Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Modern Econometrics or Operations Management

Modern Econometrics

Author: Marno Verbeek

This highly successful text focuses on exploring alternative techniques, combined with a practical emphasis, A guide to alternative techniques with the emphasis on the intuition behind the approaches and their practical reference, this new edition builds on the strengths of the second edition and brings the text completely up-to-date.

Table of Contents:

1 Introduction 1

2 An Introduction to Linear Regression 7

3 Interpreting and Comparing Regression Models 53

4 Heteroskedasticity and Autocorrelation 85

5 Endogeneity, Instrumental Variables and GMM 129

6 Maximum Likelihood Estimation and Specification Tests 171

7 Models with Limited Dependent Variables 199

8 Univariate Time Series Models 269

9 Multivariate Time Series Models 323

10 Models Based on Panel Data 355

A Vectors and Matrices 417

B Statistical and Distribution Theory 425

Bibliography 437

Index 451

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Operations Management

Author: Andrew Greasley

Operations Management is a modern success story that plays an essential role in the success of any organisation. Andrew Greasley provides a clear and accessible introduction to this large area of study, focusing on all the key areas of operations in both manufacturing and service industries.

• Example boxes provide international, real-life details of operations concepts

• Worked Examples - step-by-step guides to the procedure to solve quantitative problems

• End-of-Chapter exercises covering topics for discussion and examples to help develop practical skills

• Further Reading and Web links – an extra resource to assist students in locating further additional materials

• Lecturers who adopt this text will find supporting resources on the companion website, including powerpoint slides for each chapter, suggested solutions for case studies and end of chapter exercises, and a multiple-choice test bank.

Ten Steps to Fundraising Success or Texas Real Estate Contracts

Ten Steps to Fundraising Success: Choosing the Right Strategy for Your Organization

Author: Mal Warwick

A hands-on workbook to guide you through a revolutionary approach to mission-based strategic planning!

In Ten Steps to Fundraising Success, two of the country's leading fundraising experts Mal Warwick and Stephen Hitchcock show you how to implement a fundraising strategy that goes beyond simply raising money to meet your organization's financial requirements. Step-by-step, Warwick and Hitchcock show you how to develop a mission-driven fundraising strategy that is based on Warwick's highly successful Five Strategies approach. The workbook and CD-ROM -- which can be used independently or in conjunction with The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success -- offer you the additional advantages of electing and crafting your own strategic plans right on the page, and analyzing the results.

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Texas Real Estate Contracts

Author: Michelle L Evans

This text integrates the theory of contract law and its impact on the real estate transaction with practical instruction on Texas real estate employment and sales contracts. Written by an attorney and a real estate broker, you'll find it offers a fully blended view of real estate contracts from two active participants in their respective fields. All required course elements specified by the Texas Real Estate Commission are included along with current real estate contracts and addenda.

Table of Contents:
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Offer 3. The Acceptance 4. Consideration 5. Capacity of Parties 6. Legality of the Contract 7. The Statute of Frauds and Other Writing Requirements 8. Assignment and Delegation 9. Reformation or Avoidance 10. Discharge of Contract 11. Breach of Contract 12. Basic Real Estate Law for Contracts 13. Real Estate Employment Forms 14. Specific Real Estate Forms 15. Standard Residential Sales Contract Provisions 16. Closing and Post Closing Issues Appendix I: Texas Real Estate Commission Promulgated Real Estate Sales Contracts Appendix II: Texas Real Estate Commission Promulgated Real Estate Sales Addenda Index

Industrial Organization or Public Personnel Administration

Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice

Author: Don E Waldman

Written solely for the undergraduate audience, this streamlined Third Edition of Industrial Organization: Theory and Practice——which features early coverage of Antitrust——punctuates its modern introduction to industrial organization with relevant empirical data and case studies to show students how to apply theoretical tools.

Table of Contents:
2The firm and its costs17
3Competition and monopoly51
4Market structure88
5Monopoly practices143
6Market power and performance : the empirical evidence161
7Game theory : a framework for understanding oligopolistic behavior207
8The development of oligopoly theory230
9Collusion : the great prisoner's dilemma266
10Cartels in action303
11Oligopoly behavior : entry and pricing to deter entry335
12Oligopoly behavior : entry and nonpricing strategies to deter entry372
13Product differentiation and advertising416
14Technological change and research and development469
15Price discrimination515
16Vertical integration and vertical relationships562
17Regulation and deregulation606

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Public Personnel Administration

Author: Dennis D Riley

This book presents snapshots of the issues and events transforming the world of public personnel administration as the new century begins.

The book includes both traditional and contemporary issues such as compensation, training, job analysis, sexual harassment, drug testing, and the ADA. This updated edition is easy to read and contains exercises and case problems that help readers apply concepts to examples from real life.

For those interested in public personnel management.


A textbook for a course in personnel administration in which Riley (U. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) provides a snapshot of public personnel administration as it had been transformed by the turn of the century. His premise is that in order to create an effective, responsible, and humane government, it is necessary, though perhaps not sufficient, to have people working in it who exercise those qualities. He includes discussion questions and exercises. No date is mentioned for the first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Business Strategies in Transition Economies or Economic Revitalization

Business Strategies in Transition Economies

Author: Michael W Peng

"This is the first book to comprehensively summarize and extend cutting strategy research with a focus on transition economies. It provides a readable and refreshing overview for seasoned scholars and executives working in this field, as well as valuable insights for newcomers. The book combines theoretical rigor with up-to-date evidence on a highly relevant topic. Mike Peng is already one of the world's leading strategy and management scholars working on transition and emerging economies, and this book adds significantly to his standing."--John Child, Guiness Professor of Management Studies, University of Cambridge, England and Visiting Professor of International Management, Tel-Aviv University, Israel"The widespread shift from centrally planned to market-based economies has been the most profound change in the world economy since World War II. While a great deal of work has examined the broad economic implications of this transition, far less work has examined its implications for firms and managers. In this seminal work, Professor Peng draws on his extensive experience in transition economics, together with his knowledge of strategic management, to describe how firms in these economies can seize opportunities for growth and success." --Jay Barney, Bank One Professor of Corporate Strategy, Ohio State University "A welcome contribution towards our understanding of firm -- level issues in transition economies. A particular strength is the chapter-by-chapter consideration of how strategies vary depending on whether one is a state-owned enterprise, a privatized firm, an entrepreneurial start-up, or a foreign investor." --Paul Beamish, Royal Bank Professor of InternationalBusiness,University of Western Ontario, Canada A comprehensive account of transition economies from a firm strategy perspective. Thoroughly researched and thought provoking, this book is a most valuable tool for both academics and business executives seeking to operate in this promising yet uncertain territory. --Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Professor of Global Management, Ohio State University and Professor of International Management and Tel-Aviv University, Israel Business Strategies in Transition Economies probes into the workings of business strategies in former socialist countries in East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, which are collectively called "transition economies." It provides a rich and in-depth understanding of fundamental strategic issues confronted by domestic and foreign firms competing in these newly opened markets. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, this timely book is comparative, interdisciplinary, and relevant. Focusing on firm-level issues confronting top executives acting as organizational strategists in transition economies, this book covers business strategies of 1.) state-owned enterprises, 2.) privatized and reformed firms, 3.) entrepreneurial start-ups, and 4.) foreign companies. Since transition economies, taken together, promise to be the world's largest emerging markets in the 21st century, this book will be an invaluable resource for students, scholars, and managers seeking a better understanding of business challenges and opportunities in these markets.


Argues that the economic success of economies making the transition from socialism depends on the ability of firms to choose business strategies that suit the situation of each country's institutional imperatives and constraints, and demonstrates that multinational corporations have a significant part to play in assisting the development of transition economies. Emphasizes that local and international firms must work together, and gives detailed analysis of strategic choices open to firms in transition economies, eschewing the assumption that existing strategic approaches taken out of context can offer a quick fix. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb

Author: Joan Fitzgerald

Economic Revitalization is unique in that it discusses leading revitalization strategies in the context of both city and suburban settings, offering case studies of program development and implementation.

In Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb Fitzgerald and Leigh answer the need for a text that incorporates social justice and sustainability into how we think about and practice economic development. It is one of the first to talk about how revitalization strategies are implemented in both cities and suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs that are experiencing decline previously associated only with inner-city neighborhoods. After setting the context with a brief history of economic development practice and its shortcomings, Fitzgerald and Leigh focus on six economic development strategies: sectoral strategies, Brownfield redevelopment, industrial retention, commercial revitalization, industrial and office property reuse, and workforce development. Each of these chapters begins with an overview of the strategy and then presents cases of how it is being implemented. The cases draw from Atlanta, Chicago and its suburbs, Emeryville, Kalamazoo, Louisville, New Haven, Portland, Sandy Springs, and Seattle (and suburban King County). They illustrate the tradeoffs often made in achieving one goal at the expense of another. Although they admit that some of the cases come up short in illustrating a more equitable and sustainable economic development practice, Fitzgerald and Leigh conclude with an optimistic view that the field is changing.

The book is aimed at students and practitioners of economic development planning whoseek to foster stronger economies and greater opportunity in inner cites and older suburbs. It is also meant to assist planners in thriving new towns and suburban communities seeking to avoid future economic decline as their communities mature.

Economic Revitalization:

  • Discusses practice in both suburban and inner-city settings
  • Integrates the planning values of social justice and sustainability into the discussion of implementation strategies
  • Includes cases that reveal the political nature of the planning process and the types of tradeoffs that often must be made
  • Provides insights for planners seeking to adopt "best practice" programs from other localities 

Table of Contents:

1. Redefining the Field of Local Economic Development

2. Sectoral Development Strategies for New and Old Industries

3. Brownfield Redevelopment for Equitable Community Revitalization

4. Industrial Retention: Multiple Strategies for Keeping Manufacturing Strong

5. Commercial Revitalization in Central Cities and Older Suburbs

6. The Reuse of Office and Industrial Property for Sustainable Urban Development

7. Job Centered Economic Development: Linking Workforce and Local Economic Development

8. Conclusion: Strategies and Progress for Local Economic Development


About the Authors

The Individualized Corporation or Gender and Work in Todays World

The Individualized Corporation: A Fundamentally New Approach to Management

Author: Sumantra Ghoshal

Based on six years of research and hundreds of interviews with managers at every level of companies such as Intel, ABB, Canon, 3M, and McKinsey, The Individualized Corporation explores the collapse of an outmoded corporate form and reveals the emergence of a fundamentally different management philosophy--one that forces on the power of the individual as the driver of value creation in the company and the importance of individuality in management.

The image of the "Organization Man" as a cog in a corporate machine has become both dated and dangerous. Rather than try to force employees into a homogeneous corporate mold based on a company's strategy, structure, and system, world-renowned scholars and consultants Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher Bartlett argue that managers must embrace a philosophy based on purpose, process, and people that focuses on developing and leveraging the individual's unique talents and skills--a company's most important source of competitive advantage.

Without proposing a universal solution or a quick-fix prescription, this important book provides an indispensable guide for those who must lead their companies into the next century.

Publishers Weekly

Both authors hold chairs at prestigious business schools, Ghoshal at London and Bartlett at Harvard. Together they have written extensively about their new vision of the modern corporation. For them, "Great companies are defined by purpose, process, and people." They argue that success has caused many companies to fail, noting that commitment to strategies that brought past achievement prevented them from renewing themselves. The authors have studied a variety of firms worldwide, including McKinsey and 3M in the U.S., IKEA in Sweden, Kao in Japan and Philips in the Netherlands. They claim that all these enterprises have concluded that people are the key, and every aspect of human resource development is critical. The authors have devised a simple model classifying the competencies needed at different managerial levels. This alone makes the book worth reading. A fine addition to university and corporate shelves. (Oct.)


Provides managers with an overview of an emerging model called the individualized corporation, in which management has a fundamental faith in its employees, builds an integrated process of organizational learning, and possesses the ability to continuously renew itself. The authors exemplify the model by describing actual cases of management in such companies as 3M, Skandia, Philips, General Electric, and the Unipart group of companies in the UK. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

What People Are Saying

Warren Bennis
"Marvelous...Free of the usual doctrine, jargon, and cant, Ghoshal and Bartlett have written a thoroughly original, thought-provoking, and powerful book about the nature of the new corporation."

Sloan Management Review
"[Ghoshal and Bartlett] have made a very powerful contribution by coalescing the history, experience, and management concepts that are needed for our new competitive era...Superbly readable and useful."

Book review: 1000 Italian Recipes or The Holford Low GL Diet

Gender and Work in Today's World: A Reader

Author: Nancy Sacks

Nancy Sacks and Catherine Marrone have collected the classic and current readings that reflect the changing realities of gender and work in modern society. Promoting gender equality through balanced analysis of the sexes, Gender and Work in Today's World: A Reader explores the experiences of both men and women in the work force. The editors present a well-balanced blend of academic articles on gender and work topics and provide students with brief but pedagogically useful introductions to each section in the text. Special sections include: gender-non-traditional jobs (i.e. men as nurses and women in the police force), non-traditional work structures (i.e. part-time, temporary, and odd-hour work), work over the life course, and sexual harassment.

Multinationals and Global Capitalism or Fundamentals of Private Pensions

Multinationals and Global Capitalism: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty First Century

Author: Geoffrey Jones

This book provides a unique contribution to contemporary globalization debates by providing an accessible survey of the growth and role of multinational enterprises in the world economy over the last two hundred years. The author shows how entrepreneurs built a global economy in the nineteenth century by creating firms that pursued resources and markets across borders. It demonstrates how multinationals shifted strategies as the first global economy disintegrated in the political and economic chaos between the two world wars, and how they have driven the creation of the contemporary global economy.
Many of the issues of the global economy have been encountered in the past. This book shows how entrepreneurs and managers met the political, ethical, cultural and organizational challenges of operating across national borders at different times and in different environments. The role of multinationals is placed within their wider political and economic context. There are chapters on the impact of multinationals, and on relations with governments.
The focus on the shifting roles of firms and industries over time rather than abstract trade and capital flows provides compelling evidence on the diversity and discontinuities of the globalization process. The book explains the history of multinationals across a wide spectrum of manufacturing, service and natural resource industries from an international perspective, which ranges widely across different countries. It provides an essential historical framework for understanding global business.
An accessible survey of the history of international business worldwide, this book will be key reading for students taking coursesin International Business, Business History, Multinationals, and Entrepreneurship; and of interest to academics and researchers working in these areas.

