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Management Issues

  1. Principles of Governance and Management / 23 contact hrs

    The concept of Governance was elaborated in the early 1980s when the World Bank defined it «a criterion to evaluate deeply indebted countries in order to determine their credit-worthiness.» Soon afterwards the meaning of governance has widened to include all management practices needed to make an institution trustworthy, and thus effective in its actions and interactions. Nowadays the concept of governance is considered a cornerstone of sustainable development, possibly more decisive than economic growth: oftentimes the roots of poverty lay in the lack of governance rather than in the lack of resources. Accountability, transparency, predictability and participation are the four pillars of governance, and they will be thoroughly explored by the lectures with specific references to the Palestinian context.
    The second part of the module will focus on the specific features of the no-profit sector, including NGOs, cooperatives, associations. The lectures will describe the structural characteristics of NGOs, highlighting sound management principles for achieving objectives. Fund-raising techniques, donor-NGO relations and the concept of social accountability will be other topics of study. Management principles of NGOs will be compared to the ones of small enterprises in order to highlight differences and similarities.

  2. Accounting / 23 contact hrs

    The goal of this module is providing the students with the fundamental tools for understanding financial transactions in the environment of no-profit organizations and small businesses. Such an understanding is a crucial asset in any decision-making process. The module will be developed along three lines: first, the main principles of accounting theory will be introduced; second, the purposes and features of Financial Statement, Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flow will be described; third, a number of case studies and exercises will be presented in class. The role of investments, the distinction between fixed and variable costs, and the analysis of costs VS revenues and assets VS liabilities will be also discussed.

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration


Phone: +972-2-2741241
Fax: +972-2-2744440

Dr. Fadi Kattan
Dean of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration
MICAD Director / ext. 2445

Victoria Abu Al-Zelof
Program Assistant  / ext. 2427 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine