Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Todays Public Relations or Experiencing Human Resource Management

Today's Public Relations: An Introduction

Author: Robert L Heath

Today's Public Relations: An Introduction works to redefine the teaching of public relations by discussing its connection to mass communication, and linking it to its rhetorical heritage.  The text features coverage of ethics, research, strategy, planning, evaluation, media selection, promotion/publicity, crisis communication, risk communication, and collaborative decision making as ways to create, maintain, and repair relationships between organizations and the persons who can affect their success. The book also examines the challenges of creating a solid foundation in the field of public relations while working to become a professional in a global society.

Key Features:

  • Chapter-opening vignettes illustrate key points to be covered in the chapter.
  • Web Watcher boxes highlight the importance of the Internet in PR today and encourage students to use the Web's resources.
  • Ethical Quandary boxes lead readers to think through difficult situations in order to better prepare them for the challenges of public relations.
  • Professional Reflections, written by practitioners, give a real-world perspective on the topics covered.
  • End-of-chapter questions and summary questions, exercises, and recommended reading lists help readers to better comprehend the chapter material and delve more deeply into the topic at hand.

Intended Audience:   Undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations in journalism and business departments

Interesting textbook: Defending Access or Tactical 1911

Experiencing Human Resource Management

Author: Christopher Mabey

Experiencing Human Resource Management examines human resource management (HRM), its management and effects, from the perspective of those at the "receiving end" of human resource initiatives and strategies. If HRM is to contribute to the objectives of organizations, it is imperative to understand how HRM techniques are being applied and experienced. This book tells the experiences of employees in more than 20 organizations across a number of sectors and countries, and sets out to answer three questions: + A decade or so from its arrival, is HRM delivering its promises? + Of the many documented changes in workplace policies and practices, which can be distinctly attributed to HRM? + Where changes are occurring in HRM, who is benefiting? Presenting not the usual managerial focus, but a rich and valuable view from employees, Experiencing Human Resource Management will be of great value to academics and advanced-level students in human resource management, industrial relations and sociology, as well as to practitioners dealing with employment related issues.

Table of Contents:
Foreword - John Monks PART ONE:INTRODUCTION Experiencing HRM - Timothy Clark, Denise Skinner and Christopher Mabey
The Importance of the Inside Story The Morality of HRM - Karen Legge PART TWO: QUALITY AND CULTURE CHANGE PROGRAMMES Empowerment through Quality Management - Chris Rees
Employee Accounts from Inside a Bank, a Hotel and Two Factories Total Quality Management - Linda Glover and Deborah Fitzgerald Moore
Shop Floor Perspectives Changing Corporate Culture - Graeme Martin, Phil Beaumont and Harry Staines
Paradoxes and Tensions in Local Authority PART THREE: THE PERCEIVED IMPACT OF HRM ON PRODUCTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE Training and Development at an Agro Chemical Plant - Jason Heyes View from the Bridge and Life on Deck - Aisling Kelly and Kathy Monks
Contrasts and Contradictions in Performance-Related Pay Culture Change within a Regional Business Network - Julia Connell and Suzanne Ryan PART FOUR: HRM PROVIDING CHOICES AND OPPORTUNITIES Strategic Integration and Industrial Relations in Greenfield Sites - Patrick Gunnigle and Michael Morley From Public Sector Employees to Portfolio Workers - Mary Mallon
Pioneers of New Careers?
Diversity Climates and Gendered Cultures - Paul Iles, Elisabeth Wilson and Deborah Hicks-Clarke
A Cross Sector Analysis A Trail of Clues for Graduate Trainees - Diane Preston and Cathy Hart Inside or Outside HRM? Lateral Learning in Two Voluntary Sector Organizations - Rona S Beattie and Marilyn McDougall PART FIVE: CONCLUSION Getting the Story Straight - Christopher Mabey, Timothy Clark and Denise Skinner

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Thunderbird Guide to International Business Resources on the World Wide Web or Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations

The Thunderbird Guide to International Business Resources on the World Wide Web

Author: Candace Deans

This handy resource evolved out of a classroom environment reflecting the realities of the information age. Thunderbird students, being well versed in international business, culture and language, gathered global business information on the World Wide Web for assigned regions of the world. The text is divided into chapters organized around general regions of the globe. Each of these major groupings are further divided into areas and countries most beneficial to today's business professional. All chapters are preceded by a concise introduction to the region and sometimes a country which provides insight into its culture, business practices, political systems and risk, and social aspects.


A technically oriented chronicle of the history of engineering in the US, with boxes on basic math and symbolic expression for understanding engineering, and exercises based on the information in each chapter. Begins with the late 18th-century industrial revolution and covers the first 100 years of major advances in technology, discussing economic and social conditions and ethical implications. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. For beginning engineering students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Interesting textbook: Sus Papeles y Responsabilidades Como un Miembro de Consejo, volumen.2

Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations

Author: Jo Ann Hankin

This cash management and investment handbook for nonprofit managers helps managers from diverse backgrounds learn to manage their organization's money. It examines traditional treasury functions including banking and cash flow and explores investment management and strategies for managing excess cash, endowment, and long-term (planned) gifts. It also examines financial management strategies that impact cash flow, including borrowing, risk management, benchmarking, and long-term planning. Addresses the needs of all types and sizes of organizations, from small religious groups and community social service agencies to major cultural institutions and colleges and universities. Includes a diskette with spreadsheet solutions to common financial management problems, such as interest rate calculations, basic yield calculations, financial rations and more.

