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LEGAL FORCES: Forces in the marketing environment that are shaped by government laws affecting business. These are very similar to political forces. Once laws are enacted they are usually very difficult to change. Many companies work hard at lobbying legislatures, Congress, and other elected to pass laws favorable to the company's best interests.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Introduction
  • A Definition
  • Doing Production
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Capital
  • The Industry
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Objectives
  • Staying Alive
  • Profit And Maximization
  • Real World Firms
  • Natural Selection
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Legal Types
  • Types
  • Proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Other Options
  • Liability
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: U.S. Firms
  • Legal Types
  • By Industry
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: The Bigger Picture
  • Market Structures
  • Business Sector
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    The Firm

    This lesson investigates the nature of firms, especially those in the U.S. economy, including what they are, what they do, and how they operate. Paying careful attention to this lesson is no guaranteed that Duncan will end up with a multi-billion dollar "dot-com" business, but it won't hurt.

    • The first unit of this lesson, Organizing Production, gets us started with an overview of what firms are and their primary function in the economy -- which is production.
    • In the second unit, Objectives, we take a closer look at what motivates firms, especially the pursuit of profit.
    • The third unit, Legal Types, examines the most common legal forms of business firms, including proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
    • The fourth unit, U.S. Firms, investigates firms in the United States by the numbers -- including how many, what they are, what they produce.
    • The fifth and final unit, The Bigger Picture, then closes this lesson by discussing the role firms play in the grand economic scheme of things.

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    SCIENCE

    A discipline, or topic of study, that uses the scientific method to investigate and explain the operation of the world by testing and verifying hypothesized relations. Science is commonly divided into physical sciences (including chemistry, physics, and biology) and social sciences (including economics, sociology, and political science). Science is not just a subject, but a method of investigation using the scientific method.

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