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COBA Instructor Pens Case Study Book

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Author: James I. Satchell, Student Intern

Release Date: Oct 30, 2017

An ASU management instructor has co-authored a case study that addresses a variety of workplace issues.

Kim F. Smith, a management instructor in Alabama State University’s College of Business Administration, has recently penned a case study book that addresses the ethical, legal and management issues in the workplace. The book is titled, “Training the Next Generation: Ethical, Legal, and Management Issues in the Workplace” and is co-authored by attorney DeShannon N. McDonald.

Smith has background experience in human resources, office management and training and development. She focused on her strengths from a legal and ethical standpoint while working on the book.

“Together we were able to write cases that had a real-life flavor that I felt would be timeless and industry relevant,” Smith said. “Typical business case studies are very technical in nature and sometimes written in a way that students often find extremely challenging to understand. I wanted to use my professional experience and easy style of dialogue writing to break through those traditional barriers.”

Focusing on career preparation and development, the authors presented case studies demonstrating the various issues that may occur in the workplace.

Through the use of this highly engaging text, students will gain knowledge and understanding of how to identify and resolve workplace challenges, make ethical decisions, develop communication skills and minimize company liability.

“I would like for readers to become intentional about identifying instances where they can make a positive difference in the lives of those they manage,” Smith said. “In addition, I would hope that they learn from our case scenarios and avoid decisions that may have a negative long-term impact on their careers, those they manage, and the companies they’ll eventually lead.”

Whether used in a legal, business or communications course, the book is designed to help prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s business leaders.

Smith hopes to write more case study books.

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