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Fundamentals of Private Pensions

Author: Dan McGill

For almost five decades, Fundamentals of Private Pensions has been the most authoritative text and reference book on private pensions in the world. The revised and updated Eighth Edition adds to past knowledge while providing exciting new perspectives on the provision of retirement income. This new edition is organized into six main sections dealing with a variety of separable pension issues. Section I provides an introductory discussion on the historical evolution of the pension movement and how pensions fit into the patchwork of the whole retirement income security system in the United States. It includes a discussion about the economics of the tax incentives that have played a role in stimulating pension offerings and in the structure of the benefits provided. Section 2 lays out the regulatory environment in which private pension plans operate. Section 3 investigates the various forms of retirement plans that are available to workers to determine how they are structured in practical terms. Section 4 focuses on the economics of pensions. Several of the chapters in this section update and refine material from the prior. New chapters in this volume describe the conversion of some traditional pensions to new hybrid forms, including cash balance and pension equity plans, and the growing phenomenon of phased retirement and the issues raised for employer-sponsored pensions. Section 5 explores the funding and accounting environments in which private employer-sponsored retirement plans operate. The concluding section investigates the handling of assets in employer-sponsored plans and their valuation as well as the insurance provision behind the benefit promises implied by theplans. This latest edition of Fundamentals of Private Pensions will prove invaluable reading for both academics and professionals working in the area of pensions and pension management.

Table of Contents:
1Underlying forces3
2Public pension programs39
3Economics of tax preferences for U.S. retirement plans54
4Historical review of pension regulation79
5Basic regulatory environment and plan qualification requirements98
6Coverage, nondiscrimination, and integration with Social Security127
7Tax consequences - distributions and contributions159
8Form of doing business and transactional considerations183
9Fiduciary responsibility and participant rights208
10Defined benefit design : retirement and ancillary benefits235
11Defined contribution plan design features273
12Hybrid defined benefit plan designs309
13Individual tax-favored savings plans327
14Overall objectives in designing a retirement program353
15Financing of employer-sponsored retirement plans374
16Total retirement income : setting goals and meeting them401
17Dealing with risks of outliving retirement resources444
18Human resource incentives in employer-sponsored retirement plans479
19Motivations and ramifications for the shift to hybrid pensions519
20Changing the end of work - phased retirement552
21Actuarial cost factors595
22Benefit allocation actuarial cost methods617
23Cost allocation actuarial cost methods645
24Pension cost illustrations and forecasts666
25Approaches to meeting the financial obligations of a defined benefit plan679
26Pension accounting712
27Management of pension plan assets : policy737
28Management of pension plan assets : operations763
29Plan termination and plan benefits insurance798

Monday, December 29, 2008

Knowledge Emergence or Solid Waste Engineering

Knowledge Emergence: Social, Technical, and Evolutionary Dimensions of Knowledge Creation

Author: Ikujiro Nonaka

This book brings together the research of a number of scholars in the field of knowledge creation and imparts a sense of order to the field. The chapters share three characteristics: they are all grounded in extensive qualitative and/or quantitative research; they all go beyond the mere description of the knowledge-creation process and offer both theoretical and strategic implications; they share a view of knowledge creation and knowledge transfer as delicate processes, necessitating particular forms of support from managers.

Table of Contents:


1. Introduction: Knowledge Emergence, Ikujiro Nonaka and Toshihiro Nishiguchi

Part I Knowledge, BA, and Care

2. Emergence of "Ba": A Conceptual Framework for the Continuous and Self-transcending Process of Knowledge Development of Business Organizations, Ikujiro Nonaka, Noboru Konno, and Ryoko Toyama

3. Bringing Care into Knowledge Development of Business Organizations, Georg Von Krogh, Kazuo Ichijo, and Ikujiro Nonaka

Part II Technology and Cooperation

4. The Influence of New 3-D CAD Systems on Knowledge Creation in product Development, Kentaro Nobeoka and Yasunori Baba

5. The Impact of Technology on Knowledge Creation: A Study of Experimentation in Integrated Circuit Design, Stefan H. Thomke

6. The Temporal Dynamics of Knowledge Creation in the Information Society

7. Focusing Creativity: Microsoft's "Synch-and-Stabalize" Approach to Software Product Development, Michael A. Cusumano

8. Cooperation and Knowledge Creation, Giorgio De Michelis

Part III Transnational Knowledge Creation

9. Multinational Enterprises and Cross-Border Knowledge Creation, D. Eleanor Westney

10. Knowledge Creation and the Internationalization of Japanese Companies: Front-Line Management Across Borders, Kenichi Yasumuro and D. Eleanor Westney

Part IV Interfirm Relations

11. Coevolution of Interorganzational Relations, Toshihiro Nishiguchi

12. "Co-opetition" in the Japanese Aircraft Industry, Sigrun Caspary and Tishihiro Nishiguchi

13. Shukko (Employee Transfers) and Tacit Knowledge Exchange in Japanese Supply Networks: The ElectronicsIndustry Case, James R. Lincoln and Christina Ahmadjian

14. Absorptive Capacity, Co-opetition, and Knowledge Creation: Samsung's Leapfrogging in Semiconductors, Linsu Kim

15. Conclusion: Social, Technical, and Evolutionary Dimensions of Knowledge Creation, Ikujiro Nonaka and Toshihiro Nishiguchi


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Solid Waste Engineering

Author: P Aarne Vesilind

SOLID WASTE ENGINEERING is one of a handful of engineering textbooks to address the growing and increasingly intricate problem of controlling and processing the refuse created by our urban society. While the authors discuss issues such as regulations and legislation, their main emphasis is on solid waste engineering principles. They maintain their focus on principles by first explaining the basic principles of the field, then demonstrating how these principles are applied in real world settings through worked examples.

Payment Due or Big Catch

Payment Due: A Nation in Debt, a Generation in Trouble

Author: Timothy J Penny

The generational wars are about to begin: competing for entitlements, wrestling over taxes, dancing around the deficit. Today’s children and grandchildren are tomorrow’s taxpayers and social fabric. The authors of Payment Due contend that we are setting those children up for economic disaster.Former Representative Tim Penny (D–Minn.) knows how volatile the politics of the situation are; he retired because he couldn’t locate in Congress at large the institutional will (or stomach) to deal with the issues squarely. Political scientist Steven Schier understands the way in which the politics work against economics to solve the problem. Together, they take us inside the Capitol corridors to show us the lobbying, arm twisting, and pork barreling that goes on to derail policies designed to reduce the federal deficit. We get to play the “Washington Monument game” along with the worst of the offenders and to see firsthand how three schools of deficit thought—the wolves, pussycats, and termites—each approach the prospect of cutting back federal outlays and weaning the great middle class from its own welfare dependency.A hallmark of the book is its three-tiered set of long-term entitlement reform proposals, complete with careful documentation of the contribution each recommended item makes toward reducing the federal deficit (or at least slowing its increase). Along with suggested short-term plans, these proposals give students the opportunity to try to solve both short- and long-term problems. Students will appreciate the timeliness and relevance of the book’s argument to their generation’s future plight, and all readers willbenefit from the clear presentation of complex economic concepts and arguments essential to understanding the federal deficit debate—and to confronting the political, social, and moral payments now coming due.