Table of Contents:
Understanding Nonprofit Organizations.
Using Financial Management to Accomplish Your Mission.
Finanical Roles and Responsibilities.
Long-Range Financial Planning and Strategy.
Developing and Managing a Financial Plan.
Financial Reports.
Technology Tools--Managing Information.
Types and Sources of Funding for Your Program.
Cash Management and Banking Relations.
Managing Your Organization's Liabilities.
Investment Policy and Guidelines.
Investing Principles, Procedures, and Operations for Short-Term and Long-Term Endowment.
Fixed-Income Securities Portfolio Management and Investment Operations.
Safeguarding the Organization's Assets, People, and Property: Risk Management and Audit.
Financial Policy--Internal and External.
Evaluating Your Progress.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Twilight of the Literary or Management Control in NonProfit Organizations

Twilight of the Literary: Figures of Thought in the Age of Print

Author: Terry Cochran

In Western thought, the modern period signals a break with stagnant social formations, the advent of a new rationalism, and the emergence of a truly secular order, all in the context of an overarching globalization. In The Twilight of the Literary, Terry Cochran links these developments with the rise of the book as the dominant medium for recording, preserving, and disseminating thought. Consequently, his book explores the role that language plays in elaborating modern self-understanding. It delves into what Cochran calls the "figures of thought" that have been an essential component of modern consciousness in the age of print technology—and questions the relevance of this "print-bound" thinking in a world where print no longer dominates.

Cochran begins by examining major efforts of the eighteenth century that proved decisive for modern conceptions of history, knowledge, and print. After tracing late medieval formulations of vernacular language that proved crucial to print, he analyzes the figures of thought in print culture as they proceed from the idea of the collective spirit (the "people"), an elaboration of modern history. Cochran reconsiders basic texts that, in his analysis, reveal the underpinnings of modernity's formation—from Dante and Machiavelli to Antonio Gramsci and Walter Benjamin. Moving from premodern models for collective language to competing theories of history, his work offers unprecedented insight into the means by which modern consciousness has come to know itself.

Look this: Californie :l'Expérience des Hauts enjeux de l'Amérique

Management Control in NonProfit Organizations

Author: Robert N Anthony

Anthony and Young's MANAGEMENT CONTROL IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, 7e includes an abundance of cases that apply to a variety of nonprofit organizations. MANAGEMENT CONTROL IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, 7e provides faculty with contemporary management control theory combined with classic and contemporary cases that can be used to augment the learning process. The cases vary in length so that faculty may use this text in a beginning or advanced class.

Table of Contents:
Ch. 1The Management Control Function3
Ch. 2Characteristics of Nonprofit Organizations44
Ch. 3General Purpose Financial Statements85
Ch. 4Full-Cost Accounting159
Ch. 5Measurement and Use of Differential Costs211
Ch. 6Pricing Decisions248
Ch. 7The Management Control Environment299
Ch. 8Strategic Planning353
Ch. 9Program Analysis396
Ch. 10Budgeting443
Ch. 11Control of Operations513
Ch. 12Measurement of Output568
Ch. 13Reporting on Performance: Technical Aspects616
Ch. 14Reporting on Performance: The Management Control Reports646
Ch. 15Operations Analysis and Program Evaluation684
Ch. 16Management Control Systems in Context735

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Suburban Space or Supervision in the Hospitality Industry

Suburban Space: The Fabric of Dwelling

Author: Renee Y Chow

Renee Y. Chow offers an alternate vision to the conventional suburban housing that characterizes much of our domestic landscape. Her integrated, original approach to design sees the residential setting as a fabric of interrelated spaces that supports cultural diversity and change, promotes sharing in a setting, and sustains a more intense use of land. With its concise, informative text and abundant illustrations--including photographs and Chow's superbly executed drawings--Suburban Space challenges architects, landscape architects, developers, and planners to reconceptualize suburban housing.
Chow has made comparative studies of neighborhoods in Boston, Charleston, San Francisco, Levittown, Radburn, and housing by Rudolf Schindler and Irving Gill, as well as other residential settings. Her argument for a fabric of dwelling is founded not on generalizations about how people live but on documented observations of the particular ways in which people organize their daily lives. This groundbreaking book demonstrates how one of the most disparaged yet common types of housing in the United States can become more environmentally and culturally viable.

Robert Fishman

An impassable gulf would seem to separate the complex urban fabric of nineteenth-century Charleston or San Francisco from the sprawl of suburban Levittown and its successors. But Renee Y. Chow has perceived that the complex relationships of density and diversity, public and private in older cities could provide vital lessons for breaking out of the boxes and cul-de-sacs of conventional suburban design. Yet Chow is no antiquarian: her brilliantly original representations of suburbia lead directly to a radical transformation in suburban design.

Dolores Hayden

Using meticulous methods of measurement to undergird her formal analyses of interior and exterior spaces, Renee Chow has created a brilliant analysis of American suburban habitats, from the tracts of Levitt to the compact projects of Schindler and Gill. Her elegant book, Suburban Spaces: The Fabric of Dwelling, belongs on the desk of every architect, landscape architect, and planner concerned about neighborhood densities in the twenty-first century.

John Habraken

Renee Chow advocates a new way of seeing suburban environments. She proposes a view where inside and outside space are given equal attention and interact as part of a continuous fabric.

Interesting book: Werbung durch das Design: Das Schaffen von Sehkommunikationen mit dem Grafischen Einfluss

Supervision in the Hospitality Industry

Author: Jack E Miller

Guidelines to becoming a winning manager in the foodservice and hotel industries

Successful managers effectively use theory, practice, and experience to lead their staffs. Supervision in the Hospitality Industry provides comprehensive coverage of the principles, theories, human relations techniques, and decision-making skills that are required to manage a workforce to profitable results. Along with updated material in each chapter and a variety of training activities for real-world simulation, this Fourth Edition is the complete guide to managing in the hospitality industry.

