Business Law I Essentials
Renee De Assis, Texas Woman's University
Suzanne Cardell, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN 13: 978-1-947172-78-4
Conditions of Use
The reviewer believes that text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately. The title of the book is Business Law I Essentials, so the expectation is that there might be the need to prepare a Business Law II Essential for the areas,... read more
The reviewer believes that text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately. The title of the book is Business Law I Essentials, so the expectation is that there might be the need to prepare a Business Law II Essential for the areas, which are missing from the analysis. In fact, my interpretation and understanding is that this book selects some of the most important issues in the areas, but it is also focusing on what it can be virtually possible to cover in a single class module. In fact, 14 sections/chapters are equivalent to a 14-week class. I believe that this textbook is useful for a first clear introduction to beginners and then students can complement with the constitution, the case law, case studies, simulations and other relevant real life examples and experiences.
The reviewer considers that the content of the book is accurate. The selection of topics is also relevant. Particularly, the corporate social responsibility is an area not covered by all business law textbooks. Generally, other business law textbooks cover predominantly the market oriented analysis and not sufficiently the limits to globalization and the business sector represented by the necessary balance between business and human rights, business and sustainable development, business and other non-commercial values. I would probably extend some parts to also cover corporate governance
The reviewer considers that the book covers relevant contemporary issues without risks for the longevity of the book. The case studies are useful to students to learn from practice.
As previously mentioned, the text is clear and organized in such a way that is easy to access for students that will approach these topics for the first time. The instructor can use the single chapters as the main topic for each of the classes complementing this book with cases and other additional readings. The terminology and the language is accessible to students and non-experts.
The text is internally consistent, but I believe the pictures are not a relevant addition to the textbook. It would be advisable that the author revises the textbook to use pictures that are actually relevant for the analysis of each of the sections.
Each chapter can be used as an individual section for class modules and lectures complemented with additional materials.
The topics in the text were presented clearly.
The text does not present any interface, but it necessitates some external materials to cover some aspects. In addition, the pictures are not representative of the contents of the textbook.
The reviewer did not detect grammatical errors.
During the review, no culturally insensitive remarks or offensive statements have been detected in any way.
I will use this book for one of my classes.
This book covered the major aspects inherent to the legal landscape of business. Its subject matter is well referenced and provided a solid vocabulary of terms. Particularly, the content offered an informative section on negotiation skills and... read more
This book covered the major aspects inherent to the legal landscape of business. Its subject matter is well referenced and provided a solid vocabulary of terms. Particularly, the content offered an informative section on negotiation skills and tactics that I would recommend.
Upon inspection, this reviewer found the book to be accurate, without errors, and neutral in its presentation.
This reviewer found the text to be timely and informative. Specifically, chapter 7 (contract law) provided some excellent real-world examples that should be incorporated into classroom discussions.
The book is well formatted which should enable the entry level business law student to excel in their learning and comprehension of broad based legal definitions.
The text is largely consistent, although the authors elected to provide more examples and tables to illustrate concepts in the latter chapters of the text than in the former chapters.
The chapters of this text were well assembled and concise. I would not hesitate to adopt portions alongside other material in the classroom.
The topics were presented in a clear fashion and were easy to understand.
No interface issues were noted, but when compared with other resources, additional content seemed lacking at times.
No grammatical errors were found during this review.
Upon inspection, this reviewer did not notice any insensitive or offensive material in this text.
There are a plethora of business law texts available in the marketplace. Whatever resources one chooses to adopt, the Business Law Essentials text could certainly be utilized as an effective supplement in the classroom.
Even though this text is an "essentials" text, there are certain topics that are missing from the text that I would expect to find in a basic legal environments textbook. These include topics such as 1) Real, Personal, and Intellectual Property;... read more
Even though this text is an "essentials" text, there are certain topics that are missing from the text that I would expect to find in a basic legal environments textbook. These include topics such as 1) Real, Personal, and Intellectual Property; 2) Negotiable Instruments and Banking; 3) Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy; 4) Agency and Liabilities to Third Parties; and 5) Business Organizations. The text includes both a table of contents and an index. It would be nice to see a glossary and the US Constitution in the back. The material included is fairly basic and doesn't explore the topics with adequate depth.
I am not finding inaccurate information, however, both sides of various topics are not included such as the free market argument that those arguing for corporate social responsibility would normally face.
Most of the book covers foundation material that will timeless. However, there are a number of links to supporting information located on the web that could become obsolete. This text also lacks examples of the law from trial cases, which may increase the longevity of the text, however, this trait also leads to the shallower coverage of the topics.
The book is easy to read and provides user-friendly vocabulary for a non-lawyer.
The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework. Again, if provides basic information regarding the legal topics covered.
This text is easily read and could be divided up cleanly.
The organization of the material is logical and clear. There is good use of headings and visual breaks for the reader. The end of the chapters provide simple multiple choice questions for a learner to test themselves. There is not a summary provided at the end of the chapter which is common with standard texts.
I did not find any interface issues related to this text.
I did not find any grammatical errors that would stand out to a learner and distract from the content.
There are few examples in this text on which to judge its culturally insensitivity. The images included in the text illustrate a diverse group of participants in the law.
The images included in this book seem to be inserted only to take up space. Images in a law text can be very helpful for the non-learner by providing comparisons and flowcharts to simplify concepts. Consider using more meaningful images to support the text and provide the textual information in a different way.
Table of Contents
- 1 American Law, Legal Reasoning, and the Legal System
- 2 Disputes and Dispute Settlement
- 3 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
- 4 Business and the United States Constitution
- 5 Criminal Liability
- 6 The Tort System
- 7 Contract Law
- 8 Sales Contracts
- 9 Employment and Labor Law
- 10 Government Regulation
- 11 Antitrust Law
- 12 Unfair Trade Practices and the Federal Trade Commission
- 13 International Law
- 14 Securities Regulation
About the Book
Business Law I Essentials is a brief introductory textbook designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of courses on Business Law or the Legal Environment of Business. The concepts are presented in a streamlined manner, and cover the key concepts necessary to establish a strong foundation in the subject. The textbook follows a traditional approach to the study of business law. Each chapter contains learning objectives, explanatory narrative and concepts, references for further reading, and end-of-chapter questions.
Business Law I Essentials may need to be supplemented with additional content, cases, or related materials, and is offered as a foundational resource that focuses on the baseline concepts, issues, and approaches.
About the Contributors
Renee De Assis
Suzanne Cardell, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth