In this course students will explore the foundation of business by reviewing topics regarding the structure and culture of the modern business environment. Additional topics include the evolution of business, the role of the business ethics, communication, technology, operations, leadership, and human resources. Upon completion, students are better prepared to make informed decisions regarding their educational and professional goals.
Describe the impact of supply and demand on a market economy.
Technology, Goods, and Services
Identify standard IT applications used in business.
Examine the effects and costs of operations and material management in business.
Describe the typical hardware and software components of business technology.
Human Resource Management
Explain the ways that Human Resource Management impacts a business.
Organizational Behavior and Culture
Explain how organizational culture can impact a business.
Compare and contrast different types of organizational structure.
Identify the characteristics of high-performing groups and teams.
Identify theories of work motivation.
Summarize the major components of the contingency theory of leadership.
Explain the types of political tactics used in business.
Discuss the components of persuasive communication.
The Human Side of Business
Examine a business plan using SWOT analysis.
Describe the roles and behaviors of entrepreneurs, managers and employees.
Outline the four functions of management.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
Compare and contrast business ethics and the law.
Recognize the effects of ethics decisions in business.
The Changing Environment of Business
Describe how business has evolved from feudalism, mercantilism and capitalism.
Explain the different forms of business organization.
The Big Picture
Create a portfolio based on core business principles.
Identify career paths within the business environment.
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