September 05, 2008

We're Famous!

Posted by Gordon Smith

Kaimi Wenger blogged about the second edition of the casebook at Concurring Opinions. Early returns on the new edition have been positive, and we hope that continues. I am teaching it right now and loving it. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for the third edition ... it's never too early to start!

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August 21, 2008

Thank You!

Posted by Gordon Smith

We just heard from our publisher that the second edition of the casebook is attracting many new adoptions, well beyond expectations. If you have adopted the casebook, thank you!

Building a loyal constituency for a casebook typically requires several editions, we are told, but the publisher was pleased with the sales of the first edition, and they seem positively ecstatic about the first semester with the second edition.

As I noted when we announced the second edition, we made some important structural changes to the book that will make it more intuitive and, thus, easier for most people to teach. If you have any suggestions regarding the book, please do not hesitate to contact us. As we noted in the acknowledgments to the second edition, several adopters of the first edition made important contributions to the new edition. We look forward to hearing from you.

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August 05, 2008

Subscribe to our RSS Feed!

Posted by Gordon Smith

This website is becoming more active with the Second Edition, and if you are an adopter or potential adopter of the casebook, please subscribe to our RSS feed. We would like to begin building a community of adopters here to enhance the value of the book to you and your students.

I have replaced the old Bloglet subscription service with a Feedburner feed. You can find it in the sidebar. If you are subscribed to the Bloglet feed, please click through to the website and subscribe through Feedburner to ensure uninterrupted service. This also allows us to get all of our subscriptions in one place.

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Syllabi

Posted by Gordon Smith

With a new edition comes a new syllabus. I have posted my new syllabus for the Fall 2008 semester in the sidebar. For the first time, I am attempting to teach the entire course in three credits. We offer other "advanced" courses for students interested in corporate and securities law, including Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation, so I am omitting the last three chapters of the casebook from this course, even though they are among my favorites.

You will notice a number of fairly unconventional teaching techniques described in the syllabus. Over the past year, I have been working with the BYU Center for Teaching and Learning to re-design my courses in hopes of making them more engaging to the students. While I have always received good evaluation scores, I am now focused more on the amount of learning that happens during the course than on the "final grade" that I receive from the students.

Instead of speaking to students in a Socratic dialogue, I require the students to work in teams, both inside and outside of class. Instead of banning laptops, I encourage the students to use them in class for learning activities. Instead of lecturing to PowerPoint slides at the beginning of each class, I am moving the lectures online. Instead of plowing through cases line by line, we will be applying cases to new situations. This is all very different from the way that I learned in law school, but I am hopeful about achieving good results. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss any of these teaching methods.

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July 29, 2008

The Second Edition ... Update

Posted by Gordon Smith

The word from Aspen is that the Second Edition of the casebook will be published tomorrow! The Teacher's Manual is also done, and it will be mailed as soon as it's printed. The next step for me is to update my PowerPoint slides and get this website in order. More on that latter project shortly ...

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May 20, 2008

The Second Edition

Posted by Gordon Smith

Cindy and I recently completed the second edition of the casebook, and we are very excited about it. Here are some of the new materials:

  • The Third Restatement of Agency is integrated into Chapter 1.
  • A new chapter is dedicated to Limited Liability Companies, a topic that our adopters felt we treated too lightly in the first edition.
  • We included some great new materials on shareholder proposals, including Bebchuk and AIG
  • We have lots of new and interesting Delaware cases (Disney, Stone, Martha Stewart, Tooley, Hollinger, and Unisuper)
  • The last chapter -- Regulation of Disclosure, Fraud, and Insider Trading -- includes important recent Supreme Court cases (Tellabs, Stoneridge, Dura, and Dabit), along with Siebel in the section on Regulation FD.
  • In addition to the high-impact cases listed above, I spent hours scouring the reporters for lesser known cases on closely held corporations, and I found some gems.

We didn't just add new content. We disposed of a number of cases that our adopters found less inspiring, so the book will retain its relatively slim form.

We also re-ordered the corporations chapters so that the book progresses from formation to governance of closely held firms to governance of publicly traded corporations. If you teach two business organizations courses, this book would fit nicely, with the first half belonging to a course on closely held businesses and the second half belonging to a course on publicly traded corporations. If you teach only one business associations course, as I will at BYU, you will need to do some picking and choosing. Fortunately, there is a lot of good material to choose from.

The bound volumes of the book will be published in late June or early July, but if you would like to receive pdf files of the chapters before that to prepare for class, please contact me and I will arrange for that to happen.

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February 08, 2008

Second Edition is in the works!

Posted by Gordon Smith

For the past few months, Cindy and I have been working on the second edition of Business Organizations: Cases, Problems, and Case Studies, and the first half of the book has been submitted to the editors. The new edition will be out this summer. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact us.
 

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October 02, 2006

Delaware Supreme Court's Disney Opinion Posted

Posted by Gordon Smith

I have posted an edited version of the Delaware Supreme Court's Disney opinion in the sidebar. Even the edited version of the opinion is long, but it is worth teaching in detail because it represents the latest word from the Delaware Supreme Court on three doctrines: the duty of care, the duty of good faith, and waste.

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September 08, 2006

New Chapter for Teacher's Manual

Posted by Gordon Smith

I have just posted Chapter 7 of the Teacher's Manual, and it is linked in the sidebar.

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February 10, 2006

Supplementary Materials

Posted by Gordon Smith

That last post is the first in a long series, in which we will explore the facts behind the cases that appear in our casebook. We will post the results on the blog as we find them, and collect all of the posts on a new page for Background Materials. (Scroll down to Chapter 13 to see the Naito link.)

Thanks to Christina Zachariasen for gathering the Naito links. 

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