It takes a lot of savvy to manage a thriving hospitality business. Managers must satisfy obligations to owners, customers, and employees, while maintaining a positive work climate, developing job expectations, disciplining marginal employees, and addressing workplace diversity. Methods for achieving these goals as well as for communicating effectively, planning, organizing, and maintaining a management point of view are reinforced through quizzes, exercises, self-assessments, simulations, case studies, role-playing, and journal writing.

Supervision in the Hospitality Industry, Fourth Edition is the complete guide for students in culinary and hospitality programs, as well as foodservice professionals and chefs.

Table of Contents:
1The supervisor as manager3
2The supervisor as leader39
3Equal opportunity in the workplace69
4Creating a positive work climate97
5Developing performance standards145
6Recruiting and selecting applicants179
7Teamwork and teambuilding223
8Employee training and development247
9Evaluating performance283
10Discipline and employee assistance programs315
11Planning and organizing373
12Communicating effectively409
14Decision making and control471

Friday, February 13, 2009

Surviving the New Economy or Future Wealth

Surviving the New Economy

Author: John Amman

The dot-com boom of the late 1990s marked the coming of age of the much-heralded New Economy, an economic, technological, and social transformation that was decades in the making. A highly mobile, and in many cases highly compensated, workforce faces a multitude of new risks: Jobs are no longer secure nor insulated from global competition, employer-provided health benefits are drying up, and retirement planning is almost entirely the responsibility of employees themselves.

This timely book examines the challenges facing high-tech workers and other professionals and the relevance of these struggles for the future of the economy. Written by leading experts, Surviving the New Economy shows how people working in technology industries are addressing their concerns via both traditional collective bargaining and through innovative actions. Using case studies from the United States and abroad, the authors in this collection examine how highly skilled workers are surviving in a global economy in which the rules have changed—and how they are reshaping their workplaces in the process.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Surviving in the New Economy: Sharecroppers in the Ownership Society   John Amman   Tris Carpenter   Gina Neff     1
Myths and Realities about High-Tech Work in the New Economy-A Personal View   Derek W. Schultz     15
The Lure of Risk: Surviving and Welcoming Uncertainty in the New Economy   Gina Neff     33
The New Economy as History   Simon Head     47
No Deal or New Deal? Knowledge Workers in the Information Economy   Sean O Riain     63
The Second Adolescence of the New Economy: China's Engineers At Work   Andrew Ross     79
Globalization and Labor Resistance to Restructuring in Information Technology   Immanuel Ness     99
Boom and Bust: Lessons from the Information Technology Workforce   Danielle van Jaarsveld     119
Economic Development and the Labor Movement in the New Economy: Lessons from Silicon Valley   Chris Benner     133
The New Media Union: What New Media Professionals Can Learn From Old Media Unions   John Amman     157
What Works: Organizing Freelance Professionals in the New Economy   Tris Carpenter     173
Conclusion: Strategies and Structures for the New Economy   John Amman   TrisCarpenter   Gina Neff     185
Bibliography     201
Index     212
About the Editors     216
About the Contributors     217

Read also Down Syndrome or Living with Germs

Future Wealth

Author: Stan Davis

"The Internet revolution has so altered the economic foundations of post-industrial society that entirely new ways of looking at wealth are evolving. Future Wealth discusses the impact of global electronic markets on the individual investor as well as on the corporation and provides a valuable guide to the far-ranging, sometimes daunting financial and social transformations ahead."
--Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

"Future Wealth is a masterpiece, full of breakthrough insights and bold recommendations. A must read for both individuals and companies that intend to succeed in the new economy."
--Walter V. Shipley, Chairman of the Board, Chase Manhattan Corporation

"Whether you are self-employed, an Internet entrepreneur, a manager in a large corporation, or a policy wonk, this book is essential reading if you want to master the new economy."
--Ken Lay, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Enron Corporation

"In the digital age, what you earn is far less important than what you are worth. This eye-opening, provocative book illustrates the real value of dot.self and shows how to buy and sell derivatives of mental capital. Read it and gain an appetite for risk."
--Nicholas Negroponte, Cofounder and Director, MIT Media Lab

"As individuals become more aware of their wealth, and more responsible for managing it, our society will change. Future Wealth offers a compelling vision of our financial future."
--Art Ryan, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Prudential Insurance Company of America

"Davis and Meyer, in a sound analysis, have mapped out many astounding and profound societal changes likely to result from the Internet revolution."
--Frederick W. Smith, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Federal Express

"Future Wealth offers a mind-stretching look at how an efficient, transparent Internet-connected economy could work. It helps you see how the unthinkable might actually be possible."
--Clayton M. Christensen, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School, and Author of The Innovator's Dilemma

"Future Wealth is a major, necessary book for both business strategists and public policy makers. Davis and Meyer offer a compelling vision of economic growth for all people, companies, and societies."
--Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Senior Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co.

"A terrific read. Challenges even the most sophisticated assumptions about wealth, risk, and value in a connected economy."
--Jim C. Curvey, President and COO, Fidelity

"A provocative book that stimulates readers to think about how the revolution in information technology opens up new contracting possibilities for their human and financial capital."
--Bob Kaplan, Professor, Harvard Business School, and Coauthor of The Balanced Scorecard

"Davis and Meyer have done it again. In their last bestseller, Blur, they described the connected economy from 25,000 feet. Now, in Future Wealth, they bore down to ground zero, exploring the implications of the new economy for personal investors, private citizens, individual firms, and even governments. The boldness of the thinking and the clarity of the writing put Future Wealth in a class by itself."
--Thomas Petzinger Jr., Contributor, The Wall Street Journal

"Future Wealth is a wide-ranging and provocative book that will make you think. It may well reorder your personal business strategies as you negotiate the rapids of today's global economy."
--Alex Trotman, Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, Ford Motor Company

"Two decades of formidable restructuring, innovation, and wealth creation have left everyone puzzled about how to fit into the new scheme of things, how to avoid being left out, and how to avoid being suckered. This book is a formidable manual on how to make sense of risk and opportunities. Unlike the get-rich-quick literature, it will make you work smarter as well as harder. A must for anyone who wants to go beyond the clichés and quacks."
--Rudi Dornbusch, Ford Professor of Economics and International Management, MIT

"Financial institutions secured by intellectual capital? Mutual funds representing shares in people? Future Wealth offers an intelligent and provocative look at the implications of an emerging 'connected' economy, where risk becomes opportunity and human capital is more bankable than tangible assets. This book will change how you think about your job, your company, and doing business in the new century."
--Steven M. H. Wallman, Former SEC Commissioner, and Chairman of the Board and CEO, FOLIO[fn] Inc.

