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Fundamentals of Business - 4th Edition

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Stephen J. Skripak, Virginia Tech

Ron Poff, Virginia Tech

Copyright Year: 2023

ISBN 13: 9780997920178

Publisher: Virginia Tech Libraries

Language: English

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Reviewed by Stacy McManus, Adjunct Professor, Minnesota West Community & Technical College on 2/16/23

The book did an excellent job of covering the basics of business. Everything that I cover in my course was covered in this book. read more

Reviewed by Marie Looby, adjunct instructor, Massasoit Community College on 6/5/21

Varied subject matters that progress logically and are covered in detail with terms well defined. Offers outside links for further enrichment. read more

Reviewed by Steve Lesh, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University on 1/8/21

I must first state that I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy educator who holds a PhD in Business which is not a common combination of degree paths. I was intrigued by the possibility of adding more business theory to my health service administration... read more

Reviewed by Babu George, Associate Professor, Fort Hays State University on 10/26/18

This book covers the overall landscape of contemporary businesses pretty well. While nothing significant is 'lacking', I would love to have the authors provide a chapter that quickly takes students through the history of business and another... read more

Reviewed by Mindy Bean, Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College on 6/19/18

The OER does well on covering topics in an introductory level business course. It adds a section that is not in typical business fundamental material of hospitality which compliments our new program that we started at our college. read more

Reviewed by Jeff Bauer, Professor of Management & Dean, University of Cincinnati - Clermont on 3/27/18

The text is quite comprehensive covering: ECON, Ethics, Global Business, Forms of Ownership, Entre, MGMT, OB/OD, OM, Motivation, H/R, Unions, MKTG, Pricing, Hospitality MGMT, ACCT/FIN, and Personal FIN. Only areas "missing" = Information Systems... read more

Reviewed by Thomas Goodwin, Part-time Instructor, Miami University on 6/20/17

This text does a good job of introducing key functions of an organization (Marketing, HR, Accounting/Finance) as well as core principles such as ethics, legal issues, and economics. The material is appropriate for an introductory course to serve... read more

Reviewed by Ann Strunk, Adjunct Instructor, Klamath Community College on 6/20/17

The text covers all the typical topics for introductory business course. The Chapter 15: Hospitality and Tourism is relevant to the increasing industry segment. The last chapter on Personal Finances does come after Chapter 16 Accounting but seems... read more

Reviewed by Ehsan Salek, Professor of Business, Virginia Wesleyan College on 2/8/17

The text has an extensive coverage and actually has several chapters one doesn't normally find in an introductory textbook on business. If this was a traditional textbook, I would not adopt it since there are superfluous chapters and sections that... read more

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Teamwork in Business

Chapter 2 The Foundations of Business

Chapter 3 Economics and Business

Chapter 4 Ethics and Social Responsibility

Chapter 5 Business in a Global Environment

Chapter 6 Forms of Business Ownership

Chapter 7 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Chapter 8 Management and Leadership

Chapter 9 Structuring Organizations

Chapter 10 Operations Management

Chapter 11 Motivating Employees

Chapter 12 Managing Human Resources

Chapter 13 Union/Management Issues

Chapter 14 Marketing: Providing Value to Customers

Chapter 15 Pricing Strategy

Chapter 16 Hospitality and Tourism

Chapter 17 Accounting and Financial Information

Chapter 18 Personal Finances

Chapter 19 Technology in Business

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About the Book

Fundamentals of Business, 4th Edition is an open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty-customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, personal finances, and technology in business. The textbook was designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business and is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 license.

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About the Contributors


Stephen J. Skripak is (retired) Professor of Practice in Management at Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech (2005  – 2021) and former Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2006-2014). He is a senior executive with 25 years of business leadership experience, including positions as General Manager and Chief Financial Officer with divisions of Fortune 500 companies. His background includes financial services, consumer packaged goods, apparel, and industrial companies, with emphasis in turnaround situations. He was the lead contributor and subject matter expert for the 2016 and 2018 editions of Fundamentals of Business, and reviewed the 2020 and 2023 versions of the book.

Ron Poff is Assistant Professor of Management Practice in the Management Department at Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, where he teaches management courses. He began his career as an enlisted member of the US Navy Reserves before entering his primary career in supply chain operations then sales and marketing, where he served in executive roles with large corporations for over 25 years. As an entrepreneur, he then founded his own marketing agency. His education includes a B.S. in Business Management, M.S. Marketing, and a Graduate Certificate in eMarketing. He is the project lead, chief contributor, and coordinator of contributors for the third (2020) and fourth editions (2023) of Fundamentals of Business.

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