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Exploring Business

Version 2.1
By Karen Collins

Included Supplements

Key Features

  • INTEGRATED NIKE CASE STUDY: A Nike case study is available for instructors who wish to introduce students to business using an exciting and integrated case, which is updated each semester. Students learn about Nike through individual case notes, real-world examples, and award-winning videos featuring company executives. In addition, the test item file contains multiple-choice questions keyed to the Nike cases.
  • PROGRESSIVE (OPTIONAL) BUSINESS PLAN: Having students develop a business plan in the course introduces students to the excitement and challenges of starting a business and helps them discover how the functional areas of business interact. This textbook package includes an optional integrated business plan project modeled after one refined by the author and her teaching team over the past ten years.
  • EMPHASIS ON AACSB: Each chapter presents ten Questions and Problems as well as five cases on areas of skill and knowledge endorsed by AACSB: Learning on the Web, Career Opportunities, The Ethics Angle, Team-Building Skills, and The Global View.
  • AUTHOR-WRITTEN INSTRUCTION MANUAL: For the past eleven years, Karen Collins has been developing, coordinating and teaching (to over 3,500 students) an Introduction to Business course. Each semester, she has continuously developed and improved an extensive assortment of clear highly coordinated teaching materials.


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In writing Exploring Business, v. 2.1, Karen Collins had simple yet clear aims:

  • Introduce students to business in an exciting way
  • Provide faculty with a fully developed teaching package to enable that goal

This textbook is suitable for these courses: Introduction to Business

This textbook is suitable for 2 and 4 year institutions.

New in This Version

  • UPDATED CASE STUDIES: This textbook benefits from updates to the Nike Business Case, which are based on extensive research and executive interviews.
  • NEW & ENHANCED CHAPTER COVERAGE: Along with major revamps of the & of social media marketing, sustainability coverage, the value of the Euro, and exploration of the serial entrepreneur.
  • EMPHASIS ON MOBILE DEVICES: The focus of the additions to the Managing Information and Technology chapter will be on the explosive growth in mobile devices.
  • IMPROVED QUIZ MATERIALS & FIGURES: Through redesigned quizzes, this textbook now helps students effectively practice and develop a better understanding of key concepts.
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

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting key learning objectives and the main concepts for each chapter are available for you to use in your classroom. You can either cut and paste sections or use the presentation as a whole.

PowerPoint Lecture Notes

Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

For your convenience, we've packaged our test items for easy import into Learning Management Systems like Blackboard, Brightspace/D2L, Canvas, Moodle, or Respondus.

Test Item File

Test Item File

Need assistance in supplementing your quizzes and tests? Our test-item files (in Word format) contain many multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions.

Other Supplements

Other Supplements

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Karen Collins Lehigh University

Karen Collins (PhD Virginia Tech) is Professor Emerita of Accounting at Lehigh University. Karen developed and directed 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 twelve years teaching and directing 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 is 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 headquarters in Chicago in the development of the Introduction to Business course.

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

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