"Davis and Meyer show us that the Internet doesn't just change business--it will transform wealth, employment, and social institutions as well. Future Wealth is a compelling book, important for both private citizens and policy makers."
--The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada

"Davis and Meyer chart the transfer of value from hard assets in property, plant, and equipment to the new drivers of wealth such as intellectual property and creative, innovative people. Future Wealth is superb."
--Peter Munk, Chairman of the Board, Barrick Gold Corporation

The Standard

Big, important ideas beg to be carefully spun out in big, important books. Future Wealth, unfortunately, is long on big ideas but short on the vision of a big book.

Picking up where their 1998 bestseller Blur left off, Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer draw an enticing financial road map for the next two decades. The premise of Future Wealth is simple: The radical economic changes brought about by Net-enabled connectivity are driving economics away from tangible assets and toward a greater reliance on intangibles like intellectual capital. The authors' vision of the future of wealth involves three basic themes: risk as opportunity, human capital as the key force in financial markets and effective safety nets as the linchpin of social order.

But after a brief primer on economics, which asserts that current B-school economic theory already belongs in a history course, this vision begins to get, well, blurry. Maybe a better metaphor for the authors' optical flaw is tunnel vision. Davis and Meyers simplistically predict that within a few years, forward-thinking parents could be taking their daughters public as effortlessly as driving them to soccer practice. They cite such examples as the team of Web engineers that tried - unsuccessfully - to auction itself off on eBay and David Bowie's personal public offering as evidence that financial markets are now ready to trade in intellectual capital.

The implications of these not-too-distant future scenarios are hardly desirable. Picture yourself having breakfast at McDonald's. You're thrilled because you bought your coffee right before the real-time price board bumped it up by a dime. Sitting with coffee and an Egg McMuffin at your table's Bloomberg terminal, you begin tracking your investments - including your own market cap, and perhaps that of your daughter, your friends and coworkers, and the latest addition to your stable: Keanu Reeves (the action movies fund). You are at one with the market, oblivious to the guy waiting behind you in line for the terminal.

Ultimately, a lack of attention to surrounding details is what unravels the silver lining from Future Wealth. If human capital is rolled into the financial markets, and individuals and groups are bought and sold like stocks and mutual funds, serious issues like insider trading, rampant speculation and daytrading addiction take on entirely new dimensions.

Is a phone call to your parents about a job offer considered insider trading if Mom and Dad are among your shareholders? Will office gossip dampen investor enthusiasm for your IPO? Will your stock tank if you're diagnosed with cancer? Will you be expected to file your medical records and diaries with the SEC?

On the book's last page, the authors address some real-world potholes in their vision: "Will daytrading replace caring? Will profit-taking replace philanthropy? Possibly." For a book built on assured predictions, this 11th-hour ambivalence begs for a reassessment of the preceding pages.

Future Wealth raises more questions than it can answer. Fortunately, as they did with Blur, the authors have created a Web site where the exchange of ideas can continue. Some healthy skepticism seems wise.

Harvard Business Review

Two consultants argue that human capital markets will become increasingly transparent and liquid, similar to the way financial markets have developed...they offer a provocoative scenario of the future of career management

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Environmental Policy or Governance in the Extended Enterprise

Environmental Policy: Objectives, Instruments, and Implementation

Author: Dieter Helm

"This volume addresses the practical issues that arise in applying economic instruments to environmental policy. It surveys the main concepts and tools - such as sustainability, biodiversity, and cost-benefit analysis - and analyzes the broad environmental policy agenda, including the global agreement on climate change and the narrow British context."--BOOK JACKET.

See also: Gesundheitsfürsorge-Schwindel und Missbrauch: Ein Guide eines Arztes zur Einhaltung

Governance in the Extended Enterprise

Author: IT Governance Institut

Discover how to implement an effective IT governance structure for the long-term success of an extended enterprise

IT is no longer an enabler of corporate strategy, it is now the key element of corporate strategy. Governance of the Extended Enterprise explores how some of the world's most successful enterprises have integrated information technology with business strategies, culture, and ethics to optimize information value, attain business objectives, and capitalize on technologies in highly competitive environments.

Providing a process for change and a governance model, Governance of the Extended Enterprise encompasses the latest emerging practices from major information and knowledge businesses, providing a major new knowledge resource for enterprises. It also opens up new avenues of practice in strategy setting, enterprise management, control assessment, and risk management.

From sales-force automation to workgroup collaboration, forms processing to knowledge management systems, customer service to technical support, Governance of the Extended Enterprise will help readers improve IT governance in all facets of their organization.