Contains practical advice on hardware and software requirements for library Internet access, assessing current equipment and purchasing new equipment, and finding and working with low-cost upgrades. Compares different types of Internet services, discusses selecting an Internet provider, and looks at software packages and sources. Includes a glossary and an annotated bibliography of books and periodicals for personal and library use, plus commercial Internet access providers, US and overseas free-nets, and mail-order services. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Big Catch: A Practical Introduction to Development

Author: A F Robertson

This interactive, role-playing case book is an enormously rich and stimulating way of challenging students to think about the problems of development and how development experts go about trying to alleviate them. One of the most innovative and eloquent anthropologists of development, A. F. Robertson has drawn from his extensive field experience to construct a hypothetical scenario of the sort typically encountered by those who are making development decisions.

Computer Aided Manufacturing or Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy

Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Author: Tien Chien Chang

Using a strong science-based and analytical approach, this book provides a modern description of CAM from an engineering perspective to include design specification, process engineering, and production. The Third Edition of Computer Integrated Manufacturing includes new material on CAD drafting, 3D CAD, surface modeling, solid modeling, feature-based modeling, variational and parametric modeling, tools for PLC logic design, and kinematics of NC machines. New chapters include “Geometric Tolerancing,”“Geometric Modeling,” “Statistical-Based Process Engineering,” “Fundamentals of Industrial Control,” and “Rapid Prototyping.” A valuable resource for any professional who needs to stay ahead of the latest issues and technology related to computer-aided design and manufacturing.


This text offer a comprehensive view of manufacturing focusing on design, planning for manufacturing, automation, flexible automation, and computers in manufacturing. It is organized so that the first eleven chapters would be suitable for a course in automation, numerical control, and robotics; chapters 12 through 16 would work for a course on manufacturing-systems issues; and various combinations would provide material for a course addressing computer-aided manufacturing. This second edition includes new chapters on tooling and fixturing and concurrent engineering, as well as using abundant examples. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.


A textbook focusing on automation, flexible automation, and CIM. Provides the scientific principles and analytical background for manufacturing planning, control, and design. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Concepts in Strategic Management and Business Policy

Author: J David Hunger

This book contains the latest research and examples of well-known and not-so-well known companies dealing with complicated strategic issues. A Strategic Management Model that runs through the first eleven chapters and is made operational through the Strategic Audit, a complete case analysis in terms of external and internal factors and takes the student through the generation of strategic alternatives and implantation programs.

Table of Contents:
PART ONE Introduction to Strategic Management and Business Policy

Chapter 1 Basic Concepts in Strategic Management

Chapter 2 Corporate Governance

Chapter 3 Ethics and Social Responsibility in Strategic Management

PART TWO Scanning the Environment

Chapter 4 Environmental Scanning and Industry Analysis

Chapter 5 Internal Scanning: Organizational Analysis

PART THREE Strategy Formulation

Chapter 6 Strategy Formulation: Situation Analysis and Business Strategy

Chapter 7 Strategy Formulation: Corporate Strategy

Chapter 8 Strategy Formulation: Functional Strategy and Strategic Choice

PART FOUR Strategy Implementation and Control

Chapter 9 Strategy Implementation: Organizing for Action

Chapter 10 Strategy Implementation: Staffing and Directing

Chapter 11 Evaluation and Control

PART FIVE Other Strategic Issues

Chapter 12 Strategic Issues in Managing Technology and Innovation

Chapter 13 Strategic Issues in Entrepreneurial Ventures and Small Businesses

Chapter 14 Strategic Issues in Not-For-Profit Organizations

PART SIX Introduction to Case Analysis

Chapter 15 Suggestions for Case Analysis

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gender and Poverty in Nineteenth Century Europe or The Political Economy of Merchant Empires

Gender and Poverty in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Author: Rachel Ginnis Fuchs

In a major new history of the dramatic and enduring changes in the daily family lives of poor European women in the nineteenth century, Rachel Fuchs powerfully conveys the extraordinary difficulties facing women in this period. She offers a fascinating study of their experience of birth, sex and death, as well as the changing responsibilities of individual family members and the transformations in society's responses to the problems of poverty. This accessible synthesis will be essential reading for students of women's and gender studies, urban history and social and family history.

Table of Contents:
1The revolutionary era, 1770-181520
2Population and poverty43
3Rural society and the problems of poverty69
4Working in the cities109
5Life in the cities152
6Charity and welfare196

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The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750

Author: James D Tracy

The Political Economy of Merchant Empires focuses on why European concerns eventually achieved dominance in global trade in the period between 1450 and 1750, at the expense, especially in Asia, of well-organized and well-financed rivals. The volume is a companion to The Rise of Merchant Empires (1990), which dealt with changes in the growth and composition of long-distance trade during the same period.

Business Processes and Information Technology Text Only or Strategies for Managerial Writing

Business Processes and Information Technology - Text Only

Author: Ulric J Gelinas

This text prepares students to effectively use, manage, and participate in the development of information technology applications in support of common business processes. Interconnections among an organization's management, business processes, information systems and information technology are brought out in each chapter. Another emphasis throughout the text is the governance, control, and security of business processes, information systems—especially underlying financial information systems—and emerging technologies. Moreover, the text centers around three themes: IT innovations, e-business and enterprise systems.

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Strategies for Managerial Writing

Author: Steven H Gal

Develop effective communication skills with STRATEGIES FOR MANAGERIAL WRITING! Success in the business world is contingent upon strong and effective written and verbal communication skills. This business text provides you with the tools you need to turn basic writing into creative, integrated, and more effective writing. Realistic activities and exercises help you organize and develop communicative messages while a variety of scenarios throughout the text require you to adopt a point of view and communicate from their position.

The Politics of the Global or Public Argument

The Politics of the Global

Author: Himadeep Muppidi

Though presented often as an objective process, globalization is frequently analyzed from subjective perspectives that are closed to their own historical and geographical specificity. Refusing the false choice between objectivity and subjectivity, Himadeep Muppidi considers the production of the global as an intersubjective process involving the interplay of meanings, identities, and practices from historically different locations.Muppidi illustrates how the politics of globalization are played out in two multicultural democracies, India and the United States-particularly rich examples given the increasing interactions between them in the areas of global economy and security. Software experts and skilled professionals flow from India to the United States; the United States outsources service sector jobs to India. Although they differ in their approaches to worldwide regulation of weapons of mass destruction, India and the United States cooperate in opposing terrorism. Treating globalization as an intersubjective process reveals the different political possibilities (e.g., colonial coercion, postcolonial ambivalence, and postcolonial co-option) that are opened by global relays of meanings, identities, and power. Muppidi concludes by exploring a variety of spaces and strategies for resisting the colonization of the global. Himadeep Muppidi is assistant professor of political science at Vassar College.

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Public Argument

Author: Robert O Weiss

Public Argument celebrates real argumentation for real people. Weiss guides the reader through the debate practice, providing instruction on how to participate in argumentation designed to facilitate reasoned deliberation by audiences in the public sphere. Contents: A Rationale for Public Argument; The "Public" in Public Argument; Formats for Public Debates; Audience Members as Participants; Topics in the Public Realm; Analysis of Propositions and Audiences; Premises in Public Debate; Testing the Premises; The Warranting Process; Continuity and Clash; Facilitating Communication; Evaluation and Decisions; Planning and Administration.

