West Academic Publishing has released Dwight Drake’s new book Business Organizations in a Planning Context.  The book is designed for an introductory course that provides students with their first significant introduction to business law.  The emphasis is on breadth and relevance – to prepare those students who want to dig deeper in future courses and to serve those students who choose to limit their training in business organizations to a single course. The overriding objective of the book is to expose the students to a broad range of fundamental entity, business, and planning concepts that all planning professionals should know something about.  The subject matter is ideal for focusing on legal planning challenges and promoting the development of analytical, writing, teamwork and presentation skills.

Professor Drake developed this book for an introductory business organizations course that he teaches to approximately 90 students each year.  He identified the following eight objectives when he set out to write this book for that course:

  1. To ensure that the book’s planning focus promotes the study of core corporate concepts, leading cases, and their progenies.
  2. To illustrate the dynamics of corporate and business law by focusing on contemporary challenges and developments.  Examples include the ever-evolving social, political, and charitable influence of large corporations; Sarbanes, Dodd-Frank, the JOBS Act of 2012; new say-on-pay challenges; the latest shareholder proposal trends; the dot.com boom, the fiscal crisis, and related corporate roles; Citizens United and its impact; director nomination developments; round two of advance notice bylaws; and more.
  3. To offer case study problems throughout the book that provide a mechanism for teamwork and writing exercises and enable students to daily analyze and apply the substance of what they are reading to specific fact situations.  There are 66 such case study problems in the book.
  4. To include comprehensive discussions on a wide range of important planning challenges that businesses and their advisors face on a regular basis.
  5. To provide practical, understandable discussions on core business literacy topics that a person needs to understand in order to function and converse in the business world.
  6. To sequence topics in the book to strengthen the learning process.
  7. To keep the book’s core reading materials at about 900 pages and to include sufficient court opinions and statutory materials to eliminate the need for supplementary materials. With this subject matter, onerous daily reading assignments end up hurting the learning process for many students.
  8. To support the book with useful teaching aids.  These aids are designed to spark teaching ideas and to save a professor time and effort, regardless of whether the professor’s class is structured to promote the development of writing, presentation, and teamwork skills.  If the development of such skills is a priority, these materials explain how the book can be used to promote such skills training in a class of any size.

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