Table of Contents:
1Extended enterprises11
2Strategy : challenge for the extended enterprise19
3Value creation and management of performance in the extended enterprise35
4Operational business activities : value realization for the extended enterprise49
5Governance framework for the extended enterprise61
6Enterprise architecture : governance implementation for the extended enterprise87
App. AQuestions for the board and senior management105
App. BPerformance reference model113
App. COrganizational structure evolution : core versus central123
App. DFramework and quality awards127
App. EBusiness reference model137
App. FKnowledge work, knowledge management, and knowledge portal143
App. GEnterprise architecture processes at different maturity levels151
App. HMaturity model for business activities in the extended enterprise161
App. IIT governance167
App. JIT governance maturity model179
App. KCobiT information processes185

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Developmentalism and Dependency in Southeast Asia or Emerging Companies Guide

Developmentalism and Dependency in Southeast Asia: The Case of the Automotive Industry

Author: Jason P Abbott

This book provides a detailed cross-country study of the automotive industry in South East Asia. Abbot argues that, contrary to prevailing opinion, the diffusion of manufacturing in the Asia-Pacific has been characterized by hierarchical networks of production linked to Japan for technology.

Table of Contents:
List of tables
1International political economy, development and the state: implications for the study of Southeast Asia10
2Southeast Asia's economic development in the Global and Regional Political Economy35
3Indonesia: Soeharto and the neo-patrimonial state57
4Malaysia: managing foreign capital80
5Thailand: from a bureaucratic polity to the politics of corruption98
6The automobile industry in Southeast Asia in comparative perspective119

Read also Métrica y Modelos en Ingeniería de Calidad de Software

Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Author: Robert L Brown

This guide-book includes forms and checklists for such topics as new product development, marketing, and growth and exit strategies. A companion CD-ROM is also included.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Problems and Materials in Federal Income Taxation or The Career ToolKit

Problems and Materials in Federal Income Taxation

Author: Sanford M Guerin

This popular casebook continues to focus on the fundamentals of income taxation and take a realistic problem—solving approach to a potentially frustrating course. The only book organized around the taxing formula, PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS IN FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION, Fifth Edition, now incorporates recent legislative changes.

Guerin and Postlewaite blend explanatory text with short, realistic problems to guide students through the complex tax system, one step at a time:

gross income


taxable income and different tax rates

Each chapter opens with a content overview that helps set the stage for the discussion. Notes, problems, and self—contained sections make the material easily accessible and readily understandable.

As it enters its Fifth Edition, PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS IN FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION retains the strengths that have made it so effective:

more than 200 brief problems explore difficult concepts and cover federal income tax developments

collected readings expertly highlight the components of the taxing system

careful, coherent structure brings clarity to the subject

Teacher's Manual includes answers to every problem in the book

In addition to the legislative changes, the Fifth Edition also features:

a fully revised selection of cases

rewritten conceptual material to make learning as painless as possible

See also: Ultimate Cocktail Book or Porter

The Career ToolKit: Skills for Success

Author: Carol Carter

This book is designed to help its users develop the skills and attitudes needed to successfully complete an educational program: search for, find, and win the job they want; transition smoothly from school to work; and build a long, happy, and successful working life—all with a user-friendly and visually appealing design. Coverage of important topics includes developing and maintaining a positive self image, managing time, budgeting and organizing finances, and tracking down the resources available at school. A focus on self-awareness teaches readers: how to get to know themselves better so that they understand what kinds of jobs might best suit their unique talents and qualities, where to find job listings, who can locate opportunities, and how to present themselves in the best possible light on a resume as well as in an interview, and how to handle both failure and success. Additional topics discuss workplace communication with bosses, co-workers, clients, and customers; qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees; rights on the job; critical thinking at work; improving and maintaining physical and mental health; motivation, and more. For anyone interested in career development and success—and especially for community college and vocational school students.

Table of Contents:


1. Choosing Your Equipment—Finding the Right Mind Set.
2. Today's World—The Diversity of Your Workplace.
3. Keys to the Tool Kit—Unlocking Your Personal Power.
4. Managing Your Time and Money—Making the Most of Key Resources.


5. Sharpening Your Tools— Your Basic Skills.
6. Becoming Marketable in the Workplace—Getting the Job Done through Communications.


7. Tools That Create Opportunity—Resources to Power Your Job Search.
8. Putting Your Tools to Good Use—Entering the Working World.
9. Packing Up Your Tool Kit—Standing out on the Job.

Monday, February 9, 2009

World Bank Atlas 1998 or E Enterprise

World Bank Atlas 1998

Author: World Bank Group

Locate tables, charts, and colorful maps addressing the development themes of people, economy, environment, states and markets, world view, and global links. Text, maps, and references appear in English-French, and Spanish.

Books about: Maya for Games or Applied Security Visualization

E-Enterprise: Business Models, Architecture, and Components

Author: Faisal Hoqu

How does a company succeed in the volatile world of e-commerce? The real challenge is to fully leverage the potential of the Internet as a means to building an agile enterprise. In e-Enterprise Faisal Hoque provides a business vision and a technological method for building an agile, electronically-based enterprise using reusable components. Aimed at CIOs, CEOs, and technologists alike, e-Enterprise explores the strategic challenges faced by companies as they embrace business in the networked economy of the future. It takes a step beyond the simple transaction-based e-commerce model and shows how a business can truly take advantage of rapidly evolving technology.

What People Are Saying

Ron Griffin
This is the recipe for rapid development of highly scalable e-systems that maximize return on investment. It should be required reading for e-business decision-makers and technologists alike.
— (Ron Griffin, Chief Information Officer, The Home Depot)

Honorio Padron
The e-Enterprise methodology described in this book is providing essential guidance as we develop strategy and implementation plans to transform CompUSA to an e-Enterprise. This stuff works.
— (Honorio Padron, Chief Information Officer, CompUSA)

Bert Ellis
Faisal Hoque provides a clear, concise, and actionable roadmap for how CEO's can rapidly deploy and continually refine the essentials of e-Transformation in their business.
— (Bert Ellis, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, iXL Enterprises)

Edward Brginsky
If you think you know the components of modern information technology for e-Applications but not business strategy, this is for you. If you think you understand business strategy but not technology components, this is also for you.
— (Edward Brginsky, Chief Technology Officer, eSolutions, BEA Systems)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Environmental Accounting or Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior

Environmental Accounting: Energy and Environmental Decision Making

Author: Howard T Odum

In this important new work, Howard T. Odum, widely acknowledged as the father of systems ecology, lucidly explains his concept of emergy, a measure of real wealth that provides a rational, science-based method of evaluating commodities, services, and environmental goods. Using specific real-world examples, Dr. Odum clearly demonstrates the revolutionary role of emergy in environmental management and policy making.

Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making offers environmental professionals—policymakers, managers, ecologists, planners, developers, and activists—a systematic approach to environmental and economic valuation that will eliminate much of the rancor and adversarial decision making that often plagues environmental issues. Specifically, this book:

  • Describes the theoretical basis, calculation procedures, and applications of emergy
  • Introduces the concept of "transformity," the ratio of emergy (work put into a product) and energy (value received from the product)
  • Provides formulas for emergy calculations, procedures for making an emergy evaluation table, and parameters for updating evaluations
  • Demonstrates the use of emergy to evaluate environments, minerals, waters, primary energy sources, economic developments, and international trade
  • Compares the emergy approach to environmental evaluation with others

Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making will help environmental decision makers and the society they serve maximize economic vitality with less trial and error, innovate with fewer failures, and adapt to change more rapidly. It provides the tools they need to arrive atthe best policies in resource management, economics, and the environment.

Balancing the economy and the environment— from the father of systems ecology

Increasing economic dependence on diminishing natural resources has sparked a highly charged debate over the use and fate of the world environment. Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making presents a unique method of environmental management based on maximizing real wealth, the whole economy, and the public benefit.

Renowned ecologist Howard T. Odum introduces the concept of emergy to provide a rational alternative to the tug-of-war over the world's most vital assets. Emergy measures the energy put into making a product and is the cornerstone of Odum's revolutionary text. This timely and important book offers key insights into:

  • Determining the real value of a product or service
  • Transformity, or the relationship between emergy (input) and energy (output)
  • Stored wealth, available energy, and the final product
  • Balancing economic and environmental needs

Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making will help economists, ecologists, policymakers, and planners make more responsible, informed decisions to sustain economic and environmental development.


Pioneer ecologist Odum (environmental policy, U. of Florida) introduces the concept of emergy, the cost of making a product or providing a service, as a balance to energy, the benefit expected. He explains how it can be applied to environmental management to maximize real wealth, the whole economy, and the public benefit. The dimensions he considers include evaluating environmental resources, fuels and electricity, alternative development, states and nations, international exchange, information and human services, and policy perspectives. He includes several appendixes of formulas and other data, and a simulation program in BASIC. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents:
1Introduction: Emergy and Real Wealth1
2Emergy and the Energy Hierarchy15
3Earth Emergy35
4Environmental Production and Economic Use53
5Emergy Evaluation Procedure73
6Empower Through Networks: Emergy Algebra88
7Evaluating Environmental Resources110
8Net Emergy of Fuels and Electricity136
9Evaluating Alternatives for Development164
10Emergy of States and Nations182
11Evaluating International Exchange208
12Evaluating Information and Human Service220
13Emergy Over Time242
14Comparison of Methods260
15Policy Perspectives279
An Emergy Glossary288
App. A Use of Energy Systems Symbols290
App. B Formulas for Energy Calculations294
App. C Transformities304
App. D Emergy/Money Ratios312
App. E Parameters for Updating Evaluations316
App. F Simulation Programs318

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Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior: A Primer

Author: Henry Tosi

This primer offers MBA and other advanced students exposure to the basic theories and concepts of organizational behavior and management.

• Delivers the basic theories and concepts of organizational behavior and management in a concise format.

• Includes ‘Guides for Managers' which show how managers can apply these theories.

• Supplemental materials include exercises and cases.

• Covers topical issues such as diversity, technology and e-business.

• Executive edition of Tosi and Mero's successful textbook, Managing Organizational Behavior (Blackwell Publishing, Fourth Edition, 2000

Friday, February 6, 2009

Management in India or ISO 9000

Management in India: Trends and Transition

Author: Herbert J Davis

This volume discusses the emerging changes in Indian management culture both at the macro and micro levels and their impact on domestic and multinational businesses based in India. While the Indian business scenario is changing rapidly, the attitude, orientation and practice of management has been slow to adapt. Indian managers have found it difficult to change policies both at the enterprise and the employee level to match an increasingly global and international environment.

This book discusses key issues such as: Indian management culture and emerging challenges; leadership styles and leadership issues that face Indian corporations; ethics and values and their impact on leadership and management culture; the issues confronting global corporations working in India; tackling human resources issues in the Indian context; and the emergence of the new global Indian manager.

Table of Contents:
1Understanding Indian management in a time of transition11
2The influence of Indian national culture on organizations28
3Determinants of managerial performance : a cross-cultural comparison of the perceptions of middle-level managers in four countries49
4India : a non-tiger of Asia74
5Leadership in Indian organizations from a comparative perspective105
6Work goals and societal value orientations of senior Indian managers : an empirical analysis120
7Does age matter? : an empirical examination of the effect of age on managerial values and practices in India134
8Linkages between industrialization strategies and industrial relations/human resource policies : Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and India169
9Industrial relations law, employment security and collective bargaining in India : myths, realities and hopes205
10Business ethics in India223
11Indian managers in transition : orientations, work goals, values and ethics239
12India's emerging competitive advantage in services261
13Women managers in India : challenges and opportunities285
14Managing alliance intricacies : an exploratory study of U.S. and Indian alliance partners313
15Effective organisational response by corporates to India's liberalisation and globalisation339
16Application of American management theories and practices to the Indian business environment : understanding the impact of national culture376
17Managing in a changing environment : implications and suggestions for expatriate managers in India401

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ISO 9000: Preparing for Registration, Vol. 32

Author: James L L Lamprecht

A guide for quality managers in companies wanting to register and document that they are adhering to the International Standard Organization 9000 standards, or to implement a quality program based on the standards. Industrial customers are increasingly requiring such documentation from their supplie

Cost Engineering

...an extremely useful document for those concerned with implementing quality assurance programs in manufacturing.


