ADMS 1000 COURSE OUTLINE
INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATIVE STUDIES:
THE CONTEXT OF BUSINESS
Course Director: Peter Modir
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Phone Contact: 416-736-2100
Website Access through: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/sas/courses.html
This course offers an examination of the external context of business and the challenges of managing in the
Canadian business environment. Our exploration of the external context of business includes consideration of
such key areas as economic, competitive, labour, technological, societal, global, and political issues. The broad
aim is to provide insight into current challenges and opportunities that play a dramatic role in the business
landscape and affect business strategy.
1. To identify the key factors which comprise the external environment of business.
2. To understand the potential impact of these external factors on business.
3. To obtain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities present in the Canadian business
4. To encourage critical thinking regarding the external challenges that must be addressed as part of
successful business strategy.
Karakowsky, L. (2011). Exploring The Canadian Business Environment. Pearson: Toronto
COURSE CONTENT AND SCHEDULE
SESSION 1: The Context of Business: A Framework
Learning Goal: To consider why the most logical starting point to undertaking studies in business is to look
“outside” the walls of business and see the bigger picture. We will identify and examine the major external
contexts within which all businesses operate.
Reading: Chapter 1
Case: p.23-24, Facebook and the Business Context
SESSION 2: Economic Context
Learning Goal: To obtain an overview of the economic issues influencing the nature of business activity. This
will include an introduction to key economic indicators and the nature of the Canadian market economy.
Reading: Chapter 2
Case: p.41-42 Canadian Economy Lures Target
SESSION 3: Societal Context & Labour Context
Learning Goal: To recognize the nature of business’s role in society. We identify the notion of corporate social
responsibility and examine its nature and significance. We also consider corporate responsibilities toward
employee stakeholders and examine the role and impact of unions.
Reading: Chapter 8, pages 174-187; Chapter 5, pages 89-103.
Case: p.196-197 Talisman in the Societal Context. SESSION 4: Competitive Context & Technological Context
Learning Goal: To develop an understanding of industry life cycles and competitive behaviour. We will
consider the stages through which all industries pass and identify the implications of each of these stages on
competition. We will also examine how technology can impact industry evolution.
Reading: Chapter 3, pages 43-56; Chapter 4, pages 65-70.
Case: p.63-64 TBA
SESSION 5: REVIEW FOR MIDTERM EXAM
SESSION 6 MIDTERM EXAM: (Date and Location TBA, 2.5 hours)
SESSION 7: Global Context I
Learning Goal: To address the significance of globalization for business in Canada, as well as in other parts of
the world. We will identify the forces driving globalization and consider major actors in this phenomenon such
as multinational corporations. The implications of foreign ownership and trade will also be addressed.
Reading: Chapter 6, pages 107-125.
Case: no case assigned.
SESSION 8: Global Context II
Learning Goal: Our exploration of globalization continues with a consideration of the role and impact of trade
on Canadian business. W