The Fundamentals of Business
Course Number: MBA 151
Prerequisites or Corequisites: None
Credits: 1 Credit
This course supports your development as a business professional who understands and can effectively plan, execute, and measure your business activities. In it you are learning powerful tools to harness the potential of your work force with the tools of Open Book Management (OBM). You develop greater financial literacy and employee empowerment and inclusion.
You learn to understand and use income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements for planning, implementing, and measuring success. Combined, you are learning powerful tools to manage operations. You begin your study of OBM, to align employees and focus the business on the most important factors driving success. Whatever your level of business experience, this and the following courses are designed to give you the tools to use OBM to help an organization achieve its purpose and mission.
This course meets every other week throughout the quarter. For each meeting, you have reading and/or video viewing, as well as an assignment to apply the learning. In response to these applied lessons, you will write on what you did and learned in the business skills of leading, coaching, training, managing, teaming (applied) and what you learned and how you grew personally in your own development—who you are becoming (performative.) You develop your vision as a leader
and receive support to build on that vision. You receive feedback on your development in response to assignments and your participation in every-other-week meetings.
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Accreditation: Wright Graduate University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). Wright Graduate University business programs have received specialized accreditation through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). See complete accreditation and recognition details here.