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Boundless Business Online Course/Textbook
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This is an entire course/e-textbook that was formerly the Boundless Business text that was purchased by Lumen Learning and maintained in its current form.

The material presented in this resource is generally accurate especially considering that it reflects standard business practices and concepts that have changed little. A few of the examples given in the text could be a bit dated, which indicates that its utility may come from linking to specific parts of the course rather than using it as an entire textbook substitute. There does not appear to be a great deal of bias with this work, since its positioning is relatively generic to the facts and figures and it typically steers clear of opinions and judgments. An instructor could easily remix this with more current, relevant, and culturally deeper examples.

The text includes detailed images and graphs that are well done and help drive home visual concepts. It is limited in terms of interactivity and is still a text heavy presentation. This material is published as CC-Sharealike so it can be remixed but not revised. Lumen has taken some responsibility for the fact that it can still be edited but likely not updated to increase its currency. Since Lumen owns this material, it is likely to be here in this state for a long while.

Most of the material is relevant to any Introductory Business course with concepts that would apply for a long period of time. This material generally ages well, it just needs to be paired with continually more updated and relevant examples as technologies and markets change. Student could likely meet their learning goals and interests with this material as a support (curated by the instructor) to an existing course but it likely does not standalone as a full course resource. It seems most useful for providing depth to key points with direct links to sub-pages within this course.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
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Provider:
Lumen Learning
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Exploring Business
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The author's goals in writing Exploring Business were simple: (1) introduce students to business in an exciting way and (2) provide faculty with a fully developed teaching package that allows them to do the former. Toward those ends, the following features are included in this text:1- Integrated (Optional) Nike Case Study: A Nike case study is available for instructors who wish to introduce students to business using an exciting and integrated case. Through an in-depth study of a real company, students learn about the functional areas of business and how these areas fit together. Studying a dynamic organization on a real-time basis allows students to discover the challenges that it faces, and exposes them to critical issues affecting the business, such as globalization, ethics and social responsibility, product innovation, diversity, supply chain management, and e-business.2- A Progressive (Optional) Business Plan: Having students develop a business plan in the course introduces students to the excitement and challenges of starting a business and helps them discover how the functional areas of business interact. This textbook package includes an optionalintegrated business plan project modeled after one refined by the author and her teaching team over the past ten years.3- AACSB Emphasis: The text provides end-of-chapter questions, problems, and cases that ask students to do more than regurgitate information. Most require students to gather information, assess a situation, think about it critically, and reach a conclusion. Each chapter presents ten Questions and Problems as well as five cases on areas of skill and knowledge endorsed by AACSB: Learning on the Web, Career Opportunities, The Ethics Angle, Team-Building Skills, and The Global View. More than 70% of end-of-chapter items help students build skills in areas designated as critical by AACSB, including analytical skills, ethical awareness and reasoning abilities, multicultural understanding and globalization, use of information technology, and communications and team oriented skills. Each AACSB inspired exercise is identified by an AACSB tag and a note indicating the relevant skill area.4- Author-Written Instructor Manual (IM): For the past eleven years, Karen Collins has been developing, coordinating and teaching (to over 3,500 students) an Introduction to Business course. Sections of the course have been taught by a mix of permanent faculty, graduate students, and adjuncts.

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Business and Communication
Finance
Management
Material Type:
Case Study
Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing
Author:
Karen Collins
Date Added:
01/01/2012
Fundamentals of Business
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An introductory textbook in business that covers a variety of topics: The Foundations of Business, Economics and Business, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Business in a Global Environment, Forms of Business Ownership, Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business, Management and Leadership, Structuring Organizations, Operations Management, Motivating Employees, Managing Human Resources, Union/Management Issues, Marketing: Providing Value, Accounting and Financial Information, and Personal Finances.

Preface: Teamwork in Business
Chapter One: Foundations of Business
Chapter Two: Economics and Business
Chapter Three: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Chapter Four: Business in a Global Environment
Chapter Five: Forms of Business Ownership
Chapter Six: Entrepreneurship:Starting a Business
Chapter Seven: Management and Leadership
Chapter Eight: Structuring Organizations
Chapter Nine: Operations Management
Chapter Ten: Motivating Employees
Chapter Eleven: Managing Human Resources
Chapter Twelve: Union Management Issues
Chapter Thirteen: Marketing, Providing Value
Chapter Fourteen: Accounting and Financial Information
Chapter Fifteen: Personal Finances

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Anastasia Cortes
Richard Parsons
Stephen J. Skripak
Date Added:
06/11/2020
Fundamentals of Business
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Fundamentals of Business (2016) is an openly licensed (CC BY NC SA 3.0) textbook designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business.
This work is a project of University Libraries and the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech.

A new version of this book was released in August 2018. See http://hdl.handle.net/10919/84848 for more details.

