Business 550
The Contemporary Firm

Wayne Smith   [ wayne.smith@csun.edu ]

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[updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2010]

"All business depends on men fulfilling their responsibility."
-Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)



The purpose of this web site is to provide information and materials for students enrolled in Wayne Smith's Business 550 course, Class #  3770, for the Spring, 2008 semester. This course meets Tue 6:00pm - 10:00pm (4/1 - 6/17) in Thousand Oaks (off-site). This course is offered by the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics and Extended Education at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). CSU Channel Islands is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system.

My email address is wayne.smith@csun.edu. For email sent to me by students, the Subject line should start with "[CSUCI Bus550]" (without the quotes) [ example ]. Interested students may learn more about me by reviewing my personal web page. The PDF materials on this page require the "free" Acrobat Reader.


The following notes are updates/changes provided prior to the semester and between class sessions (in descending chronological order).

The above notes are also available as a subscription feed [ .atom ]. A subscription feed is a contemporary approach to automated notification.

Pre-Course Materials

These materials can be accessed before the first class session. These resources can be useful for prospective students desiring to gain a better appreciation for the subject matter of this course without enrolling in the course or purchasing the required textbook(s). These materials are especially useful for non-business majors who are considering enrolling in this course. Materials in this particular section will not appear on any quiz or exam.

Course Materials

These materials should be reviewed before the first class session.

General Materials

The following materials apply to all my courses independent of subject matter.

Assignments and Exercises

The following materials are the tentative assignments (probably three in number) for this course. They also may be updated and expanded as needed.

Additional Materials

The following materials don't "fit" anywhere else neatly.

Related Syllabi

For graduate courses, I prefer a "Read/Write" syllabus (i.e., a syllabus that I and the students can alter in some way if needed). The following syllabi are for similar courses from other institutions. These materials may be helpful to us in refining our topics for study.

Regional Learning Opportunities

It is important to keep up with local peers and professional development opportunities as well. The following are a few of the regional user groups and professional society activities that I found to be relevant to this course (a few of which come from a more comprehensive list that I maintain separately for undergraduate MIS/IT majors at CSU Northridge).

Further Study

The following is a collection of materials in various media that students should review just before the end of the the course.

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