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Business studies

Version date: 28 August 2014
Key changes: Version 4
Subject facilitator email: seniorsecondary@tki.org.nz

What's new – February 2015

What is business studies about?

Business studies student.

Business studies

The study of business is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan, and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers.

Business is influenced by and impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political, and economic conditions of the day. Issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation (see the future focus principle of The New Zealand Curriculum) are central to both business and the study of business.

The knowledge and skills gained in business studies, and exposure to enterprise culture, can help shape “creative, energetic, and enterprising” young people (the curriculum vision statement) who will contribute to New Zealand’s economic future.

In business studies, students develop their understanding of business theory and practices in a range of relevant contexts, through experiential as well as theoretical approaches to learning.

Business studies has natural links to the social sciences learning area. Contexts for business can also be drawn from other learning areas, such as technology.

Business studies curriculum guide content

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Last updated July 30, 2015



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