Ch 7: Business Organization & Decision Making

About This Chapter

Learn about different ways businesses can be organized, and the advantages and disadvantages of each structure, by watching these engaging video lessons. Find out about the processes used by businesses to make decisions.

Business Organization and Decision Making - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will find out exactly what makes a business organization a unique entity and learn about the different business structures prevalent today. You'll be introduced to the sole proprietorship, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, franchises, and more. Learn what is meant by entrepreneurship and how it is influenced by the economy. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define a business organization
  • Discuss the different types of business structures and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain entrepreneurship and how it is influenced by the economy
  • Identify the seven steps of decision making in businesses
  • Explain the principle of rational choice in economics
  • Discuss what is meant by economic profit, and know how to calculate it
  • Distinguish between implicit and explicit costs

These lessons include short, engaging videos that make learning fun. Along with the video lessons, there are self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts to deepen your comprehension. You'll be presented with the key terms you need to remember, and you'll find video tags that take you to the exact location in a video that you wish to review. All these lesson components have been developed by instructors who are professionals in their field.

14 Lessons in Chapter 7: Business Organization & Decision Making
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What Is a Business Organization? - Structure, Types & Examples

1. What Is a Business Organization? - Structure, Types & Examples

Want to start a business? One of the first steps is to pick its form. In this lesson, you'll learn about the primary ways businesses are organized with examples provided along the way.

What is a Sole Proprietorship? - Definition, Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

2. What is a Sole Proprietorship? - Definition, Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

Many businesses start out as sole proprietorships. In this lesson, you'll learn what a sole proprietorship is and its advantages and disadvantages. You'll also have a chance to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.

The Basics of Partnerships: Types & Examples

3. The Basics of Partnerships: Types & Examples

Partnerships are a common way to organize a business in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of business partnerships and their respective advantages and disadvantages. A short quiz follows the lesson.

The Basics of LLCs: Limited Liability Companies

4. The Basics of LLCs: Limited Liability Companies

The limited liability company is one of the most popular business organizational forms for small and medium-sized businesses. In this lesson, you'll learn about the key characteristics of a limited liability company. A short quiz follows.

Corporations: Types, Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

5. Corporations: Types, Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

Corporations are a popular form of business organization for large and small businesses. In this lesson, you'll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of a corporation. You'll also learn about S-corporations and C-corporations.

Franchises: Opportunities and Challenges

6. Franchises: Opportunities and Challenges

Franchises offer a way for a person to start a proven business. In this lesson, you'll learn about franchises, including their advantages and disadvantages. You'll also learn about diversity and global challenges in franchising.

The Role of Cooperatives in Business

7. The Role of Cooperatives in Business

A cooperative is a type of business organization used for a variety of economic and social purposes. In this lesson, you'll learn about cooperatives, their characteristics and the role they serve in the economy. A short quiz follows.

Entrepreneurship & the Economy: Definition & Importance

8. Entrepreneurship & the Economy: Definition & Importance

Entrepreneurs fill a vitally important role in market economies. In this lesson, you'll learn about the importance of entrepreneurship, different types of entrepreneurs and how they add value to an economy.

The Seven Steps of Decision Making

9. The Seven Steps of Decision Making

Effective decision-making is an essential skill for every manager. In this lesson, you'll learn about a seven-step process for effective decision-making. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Principle of Rational Choice in Economics: Theory & Analysis

10. Principle of Rational Choice in Economics: Theory & Analysis

Economic theory is based on several important concepts. One of those concepts is that people make choices in their best self-interest. This is known as the Rational Choice Theory. We will explore this concept in more detail in this lesson.

Intuitive Decision Making in Business and Management

11. Intuitive Decision Making in Business and Management

Managers often rely on patterns and intuition to make quick decisions. Intuitive decision making can be very beneficial in the business world and differs from rational processes in several ways. Learn more about both decision-making tools and find out which process provides the best solutions.

How to Calculate Economic Profit: Definition & Formula

12. How to Calculate Economic Profit: Definition & Formula

Learn what economic profit is and how it's different from standard accounting profit in this lesson. Find out the formula for calculating economic profit and why it's possible to have a positive accounting profit and a negative economic profit.

Implicit Costs: Definition & Examples

13. Implicit Costs: Definition & Examples

Not all of the costs a business must consider can be calculated and tracked on a monthly basis. This lesson introduces the concept of implicit costs, including examples and how they differ from explicit costs.

Explicit Costs: Definition & Examples

14. Explicit Costs: Definition & Examples

Explicit costs have a direct effect on a business and on the amount of money a business has available. This lesson explains explicit costs and gives two different examples of explicit costs in a business.

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