Foundations of Business
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Foundations of Business

About the Book

About the Author

Richard Veryard
Richard Veryard

Richard is a business data architect based in London.

Read his architecture blog at

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Purpose
  • An interdisciplinary approach
  • How this book is structured
  • How to use this book
  • Sources of case material
  • Acknowledgements
  • Business
  • Business as Enterprise
  • Organization
  • Management
  • Strategy and Change
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Market Economics
  • Production and Productivity
  • Management Accounts
  • Capital and Investment
  • Econonic Appraisal
  • Economic Forces
  • Other Economic Notions
  • Ethics
  • Importance of ethics
  • Basic Notions
  • Ethical Standards (what makes a good company)
  • Sources of Ethical Distortion
  • Mechanisms for Ethical Rectification
  • Other Ethical Issues
  • Social Science
  • Social Structure
  • Social Phenomena
  • Explaining Social Structure and Behaviour
  • Anthropology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Systems Theory
  • What is a system?
  • Social System
  • Communication
  • Control Systems
  • System Dynamics and Goal-Directed Behaviour
  • Second-Order Cybernetics
  • System Perspectives
  • Further Topics
  • Making Sense of Business
  • An interdisciplinary approach
  • Clockwork or Snakepit
  • Multiple Perspectives and Narratives
  • Categorical frameworks
  • Three levels of analysis
  • Appendix
  • Guidance for teachers
  • Typical Module Objectives
  • Tutorials
  • Success Criteria
  • General remarks
  • Guidance for Students
  • Background
  • Skills
  • Additional guidance for university students
  • Additional guidance for IT students and practitioners
  • Reading
  • Primary Reading
  • Secondary Reading
  • Index

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