Principles of Management (OpenStax)
Posted: May 22, 2019 | Updated: August 20, 2021
Author: David S. Bright, Wright State University, Anastasia H. Cortes, Virginia Tech University, Eva Hartmann, University of Richmond, et al.
Principles of Management is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the introductory course on management. This is a traditional approach to management using the leading, planning, organizing, and controlling approach. Management is a broad business discipline, and the Principles of Management course covers many management areas such as human resource management and strategic management, as well behavioral areas such as motivation. No one individual can be an expert in all areas of management, so an additional benefit of this text is that specialists in a variety of areas have authored individual chapters.
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Principles of Management (OpenStax) by David S. Bright, Wright State University, Anastasia H. Cortes, Virginia Tech University, Eva Hartmann, University of Richmond, et al. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
4.3 / 5
The textbook covers all the critical areas of management. The instructor resources are valuable and the activities are very useable. I would question the value of the "Entrepreneurship" chapter. In many institutions, this is a separate course and the role of manager doesn't change much to the context.
Entrepreneurship has its own unique context and skills required to run a business.
I also feel that grouping the chapters into the primary functions of managers may add value in the future. These being planning, organizing, controlling and leading.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The content is accurate and is commonly used for an introductory level.
As we have become so global, more international examples and cases would be valuable. It's very US centric. Content that is more reflective of our growing globalization would be beneficial.
Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5
Yes, this text will be useable for many years as it focusses on the basics. Some of the examples, while highly recognized, may become dated however. This is something individual instructors can manage I do believe.
In the test bank, there are very specific US legislation questions in places (for example, HR topic). if this is going to be used in various countries, these questions could be removed. I removed them for my classes. This is just another simple way to add a more global perspective to this text.
Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
The definitions and glossary are very valuable.
Some of the questions in the test back could be worded differently. Instead of blanks, I wonder if a direct question is clearer. I manually changed them if I felt I could make it clearer.
Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
Yes, the text is consistent.
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
The functions of management could be used here to better lay out the chapters and context. Having said that, they are easily intermixed and parceled out. There should not be too much confusion for students. I do think Instructors need to be very clear on chapters and pages to read each week. Some classes may prefer a more structured approach.
Modularity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
History of Management - chapter 3 - could be moved up to the first chapter - lays a solid foundation. It feels awkward where it is.
Separate planning and controlling into two chapters - controlling requires much more content in my mind. I plan to add more to this topic.
Organization Rating: 4 out of 5
It is clear and I haven't found any navigation issues to date.
Interface Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
I did not see any grammatical errors to date.
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
In the test bank, I do come across questions that refer to he/she. I have changed this to he/she/they manually. I also feel that more variations in the questions could support a more diverse and inclusive classroom...I sometimes have changed the "person" in the questions to ensure we have various genders and cultures/backgrounds represented.
Overall this is covered but wondering if it requires more attention in the future, given our evolving societal norms.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
I do recommend this text. While it may not provide the "structure" for a class, or classes may vary from this progression, the content covers much of an Intro to MNGT class. With an instructors own examples and materials to round out topics of interest, this text provides a solid foundation for students at no cost. The additional effort on my part, to make this work for my class, is minimal in the big picture. If we add up how money we are saving students, and knowing we may adapt any textbook somewhat for our own needs, this text is great OER resource.
I did have to use Respondus to import the test banks into D2L. After a bit of wrangling, I managed to make use of all the resources. I do feel this is unique to my LMS and instructors would face similar challenges when looking to fully utilize the resources. This small issues do not in anyway change my view to the value of this resource for my students.