Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The textbook covers all the critical areas of management. The instructor resources are valuable and the activities are very useable. I would question the value of the "Entrepreneurship" chapter. In many institutions, this is a separate course and the role of manager doesn't change much to the context.
Entrepreneurship has its own unique context and skills required to run a business.
I also feel that grouping the chapters into the primary functions of managers may add value in the future. These being planning, organizing, controlling and leading.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The content is accurate and is commonly used for an introductory level.
As we have become so global, more international examples and cases would be valuable. It's very US centric. Content that is more reflective of our growing globalization would be beneficial.
Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
Yes, this text will be useable for many years as it focusses on the basics. Some of the examples, while highly recognized, may become dated however. This is something individual instructors can manage I do believe.
In the test bank, there are very specific US legislation questions in places (for example, HR topic). if this is going to be used in various countries, these questions could be removed. I removed them for my classes. This is just another simple way to add a more global perspective to this text.
Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
The definitions and glossary are very valuable.
Some of the questions in the test back could be worded differently. Instead of blanks, I wonder if a direct question is clearer. I manually changed them if I felt I could make it clearer.
Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
Yes, the text is consistent.
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
The functions of management could be used here to better lay out the chapters and context. Having said that, they are easily intermixed and parceled out. There should not be too much confusion for students. I do think Instructors need to be very clear on chapters and pages to read each week. Some classes may prefer a more structured approach.
Modularity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
History of Management - chapter 3 - could be moved up to the first chapter - lays a solid foundation. It feels awkward where it is.
Separate planning and controlling into two chapters - controlling requires much more content in my mind. I plan to add more to this topic.
Organization Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
It is clear and I haven't found any navigation issues to date.
Interface Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
I did not see any grammatical errors to date.
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
In the test bank, I do come across questions that refer to he/she. I have changed this to he/she/they manually. I also feel that more variations in the questions could support a more diverse and inclusive classroom...I sometimes have changed the "person" in the questions to ensure we have various genders and cultures/backgrounds represented.
Overall this is covered but wondering if it requires more attention in the future, given our evolving societal norms.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
I do recommend this text. While it may not provide the "structure" for a class, or classes may vary from this progression, the content covers much of an Intro to MNGT class. With an instructors own examples and materials to round out topics of interest, this text provides a solid foundation for students at no cost. The additional effort on my part, to make this work for my class, is minimal in the big picture. If we add up how money we are saving students, and knowing we may adapt any textbook somewhat for our own needs, this text is great OER resource.
I did have to use Respondus to import the test banks into D2L. After a bit of wrangling, I managed to make use of all the resources. I do feel this is unique to my LMS and instructors would face similar challenges when looking to fully utilize the resources. This small issues do not in anyway change my view to the value of this resource for my students.