With the cost that is incurred by most business units in attaining ISO 9000 certification, any value that this material could produce would quickly cover the cost of the book.


A guide for quality managers in companies wanting to register and document that they are adhering to the International Standard Organization 9000 standards, or to implement a quality program based on the standards. Industrial customers are increasingly requiring such documentation from their suppliers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cities and Society or OSHA in the Real World

Cities and Society

Author: Nancy Kleniewski

This distinctive anthology contains classic and first-rate contemporary writings that have had a major impact on the field of urban studies. The expert and well-known scholars who have written these essays cover central topics that have evolved over the past 25 years.

• Brings together 20 of the most important classic and contemporary readings on cities and society in one accessible volume

• Offers an international focus, as well as case studies, all by leading experts in the field

• Includes an analytical introduction by the editor

• Provides coverage of current trends, theoretical perspectives, and policy issues

• Features diverse topics such as space, housing, globalization, the economy, and social inequalities.

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OSHA in the Real World: How to Maintain WorkPlace Safety while Keeping Your Competitive Edge

Author: John Hartnett

No single federal agency strikes as much fear in business people as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), which oversees workplace safety throughout the U.S. This crucial, hands-on guide to complying with technical details includes OSHA compliance forms and checklists on disk. Size D. 352 pp.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Understanding the 1999 National Electrical Code or Promise of Development

Understanding the 1999 National Electrical Code

Author: Michael Holt

Newly revised to cover the 1999 NEC Code as it applies to electrical installations Excellent graphics, illustrations and explanations demystify the technical nature of the NEC, and make it easy to understand and apply Lots of examples show how to apply the code rules immediately in order to design, install, and inspect safe electrical systems Plenty of tips, cautions and warnings that are handy to experienced and novice electricians alike.

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Promise of Development: Theories of Change in Latin America

Author: Peter F Klaren

In recent years Latin Americanists have been among the most innovative and productive theorists about the uneven process of development. This collection of substantial selections from some of the most prominent theorists in the field represents a scholarly consolidation and reassessment of the controversies concerning the development of Latin America.Beginning with a historiographic overview, the editors emphasize the origins, evolution, and historical context of the development of each theoretical school (modernization, dependency and Marxism, corporatism, and bureaucratic authoritarianism), then present key selections drawn from the writings of major theorists, organized by school. Each selection is prefaced with a short editorial introduction that highlights the central themes to follow. A concluding section outlines the main debates surrounding each school and suggests new directions in theoretical development that may arise from criticism of the theories of authoritarianism and the search for democratic processes of development. The book’s usefulness as a text is further enhanced by selected bibliographies that contain further readings on each development theory.Here is a single source for Latin Americanists who hope to interest and instruct their students in the rich theoretical traditions and debates in Latin American studies. It also provides a strong core volume for other courses on developing areas.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Strategy and the Business Landscape or Managing the Aftermath of Radical Corporate Change

Strategy and the Business Landscape

Author: Pankaj Ghemawat

KEY BENEFIT: Strategy and the Business Landscape is based on contemporary research in the field of strategy and adopts a value-focused, firm-centered perspective that promotes an analytical approach to strategy.
KEY TOPICS: Origins of strategy, mapping the business landscape, creating competitive advantage, anticipating competitive dynamics, sustaining superior performance, and choosing a corporate scope.
MARKET: This text is designed to help managers and business professionals master a body of analytical tools and develop an integrative point of view when making strategic choices.


Presents a historical perspective on business-level (versus corporate- level) strategy, while addressing contemporary debates in the field. Based on several Harvard Business School professors' experience teaching the school's first-year course on competition and strategy, the text presents important concepts succinctly and offers suggestions for further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents:
Ch. 1The Origins of Strategy
Ch. 2Mapping the Business Landscape
Ch. 3Creating Competitive Advantage
Ch. 4Anticipating Competitive and Cooperative Dynamics
Ch. 5Building and Sustaining Success
Case 1Intel Corporation: 1968-1997
Case 2Adolph Coors in the Brewing Industry
Case 3Cola Wars Continued: Coke versus Pepsi in the 1990s
Case 4Crown Cork & Seal in 1989
Case 5Wal*Mart Stores, Inc.
Case 6De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. (A)
Case 7Microsoft, 1995
Case 8British Satellite Broadcasting versus Sky Television
Case 9Leadership Online: Barnes & Noble versus Amazon.com (A)
Case 10Nucor at a Crossroads

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Managing the Aftermath of Radical Corporate Change: Reengineering, Restructuring, and Reinvention

Author: Eliezer Geisler

The radical restructuring of organizations can have momentous effects and not all of them are good. In fact, many are actually bad and may cause serious harm. How management can remedy these ill effects systematically and restore stability to their traumatized organizations is the theme of Dr. Geisler's compelling new book. How do we clean up the mess from poorly conceived, badly implemented, and ultimately unsuccessful restructurings? How can managers, who have been caught up in these changes and who are as disrupted by them as anyone, regain their own equilibrium and help the healing and reconstruction process take hold? Geisler's answers to these questions are essential reading for corporate executives in all types of organizations (public or private), and for academics and students.


