Fundamentals of Business


Fundamentals of Business (2016) is an openly licensed (CC BY NC SA 3.0) textbook designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business.

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ISBN: (B&W): 978-0-9979201-1-6
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Table of Contents
Preface: Teamwork in Business
Chapter 1: The Foundations of Business
Chapter 2: Economics and Business
Chapter 3: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Chapter 4: Business in a Global Environment
Chapter 5: Forms of Business Ownership
Chapter 6: Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business
Chapter 7: Management and Leadership
Chapter 8: Structuring Organizations
Chapter 9: Operations Management
Chapter 10: Motivating Employees
Chapter 11: Managing Human Resources
Chapter 12: Union/Management Issues
Chapter 13: Marketing: Providing Value to Customers
Chapter 14: Pricing Strategy
Chapter 15: Hospitality and Tourism
Chapter 16: Accounting and Financial Information
Chapter 17: Personal Finances

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