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Business OER Subject Guide: OER Starting Points

Find Business OER by course area and material type

Textbooks, courses, and readers:

  • Fundamentals of Business, 3rd edition (OER textbook)
    Adapted by Stephen Skripak with Ron Poff, Virginia Teach, 2020. "[P]rimary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances." Online, PDF, and EPUB formats. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • Introduction to Business (OER course)
    OER course from Boundless / Lumen and currently hosted by LibreTexts. "This Introduction to Business course develops students’ understanding of business fundamentals with learning design structured around timely, real-world case studies and examples. Key topics include the role of business, the global economic and legal environment, ethics, marketing, accounting and finance, and managing processes and operations. Enriched OER content (text, video, simulations, etc.) orients students to the shifting business landscape and prepares them for success in business program curriculum and the workplace." Organized into 17 modules, each with a "Why It Matters" intro and "Putting It Together" summaries with discussions and assignments. Online and PDF formats. CC BY SA (Creative Commons - Attribution - ShareAlike) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • Introduction to Business (OER textbook)
    OpenStax textbook, published 2018, web version last updated 2022. "[C]overs the scope and sequence of most introductory business courses. The book provides detailed explanations in the context of core themes such as customer satisfaction, ethics, entrepreneurship, global business, and managing change. Introduction to Business includes hundreds of current business examples from a range of industries and geographic locations, which feature a variety of individuals." Online and PDF formats available. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.
  • BUS101: Introduction to Business ( OER course)
    Saylor course, updated in 2016. "This course will expose you to business terminology, concepts, and current business practices. We will help you establish a viable business vocabulary, foster critical and analytical thinking, and refine your business decision-making skills. You will acquire these skills by the reading materials, exercises, and research assignments that simulate today's workplace. By delving into the five units of this course, you will fine tune your direction and choice of career in business." TIP: Click on the "Resources" tab in the course menu for a shortcut to the files and links to resources used in this course. Course has overall CC BY(Creative Commons - Attribution) license, but resources used may have different licenses. Eligible for Print on Demand if materials are compiled into a print-ready format.
  • Exploring Business (OER textbook) Univ. of Minnesota Libraries, 2016. "The goal of this textbook is simple: introduce students to business in an exciting way." Organized into 16 chapters, each with cases and problems. Multiple formats, including digital and print PDFs, EPUB, and editable OpenDocument formats. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons - Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike) license.
  • Pierce College BUS 101, Introduction to Business Online and publicly open Canvas course, developed in 2016. Separated into 9 modules, with integrated quizzes and assignments. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.

Supplemental tools and materials (incl. games, lessons, videos, exercises, etc.):

  • Introduction to Business - OpenStax Instructor resources Instructor resources for this OpenStax textbook are freely available upon verified log-in. Resources includes PowerPoint slides, instructor's manual, and test bank. Includes a link to OER Commons Hub where faculty using this textbook share additional resources.
  • Business Strategy & Studies modules/lessons (OpenLearn) Free videos, tutorials, modules, and mini-courses related to business, all updated in 2018-2021. Scroll down to view “Free OpenLearn courses,” which integrate readings, video, audio, and activities. Multiple downloadable and editable formats. Most content under a CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons - Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike) license.
  • Business Soft Skills - Crash Course video playlist Video or audio resource Crash Course video series of 17 videos (each around 10 mins.) with innovative graphics, last updated 2019. "[B]ased on a college-level curriculum, with a variety of management and organizational psychology reference texts." Includes videos on: spoken communication, resumes, interviewing, salary negotiation, goal setting, time management, decision-making, teamwork, handling conflict, leadership, fairness, power, and avoiding burnout. Crash Course videos are high-quality, with a mix of live-action and animated graphics. Not openly licensed but freely available to view, link, and embed into courses.

Canvas course shells:

  • Principles of Management course (OER Canvas course) Tip: Before clicking on this link, first log into your SPSCC Canvas faculty account and open up Canvas Commons. Canvas course shell using OpenStax's Principles of Management OER textbook, shared by California Community Colleges CVC-OEI, 2019. Organized into chapter modules, with links to the textbook sections, key terms, chapter review questions, exercises, and critical thinking cases. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.

Textbooks, courses, and readers:

  • Introduction to Management (OER course) OER course pack curated and designed by Scott van Dyk, Coast Mountain College (Canada) via BCcampus, 2022. "A first-year business course covering fundamental topics including organizational change, leadership, human resource management, ethics, and strategic management. The course is designed to introduce learners to management topics through the use of case studies which will be the focal point of discussions throughout the course." Course uses OER textbook Principles of Management by Bright, Cortes, et al. Ancillary materials include: lesson plans, midterm and final assessments, case studies. Additional faculty-only course materials available upon request. Word format. Materials have a CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.
  • Principles of Management (OER textbook) OpenStax, published 2019, web version updated 2022. "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." Online and PDF formats available. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.
  • Principles of Management for Leadership Communication (OER textbook)University of Arkansas, 2020. "[T]eaches management principles to tomorrow’s business leaders by weaving three threads through every chapter: strategy, entrepreneurship and active leadership." Organized into 10 chapters, with integrated exercises throughout. Online and PDF formats. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • Strategic Management (OER textbook)  John Morris, Oregon State University, originally published 2019, 2nd ed. published 2021. "This open source textbook is derived from many sources, initially from the Principles of Management by Carpenter, Bauer, and Erdogan, but there is abundant new content as well." Incorporates student-created content. Organized into 8 sections. Faculty peer reviews of the text on this site. PDF and EPUB formats. CC BY NC (Creative Commons - Attribution - NonCommercial) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • BUS208: Principles of Management (OER course) Saylor course. "In this course, you will learn to recognize the characteristics of proper management by identifying what successful managers do and how they do it. Understanding how managers work is just as beneficial for the subordinate employee as it is for the manager. This course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of management as they are practiced today." Organized into 9 units, online format. Includes study guides for students. Tip: Click on the "Resources" link to see links and downloads for resources used in the course. Course has overall CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license, but some resources used in the course may have different licenses. Eligible for Print on Demand if materials are compiled into a print-ready format.
  • Principles of Management Online Course (OER course) OER course materials developed by Tyler Junior College, 2016. "Concepts, terminology, principles, theories, and issues in the field of management." Files are SoftChalk lessons, and the lessons themselves are linked in the record. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license. Eligible for Print on Demand if materials are compiled into a print-ready format.
  • Principles of Management (OER course) OER course from Lumen and currently hosted by LibreTexts. "Organized around the well-established planning, organizing, leading, and controlling framework (or, simply, P-O-L-C). Three underlying themes carry throughout: strategic thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, and active management." Organized into 13 modules, with discussion questions, key takeaways, and exercises for many sections. Online and PDF formats. Course pages may have different CC (Creative Commons) open licenses. Eligible for Print on Demand.

