This course utilizes lectures, group work, journal writing, presentations and handouts throughout. Students will write a group business plan and do an individual presentation.
This course teaches students how to analyze major choices and negotiate deals in starting a business, involving people, assigning roles, compensating performance and financing.
Much of business involves understanding people and building an organizational culture. This requires we understand the history of people and where they came from; each being unique.
Students who complete this course will have opportunities to better understand what managers, small business owners and entrepreneurs do to achieve success in their paths.
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Aurora Faundo (EdD, MBA, BA, PIDP)
I earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines, my Master in Business Administration at the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business and my Doctor of Education from the Far Eastern University. Additionally, I also took the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma program from Vancouver Community College.
I worked at the University of the Philippines and at Far Eastern University for over 10 years. For the latter, I worked both as a university lecturer and as a program head of the Commerce department. Additionally, I represented the university and the country in presenting research papers focusing on international education in both local and international conventions.
I teach HR and Organizational Behaviour by mixing principles and theories, reflections from my personal experiences and that of others as well as encouraging students to participate extensively in the thought- learning process.
Thomas Leung (MBA, BBA, CPA, GGA)
I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant with nearly 30 years of experience in accounting, audit, taxation and financial management in reputable professional and commercial firms.
I enjoy sharing my experience with young people like you in the classroom.
Enrico Tanafranca (MBA, BA, BSc Education, PIDP)
I am a data analytics professional with a double degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Education Major in Mathematics. I have a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Operations Management. I also graduated from the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program of Vancouver Community College.
I am an Internet and Computer Core Certified (IC3) professional and an authorized computer and internet instructor of Certiport. Likewise, I am a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist.
My professional experiences include operations management, risk and investment analysis, portfolio management, banking and credit, e-commerce, data analytics and database development. I also conducts corporate training on planning and strategic management, and am currently pursuing my specialization in Database Development and Design.
David Crawford (MBA, Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, Higher National Certificate in Business Studies)
I have been teaching at Alexander College since 2008. My main subject areas are Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, although I occasionally teach Marketing and Business Strategy.
As well as teaching at the College, I am also the Commerce Program Co-ordinator and an acting member of the Academic Standards Committee. I also teach part-time in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
I completed my studies in England, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Leeds, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Westminster.
Kojo Ammissah-Sey (MA, BA)
I joined Alexander College in 2016 after graduating with a master’s degree from Simon Fraser University. I have particular interest in teaching introductory level Commerce and Economics courses . I believe these courses are important in developing critical skills, as well as interest in these noble subject areas. I therefore like to explore varying teaching methods both online and in-person to sustain student interest and engagement.
At Alexander College and other institutions in the lower mainland, I have taught and continue to teach: Introduction to Business, Application of Statistics in Business, Introduction to Economics and Principles of Microeconomics.
Musarrat Khan (MBA)
I have a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas, USA.
In my teaching career, I have been involved in the redesigning of the MBA and the BBA programs and curriculum, and in the supervision of the Business School Quality Assurance Program for the MBA and the BBA accreditation process.
For almost thirteen years, as an Assistant Professor and as an Associate Professor, I have taught a wide range of courses in the areas of Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, Training, and Leadership. I also have 12 years of mid-management level experience in a marketing organization.
From 2016 to 2019, I have been an instructor of Business courses at several Colleges in Vancouver. I have been teaching at Alexander College since January 2020. At Alexander College I am an instructor of Introduction to Business, Introduction to Marketing, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Management and Organizational Behavior courses.
My teaching philosophy revolves around three aspects: establish student-teacher relationship based on mutual respect, develop an inspiring learning environment through ‘Reflexive Teaching’ approach, and create an engaging environment to develop industry desired skills.
Pomponia Martinez (BSc., MAM(HR), CPHR)
Pomponia Martinez has taught in the Commerce department at Alexander College for over 5 years and holds the CPHR designation. Ms. Martinez teaches a variety of Human Resources and Management courses at various institutions, including Managerial Skills, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, Recruitment and Selection, Organizational Change, Compensation, Training and Development, and HR Strategy. She enjoys teaching in both the in-class and online environments.
Ms. Martinez is also a private sector practitioner in staffing and HR consulting. Ms. Martinez brings over 25 years of experience in the private sector in information systems, strategic planning, port operations management and human resources.
An amateur astronomer, Ms. Martinez is past-President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Vancouver).
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