Table of Contents:
Ch. 1A Rationale for Public Argument1
Ch. 2The "Public" in Public Argument17
Ch. 3Formats for Public Debates31
Ch. 4Audience Members as Participants47
Ch. 5Topics in the Public Realm59
Ch. 6Analysis of Propositions and Audiences73
Ch. 7Premises in Public Debate87
Ch. 8Testing the Premises103
Ch. 9The Warranting Process117
Ch. 10Continuity and Clash129
Ch. 11Facilitating Communication143
Ch. 12Evaluation and Decisions155
Ch. 13Planning and Administration167
Appendix: Resources and References181

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Microeconomics and Behavior or Marketing Management

Microeconomics and Behavior

Author: Robert H Frank

Robert Frank’s Microeconomics and Behavior covers the essential topics of microeconomics while exploring the relationship between economics analysis and human behavior. The book’s clear narrative appeals to students, and its numerous examples help students develop economic intuition. This book introduces modern topics not often found in intermediate textbooks. Its focus throughout is to develop a student’s capacity to "think like an economist."

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Marketing Management: A Strategic Decision-Making Approach

Author: John Mullins

Marketing Management, 5/e by Mullins, Walker, Boyd, and Larreche is specifically designed for courses in which decision-focused cases are an important element and/or where student projects, such as the development of a marketing plan, are assigned. The concentration on strategic decision making sets this book apart from other texts that place greater emphasis on description of marketing phenomena than on the strategic and tactical marketing decisions that managers and entrepreneurs must make each and every day. This edition continues to be the most current and internet-savvy book available, injecting the latest developments in internet-based communication and distribution technology into every chapter. Also, an entire chapter (Chapter 15) is devoted to the development of marketing strategies for the new economy.The author team's rich entrepreneurial, marketing management, and consulting experience spanning a broad variety of manufacturing, service, software, and distribution industries provides an abundance of real-world, global perspectives.

Table of Contents:
Sect. 1The role of marketing in developing successful business strategies1
1The marketing management process2
2The marketing implications of corporate and business strategies30
Sect. 2Market opportunity analysis65
3Environmental analysis : tools to identify attractive markets66
4Industry analysis and competitive advantage84
5Understanding consumer buying behavior106
6Understanding organizational markets and buying behavior130
7Measuring market opportunities : forecasting and market research152
8Market segmentation and target marketing180
9Differentiation and positioning200
Sect. 3Developing strategic marketing programs219
10Business strategies : a foundation for marketing program decisions220
11Product decisions242
12Pricing decisions268
13Distribution channel decisions294
14Integrated promotion decisions326
Sect. 4Strategic marketing programs for selected situations353
15Marketing strategies for the new economy354
16Strategies for new and growing markets384
17Strategic choices for mature and declining markets418
Sect. 5Implementing and controlling marketing programs447
18Organizing and planning for effective implementation448
19Measuring and delivering marketing performance474

Virtual and Collaborative Teams or World Economy

Virtual and Collaborative Teams

Author: Godar

About the Author

Susan Hayes Godar is Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Marketing & Management Sciences at the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business, William Paterson University. Her research, primarily on virtual groups, the ethics of mobile commerce, and marketing practices, has appeared in such journals as Journal of International Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Services Marketing Quarterly, and Teaching Business Ethics. She is currently the Section Editor (e-Marketing) for Marketing Education Review Electronic Teaching Resources. Dr. Godar has served as a consultant to numerous companies and organizations in the aviation industry, and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. Prior to joining academe, she marketed helicopters and light airplanes. Professor Godar holds a BA in Sociology from Creighton University, an MBA from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in International Business from Temple University.

Sharmila Pixy Ferris (PhD, the Pennsylvania State University, 1995) is an Associate Professor in the Interpersonal Concentration of the Department of Communication at William Paterson University. With a Master's in English and a Bachelor's in Psychology, Dr. Ferris brings an interdisciplinary focus to her research in computer-mediated communication. This relatively new field builds on an investigation of the potentials and innovations introduced to the field of communication by new computer technologies. Within the broader area of computer-mediated communication, Dr. Ferris studies gender, small groups, literacy, and adoption patterns. She is an experienced consultant, and has worked with regional, national and multi-national corporations to conduct diversity training as well as workshops in communication skills, leadership, and teamwork. Dr. Ferris has an upcoming book in the area of faculty development, entitled *Beyond Survival in the Academy* (May 2003, Hampton Press). She has published in a variety of journals including Qualitative Research Reports, The New Jersey Journal of Communication, The Electronic Journal of Communication, Interpersonal Computing and Technology, The Journal of Electronic Publishing and Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine.

Table of Contents:
Ch. IVirtual Teams as Sociotechnical Systems1
Ch. IIEffective Virtual Teamwork: A Socio-Cognitive and Motivational Model20
Ch. IIIUnderstanding Composition and Conflict in Virtual Teams35
Ch. IVLeading from Afar: Strategies for Effectively Leading Virtual Teams49
Ch. VCreating Positive Attitudes in Virtual Team Members76
Ch. VITrust in Virtual Teams99
Ch. VIINewcomer Assimilation in Virtual Team Socialization115
Ch. VIIINegotiating Meaning in Virtual Teams: Context, Roles and Computer-Mediated Communication in College Classrooms133
Ch. IXThe Strategic Use of "Distance" Among Virtual Team Members: A Multidimensional Communication Model156
Ch. XHow Hard Can It Be to Communicate? Communication Mode and Performance in Collaborative R&D Projects174
Ch. XITechnology and Virtual Teams193
Ch. XIIVirtual Teams and their Search for Creativity213
Ch. XIIIVirtual Teams in an Executive Education Training Program232
Ch. XIVMotivational Antecedents, Constituents, and Consequents of Virtual Community Identity253
Ch. XVA Model for the Analysis of Virtual Teams269
About the Authors279

Interesting textbook: Researching and Writing Dissertations in Hospitality and Tourism or Supply Chain Management

World Economy: A Millennial Perspective

Author: Angus Maddison

Angus Maddison provides a comprehensive view of the growth and levels of world population since the year 1000. In this period, world population rose 22- fold, per capita GDP 13 fold and world GDP nearly 300 fold. The biggest gains occurred in the rich countries of today (Western Europe, North America, Australasia and Japan). The gap between the world leader - the United States - and the poorest region - Africa - is now 20:1. In the year 1000, the rich countries of today were poorer than Asia and Africa. The book has several objectives. The first is a pioneering effort to quantify the economic performance of nations over the very long term. The second is to identify the forces which explain the success of the rich countries, and explore the obstacles which hindered advance in regions which lagged behind. The third is to scrutinise the interaction between the rich and the rest to assess the degree to which this relationship was exploitative. The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective is a "must" for all scholars of economics and economic history, while the casual reader will find much of fascinating interest. It is also a monumental work of reference. The book is a sequel to the author's Monitoring the World Economy: 1820 -1992, published by the OECD Development Centre in 1995, and his 1998 Chinese Economic Performance in the Long Run, also published by the OECD.

"A tour de force. What a wonderful gift for the new century." Robert Mundell, Nobel Prize winner and Professor of Economics, Columbia University.

"An essential reference for anyone interested in global development for many years to come." Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics, PrincetonUniversity.

"Quite simply a dazzling essay." Nicholas Eberstadt, American Enterprise Institute.

"Highly recommended . . . refreshing and full of historical information. An important book." Kisanhani F. Emizet, Kanzas University, writing in International Politics.

A Winner of the 2001 Awards for Notable Government Documents conferred by the American Library Association/Library Journal.

