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Professor Patrice Flynn’s Book Mixes Business with Relevance

Patrice Flynn, Ph.D., just published a textbook titled Introduction to Business: A Primer on Basic Business Operations (New York, NY: Business Expert Press, 2020). Flynn is a Fulbright Research Scholar, professor of business and economics at the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s University and specialist in global capitalism, labor markets, civil society and autonomous humanoid robots.

flynnpatrice-2017-1-in-text.jpgFlynn’s teaching and scholarship underscore, and deliver, a new type of pedagogical tool to help new century students learn about business. Introduction to Business is a career guide for students that clarifies the functional areas of business, a term used to describe what every businessperson needs to understand to be successful, from entrepreneurship to small business development, legal structure, going global, finance, big data, marketing, management and more.

“Regardless of which area of business one ultimately pursues, it is imperative that everyone who works in business grasps what a business is and how business is operationalized through the functional areas in the context of contemporary global capitalism,” she said.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, Flynn’s research and cultural interests have taken her to many corners of the globe from India to Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America, the Russian Federation and much of North America.

“In my classroom, all students play a part in the conversation, regardless of socioeconomic background, age, gender, race, ethnicity or major,” she wrote in the book’s introduction.

The Mount hired Flynn to design a new course specifically on these functional areas of business. BUS 250: Introduction to Business and Decision Making is offered every semester to business and non-business students who complete the course with a deeper understanding of the functional areas of business and can craft next career steps based on their interests, skills and knowledge.

Her energy, passion and knowledge deliver a textbook to accommodate the modern-day classroom, exposing new century students to the world of global capitalism in which today’s businesses operate. Her advice to students and readers carries the same limitless thinking—exporting her influence to a larger audience, one ready for relevance, pedagogy and diversity.

bep-cover-2021-in-text.jpgAppearing alongside reasons why this primer is different, Flynn adds the content for the text “reflects my having taught this course live to more than 1,100 Mount undergraduates for the past 10 years.” Her book incorporates references to today’s data-driven models developed by Amazon, Google and Facebook.

A lesson in Chapter 4 describes two options for growth: domestic growth from within and domestic licensing. In the first, Flynn uses the 1972 example of when Mount St. Mary’s University “made a strategic decision to grow from within by allowing the all-male college to start admitting women.” As a licensing example, she uses yoga teacher training—adding tips about including non-compete agreements and the origin of the term “journeymen.”

Flynn says students express a desire to graduate from college knowing a little about business because they recognize that we live and work in a global capitalist economy.

She earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a M.S.W. and B.A. in social work from the Catholic University of America.

Prior to joining the Mount, Flynn served as vice president for research at Independent Sector, senior vice president for administration and finance at Effat University and CEO of Flynn Research in Washington, D.C. during which time she was selected as one of Lifetime Television’s Women of the Year.

Introduction to Business is Flynn’s fourth book. She has also published extensively in scholarly journals such as the Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Business Research, Middle East Journal, Journal of the American Planning Association, Challenge, American Behavioral Scientist, Feminist Economics, Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. During her Fulbright Research Program in 2019, she published Experiential Learning with Robots: Teaching New Century University Students in Russia and the United States Using Humanoid Robots (Chelyabinsk, Russia: South Ural State University Press).

Acknowledging her publisher, she wrote; “Supporting a female business professor lends credibility to New York’s Business Expert Press, which understands it is time for a more pluralistic set of academic college texts in this day and age when inclusion matters in our collective efforts to facilitate learning for everyone.”

Fulbright Edge highlighted Flynn’s publication in the March 2020 issue. Introduction to Business: A Primer on Basic Business Operations is available for purchase on the publisher’s website.