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ICS 200, Ch 1 and 2 Notes

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These notes cover chapters 1 and 2 from our textbook. Covers info such as different economic systems, the free-market, and entrepreneurship.
Introduction to Business
Paul Kessenich
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business, Entrepreneurship, free-market, capitalism, Communism, socialism




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ICS 200 Notes Ch. 1 & 2 CHAPTER 1 Entrepreneurship and Wealth Building  Success in business is based on adapting to the market  Business: activity that seeks to provide goods and services to others while operating at a profit  Goods: tangible products  Services: intangible products, people working for each other  Entrepreneur: a person who risks time and money to start and manage a business  Revenues, Profits, and Losses o Revenue: total amount of money a business takes in during a given period o Profit: the amount of money a business earns above what it spends for business expenses o Loss: when a business’s expenses are more than its revenues  Matching Risk with Profit o Risk: the chance an entrepreneur takes of losing time and money on a business venture  Standard of Living and Quality of Life o Businesses and their employees pay taxes to the federal gov’t and local communities o A nation’s businesses are part of an economic system that contributes to the standard of living and quality of life for everyone in the country o Standard of living: the amount of goods and services a person can buy with the money that they have  Goods cost more in one country than in another because of higher taxes and stricter gov’t regulations  The right level of taxes and regulation is important in making a country/city prosperous o Quality of life: the general well-being of a society  Maintaining a high quality of life requires the combined efforts of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and gov’t agencies  Responding to the Various Business Stakeholders o Stakeholders: every person who stands to gain or lost by the policies and activities of a business  Includes: customers, employees, stockholders, suppliers, dealers, bankers, people in the community, media, environmentalists, unions, critics, and gov’t leaders  A big challenge for organizations nowadays will be to recognize and respond to the needs of their stakeholders o Outsourcing: contracting with other companies (usually in foreign countries) to do some of the company’s functions o Insourcing: when foreign companies set up design and production facilities here in the US  Creates new US jobs and offsets those jobs that are being outsourced  Using Business Principles in Nonprofit Organizations 2 o Nonprofit organization: an organization whose goals do not include making a personal profit for its owners  Make a major contribution to the welfare of society Entrepreneurship vs. Working for Others  There are two ways to succeed in business: o 1. Rise through the ranks of a large company  advantage: somebody else assumes the company’s entrepreneurial risk and provides you with benefits such as vacation time and insurance o 2. Become an entrepreneur  riskier, but can be more exciting  advantage: freedom to succeed  disadvantage: freedom to fail, don’t receive benefits  Opportunities for Entrepreneurs o The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the US has grown dramatically o Women now own over 1/3 of all businesses  The Importance of Entrepreneurs to the Creation of Wealth o Factors of production: resources used to create wealth  Land  Labor  Capital  Entrepreneurship 3  Knowledge o Rich countries are rich today based on the citizen’s entrepreneurship and knowledge o Also important is economic and political freedom The Business Environment  Business Environment: the surrounding factors that either help or hinder the development of businesses  Five elements in the business environment o 1. The economic and legal environment o 2. The technological environment o 3. The competitive environment o 4. The social environment o 5. The global business environment  The Economic and Legal Environment o The economic system and the way gov’t works with or against businesses has a strong impact on the level of risk that goes into creating a business o To favor business:  Gov’t can minimize spending and keep taxes and regulations to a minimum  Allow for private ownership of businesses (promotes entrepreneurship)  Minimize interference with the free exchange of goods and services  Passing laws that enable businesspeople to write enforceable contracts  Establish a currency that’s tradable in world markets 4  Minimize corruption in businesses and in its own ranks o Many laws in the US attempt to minimize corruption  Ethics is super important to the success of businesses and the economy as a whole  The capitalist system relies heavily on honesty, integrity, and high ethical standards  The Technological Environment o The emergence of information technology has had the most comprehensive and lasting impact on businesses o Advantage of working for others: company provides you the tools and technology to make your job more productive o Technology: all the various software and items that make business processes more effective, efficient, and productive  Effectiveness – producing the desired result  Efficiency – producing goods and services using the least amount of resources o Productivity: the amount of output you generate given the amount of input o E-Commerce: the buying and selling of goods over the Internet  Two major types of E-Commerce – Business-to- Consumer, and Business-to-Business o Businesses most responsive to customer wants and needs tend to succeed more frequently o Database: an electronic storage file for info 5  Enable stores to carry only the merchandise their local population wants  The legit collection of personal customer info opens the door to identity theft o Identity theft: obtaining individuals’ personal info for illegal purposes  The Competitive Environment o Businesses have a competitive edge if they focus on quality but they must also have good value for their products and great service o Successful organizations listen to their customers’ wants and needs and then adjust their products, policies, and practices o Empowerment: giving frontline workers the responsibility, authority, freedom, training, and equipment needed to respond quickly to customer requests  The Social Environment o Demography: statistical study of human population with regard to size, density, and other characteristics o Diversity has come to mean more than recruiting minority and female workers  Also include recruiting and keeping people