April 23, 2024 2:34 pm
Business Students Exchange Goods for the Benefit of Local Charities

Professor Loren Dyck of the University of LaVerne is leading a new course for MBA students that emphasizes the idea that business transactions are not just about money. The course, BUS 551: Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior, challenges students to barter a small $1 item for something of greater value within the LaVerne community.

The unique project allows students four weeks to apply organizational theory and behavior concepts learned in class to a real-world scenario. They gain valuable skills such as negotiation, decision-making analysis, emotional intelligence in the workplace, and enhancing communication within groups. Professor Dyck created this assignment to provide students with a hands-on experience in applying course concepts and theories beyond traditional case studies.

Over the years, students have proposed donating the items they bartered to local charities, which Professor Dyck embraced and modified the assignment for each student team to find a local charitable organization to which they would donate their final item. This addition highlights the students’ commitment to community and civic engagement while also learning and applying course concepts and theories.

As the course reaches its tenth year, Professor Dyck revealed that students have bartered and collected 29 items worth over $8,000 for various local charities. This year, students collectively bartered items totaling nearly $300 in value. Items traded included a variety of valuable goods.

Dyck’s class is just one example of how University of LaVerne faculty are fostering a community of changemakers. To stay updated on all the latest happenings at the university, visit the University of LaVerne news page at https://laverne.edu/news/.

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