Business Students Exchange Goods for Local Charities

Turning Traditional Business Deals Upside-Down: The Unconventional Journey of BUS 551 at the University of La Verne

Professor of Management Loren Dyck at the University of La Verne is revolutionizing the way MBA students learn about business deals. His course, BUS 551: Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior, challenges traditional notions of exchanging money for goods or services by teaching students that business deals are about much more than just financial transactions.

The course involves breaking students into groups of four to five with the goal of bartering a small $1 item from the La Verne community for something of much greater value. Over four weeks, students apply organizational theory and behavior concepts learned in class to a real-world setting. They develop skills such as negotiation, decision-making analysis, emotional intelligence in the workplace, and effective communication within group dynamics.

Professor Dyck designed this assignment to provide students with a unique experiential exercise that would allow them to apply course concepts and theories beyond traditional case studies. After a few years of implementing the project, students came up with the idea to donate their bartered items to local charities. Professor Dyck was impressed by their commitment to community values and their ability to learn and apply course concepts in a practical setting.

In its tenth year, Dyck reports that his students have bartered and collected 29 items worth over $8,000 for local charities. This year, they collectively bartered items totaling nearly $300 in value, which were donated to various local organizations. It is clear that this class is just one example of how the University of La Verne faculty are fostering a community of changemakers on campus. To stay up to date on all the exciting developments at the university, visit the University of La Verne news page.

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