2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development


Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 quarters

John Filmer organizational and business management
Fields of Study
business and management, communications and economics
Preparatory for studies or careers in
business, non-profit management, and economics.

Organizations, fail or succeed according to their ability to adapt to fluid legal, cultural, political and economic realities. Strong, competent management leads to strong successful organizations. This program will explore the essentials of for-profit and non-profit business development through the study of classical economics, economic development and basic business principles. Critical reasoning will be taught to facilitate an understanding of economics and its application to the business environment. You will be introduced to the tools, skills and concepts you need to develop strategies for navigating your organization in an ever-changing environment.

Management is a highly interdisciplinary profession where generalized, connected knowledge plays a critical role. Knowledge of the liberal arts/humanities or of technological advances may be as vital as skill development in finance, law, organizational dynamics or the latest management theory. As an effective leader/manager you must develop the ability to read, comprehend, contextualize and interpret the flow of events impacting your organization. Communication skills, critical reasoning, quantitative analysis and the ability to research, sort out, comprehend and digest voluminous amounts of material separate the far-thinking and effective organizational leader/manager from the pedestrian administrator. Winter quarter will focus on these basic skills in preparation for advanced work including projects and research.

Students will engage in discussions with practitioners in businesses and various other private sector and government organizations. Students will be actively involved in research and project work which may provide an opportunity to investigate and design exciting internships for the spring quarter. Class work will include lectures, book seminars, projects and case studies. Texts will include Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management by Thomas Zimmerer , Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, Asking The Right Questions : A Guide to Critical Thinking by M. Neil Browne and Stuart Keeley, and How to read a Financial Report by John A. Tracy.

Spring quarter will be a continuation of winter quarter enriched with possible topics in leadership, business planning, communication, case studies, financial analysis, marketing, global business, the national economy and spread sheet techniques.  Topics will largely be tailored to the needs of the classs and students may also take some of their credits in internships or special projects.

Evergreen's management graduates enjoy a reputation for integrity and for being bold and creative in their approaches to problem solving, mindful of the public interest and attentive to their responsibilities toward the environment and their employees, volunteers, customers, stockholders, stakeholders, and neighbors. Expect to read a lot, study hard and be challenged to think clearly, logically and often. Your competence as a manager is in the balance.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 6th, 2013 This program has been extended into spring quarter.
November 20th, 2012 New program added for winter.