Supplemental tools and materials (incl. games, lessons, videos, exercises, etc.):

  • Principles of Management - OpenStax Instructor Resources Instructor resources for this OpenStax text are freely available upon a verified log-in. Resources include a Canvas course cartridge, video guide, PowerPoint slides, an instructor's manual, and test bank. Includes a link to the OER Commons Hub of additional resources other faculty can post related to this textbook. Web Version Last Updated 2021
  • Business Soft Skills - Crash Course video playlist Crash Course video series of 17 videos (each around 10 mins.) with innovative graphics, last updated 2019. "[B]ased on a college-level curriculum, with a variety of management and organizational psychology reference texts." Includes videos on: spoken communication, resumes, interviewing, salary negotiation, goal setting, time management, decision-making, teamwork, handling conflict, leadership, fairness, power, and avoiding burnout. Crash Course videos are high-quality, with a mix of live-action and animated graphics. Not openly licensed but freely available to view, link, and embed into courses.

Canvas course shells:

  • BUS& 201 Business Law (WACTC OER course) 
    Tip: Before clicking on this link, first log into your SPSCC Canvas faculty account and open up Canvas Commons. OER Canvas course shared by SBCTC, 2020. Includes modules, assignments, quizzes, and discussions. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.

Textbooks, courses, and readers:

  • Business Law I Essentials (OER textbook)
    OpenStax, originally published 2019, web version last updated 2022. "[A] brief introductory textbook designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of courses on Business Law or the Legal Environment of Business. The concepts are presented in a streamlined manner, and cover the key concepts necessary to establish a strong foundation in the subject. The textbook follows a traditional approach to the study of business law. Each chapter contains learning objectives, explanatory narrative and concepts, references for further reading, and end-of-chapter questions." Online or PDF format. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons - Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike) license.
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property (OER textbook)
    OpenStax textbook, published 2021. "Introduction to patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. The text may be used by students and instructors in formal courses, as well as those applying intellectual property considerations to entrepreneurship, marketing, law, computer science, engineering, design, or other fields. The luminaries involved with this project represent the forefront of knowledge and experience, and the material offers considerable examples and scenarios, as well as exercises and references." Online and PDF formats. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license.
  • Introduction to Business Law (OER textbook)
    Adapted by College of the Canyons, a reworking of a 2012 work. Comprehensive OER textbook organized into 33 chapters. PDF format via Google Drive. CC BY (Creative Commons - Attribution) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • Fundamentals of Business Law (OER textbook)
    OER textbook by Melissa Randall and Community College of Denver Students, 2020, written "in collaboration with lawyers and business professionals for use in required 200 level business law courses in the United States. This book is a introductory survey of the legal topics required in undergraduate business law classes." Organized into 24 chapters. Online format. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) license.
  • Business Law: A Risk Management Approach (OER textbook)
    Jeff Lingwall, Boise State University, 2020. "This book covers essential business law topics of interest to managers, from the perspective of analyzing, managing, and reducing legal risk associated with business transactions." Organized into 3 sections (Legal System Foundations, Business Law Essentials, and Employment and Finance), with 16 total chapters. Appendices include sample cases. Online, EPUB, and PDF formats. CC BY NC SA (Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • BUS 201 Business Law (OER ancillary materials)
    Washington SBCTC course, based on Saylor Academy’s “Foundations of Business Law and the Legal Environment” CC-licensed text. Organized into 11 modules in a Google Drive folder. Includes additional instructor notes for each chapter, assignments, quizzes, etc. Created in 2013, but most modules updated as recently as 2017. CC BY 3.0 (Creative Commons - Attribution) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • Foundations of Business Law and the Legal Environment (OER textbook)
    Saylor Academy, 2012. 32 chapters. PDF and online formats available (can link to specific chapters). Peer reviews available. Used at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon. CC BY NC SA 3.0 (Creative Commons - Attribution - NonCommercial - Share Alike) license. Eligible for Print on Demand.
  • Law for Business Students (e-book)
    Bookboon, 2012. Slim volume, 79 pages with 7 main chapters: Corporate structure, corporate management, corporate responsibilities, the business plan, raising funds, labour matters, and international trade. Open access book requires free account log-in (free-to-use and download but NOT openly licensed). Free download version includes ads embedded in the textbook (trade-off for the free textbook).

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Except where otherwise noted, the content in this guide was compiled by Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Tacoma Community College Library, and is licensed under a CC BY SA 4.0 license.