business articles in practitioner journals as opposed to other sources such as newspapers is that they can be peer-reviewed to ascertain whether the information is accurate and adheres to business ethics. Publishing business articles in practitioner journals is also an effective way of reaching the targeted audience, that is, the business community. Practitioner journals also provide a fantastic opportunity to reach scholars and initiate a debate on the subject matter. This means that the information published in practitioner journals undergo rigorous scrutiny to ensure credibility of the information. Publishing in practitioner journals also guarantees that the information is organized according to authors, topics, volumes, issues and other pertinent information for easy reference and retrieval.

            The disadvantage of publishing articles in practitioner journals is that it excludes a wide audience. For instance, people who are not keen followers of business affairs may not get the information even if it affects them. For example, if the large electronic ban story was only published in the Economist, people who are not keen followers of business affairs may not have seen the ban. In addition, practitioner journals are few and the process of selecting material for publication is often strict making it difficult and time-consuming for many writers to publish their articles. Business articles published in practitioner journals often contain business jargon that ordinary people may not understand. Articles published in newspapers are often easy to read because they are meant for a general audience.

Conclusion

        The decision by the Trump administration to ban passengers travelling in Middle Eastern airlines from bring large electronic devises on board for security reasons has elicited varied opinions. However, the article published in the economist has noted that the decision might have been a plan to protect American airlines from competition. Publishing information on practitioner journals like the economist has the advantage of ensuring the accuracy of the information, reaching the targeted audience, and initiating scholarly debates. On the contrary, publishing in practitioner journals exclude some audience, and may contain jargon that some people may not understand.

Work Cited

Gulliver, B.R. “Complimentary computers: Qatar Airways Thinks it has Found a Way around.” The Economist (2017).