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Exploring Business

Version 5.0
By Karen Collins

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Homework ready now and supplements available February 29, 2024.

Key Features

  • Hyperlinks to 38 embedded streaming videos enrich online courses, engage students, and reinforce or augment many of the presented topics
  • End-of-chapter cases on five key areas of skill and knowledge endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB): Learning on the Web, Career Opportunities, The Ethics Angle, Team-Building Skills, and The Global View
  • Covers the “essentials” and maintains academic rigor without burdening students and faculty with unnecessary detail
  • Timely emphasis on entrepreneurship is flexibly presented and easily reorganized
  • Supportive in-text learning features:
    • Chapter-Opening Scenarios grab the reader’s attention with topical and compelling real-world examples that preview material to come
    • “Learning Objectives” at the beginning of each main section preview the material to come and prepare students to learn
    • “Key Takeaways” at the end of each main section reflect the corresponding Learning Objectives and summarize key ideas in bullet-point fashion. Key Takeaways enable the learner to pause and consolidate the information just read or experienced into a "chunk." This process enables the reader to better understand and retain the section’s content and its key concepts
    • “Exercises” at the end of every main head section encourage students to analyze information just learned to encourage deeper learning and retention
    • “Chapter End Cases and Problems” align with five key areas of skill and knowledge endorsed by the AACSB
      • “Learning on the Web”
      • “Career Opportunities”
      • “Ethics Angle”
      • “Team-Building Skills”
      • “The Global View”
    • Optional business plan project for students to work on alongside the course, including an Excel template to prepare financial reports
    • Optional Nike Case Study is integrated throughout and is available for instructors who wish to introduce students to business using a dynamic case study
  • Author-written supplementary materials provide robust instructional support and include an instructor manual, test items, quizzes, PowerPoint lecture slides, and online homework
  • Customizable
  • Suggested responses for exercises and case questions included in the instructor’s manual


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Exploring Business is suitable for Introduction to Business or Introduction to Entrepreneurship courses taught at the undergraduate level at two- and four-year colleges and universities. 

This book’s broad range of features connect with students at every level of preparation and without overwhelming them with details. Exploring Business conveys the excitement of the business world through the use of over 75 real-world examples—and features an optional, running case study for those instructors who want to expose students to case-based learning. An additional, optional business plan template simulates a hands-on learning opportunity by providing budding entrepreneurs with practice conceptualizing a new business.  

New in This Version

  • Updated coverage of ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ch. 1)
  • New opening story on Sheila Johnson, entrepreneur and founder of the Black Entertainment Channel (BET) and Salamander luxury hotel chain (Ch. 2)
  • Updated discussion of Amazon (Section 3.7)
  • New opening story on Wells Fargo Bank and ethics issues (Ch. 4 “Business Ethics and Social Responsibility”)
  • Addresses unlawful opioid distribution and the resulting epidemic of addictions (Section 4.2)
  • New coverage of unethical and fraudulent actions of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos (Section 4.2)
  • New subsection called “Making Ethical Decisions” (Section 4.3)
  • Expanded coverage of leading, including new examples such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Dolores Huerta, and César Chávez and leadership styles with new examples such as Oprah Winfrey, Indra Nooyi, and Phil Knight  (Section 5.5)
  • Expanded discussion of workplace diversity, now called “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (Section 6.3)
  • Many incremental, but important, updates to global business topics and examples (Ch. 9 “Business in a Global Environment”)
  • New chapter opening story on Domino’s Pizza and constructive responses to negative feedback (Ch. 10 “Marketing: Providing Value to Customers”)
  • New subsection on Amazon’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and struggling drone delivery service (Section 11.4)
  • Streamlined coverage of accounting fully focuses on cash-basis statements by moving accrual-based statements to an appendix (Section 12.3)
  • New subsection on cryptocurrencies (Section 13.2) 
  • Updated the majority of tables and graphs with new data
  • Refreshed and sharpened many end-of-section exercises and end-of-chapter cases

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All instructor supplements will be available by February 29, 2024.

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Instructor’s Manual

Instructor’s Manual

The Instructor’s Manual guides you through the main concepts of each chapter and important elements such as learning objectives, key terms, and key takeaways. Can include answers to chapter exercises, group activity suggestions, and discussion questions.

Instructor’s Manual

PowerPoint Lecture Notes

PowerPoint Lecture Notes

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Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

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Sample Syllabi

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Karen Collins Lehigh University

Karen Collins (PhD Virginia Tech) was Professor Emerita of Accounting at Lehigh University. Karen previously coordinated Lehigh’s Introduction to Business course taken by all first-year business students. Exploring Business and its robust package of support materials is based on Karen's innovative and successful approach to many years teaching and coordinating the course. For her service in this area, Karen was honored with an "Innovation in Teaching Award" from the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration. 

Karen was the recipient of numerous other teaching awards, including the "Deming Lewis Faculty Award" (for the faculty member who had the strongest influence on the ten-year graduating class); "Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching" (for the faculty member who best demonstrates a mastery of his or her field and superior ability in communicating it to others), Coopers and Lybrand’s "Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award" (given to ten faculty members nationally in recognition of excellence in teaching), Coopers and Lybrand's "Faculty Internship" (given to one faculty member nationally based on his or her positive influence on students), and the "Andersen Consulting Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching" (a two-year fellowship given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in course development). This last fellowship allowed Karen to work with course designers at the firm’s national offices in Chicago in the development of the Introduction to Business course. 

Karen's research interests included upward mobility of women in accounting, quality of life issues, stress, and ethnic diversity in the accounting profession.

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