Cengage Learning

Higher Education

Reference Book, 3rd Edition

  • Marie Weeks Valdosta, GA
  • Golda Boyer
  • ISBN-10: 0538432047  |  ISBN-13: 9780538432047
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1991, 1983
  • © 2002 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



Reflecting the reality of today’s technology-driven workplace, Mean Jeans Manufacturing Co. is a work-flow simulation based on the operations of an imaginary, small business community. Mean Jeans produces denim products and is surrounded by 15 other businesses (5 sole proprietorships, 2 partnerships, 1 federal agency, and 7 corporations). Students act as managers of these various businesses, all of which interact with Mean Jeans, and they learn by being responsible for the daily operations. Mean Jeans has been completely reconfigured to provide ease of use and include current business technology!

Table of Contents

Unit 1 Banking and Bookkeeping, Unit 2 Business Communications, Unit 3 Payroll, Unit 4 Accounts Payable and Receivable, Unit 5 Postal and Shipping Services, Unit 6 Borrowing Money, Unit 7 Advertising, Unit 8 Reports and Business Plans, Unit 9 Human Resources in Business, Unit 10 Investments


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Instructor Supplements

Annotated Instructor’s Edition  (ISBN-10: 0538432071 | ISBN-13: 9780538432078)

This item is a replica of the Student Reference Book with teaching tips for the instructor as annotations. It also has 112 extra pages of additional material for the instructor. This material includes instructions for managing the simulation and teaching the lessons in the student reference manual. Sections on technology and using the alternate computer-based activities found in the student’s reference book are also included.

Student Supplements

Operations Manual- Will need to purchase 1 set for 11-16 students, 2 sets for 17-31students, and 3 sets for 32-36 students.  (ISBN-10: 0538432055 | ISBN-13: 9780538432054)

The Operations Manual’s (3-hole punched, shrinkwrapped package) purpose is to narrate the activities of the student engaged in each business of Mean Jeans Manufacturing simulation. Information is given about the business the student is assigned, responsibilities of the manager, and a daily activities checklist. There is an Operations Manual for each of the 15 businesses (5 sole proprietorships, 2 partnerships, 1 federal agency, and 7 corporations). The instructor will need to purchase one set for 11-16 students, two sets for 17-31 students, and 3 sets for 32-36 students.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marie Weeks

Marie Weeks holds an Education Specialist degree from Valdosta State University. She has taught at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, since 1982. Mrs. Weeks previously worked for private companies, public organizations, and as the owner of her own business.