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The extensive customer-driven development of this book's fifth edition led to a product message that instructors flocked to, and we achieved unprecedented growth. That message, which includes the key elements of custom focus, technology, authorship, and package, has been honed even further throughout the new edition's development. This sixth edition has been through an intense, customer-driven development plan; with the help of more than 200 professors, it is poised to be an even more effective teaching and learning resource than ever before. In addition to traditional manuscript reviews, twelve focus groups were conducted all around the US that lead to important insights regarding the teaching needs of both full-time and part-time teachers of this course. The book benefits from student survey feedback as well. Nowhere has the technology explosion been more felt than in the Introduction to Business course. The popular and robust website is enhanced for the sixth edition, and includes such features as web-based projects, links to professional resources, and Powerweb, as well as other exciting instructor support tools. In addition to the e-learning sessions that put the course content in context for the student audience, there is a self-quizzing function, a multi-lingual glossary (with audio pronunciation of key terms/definitions), internet exercises, and even crossword puzzles to help student master the course content in an engaging fashion. No one can deny the unique perspective this author team has to offer. Bill Nickels is a 4-year school Intro to Business teacher; Jim McHugh is a community college Intro to Business teacher, Susan McHugh is an educational consultant. Authors who teach the course are unique among competitors in this market.

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"Understanding Business" by Nickels, McHugh, and McHugh has been the number one textbook in the introduction to business market for several editions for three reasons: the commitment and dedication of an author team that teaches this course and believes in the importance and power of this learning experience; we listen to our customers; and, the quality of our supplements package. We consistently look to the experts - full-time faculty members, adjunct instructors, and of course students - to drive the decisions we make about the text itself and the ancillary package. This title includes a series of focus groups, symposia, as well as full-book, single-chapter, revised manuscript reviews of both text and key ancillaries. It also includes stories of more than 600 professors, with their insights and experiences that are evident on every page of the revision and in every supplement. As teachers of the course and users of their own materials, the author team is dedicated to the principles of excellence in business education. From providing the richest most current topical coverage to using dynamic pedagogy that puts students in touch with today's real business issues, to creating groundbreaking and market-defining ancillary items for professors and students alike, "Understanding Business" leads the way.

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Bill Nickels is professor emeritus of business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has over 35 years' experience teaching graduate and undergraduate business courses, including introductory courses in business, marketing, and promotion. He has won the Outstanding Teacher on Campus Award four times and was nominated for the award many other times. He received his MBA degree from Western Reserve University and his PhD from The Ohio State University. He has written a marketing communications text and two marketing principles texts in addition to many articles in business publications. He has taught many seminars to business people on subjects such as power communications, marketing, non-business marketing, and stress and life management. Susan McHugh is a learning specialist with extensive training and experience in adult learning and curriculum development. She holds an MEd degree from the University of Missouri and completed her coursework for a PhD in education administration with a specialty in adult learning theory. As a professional curriculum developer, she has directed numerous curriculum projects and educator training programs. She has worked in the public and private sectors as a consultant in training and employee development.

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