Business Law or Study Guide to Accompany Foundations of Multinational Financial Management

Business Law: Priciples and Practice

Author: Arnold J Goldman

The Sixth Edition offers a basic explanation of the legal rights and responsibilities of people in both the public and private sectors. Co-authored by a practicing attorney and a college professor, Business Law features practical and up-to-date content written in clear, straightforward language. The authors avoid using court jargon and show rather than tell students about the law with in-text examples, current and interesting cases, and ethical dilemmas. In-text examples immediately illustrate and reinforce the concepts under review. At the end of each chapter, Cases for Review present mini-cases and ask students to review the facts and make a judgment based on concepts learned in the chapter. Questions and Problems to Discuss also test students' comprehension of key chapter topics.

Book review: While Europe Slept or A Treasury of Great American Scandals

Study Guide to Accompany Foundations of Multinational Financial Management

Author: Alan C Shapiro

Work more effectively and gauge your progress along the way! This Study Guide is designed to accompany Shapiro’s Foundations of Multinational Financial Management, 5th Edition. It contains detailed chapter outlines and a number of solved questions and problems.

Now updated and reorganized, Alan Shapiro's Foundations of Multinational Financial Management, 5th Edition, emphasizes broad concepts and practices, and provides a clear conceptual framework for analyzing key financial decisions in multinational firms. The text treats international financial management as a natural and logical extension of the principles learned in the foundations course in financial management. Thus, it builds on and extends the valuation framework provided by domestic corporate finance to account for dimensions unique to international finance.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Corporate Risk Management or The New Marketing Conversation

Corporate Risk Management: An Organisational Perspective

Author: Tony Merna

Corporate Risk Management analyses, compares and contrasts tools and techniques used in risk management at corporate, strategic business and project level and develops a risk management mechanism for the sequencing of risk assessment through corporate, strategic and project stages of an investment in order to meet the requirements of the 1999 Turnbull report.  

By classifying and categorising risk within these levels, readers will learn how to drill down and roll-up to any level of the organisational structure, establish the risks that each project is most sensitive to, and implement the appropriate risk response strategy - to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Table of Contents:
1 Introduction.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Why Managing Risk Is Important.

1.3 General Definition of Risk Management.

1.4 Background and Structure.

1.5 Aim.

1.6 Scope of the Book.

2 The Concept of Risk and Uncertainty and the Sources and Types of Risk.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Background.

2.3 Risk and Uncertainty: Basic Concepts and General Principles.

2.4 The Origin of Risk.

2.5 Uncertainties.

2.6 Sources of Risk.

2.7 Typical Risks.

2.8 Perceptions of Risk.

2.9 Stakeholders in an Investment.

2.10 Summary.

3 The Evolution of Risk Management and the Risk Management Process.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 The Evolution of Risk Management.

3.3 Risk Management.

3.4 The Risk Management Process – Identification, Analysis and Response.

3.5 Embedding Risk Management into Your Organisation.

3.6 Risk Management Plan.

3.7 Executive Responsibility and Risk.

3.8 Summary.

4 Risk Management Tools and Techniques.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Definitions.

4.3 Risk Analysis Techniques.

4.4 Qualitative Techniques in Risk Management.

4.5 Quantitative Techniques in Risk Management.

4.6 Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Assessments.

4.7 Value Management.

4.8 Other Risk Management Techniques.

4.9 Country Risk Analysis.

4.10 Summary.

5 Financing Projects, Their Risks and RiskModelling.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Corporate Finance.

5.3 Project Finance.

5.4 Financial Instruments.

5.5 Debt.

5.6 Mezzanine Finance Instruments.

5.7 Equity.

5.8 Financial Risks.

5.9 Non-financial Risks Affecting Project Finance.

5.10 Managing Financial Risks.

5.11 Risk Modelling.

5.12 Types of Risk Software.

5.13 Summary.

6 Portfolio Analysis and Cash Flows.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Selecting a Portfolio Strategy.

6.3 Constructing the Portfolio.

6.4 Portfolio of Cash Flows.

6.5 The Boston Matrix.

6.6 Scenario Analysis.

6.7 Diversification.

6.8 Portfolio Risk Management.

6.9 Cross-collateralisation.

6.10 Cash Flows.

6.11 An Example of Portfolio Modelling.

6.12 Summary.

7 Risk Management at Corporate Level.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Definitions.

7.3 The History of the Corporation.

7.4 Corporate Structure.

7.5 Corporate Management.

7.6 Corporate Functions.

7.7 Corporate Strategy.

7.8 Recognising Risks.

7.9 Specific Risks at Corporate Level.

7.10 The Chief Risk Officer.

7.11 How Risks Are Assessed at Corporate Level.

7.12 Corporate Risk Strategy.

7.13 Corporate Risk: An Overview.

7.14 The Future of Corporate Risk.

7.15 Summary.

8 Risk Management at Strategic Business Level.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Definitions.

8.3 Business Formation.

8.4 Strategic Business Units.

8.5 Business Strategy.

8.6 Strategic Planning.

8.7 Recognising Risks.

8.8 Portfolio Theory.

8.9 Programme Management.

8.10 Business Risk Strategy.

8.11 Tools at Strategic Business Unit Level.

8.12 Strategic Business Risk: An Overview.

8.13 Summary.

9 Risk Management at Project Level.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 The History of Project Management.

9.3 Definitions.

9.4 Project Management Functions.

9.5 Project Strategy Analysis.

9.6 Why Project Risk Management Is Used.

9.7 Recognising Risks.

9.8 Project Risk Strategy.

9.9 The Future of Project Risk Management.

9.10 Summary.

10 Risk Management at Corporate, Strategic Business and Project Levels.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Risk Management.

10.3 The Risk Management Process.

10.4 Common Approaches to Risk Management by Organisations.

10.5 Model for Risk Management at Corporate, Strategic Business and Project Levels.

10.6 Summary.



New interesting book: Fix It and Forget It Cookbook or Quick Easy Wedding Cakes

The New Marketing Conversation: Creating and Strengthening Relationships Between Buyers and Sellers

Author: Donna Baier Stein

Among the many lessons unraveled after the bust is the importance to speak with one voice in all communications. That integration means convergence. Written for practitioners from the executive level to the operational level, The New Marketing Conversation: Creating and Strengthening Relationships Between Buyers and Sellers helps readers improve their ability to develop and execute creative strategy that integrates online and offline media—from short -and long-form print to video and electronic. This cutting-edge book presents convergence in the broader marketing context but also emphasizes principles related to direct marketing. Creative strategy is a direct—and critical—extension of overall business and marketing strategy and branding. Baier-Stein/MacAaron deliver tools and strategies valuable to professionals from all areas of marketing communications, as well as general, executive-level management.

Real Estate Principles for the New Economy or Quality Control

Real Estate Principles for the New Economy

Author: Norman G Miller

More than ever, today's economy is in constant evolution -- continually creating new challenges and new opportunities. Real Estate Principles for the New Economy reflects on this new perspective in both the real estate industry and academic world along with the value of new economic possibilities brought about by the ever-changing information technology revolution. Miller/Geltner apply the implications of technology on both the specializations within the real estate industry and various property types. While the text covers fundamentals necessary to understand today's economy, the supplemental CD provides professional-grade spreadsheets and tools that allow you to practice these fundamentals. Together, this learning package integrates the developments in the field of financial economics that have become basic to the understanding of, and professional practice within, the real estate field.This book provides new global perspectives that enable you to become sensitive to cultural differences that may influence business decisions, risk management and negotiation strategies -- preparing you for doing business in "the new economy."

