About This Course

Regardless of setting, there is value in practicing effective management principles. This course teaches students how to think as managers and actively manage organizations and teams using effective practices around planning, decision making, organizational structure, culture, leadership, motivation, and communication. The course begins by addressing foundational management principles, including primary functions of managers, types of management, and types of strategy, and develops toward addressing more complex topics such as ethics, control, and global business management.

Course Improvements

We believe in making continuous improvements to our courses in order to enhance and facilitate student learning. This newest version of the course includes a vast number of data-driven improvements to assessment questions and text content in order to better illustrate, clarify, and evaluate concepts.

This new edition of Waymaker Principles of Management includes new practice questions on each page, giving students more opportunities to practice their learning.


This course was developed by Lumen Learning with significant contributions by:

Primary Content Authors
John Bruton, Cal State Northridge
Linda Bruton, Contributor
Jeff Heflin, Contributor
Talia Lambarki, Contributor
Lisa Jo Rudy, Contributor
Aaron Spencer, Contributor
David J. Thompson, Ohio State University
Robert Carroll, Montgomery College
Nina Burokas, Mendocino College, Saddleback College

This book has benefited from the contributions of many people, including Edith Adjetey, Christopher Anderson, Abreah Hoyte, Debbie Huber, Bethany Jedlicka, Wayne Johnson II, Melissa Lopez, Jade Mawhinney, Brett McVay, Angie Moree, Sophie Patton, Joshua Reifsnyder, Rylee Rios, Carrie Steen, Miranda Washburn, and Devin White.

About Lumen

Lumen Learning courseware is based on open educational resources (OER). When we can find well designed, effective OER that are appropriately licensed, we use them in our courseware. When we can’t find pre-existing OER, we create original content and license it as OER (under a Creative Commons Attribution license).

Lumen’s authoring process doesn’t end when our courseware is released. Our choice to adopt open educational resources means that we have the copyright permissions necessary to engage in continuous improvement of our learning content. Consequently, our courses are continually being revised and updated. Errata reported for our courseware are fixed in a matter of days, as opposed to the traditional model in which errors persist until the next “edition” is printed (often a year or more). Students and faculty can suggest improvements to our courses directly from within the courseware as they use it. And we conduct regular analyses to determine where students are struggling the most in our courseware, and make improvements that specifically target these areas.

Given our unique approach, our list of authors and other contributors may look different than the lists you are used to seeing. We provide both a list of the primary content authors (the people involved in the initial creation of the course) and a list of everyone who has contributed suggestions and other improvements to the course since it was first released. We invite you to join us as we create courseware that supports student learning more effectively each semester.

If you’d like to connect with us to learn more about adopting this course, please Contact Us.

You can also make an appointment for OER Office Hours to connect virtually with a live Lumen expert about any question you may have.