If you are an instructor reviewing, adopting, or adapting this textbook, please help us understand a little more about your use by filling out this form http://bit.ly/business-interest

See also the faculty sharing portal at: https://www.oercommons.org/groups/fundamentals-of-business-user-group/1379

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virginia Tech
Provider Set:
VTech Works
Author:
Stephen J. Skripak
Date Added:
07/29/2016
Fundamentals of Business, Second Edition
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Fundamentals of Business, Second Edition (2018) is an 372-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances. The textbook was designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business and is shared under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 license.

2018 version formats include: PDF, Accessible "screen reader friendly" PDF, ePub, Mobi, XML/Pressbooks (editable), and open document format.
The Pressbooks online version (HTML) is available at: https://doi.org/10.21061/fundamentals-of-business
The 2016 version of this book includes editable MSWord files.

If you are an instructor reviewing, adopting, or adapting this textbook, please help us understand your use by filling out this form http://bit.ly/business-interest

Instructor resource sharing portal: https://www.oercommons.org/groups/fundamentals-of-business-user-group/1379

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Teamwork in Business
Chapter 2: The Foundations of Business
Chapter 3: Economics and Business
Chapter 4: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Chapter 5: Business in a Global Environment
Chapter 6: Forms of Business Ownership
Chapter 7: Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business
Chapter 8: Management and Leadership
Chapter 9: Structuring Organizations
Chapter 10: Operations Management
Chapter 11: Motivating Employees
Chapter 12: Managing Human Resources
Chapter 13: Union/Management Issues
Chapter 14: Marketing: Providing Value to Customers
Chapter 15: Pricing Strategy
Chapter 16: Hospitality and Tourism
Chapter 17: Accounting and Financial Information
Chapter 18: Personal Finances

Reviews of title available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/fundamentals-of-business

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virginia Tech
Provider Set:
VTech Works
Author:
Skripak Stephen J
Date Added:
12/04/2018
An Introduction to Business
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Each chapter reflects today’s environment in business. There are numerous business examples that are crucial to business today were introduced, including sustainability, serial entrepreneurship, social media marketing, and cloud computing.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Karen Collins
Date Added:
12/04/2018
Introduction to Business
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This course is designed as a survey course that will expose you to business terminology, concepts, and current business issues, with the intent of helping students develop a viable business vocabulary, foster critical and analytical thinking, and refine business decision-making skills.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
09/07/2018
Introduction to Business
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Introduction to Business covers the scope and sequence of most introductory business courses. The book provides detailed explanations in the context of core themes such as customer satisfaction, ethics, entrepreneurship, global business, and managing change. Introduction to Business includes hundreds of current business examples from a range of industries and geographic locations, which feature a variety of individuals. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of business concepts, with attention to the knowledge and skills necessary for student success in this course and beyond.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Understanding Economic Systems and Business
Chapter 2: Making Ethical Decisions and Managing a Socially Responsible Business
Chapter 3: Competing in the Global Marketplace
Chapter 4: Forms of Business Ownership
Chapter 5: Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business
Chapter 6: Management and Leadership in Today's Organizations
Chapter 7: Designing Organizational Structures
Chapter 8: Managing Human Resources and Labor Relations
Chapter 9: Motivating Employees
Chapter 10: Achieving World-Class Operations Management
Chapter 11: Creating Products and Pricing Strategies to Meet Customers' Needs
Chapter 12: Distributing and Promoting Products and Services
Chapter 13: Using Technology to Manage Information
Chapter 14: Using Financial Information and Accounting
Chapter 15: Understanding Money and Financial Institutions
Chapter 16: Understanding Financial Management and Securities Markets
Chapter 17: Your Career in Business

Reviews of this title available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/introduction-to-business

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Amit Shah
Bethann Talsma
Carl McDaniel
James Hyatt
Lawrence Gitman
Linda Koffel
Monique Reece
OpenStax Introduction to Business
Date Added:
12/04/2018
Problem Solving in Teams and Groups
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This textbook covers content relevant to COMS342 Problem Solving in Teams and Groups at the University of Kansas.

Table of Contents
I. Groups & Teams Overview

1. Defining Teams and Groups
2. The Psychology of Groups
3. Cooperation
4. Social Comparison
5. Shared Information Bias
6. Judgment and Decision Making
II. Groups & Teams (In)Action

7. Professional Writing
8. Persuasive Presentations
9. Gantt Chart
10. Groups and meetings
11. Organizational culture
12. Inattentional Blindness
13. Teams as Systems
14. Performance Evaluation
III. Group & Team Theory

15. Power in Teams and Groups
16. Leadership
17. Structuration Theory
18. Symbolic Convergence Theory
19. Conformity and Obedience
20. Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions
21. Intercultural and Plane Crashes
22. Conflict and Negotiation
23. Nonverbal Communication

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Cameron W. Piercy
Date Added:
06/11/2020