About the Book
Theresa A. Gabaldon
The George Washington University
Christopher L. Sagers
Cleveland State University
2016. 1120 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-5097-7.
About the Book
Business Organizations is a pedagogically rich book that recaptures student engagement in the course without sacrificing basic rigor. The traditional coverage of most books in the field is retained, but modernized in reflecting the importance of unincorporated entities and small business counseling problems. Transaction-oriented problems put the student in the practice role of advising a variety of businesses. An expository approach provides clear context for cases. Features include flowcharts, connections boxes, self-testing exercises, an interspersed series of exercises on ethics for business lawyers, a glossary of terms, and sidebars on numerical concepts and skills. Through the use of side-bar explanations or otherwise, the chapters or major sections of chapters in the book stand alone, facilitating teaching in almost any order. An online supplement includes a “business concepts for lawyers” module to be assigned as an instructor desires, as well as a variety of sample documents to show students the actual materials that lawyers work with every day.
Hallmark features of Business Organizations:
• Modularity, so that the book can be adapted to professors’ different priorities. Modularity is achieved mainly through keeping chapters short and keeping them self-contained.
• Substantial material provided for free in an online supplement, to reduce overall student costs, including:
o A set of complete edited codes to support all readings in the casebook; and
o A module comprising roughly a “business concepts for lawyers” guide, covering tax, accounting, financial and economic topics keyed directly to the book and the teacher’s manual.
• Teacher’s Manual will include sample syllabi, transition guides for users switching from competitor casebooks, answers to questions in the book, discussion of cases, teaching guidance, sample teaching notes, and sample PowerPoints
• Detailed, problem-focused treatment of unincorporated entity issues and special transactional problems in counseling small businesses
o Focus, including transactional planning problems, on special problems of small businesses
o Explanation of special issues that are known to counseling practitioners, but often left unexplained in casebooks, like the peculiar and unexpected persistence of the S Corporation and the Limited Partnership, with explanation of the niche financial and tax roles they now serve.
o Deeper coverage of agency law than most leading books, but kept modular for those professor choosing not to cover it.
• The visual and pedagogical elements (including teaching and learning aids such as flow-charts and self-testing devices) are designed to engage a generation of students and teachers accustomed to variety and visual appeal
• Special cross-referencing aids to emphasize connections among related topics
• An expository approach providing clear context for the traditional case material that also appears
• Easy-to-digest sidebar content intended to develop student numeracy strength in tax, accounting and other relevant concepts
• Accompanied by an optional supplement, comprising roughly a “business concepts for lawyers” module, covering tax, accounting, financial and economic topics keyed directly to the book and the teacher’s manual