I am familiar with 'thus' as a Transition marker, similar to 'as a result', punctuating it thus:
'It was a bleak day. Thus, they declined the offer to go boating.'
It was a bleak day; thus, they declined the offer to go boating.'
However, I'm correcting a Strategic Management and Accounting essay and noticed it used thus:
To my mind, this is an adverb, not a transition marker, but I'm unsure as to whether the punctuation is correct. Initially the student included a second comma after 'thus': "..international markets, thus, systematically insulating..". This is clearly incorrect. However, is the first comma necessary or not?"the company has diversified both its pool of suppliers and its business presence in international markets, thus systematically insulating itself from a certain degree of risk"
I've noticed that business literature favours the comma. Friedrich Nietzsche and the Bible prefer to omit it. On the other hand, if thus were removed, I would be inclined to include a comma before the subordinate adverb clause. Any advice?