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Open Education: Business

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.


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On this page you will find several openly licensed Business textbooks along with supplemental material, interactive simulations, and other resources.

Discipline-specific pages are not intended to be exhaustive, but to showcase content that may be of interest to faculty considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. 

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Open Textbooks

Accounting Principles: A Business Perspective by Edwards, Hermanson, and Ivancevich (CC BY) This text uses annual reports of real companies to illustrate many of the accounting concepts in use in business today. Gaining an understanding of accounting terminology and concepts, however, is not enough to ensure your success. You also need to be able to find information on the Internet, analyze various business situations, work effectively as a member of a team, and communicate your ideas clearly. This text was developed to help you develop these skills.

Managerial Accounting by Heisnger & Hoyle (CC BY-NC-SA) The authors believe that students want to learn accounting in the most efficient way possible, balancing coursework with personal schedules. They tend to focus on their studies in short intense segments between jobs, classes, and family commitments. Meanwhile, the accounting industry has endured dramatic shifts since the collapse of Enron and WorldCom, causing a renewed focus on ethical behavior in accounting. This dynamic author team designed Managerial Accounting to work within the confines of today’s students’ lives while delivering a modern look at managerial accounting. Managerial Accounting was written around three major themes: Ready, Reinforcement and Relevance. This book is aimed squarely at the new learning styles evident with today’s students and addresses accounting industry changes as well. 

Mastering Strategic Management by Ketchen & Short (CC BY-NC-SA) This text is designed to enhance student engagement in three innovative ways: 1. through visual adaptations of the key content in the book; 2. using a real-world company as the running example in each chapter; and  3. “strategy at the movies” feature in each chapter that links course concepts with a popular motion picture. 

Additional Sources of Open Textbooks

Accounting / Finance:  1  2

Business, Management & Marketing 1 2 3 4

Business Technology

Human Resources Management / Organizational Behavior

Course materials: Lecture Videos, Interactive Simulations etc.

OpenCourseWare, Case Studies, Guides etc. from MERLOT (Rights vary)

TED Ed Business & Economics channel (CC BY)

Courseware from Sloan School of Management (CC BY NC,SA) 

Gaming/Simulation Packages and Books (Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning) (Rights vary)