2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

REVISED

Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Faculty
John Filmer organizational and business management
Fields of Study
American studies, business and management, communications, economics, government, history, law and public policy, leadership studies and political economy
Preparatory for studies or careers in
economics, business, management, public policy, and government.
Description

How are organizations managed? What skills and abilities are needed? Organizations, fail or succeed according to their ability to adapt to fluid legal, cultural, political and economic realities. The management of organizations will play a seminal role in this program, where the primary focus will be on business and economic development. 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. An effective leader/manager must have the ability to read, comprehend, contextualize and interpret the flow of events impacting the organization. Communication skills, critical reasoning, quantitative (financial) analysis and the ability to research, sort out, comprehend and digest voluminous amounts of material characterize the far-thinking and effective organizational leader/manager.

This program will explore the essentials of for-profit and non-profit business development through the study of classical economics, free market principles, economic development and basic business principles. Selected seminar readings will trace the evolution of free market thinking in our own Democratic Republic.  Critical reasoning will be a significant focus in order to explicate certain economic principles and their 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. Class work will include lectures, book seminars, projects, case studies, leadership, team building and financial analysis. Expect to read a lot, study hard and be challenged to think clearly, logically and often.

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. A stout list of seminar books will include Federalist Papers , The Road to Serfdom by Hayek, Common Sense by Thomas Paine and Democracy in America by DeToqueville.

In fall quarter, we will establish a foundation in economics, business, critical reasoning and the history of business development in the United States

Winter quarter will emphasize real life economic circumstances impacting organizations. You will engage in discussions with practitioners in businesses and various other private sector and government organizations. You will be actively involved in research and project work with some of these organizations and it will provide an opportunity to investigate and design exciting internships for the spring quarter.

In spring quarter, the emphasis will be on individual projects or internships. Continuing students will design their own curriculum. This will require students to take full responsibility for their learning, including a bibliography, the design of the syllabus, and learning schedule. The faculty sponsor merely acts as an educational manager and not as a tutor. In-program internships provide a different opportunity to apply prior learning but in this case, with the intent of developing applied skills and people skills rather than focusing solely on advanced study or research. 

 
Schedule and Location
Spring
Location
Olympia
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Books
Greener Store
Offered During
Day

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 24th, 2013 New opportunity added.