Introduction to Business

Summary: Introduction to Business

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 Content

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Understanding Economic Systems and Business
    1. Introduction
    2. 1.1. The Nature of Business
    3. 1.2. Understanding the Business Environment
    4. 1.3. How Business and Economics Work
    5. 1.4. Macroeconomics: The Big Picture
    6. 1.5. Achieving Macroeconomic Goals
    7. 1.6. Microeconomics: Zeroing in on Businesses and Consumers
    8. 1.7. Competing in a Free Market
    9. 1.8. Trends in the Business Environment and Competition
    10. 1.9. Key Terms
    11. 1.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 1.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 1.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 1.13. Working the Net
    15. 1.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 1.15. Hot Links Address Book
  3. 2. Making Ethical Decisions and Managing a Socially Responsible Business
    1. Introduction
    2. 2.1. Understanding Business Ethics
    3. 2.2. How Organizations Influence Ethical Conduct
    4. 2.3. Managing a Socially Responsible Business
    5. 2.4. Responsibilities to Stakeholders
    6. 2.5. Trends in Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
    7. 2.6. Key Terms
    8. 2.7. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    9. 2.8. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    10. 2.9. Ethics Activity
    11. 2.10. Working the Net
    12. 2.11. Critical Thinking Case
    13. 2.12. Hot Links Address Book
  4. 3. Competing in the Global Marketplace
    1. Introduction
    2. 3.1. Global Trade in the United States
    3. 3.2. Why Nations Trade
    4. 3.3. Barriers to Trade
    5. 3.4. Fostering Global Trade
    6. 3.5. International Economic Communities
    7. 3.6. Participating in the Global Marketplace
    8. 3.7. Threats and Opportunities in the Global Marketplace
    9. 3.8. The Impact of Multinational Corporations
    10. 3.9. Trends in Global Competition
    11. 3.10. Key Terms
    12. 3.11. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    13. 3.12. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    14. 3.13. Ethics Activity
    15. 3.14. Working the Net
    16. 3.15. Critical Thinking Case
    17. 3.16. Hot Links Address Book
  5. 4. Forms of Business Ownership
    1. Introduction
    2. 4.1. Going It Alone: Sole Proprietorships
    3. 4.2. Partnerships: Sharing the Load
    4. 4.3. Corporations: Limiting Your Liability
    5. 4.4. Specialized Forms of Business Organization
    6. 4.5. Franchising: A Popular Trend
    7. 4.6. Mergers and Acquisitions
    8. 4.7. Trends in Business Ownership
    9. 4.8. Key Terms
    10. 4.9. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    11. 4.10. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    12. 4.11. Ethics Activity
    13. 4.12. Working the Net
    14. 4.13. Critical Thinking Case
    15. 4.14. Hot Links Address Book
  6. 5. Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business
    1. Introduction
    2. 5.1. Entrepreneurship Today
    3. 5.2. Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
    4. 5.3. Small Business: Driving America’s Growth
    5. 5.4. Ready, Set, Start Your Own Business
    6. 5.5. Managing a Small Business
    7. 5.6. Small Business, Large Impact
    8. 5.7. The Small Business Administration
    9. 5.8. Trends in Entrepreneurship and Small-Business Ownership
    10. 5.9. Key Terms
    11. 5.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 5.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 5.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 5.13. Working the Net
    15. 5.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 5.15. Hot Links Address Book
  7. 6. Management and Leadership in Today’s Organizations
    1. Introduction
    2. 6.1. The Role of Management
    3. 6.2. Planning
    4. 6.3. Organizing
    5. 6.4. Leading, Guiding, and Motivating Others
    6. 6.5. Controlling
    7. 6.6. Managerial Roles
    8. 6.7. Managerial Skills
    9. 6.8. Trends in Management and Leadership
    10. 6.9. Key Terms
    11. 6.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 6.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 6.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 6.13. Working the Net
