"I looked around and said, 'Are we preparing our business graduates to go and deal with Nike Air Max 95 Wolf Grey Red
Even in light of the economy, so far this year, announced mergers and acquisitions are higher than they've been in a decade, Stevens said. Many are going on out of necessity, while others are the result of a loosening of credit, and some have been brought about by demand given that deal activity was at a low in 2009, he said.
Peter Kemp, 25, of Atlanta, said he decided to take the class to satisfy accounting requirements for a CPA license. But he said he came to learn the importance that personalities, egos and structure had on deals.
Stevens said many of his students already work in business and are taking the course because they feel it will benefit them. About 125 students have taken it since it was first offered in 2008. Accounting and law firms are just a couple of places where people who specialize in mergers and acquisitions work.
acquisitions and mergers? Do they understand enough about it?'" Stevens said. "I started looking around the country and there was only one course taught that I could find in the country."
Hutson Best, 36, of Canton, said, "Professor Stevens taught us to look through the eyes of the other person to understand their motives. The art of the deal is a course that takes all other courses and explains their interaction in real world business environments."
KENNESAW Though the nation's economy has been in a tailspin for more than a year, mergers and acquisitions in the business world continue to be a driving force in the economy, according to a business scholar at Kennesaw State University.
Kraft Foods Inc. made a $19.5 billion offer a few months ago to acquire Cadbury. The Hershey Company, until Friday, was also making an effort to bid on the British confectionary company. The acquisition has been the talk of the business world. If approved, the combined Kraft Cadbury company would be world's largest chocolate maker.
"We need students to be prepared with the skill set to go in and negotiate these deals, and to make sure that these corporations end up with win win situations," Epps said. Air Max Outfits Tumblr
"I'll throw out (Hershey), Cadbury and Kraft products and I'll say everybody that's got a Kraft bar raise your hand. You're the Kraft team. Everybody that's got a Hershey product, raise your hand, you're the Hershey team, and everybody that's got a Cadbury product and I say here is the landscape," said Stevens, 61. "If you're Hershey, what do you do? How do you deal with that? Because you now have Kraft who is now trying to buy Cadbury, a major competitor, and you're now overwhelmed by the size of Kraft. So Air Max Uptempo Lakers I have the students in their teams figure out what their competitive response ought to be."
In his art of the deal course, Stevens said he uses such real world mergers and acquisitions to help students learn.
Students who have taken the course said it has been helpful.
"It's a very unique skill set. Not every school of accountancy is going to prepare its students for the mergers and acquisitions world."
where he has created a new elective course to educate MBA candidates in the science and art of making deals. KSU is one the first business schools to offer such a class.
As a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, J. Larry Stevens was responsible for mergers and acquisitions before he retired in 2007. Now, he is an executive in residence at KSU's Cole College of Business, Air Max Blue And Yellow
Business scholar at KSU teaches the art of making a deal
"Having an understanding of these items in the business world is probably just as important as understanding the fine details and mechanics of a deal," he said.
Dr. Ken Harmon, who became Coles College dean in July, told KSU Magazine in its current edition that he wants the business school to be more relevant in today's world. Dr. Kathryn Epps, interim director of the School of Accountancy, said the art of the deal course meets that challenge by preparing students well for after graduation.
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