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Vitaly Nishanov
MGMT 320
Seattle Campus

Business, Government, and Society

Political, social, and legal environment of business. Critical managerial issues from historical, theoretical, ethical perspectives; their impact on organization. Corporate political power, boards of directors, capitalism, industrial policy, business ethics and social responsibility, alternative corporate roles in society. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Course Objectives: To study historical patterns in the business-government-society relationship, learning how the past shaped the present, and learning how present trends are shaping the future. To develop an understanding of the power of business to influence its environment and how powerful ideas in the business environment shape the business-government-society relationship. To demonstrate the social responsibilities and ethical duties of business To incorporate the knowledge of many fields through an interdisciplinary approach. To develop in students an ethical and philosophical basis for making business decisions

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Teaching Methods: Lectures. Group discussions. Exercises and quizzes. Case studies.

Recommended preparation

I adhere to the cognitive approach for management training. This approach entails a high degree of involvement of all participants of the trainings.

1. Final exam will be multiple choice and true/false questions. 2. Before coming to class you should a. Read assigned Chapter(s) of the textbook b. Be prepared to solve quizzes and take part in group discussions. c. Active participation in class discussions is one of key to your understanding of the course concepts.

3. Attendance policy: a. Class attendance and punctuality is strongly encouraged.

4.Participation policy: a. Be skeptical of my points and the textbook. b. Participate in class discussions, cases analyses, and presentation of the results. 5. TEXTBOOK: G. Steiner, J. Steiner. BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND SOCIETY: A MANAGERIAL PERSPECTIVE, 11th or 12th ed. ISBN 0-07-299442-8

Class assignments and grading

During quarter you will have about 10 writing quizzes and homework.

Writing Assignments: You will have two kinds of writing assignments (1) one Research Paper and (2) five Short Papers

Final test 30%

Midterm 20%

Quizzes, short papers, homework 20%

Group projects, presentations 15%

Research Paper 15%

Total 100%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Vitaly Nishanov
Date: 12/22/2007