Table of Contents:
1. Real Estate and Career Planning.
2. What Drives Real Estate Markets?
3. Central Cities and Regional Market Analysis.
4. Urban Land Values, Transportation Costs Impact and the Urban Form.
5. Residential Single Family Market Analysis.
6. Office and Industrial Property.
7. Real Estate Property Rights, Fixtures and Ownership.
8. Contracts, Transferring Real Property Interests, and Leases.
9. Negotiation, Ethics and Risk Management in the Contracting Process.
10. Land Use Controls and Property Taxes.
11. Introduction to Investment Concepts.
12. Value Theory, Highest and Best Use Analysis and the Cost Approach. Note: Extra Material on the Appraisal Industry on CD.
13. The Market Approach to Value.
14. Cash Flow Analysis. Note: Excel Spreadsheet for Cash Flow Analysis on CD.
15. Valuation Analysis: Income Discounting, Cap Rates and DCF Analysis.
16. Risk Analysis, Leverage and Due Diligence.
17. An Introduction to the Process of Real Estate Finance.
18. Real Estate Finance Tools: Present Value and Mortgage Mathematics. Note: Extra Mortgage Problems and Solutions on CD.
19. Residential Real Estate Finance: Mortgage Choices, Pricing and Risks.
20. Commercial Real Estate Finance.
21. Institutional Investment and REITs.
22. Residential Brokerage.
23. Commercial Brokerage and Leasing.
24. Real EstateDevelopment and Property Trends. Appendix. Glossary. Index. CD TABLE OF CONTENTS: Brief Outline PowerPoint Files By Chapter. End of
Chapter Questions and Answers: Separate files including extra mortgage math problems and solutions. Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets. Web Resources: Includes career assistance, trade associations, green design, sustainable development, terrorism and more. Supplemental Material. Profiles of Professionals and Advice to Students. Supplemental Chapter on Airports and Mixed Use Property. Supplemental Chapter on Development and Construction Finance. Supplemental Chapter on Site Analysis and GIS. Supplemental Chapter on Corporate Real Estate. Supplemental Chapter on Lodging and Convention Centers. Supplemental Chapter on Parking Facilities. Supplemental Chapter on Property Management. Supplemental Chapter on Recreation and Entertainment Property. Supplemental Chapter on Retail Property Analysis. Supplemental Chapter on the Appraisal Industry.

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Quality Control

Author: Dale H Besterfield

Quality Control, Eighth Edition takes a practical approach to providing a fundamental yet comprehensive coverage of statistical quality control concepts. This text presents readers with a sufficient amount of theory to ensure a sound understanding of the basic principles of quality control. Probability and statistical techniques are presented through the use of simple mathematics, as well as with tables and charts.

This text is designed to be used in an introductory course in the quality field. It provides the prerequisite foundation necessary for an advanced course in experimental design.

Key features of this edition:

Objectives in each chapter

Statistical information added to six sigma

New information on sample size and confidence limits

A new section on test design with footnotes directing the reader to advanced material

Numerous figures and tables to help clarify and reinforce concepts presented

A CD-ROM of Excel spreadsheet files for use in solving many chapter problems


A book/CD-ROM text for technology students, combining theory and practice to provide coverage of quality control concepts. Probability and statistical techniques are presented through simple mathematics and tables and charts. The CD-ROM contains Excel spreadsheet files for use in solving most chapter problems. This edition is reorganized to emphasize Total Quality Management, and contains increased material on ISO 9000-2000, ISO 14000, and FMEA. The author is affiliated with Southern Illinois University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Documentation in Supervision or Mathematics for Business

Documentation in Supervision: The Focused Risk Management Supervision Syste

Author: Janet Elizabeth Falvey

Perfect as a supplement to Janet Elizabeth Falvey's MANAGING CLINICAL SUPERVISION: ETHICAL PRACTICE AND LEGAL RISK MANAGEMENT or as a stand alone text, this workbook is perfect to help both new and practicing supervisors monitor and document their professionals activities. This workbook is applicable for all human service professionals including counselors, psychologists, and social workers. The Focused Risk Management Supervision System (FoRMSS) was developed in response to the need for a documentation and monitoring protocol for supervisors. This system augments the supervisory process by making record keeping succinct rather than burdensome.


Provides guidelines and forms to help supervisors at community mental health centers and human services agencies organize the tasks of clinical oversight, counselor development, and professional risk management. The last two-thirds of the book consists of ten identical sets of tear-out forms for use as supervisory session documentation. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents:
PART I: INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING FoRMSS. 1. Introduction to FoRMSS. 2. FoRMSS Emergency Contact Information. 3. FoRMSS Supervisee Profile. 4. FoRMSS Log Sheet. 5. FoRMSS Case Overview. 6. FoRMSS Supervision Record. 7. FoRMSS Termination Summary. Bibliography. PART II: THE FoRMSS.

New interesting textbook:

Mathematics for Business

Author: Stanley A Salzman

The Eighth Edition of Mathematics for Business continues to provide solid, practical, and current coverage of the mathematical topics students must master to succeed in business today. The text begins with a review of basic mathematics and goes on to introduce key business topics in an algebra-based context.


New edition of a standard text covering basic as well as accounting math--banking, payroll, taxes, risk management; retail math--buying, markup, markdown and inventory control; finance--interest, notes and bank discount, multiple-payment plans, annuities, amortization; and advanced accounting--depreciation, financial statements, profit distribution, business statistics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire 1600 1914 or Thomson Advantage Books

An Economic and Social History of the Ottoman Empire, 1600-1914, Vol. 2

Author: Suraiya Faroqhi

This major contribution to Ottoman history is now published in paperback in two volumes: the original single hardback volume (1995) has been widely acclaimed as a landmark in the study of one of the most enduring and influential empires of modern times. The authors provide a richly detailed account of the social and economic history of the Ottoman region, from the origins of the Empire around 1300 to the eve of its destruction during World War One. The breadth of range and the fullness of coverage make these two volumes essential for an understanding of contemporary developments in both the Middle East and the post-Soviet Balkan world.

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Thomson Advantage Books: Comparative Politics: Political Economy, Political Culture, and Political Interdependence

Author: Monte Palmer

This affordable CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS version of COMPARATIVE POLITICS: POLITICAL ECONOMY, POLITICAL CULTURE, AND POLITICAL INTERDEPENCE helps you see politics as a complex process involving a broad range of institutional, behavioral, and textual factors. An analyses of ten countries, plus the EU, representing a cross-section of diverse regions, economic systems, and levels of development, each chapter reviews a country's history; its major political institutions and the way they influence the policy-making process; the role of elites, parties, groups, and masses; and the broader cultural, economic, and international contexts. Each chapter also concludes with a current assessment of the country in terms of the United Nations' definition of good government as well as a discussion of future challenges.

