This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with a broad variety of topics that are fundamental to the understanding of business. These include the essentials of economics, finance, management, marketing, international business, strategy, and ethics. The study and discussion of current issues in each of these areas will increase the students’ understanding of the business enterprise.
Small group communication, dealing with positive feedback, principles of small discussions. Project planning, managing people, small group participation, reengineering organizations. Understanding interpersonal communications, brainstorming process, decision-making and conflict resolution, and diagnosing group effectiveness.
The use of computing and Internet technologies as a tool for management and strategic planning. Discussion and application of emerging technologies.
Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statement, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures. Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change.
Importance of communication in organizations, effective communication in organizations, developing and delivering effective interpersonal communication. Team-building, conflict resolution, and problem solving, communication and organizational culture, communication to and within groups.
Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management (TQM) and Management by Objectives.
Topics discussed from a Christian perspective include: nature of ethics and meaning of being ethical; ethical problems in organizations, environmental change and ethical considerations, moral reasoning, personal values, and decision making; alternate modes of moral reasoning; ethical issues between individuals and organizations, and principled leadership.
For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.