with disabilities, seniors, non-heterosexuals, extroverts, introverts, married people, single people, and the devout o People ages 65-74 are currently the richest demographic in the US 6  Businesses that cater to older customers will have the opportunity for exceptional growth in the near future o Social Security is a major issue in the US  We have too many seniors and not enough young people to put money into social security o The rapid growth of single-parent households has had a major effect on businesses  They have to cater to this group by allowing for more time off  The Global Environment o Two important changes  1. Growth of global competition  2. Increase of free trade among nations o Globalization (world trade) has grown because of the development of efficient distribution systems and the internet o War and terrorism have drained billions of dollars from the US economy  Threat of terrorism adds to organizational costs, such as the cost of insurance  To lessen global tensions, we should promote global economic growth among profit-making and nonprofit organizations o New jobs will be created in manufacturing and service industries as businesses expand to serve global markets  These rapid changes create a need for continuous learning 7 o Climate change: the movement of the temperature of the planet over time o Greening: trend toward saving energy and producing products that are less harmful to the environment The Evolution of US Business  Businesses in the US have become so productive that they need fewer workers to produce the same amount of goods  Progress in Service Industries o The fastest-growing firms are service industries such as: law, health, tele-communications, entertainment, and finance o Services make up over 70% of the value of the US economy o There are more high-paying jobs in the service industry  Your Future in Business o We’re in the midst of an information-based global and technical revolution that will change the economy o Businesses will not prosper without cooperation of global gov’t and social leaders CHAPTER 2 How Economic Conditions Affect Businesses  A major part of the US’s business success was due to an economic and social climate that allowed businesses to operate freely 8  Changes in the US economic or political system has a major influence on the success of businesses  Global economics and global politics also influence’s US businesses  What is Economics? o Economics: the study of how society chooses to employ resources to produce goods/services and distributes them among various competitors/individuals o Macroeconomics: looks at the operation of a nation’s economy as a whole o Microeconomics: looks at the behavior of people and organizations in particular markets/communities o Not possible to maintain global peace and prosperity by merely diving resources among the existing nations  We don’t have enough resources to do that  Resource development: study of how to increase resources to create conditions that will make better use of said resources  Businesses can contribute to an economic system by inventing products that increases available resources  The Secret to Creating a Wealthy Economy o Thomas Malthus thought that there would soon be too many people and not enough food in the late 1700’s-early 1800’s  Called economics “the dismal science”  Followers of this thought believe that the solution to poverty is radical birth control  The study of the effects of population growth on the economy is part of macroeconomics 9 o Some economists believe the opposite of Malthus; that a large, educated population is a valuable resource  Business owners provide jobs and economic growth for employees and communities o Macroeconomists must implement policies and programs that leads to increasing prosperity globally  Adam Smith and the Creation of Wealth o Smith believed freedom was vital to the survival of the economy  Freedom to own land or property  Freedom to keep the profits of your own labor and/or running a business  How Businesses Benefit the Community o Invisible Hand: describes the process that turns self- directed gain into social and economic benefits for all; Adam Smith o The poverty rate in the US is high and there is a large difference between the amount of money the wealthy have and the amount of money the poor have  Called inequality Understanding Free-Market Capitalism  Capitalism: economic system in which most of the factors of production and distribution are privately owned and for-profit o Led to the wealth creation in much of the world o NO country is purely capitalist o Disadvantage: inequality is a major issue  State Capitalism: combination of free-market and some gov’t control  The Foundations of Capitalism o Four basic rights under free-market capitalism:  1. The right to own private property 10  2. The right to own a business and keep all that business’s profits  3. The right to freedom of competition  4. The right to freedom of choice o Benefit of these rights is that people are willing to take more risks  How Free-Markets Work o A free-market is one in which decisions about what and how much to produce are made by the market o The price tells producers how much they need to produce  How Prices Are Determined o Not determined by the sellers o Determined by the buyers and sellers negotiating in the marketplace  The Economic Concept of Supply o Supply: the quantity of products that manufacturers are willing to sell at different prices o The amount supplied will increase as the price increases  The Economic Concept of Demand o Demand: the quantity of products that people are willing to buy at different prices o The amount demanded will increase as the price decreases  The Equilibrium Point, or Market Price o The supply curve and the demand curve would cross where quantity demanded and quantity supplied are equal  Called the equilibrium point or equilibrium price o Market price: the price determined by supply and demand  Competition within Free-Markets o Four different degrees of competition: 11  Perfect Competition: there are many sellers in a market and none is large enough to dictate the price of a product  Monopolistic Competition: a large number of sellers produce very similar products that buyers perceive as different  Advertising is the key to success – have to make buyers think that similar products are different and therefore one is better  Example is cell phone companies (one company may have better prices than the other company, even though they are selling the same product – a cell phone)  Oligopoly: a few sellers dominate the market  Products all tend to be priced the same – price competitions would lower profits for everyone because every company would be able to match the price  Product