Looks at how management can remedy the ill effects of radical restructuring in organizations, for corporate executives in public and private organizations, and for academics and students. Lists problems associated with radical change, describes the futility of total corporate transformations in general, and develops a staged process by which managers can counteract the effects of radical change programs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Partnership and Participation or New Poverty

Partnership and Participation: Decision-making in the Multiagency Setting

Author: Ann R Taket

The past two decades have seen an increase in the number of organisations working together in multiagency settings and increased calls for partnership and participation in organisational and public life. Models for this kind of working arrangement range from contracting out and joint planning, through to more formal arrangements such as setting up a joint agency. How to make these arrangements effective in developing policy and aiding decision-making can, however, be problematic. To make the multiagency setting work, organisations must manage diversity, resolve conflict and promote collaboration. The processes for effective decision-making in multiagency settings form the central concern of this book. Group processes must become more participatory, democratic and empowering. Illustrated with case studies drawn from the US, Africa, Asia, Latin America, as well as the UK and Europe, the book surveys the range of multiagency settings, explores the mechanisms and processes for multiagency work, and reviews a range of processes and tools that have shown themselves to be effective. Partnership & Participation offers no guaranteed answers, but provides a useful framework and stimulating guidelines for those facing the many questions that are raised by working in a multiagency setting.

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New Poverty: Families in Postmodern Society

Author: David Cheal

Cheal argues that the sociology of poverty has entered a new postmodern phase. The "new poverty" is about loss of faith--in relationships that were once believed to last a lifetime, and in government programs that we used to think would last for generations.


Analyzes the relationships between current family situations and the risks of being poor, locating specific causes of poverty within a broader context of problems in modernity and arguing that the sociology of poverty has entered a new, postmodern phase. Overviews the cultural and political significance of poverty research, introduces original data on poverty in the US and Canada, and discusses issues such as poverty in female-headed households and the role of the state in setting implicit poverty policies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents:
1Families in Postmodernity1
2Poverty and Progress17
3Sorting Out the Poor35
4Marriage and Its Aftermath55
5The Birth of Poverty75
6Family Work Systems97
7Shallow Income Pools117
8The Economic Life Course135
9Shifting Entitlements157
10The Postmodernization of Poverty173

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Practical Risk Management or The Professional Vocalist

Practical Risk Management: An Executive Guide to Avoiding Suprises and Losses

Author: Erik Banks

A proven way to manage risk in today's business world
Understanding how the risk process works is a critical concept that business professionals must come to learn. For those who must understand the fundamentals of risk management quickly, without getting caught up in jargon, theory, mathematics, and formulas, Practical Risk Management is the perfect read. Written in a clear, fast-paced and easily digestible style, this book explains the practical challenges associated with risk management and how-by focusing on accountability, governance, risk appetite, liquidity, client risks, automated and manual processes, tools and diagnostics-they can be overcome. After finishing this book, readers will have a solid understanding of the risk process, know which issues/questions are of critical importance, and be able to determine how their specific risk problems can be minimized or avoided.
Erik Banks (Redding, CT) is currently Chief Risk Officer for Element Re. Prior to that he spent several years at Merrill Lynch in market/credit risk management roles in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and the United States. He is also adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches MBA students. Richard Dunn (London, UK) works for Merrill Lynch. He single-handedly restructured Merrill Lynch's risk function post in 1998 into its current form.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Financial Risks and Avalanches1
Pt. IDefining and Measuring Risks3
1Losses: One-Hundred-Year Floods that Happen Every Three Years5
2The Basics: A Common Understanding of the Risks15
3Liquidity: The Heart of the Matter25
4Suitability: Coping with Customers37
5Process Risks: The Next Frontier51
6Measurement: Quantifying the Risks61
Pt. IIDeveloping a Holistic Approach to Risk Management71
7The Risk Management Process: Building the Foundation73
8The Financial Risk Mandate: Developing a Philosophy and Loss Tolerance77
9Risk Principles: Creating a Code of Conduct85
10Financial Governance: Assigning Accountability for Risk89
11The Risk Framework: Limiting and Controlling Risks97
12Automated Management: Automating Discipline on the Front Lines115
13Manual Management: Enhancing the Automated Discipline121
14Nuts and Bolts: Supporting the Process with Essential Tools127
15Ongoing Diagnostics and Transparency: Knowing if the Risk Process is Working133
Conclusion: Can there be Heroes?147

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The Professional Vocalist: A Handbook for Commercial Singers and Teachers

Author: Rachel L Lebon

Breaking into the world of professional singing can present even the most talented singer with new problems and concerns. In this useful book, Rachel L. Lebon guides the aspiring singer through the unfamiliar world of commercial singing, from the physical processes of voice to effective microphone technique and proper studio protocol. The purpose of this handbook is twofold: to provide practical suggestions that will prepare the student/vocalist for professional singing opportunities, and to present a pedagogical approach that specifically addresses the vocal needs of a singer within the commercial music world.

Library Journal

How do you prepare for a "gig"? Choose and use a microphone? Learn pop and contemporary vocal styles? What of those who aspire to perform outside the classical tradition? Lebon, coordinator of jazz voice at the University of Miami, draws on extensive formal and practical training to provide succinct answers to these questions and more. Lebon's intentions are "to provide specific, practical suggestions that will prepare the student/vocalist for professional singing opportunities." Suggestions abound on vocal hygiene, performance preparation, microphone techniques, musical theater pedagogy, and, perhaps most importantly, preparation for success. While articles on any one of these topics are plentiful, no single source covers them all. This book is therefore a one-of-a-kind resource for both teacher and student. Recommended for public, academic, and music libraries.--Janet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY


Guides aspiring singers through the unfamiliar world of commercial singing, from the physical processes of voice to effective microphone technique and proper studio protocol. Part I provides practical suggestions that will prepare the student vocalist for professional singing opportunities, with information on key selection, auditions, club dates, and recording sessions. Part II presents a pedagogical approach that addresses the vocal needs of a singer within the commercial music world. Includes reference appendices. The author is coordinator of jazz voice at the University of Miami. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)