    15. 6.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 6.15. Hot Links Address Book
  8. 7. Designing Organizational Structures
    1. Introduction
    2. 7.1. Building Organizational Structures
    3. 7.2. Contemporary Structures
    4. 7.3. Using Teams to Enhance Motivation and Performance
    5. 7.4. Authority—Establishing Organizational Relationships
    6. 7.5. Degree of Centralization
    7. 7.6. Organizational Design Considerations
    8. 7.7. The Informal Organization
    9. 7.8. Trends in Organizational Structure
    10. 7.9. Key Terms
    11. 7.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 7.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 7.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 7.13. Working the Net
    15. 7.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 7.15. Hot Links Address Book
  9. 8. Managing Human Resources and Labor Relations
    1. Introduction
    2. 8.1. Achieving High Performance through Human Resources Management
    3. 8.2. Employee Recruitment
    4. 8.3. Employee Selection
    5. 8.4. Employee Training and Development
    6. 8.5. Performance Planning and Evaluation
    7. 8.6. Employee Compensation and Benefits
    8. 8.7. The Labor Relations Process
    9. 8.8. Managing Grievances and Conflicts
    10. 8.9. Legal Environment of Human Resources and Labor Relations
    11. 8.10. Trends in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
    12. 8.11. Key Terms
    13. 8.12. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    14. 8.13. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    15. 8.14. Ethics Activity
    16. 8.15. Working the Net
    17. 8.16. Critical Thinking Case
    18. 8.17. Hot Links Address Book
  10. 9. Motivating Employees
    1. Introduction
    2. 9.1. Early Theories of Motivation
    3. 9.2. The Hawthorne Studies
    4. 9.3. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    5. 9.4. McGregor’s Theories X and Y
    6. 9.5. Herzberg’s Motivator-Hygiene Theory
    7. 9.6. Contemporary Views on Motivation
    8. 9.7. From Motivation Theory to Application
    9. 9.8. Trends in Employee Motivation
    10. 9.9. Key Terms
    11. 9.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 9.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 9.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 9.13. Working the Net
    15. 9.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 9.15. Hot Links Address Book
  11. 10. Achieving World-Class Operations Management
    1. Introduction
    2. 10.1. Production and Operations Management—An Overview
    3. 10.2. The Production Process: How Do We Make It?
    4. 10.3. Location, Location, Location: Where Do We Make It?
    5. 10.4. Pulling It Together: Resource Planning
    6. 10.5. Production and Operations Control
    7. 10.6. Looking for a Better Way: Improving Production and Operations
    8. 10.7. Transforming the Factory Floor with Technology
    9. 10.8. Trends in Production and Operations Management
    10. 10.9. Key Terms
    11. 10.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 10.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 10.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 10.13. Working the Net
    15. 10.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 10.15. Hot Links Address Book
  12. 11. Creating Products and Pricing Strategies to Meet Customers’ Needs
    1. Introduction
    2. 11.1. The Marketing Concept
    3. 11.2. Creating a Marketing Strategy
    4. 11.3. Developing a Marketing Mix
    5. 11.4. Buyer Behavior
    6. 11.5. Market Segmentation
    7. 11.6. What Is a Product?
    8. 11.7. Creating Products That Deliver Value
    9. 11.8. The Product Life Cycle
    10. 11.9. Pricing Strategies and Future Trends
    11. 11.10. Trends in Developing Products and Pricing
    12. 11.11. Key Terms
    13. 11.12. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    14. 11.13. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    15. 11.14. Ethics Activity
    16. 11.15. Working the Net
    17. 11.16. Critical Thinking Case
    18. 11.17. Hot Links Address Book
  13. 12. Distributing and Promoting Products and Services
    1. Introduction
    2. 12.1. The Nature and Functions of Distribution (Place)
    3. 12.2. Wholesaling
    4. 12.3. The Competitive World of Retailing
    5. 12.4. Using Supply Chain Management to Increase Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction
    6. 12.5. Promotion Strategy
    7. 12.6. The Huge Impact of Advertising
    8. 12.7. The Importance of Personal Selling
    9. 12.8. Sales Promotion
    10. 12.9. Public Relations Helps Build Goodwill
    11. 12.10. Trends in Social Media
    12. 12.11. Trends in E-Commerce
    13. 12.12. Key Terms
    14. 12.13. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    15. 12.14. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    16. 12.15. Ethics Activity
    17. 12.16. Working the Net
    18. 12.17. Critical Thinking Case
    19. 12.18. Hot Links Address Book
  14. 13. Using Technology to Manage Information
    1. Introduction
    2. 13.1. Transforming Businesses through Information
    3. 13.2. Linking Up: Computer Networks
    4. 13.3. Management Information Systems
    5. 13.4. Technology Management and Planning
    6. 13.5. Protecting Computers and Information
    7. 13.6. Trends in Information Technology
    8. 13.7. Key Terms
    9. 13.8. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    10. 13.9. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    11. 13.10. Ethics Activity
    12. 13.11. Working the Net
    13. 13.12. Critical Thinking Case
    14. 13.13. Hot Links Address Book
  15. 14. Using Financial Information and Accounting
    1. Introduction
    2. 14.1. Accounting: More than Numbers
    3. 14.2. The Accounting Profession
    4. 14.3. Basic Accounting Procedures
    5. 14.4. The Balance Sheet
    6. 14.5. The Income Statement
    7. 14.6. The Statement of Cash Flows
    8. 14.7. Analyzing Financial Statements
    9. 14.8. Trends in Accounting
    10. 14.9. Key Terms
    11. 14.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 14.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 14.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 14.13. Working the Net
    15. 14.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 14.15. Hot Links Address Book
  16. 15. Understanding Money and Financial Institutions
    1. Introduction
    2. 15.1. Show Me the Money
    3. 15.2. The Federal Reserve System
    4. 15.3. U.S. Financial Institutions
    5. 15.4. Insuring Bank Deposits
    6. 15.5. International Banking
    7. 15.6. Trends in Financial Institutions
    8. 15.7. Key Terms
    9. 15.8. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    10. 15.9. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    11. 15.10. Ethics Activity
    12. 15.11. Working the Net
    13. 15.12. Critical Thinking Case
    14. 15.13. Hot Links Address Book
  17. 16. Understanding Financial Management and Securities Markets
    1. Introduction
    2. 16.1. The Role of Finance and the Financial Manager
    3. 16.2. How Organizations Use Funds
    4. 16.3. Obtaining Short-Term Financing
    5. 16.4. Raising Long-Term Financing
    6. 16.5. Equity Financing
    7. 16.6. Securities Markets
    8. 16.7. Buying and Selling at Securities Exchanges
    9. 16.8. Trends in Financial Management and Securities Markets
    10. 16.9. Key Terms
    11. 16.10. Summary of Learning Outcomes
    12. 16.11. Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workplace Skills
    13. 16.12. Ethics Activity
    14. 16.13. Working the Net
    15. 16.14. Critical Thinking Case
    16. 16.15. Hot Links Address Book
  18. 17. Your Career in Business
    1. Introduction
    2. 17.1. Learn the Basics of Business
    3. 17.2. Developing Interpersonal Skills Is Key to Your Success
    4. 17.3. Make Your Future Happen: Learn to Plan
    5. 17.4. Going to College Is an Opportunity of a Lifetime—Never Drop Out
    6. 17.5. Get Your Career Off on the Right Track
    7. 17.6. Self-Test Scoring Guidelines
  19. Understanding the Legal and Tax Environment
  20. Index
  21. References

Senior Contributing Authors

Lawrence J. Gitman, San Diego State University – Emeritus
Carl McDaniel, University of Texas, Arlington
Amit Shah, Frostburg State University
Monique Reece
Linda Koffel, Houston Community College
Bethann Talsma, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College
James C. Hyatt, Fort Hays State University

Publish Date:

Sep 18, 2018

Print:

ISBN-10: 1-947172-54-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-54-8

Digital:

ISBN-10: 1-947172-55-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-55-5

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