differentiation is usually the key to success  Example is fast food companies (one company may say that the quality of their food is better, even though they are selling the same product for essentially the same price)  Monopoly: only one seller controls the total supply of a product or service and sets the price  Example is a utility company (only ComEd operates and controls the electricity in Chicago)  Benefits and Limitations of Free-Markets o Benefits:  Allows open competition between companies  Led to the wealth of industrialized countries 12 o Limitations:  Brought inequality  Allows people to led greed determine how they act Understanding Socialism  Socialism: economic system based on the premise that most businesses should be operated and owned by the gov’t, and profits are evenly distributed among the citizens  Benefits of Socialism o Social equality  Gov’t takes income from the wealthy in the form of taxes and redistributes it to poor people through gov’t programs  The Negative Consequences of Socialism o Takes away business people’s incentives o Brain drain: loss of the best and brightest people to other (typically capitalist) countries where they can make more money o Tends to result in fewer inventions and less innovation Understanding Communism  Communism: economic and political system in which the gov’t makes all economic decisions and owns all major factors of production  Some communist countries don’t allow citizens to practice certain religions, change jobs, or move  Problems with communism o Gov’t has no way of knowing how much of what to produce  Prices can’t reflect supply and demand without a free-market o Doesn’t inspire business people to work hard because they don’t have any incentives 13 o Suffer severe economic depression The Trend Toward Mixed Economies  Global economies are typically divided between: o Free-market economy: market largely determines what goods and services get produced, who gets them, and how the economy grows o Command economy: gov’t largely determines what goods and services are produced, who gets them, and how the economy grows o All countries actually have a mix of the two systems o Free-markets don’t respond well enough the needs of the poor, elderly, or disabled and may not do enough for the environment o Command economies don’t create enough jobs or wealth to keep economies growing fast enough o Mixed economies: some allocation of resources is made by the market and some made by the gov’t Understanding the US Economic System  Key Economic Indicators o Three major indicators of economic conditions are:  1. The gross domestic product (GDP)  2. The unemployment rate  3. Price indexes  Though another important stat is the increase or decrease in productivity o GDP: total value of final goods and services produced in a country in a given year  Gross output (GO): a measure of total sales volume at all stages of production  Considered to be a better indicator of the business cycle  More consistent with economic growth theory 14  A major influence on the growth of GDP is the productivity of the workforce o Unemployment rate: number of civilians who are of working age and have tried to find a job but have been unsuccessful within the last four weeks  Four types of unemployment: frictional, structural, cyclical, and seasonal o Price indexes gauge the health of the economy by measuring inflation, disinflation, deflation, and stagflation  Inflation: rise in the prices of goods and services over time  Disinflation: situation in which price increases are slowing (inflation rate is declining)  Deflation: situation in which prices are declining  Stagflation: situation when the economy is slowing but prices are still going up o Consumer Price Index (CPI): monthly statistics that measure the pace of inflation or deflation  Core inflation: CPI minus food and energy costs  Gov’t relies more on the info from core inflation  Productivity in the US o Productivity has risen because of computers and technology that makes production faster and easier o The higher the productivity, the lower the costs of producing goods and services  Leads to lower prices o High productivity can lead to high unemployment  Productivity in the Service Sector o Problem with the service industry  Adding machinery can improve the quality of the service, but not necessarily the productivity of the worker, or output per worker o Productivity measures should include quality of service based on technology 15  The Business Cycle o Business Cycles: periodic rise and fall that occurs in economies over time o Four phases of long-term business cycles:  Economic boom  Recession: two or more consecutive quarters of decline in the GDP  Depression: a severe recession, usually accompanied by deflation  Recovery – economy stabilizes and starts to grow o Goal of economists is to predict the ups and downs  Stabilizing the Economy through Fiscal Policy o Fiscal Policy: the federal gov’t’s efforts to stabilize the economy by increasing or decreasing taxes and gov’t spending o First tool: taxation  High tax rates slows the economy, money is drawn away from the private sector and put into the gov’t o Second tool: gov’t spending  Spending on highways, social programs, education, etc.  National deficit is the amount of money the gov’t spends beyond what it gathers in taxes during the fiscal year o National debt: the sum of the gov’t deficits over time o If the gov’t takes in more taxes than it spends then there is a national surplus o One way to lessen deficits is to cut gov’t spending o Some people believe that gov’t spending helps the economy grow, but others believe that the money the gov’t spends comes from consumers and business people which slows growth  Fiscal Policy in Action during an Economic Crisis 16 o Keynesian economic theory: theory that a gov’t policy of increasing spending could stimulate the economy during a recession  Using Monetary Policy to Keep the Economy Growing o The Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) adds and subtracts money from the economy  Not under direct control of the gov’t o Monetary Policy: management of the money supply and interest rates by the Federal Reserve  The Fed’s most visible role  Raising and lowering interest rates should help control the rapid ups and downs of the economy o Fed also control money supply  The more money the Fed makes available to business people and others, the faster the economy is supposed to grow o Two major tools for managing the economy of the US  Fiscal policy (gov’t)  Monetary policy (the Fed) o Goal is to keep the economy growing so that more people can rise up the economic ladder and enjoy a higher standard of living and quality of life 17


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