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Business Education Forum Highlights
October 2002, Volume 57, Number 1

FORUM FEATURE
Rethinking Leadership: An Intersection of Head and Heart - The concept of leadership is being redefined. No longer a description of one's rank in an organization, leadership today is for everyone-executives, workers, and teachers alike. Our "knowledge economy" asks that all workers perform nontraditional functions: recognize a new business opportunity, get a program funded, or create a positive atmosphere. This article introduces effective administrators and teachers who demonstrate leadership, not by pushing other people to change, but by mentoring them. Emotionally intelligent behavior and the ability to launch initiatives that further everyone's self-development are skills that are redefining leadership today.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
Management Concepts, Inc.: Solutions for the Mind at Work - At technology companies, people who are technically astute tend to get promoted to leadership positions. The reviews are mixed, however, when these task-oriented "doers" must suddenly become people-oriented, strategic "thinkers." This article answers the question, "How do companies develop the leadership skills of their most technical people?" Meet management expert Stephen B. King, whose division of Management Concepts, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia, trains government, private, and nonprofit employees to improve their leadership capabilities. Through analysis, education, coaching, and assessment King helps companies grow into effective, vital organizations.

 

CURRICULUM FORUM

Accounting
Textbook Software Versus Professional Software: Which Is Better for Instructional Purposes? - Computerized accounting means that entry-level recruits need a working knowledge of professional accounting software. This article analyzes a decision that every accounting teacher must make about curriculum: What is the best delivery system? Accounting textbook software is learner-friendly and widely available, but lacks "real-world" application; professional packages are realistic, but designed without teaching tools. A noteworthy middle road has emerged labeled the educational version of professional software, and it incorporates the advantages of both.

Basic Business
Ethical Decision Making in Business - The fundamentals of ethics-knowing what is right and adhering to a moral code-are not values new employees should plan to learn on the job. Employees fare better, say experts, when they have committed to ethical codes before they accept that job at Sears or E.F. Hutton. This article presents a 10-step strategy for solving ethical dilemmas in business. A composite of current theories, the model is tested in the classroom using mock-dilemmas that students might encounter as future employees.

Communication
Web Profiles: A Promising New "Tool" for Job Seekers - The portfolio, a sampler of written work, is a widely used alternative assessment tool. Done online, it is called an e-portfolio, and done online by job seekers, it's labeled a Web profile. This article details the characteristics of a well-designed Web profile, which is used to augment a resume in the competitive atmosphere of job hunting. The profile goes beyond the resume by using technology to provide more detailed information, e.g., links to pertinent Web sites that display a candidate's leadership role in an extracurricular activity.

International Business
The Colorful World of International Business - Should an American bridal business decide to market a white wedding dress in India, it would have few takers-Indians prefer yellow or red. In Japan, the same dress would have funereal, not celebratory, overtones. Color is an enormously influential factor in international business, and for commercial success, business people need to know the rules. This article provides guidelines for teachers on the impact of color in the international arena.

Methods
Merging Brain Research With Educational Learning Principles - The move from the teacher-centered classroom to the student-centered one is not educational fad. It is a fundamental change in pedagogical method, with solid underpinnings in neuroscience. In this article, the authors summarize the most recent developments in brain research and the implications for learning, both cognitively and affectively. Included are an examination of the latest brain-based learning principles and a list of "learning options" to assist teachers in lesson design.

Technology
Teaching Wireless Technologies - The phrase "wireless technology" is thrown around liberally, but understood differently by people at various levels of technological sophistication. This article is an aid to the reader who seeks clarity on the complex array that we dub "wireless," and a help to teachers who must define a place in the curriculum for common-use wireless technologies such as WLANs. The author discusses the advantages and challenges of teaching about WLANs, and recommends an effective approach to curriculum design.