Table of Contents:
IAn Introduction to Comparative Politics1
1An Introduction to Comparative Politics3
Conflict and Cooperation: The Two Faces of Politics5
Comparative Analysis6
States, Governments, and Political Systems7
The Structures of Government13
The Human Dimension of Political Institutions14
Actors in the Political Arena15
The Context of Politics: Economics, Culture, and International Interdependence23
Putting the Parts Together: Analyzing Total Systems44
Using This Text45
IIPolitics in Advanced Industrial Democracies51
2The European Union: The Evolving Dream53
The Actors in European Politics: Countries, Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens62
The Context of European Politics: Political Economy, Political Culture, and International Interdependence65
Challenges of the Present and Looking Toward the Future69
Looking Toward the Future71
3The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: The Origins of Parliamentary Government75
Britain in Historical Perspective: England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom76
The Political Institutions of Britain85
The Actors in British Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens100
The Context of British Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence111
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future116
4France: Politics in the Fifth Republic125
France in Historical Perspective127
The Political Institutions of France135
The Actors in French Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens149
The Context of French Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence161
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future165
5Germany: The Dominant Power in Europe175
Germany in Historical Perspective176
The Political Institutions of Germany184
The Actors in German Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens193
The Context of German Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence205
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future211
6Japan: The Troubled Economic Power219
Japan in Historical and Cultural Perspective220
The Political Institutions of Japan228
The Actors in Japanese Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens236
The Context of Japanese Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence246
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future255
IIIThe Decline of Communism263
7The Russian Federation: The Transition to Democracy and Capitalism265
Russia in Historical and Cultural Perspective266
The Political Institutions of Russia285
The Actors in Russian Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens293
The Context of Russian Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence299
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future303
8The People's Republic of China: The Politics of Impending Change315
China in Historical and Cultural Perspective316
The Political Institutions of China: The Party, the State, and the Military332
The Actors in Chinese Politics: Elites, Groups, and Citizens342
The Context of Chinese Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence348
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future354
IVThe Politics of Development365
9India: Democracy in Turmoil367
India in Historical and Religious Perspective368
The Actors in Indian Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens393
The Context of Indian Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence403
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future408
10Mexico: The Long Road to Democracy and Beyond417
Mexico in Historical Perspective420
The Political Institutions of Mexico430
The Actors in Mexican Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens439
The Context of Mexican Politics: Culture, Economics and International Interdependence455
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future464
11The Arab Republic of Egypt: The Politics of Indecision473
Egypt in Historical and Religious Perspective474
The Political Institutions of Egypt485
The Actors in Egyptian Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens490
The Context of Egyptian Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence505
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future508
12Nigeria: The Politics of Hope and Despair519
Nigeria in Historical Perspective520
The Political Institutions of Nigeria535
The Actors in Nigerian Politics: Elites, Parties, Groups, and Citizens540
The Context of Nigerian Politics: Culture, Economics, and International Interdependence549
Challenges of the Present and Prospects for the Future553

Survey of Accounting or The Budget Book for Film and Television

Survey of Accounting: Making Sense of Business

Author: Katherene Terrell

The authors' extensive experience in teaching and private practice show in this introduction to accounting. Financial and management accounting topics are integrated into a natural order—the way they may occur in a real start-up business. The book presents the evolution of a fictitious business from its formation, looking first at the strategic planning and research to organize the business, financing the plan, investing in the resources, amd operating the business. As you read, you'll learn the accounting cycle culminating with the financial statements, to analyze the information for internal management decisions, and to compare the fictitious business with others. An excellent resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as accounting managers in large corporations.

Book about: Dr Neal Barnards Book on Reversing Diabetes or Griffiths Instructions for Patients

The Budget Book for Film and Television

Author: Robert Koster

This guidebook is intended to help both the novice and the experienced producer to create and fine-tune their budgets. Based on the top budgeting software packages, Movie Magic and EP Budgeting, this book takes the reader through each line item in the budgeting software and describes the background for that item, how it fits into the overall production, and any issues or pitfalls that may arise from it. The book points out many items that are easy to miss or underbudget. This book is a useful reference for independent filmmakers who depend on accurate, easy-to-understand budgeting methods to seek funding for their projects.

Table of Contents:
Using the Software
2Before we begin3
3Preparing to Budget7
4Setting up24
5Building an Account43
8Building your Budget90
9Contractuals, Comparisons, and Subsets98
Budgeting: An Account-by-Account Analysis
1200Story and Other Rights121
1300Continuity and Treatment123
1500Directors and Staff128
1700Above-the-Line Travel and Living137
2100Production Staff138
2200Art Department149
2300Set Construction153
2400Set Decoration157
2500Property Department160
2600Camera Department166
2700Electric Department174
2800Grip Department180
2900Production Sound186
3000Mechanical Effects190
3100Special Visual Effects195
3200Set Operations197
3300Wardrobe Department203
3400Makeup and Hair Department209
3500Location Department215
3600Transportation Department230
3700Videotape Department246
3800Studio Requirements250
4000Production Film and Lab261
4200Second Unit266
5200Post-Production Film and Lab274
5300Post-Production Sound281
5600Optical Effects292
5700Post-Production Video296
5900Other Charges302
6200Legal Costs306
6600Fringe Benefits320

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Electricity Deregulation or Developments in European Politics

Electricity Deregulation: Choices and Challenges

Author: James M Griffin

The electricity market has experienced enormous setbacks in delivering on the promise of deregulation. In theory, deregulating the electricity market would increase the efficiency of the industry by producing electricity at lower costs and passing those cost savings on to customers. However, deregulation poses substantial risks if the market is not designed properly, as the recent California crisis demonstrated. As Electricity Deregulation shows, successful deregulation is possible, although it is by no means a hands-off process—in fact, it requires a substantial amount of design and regulatory oversight.  This collection brings together leading experts from academia, government, and big business to discuss the lessons learned from experiences such as California’s market meltdown as well as the ill-conceived policy choices that contribute to such failures. More importantly, the essays that comprise Electricity Deregulation offer a number of innovative prescriptions for the successful design of deregulated electricity markets. Written with economists and professionals associated with each of the network industries in mind, this comprehensive volume provides a timely and astute deliberation on the many risks and rewards of electricity deregulation. 

Go to: Carved in Sand or Migraine

Developments in European Politics

Author: Paul M Heywood

This major new text brings together specially-commissioned chapters by leading authorities on European politics--East and West--to provide a systematic assessment of developments in political institutions and processes, politics and society, and policy set in the context of globalization, EU enlargement and Europe's changing role on the world stage. Carefully planned and edited by an international team of editors, it will, like its predecessor volumes on Developments in West European Politics, be essential reading for students and scholars.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Developments in European Politics--Editors
Europe and the Global Challenge--E.Jones & M.Rhodes
International Politics & European States--F.Bicchi, K.Smith & R.Whitman
The EU Dimension in European Politics--T.Boerzel & U.Sedelmeier
Power at the Centre: The Organization of Democratic Systems--K.Goetz
Political Parties; I.van Biezen & P.Mair
Elections and Representation--Gabor Tóka
Territorial Politics in Europe--M.Keating
Political Scandals and Corruption--P.Heywood & I.Krastev
Anti-System Politics--C.Mudde
Organized Economic Interests: Diversity and Change in an Enlarged Europe--S.Avdagic & C.Crouch
The Judicialization of European Politics--Z.Kuhn
The State and Religion--J.Madeley
European Welfare States: Diversity, Challenges and Reforms--A.Hemerijck, M.Keune & M.Rhodes
Immigration and Asylum--V.Guiraudon & E.Jileva
Organised Crime and Anti-Crime Politics--L.Paoli & C.Fijnaut
Beyond Territoriality: European Security after the Cold War--R.A.Epstein & A.Cheeiu