2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Advanced Foundations of Successful and Sustainable Businesses

NEW! Last Updated: 02/06/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Glenn Landram management science, Zoe Van Schyndel finance

Faculty Signature Required: Please contact Glenn Landram at landramg@evergreen.edu, and provide the following: your student "A" number, background and coursework in economics, finance, business and/or quantitative methods. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Major areas of study include business, finance and manangement science.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background (business or finance and quantitative methods or management science). Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the December break.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background (business or finance and quantitative methods or management science). Contact both faculty at Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the March break.

This three-quarter program examines how business practices, innovation and leadership influence the relationship between business and society. From subprime mortgage failures to green growth stories we will lay the foundation for our business study - how businesses recognize and react to opportunities, deliver goods and services to markets, and develop internal processes and organizational structures. We will examine business practices from the perspective of finance, marketing, management, economics, business history and ethics. Our focus will center on the current mortgage crisis and the personal impacts of business practices. We will look at how this foundation applies to an individual affected by business organizations, whether as borrower, employee, investor or member of society. Quantitative methods will be presented in each quarter, building on the prior quarters accomplishments.

In fall and winter quarters we will examine corporate finance and accounting, management science and macroeconomics by investigating successful, sustainable and innovative leaders in business. In spring quarter we will engage in a capstone simulation project that will challenge students to apply these attributes and set up a sustainable, successful business. Teams will manage simulated businesses competing against each other and will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesize many of the fundamentals of business in one comprehensive computer simulation.

Students who successfully complete the program will gain a solid introduction to business and management as a possible basis for more advanced study in business, or for jobs in the private sector, government or non-profit organizations. Students will also leave the program with an appreciation of emerging issues in the relationship between business and society.

The program format will include workshops, lectures, films, seminars, guest presentations and group and individual projects. This program will also serve as a preparatory course for continuing work in any master's degree, such as an MBA, requiring a strong quantitative foundation.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in business, management, public policy or an MBA or MPA.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 12th, 2008 This is a new program, and is offered as an alternative to the cancelled programs Advanced Business Foundations and The Science of Business Decisions.
November 17th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details added.
November 25th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment field utilized.
February 6th, 2009 Spring enrollment field utilized.