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Mass Customisation in Sports: An Insight into the Sneaker Market

Authors: Verónica Baena (Universidad Europea de Madrid, Madrid, Spain) and Katharina Winkelhues (SportsTotal Cologne, Germany)

Series: Marketing and Operations Management Research

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
This book deals with the topic of mass customisation in sports and focuses on the sneaker market. In this context, this well known marketing tool is examined from the consumer‘s point of view. Moreover, a short consideration from the producer‘s point of view has been implemented.

The main subject areas are the willingness to pay by consumers and the consumer‘s confusion as well as the topic brand loyalty in combination with mass customisation in the sneaker market. For this reason, the literature on individualisation and mass customisation is firstly analyzed to subsequently discuss the market for mass customised sneakers. Later, a total of 23 research hypotheses are proposed and empirically tested. To achieve this goal, an online-based quantitative research study including 254 questionnaires was conducted. On top of this, a comparison between the consumer´s and producer´s point of view has been addressed.

Results reveal that creating individuality is an important intention for consumers to purchase customised sneakers. This is also positively associated with a higher willingness to pay. Regarding consumer confusion, the present work clearly points out that consumers prefer transparent and clean interactions. From a brand loyalty standpoint, this study confirms that the effect on the brand loyalty from mass customisation does not depend on the existing brand loyalty.
Beyond this research contribution, an interesting view concerning the practical application of these findings is also offered. Specifically, what needs to be done to improve the attractiveness of mass-customised sneakers? How can manufacturers increase the willingness to pay? What is crucial in strengthening brand loyalty through mass customisation?

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-384-5
ISBN: 978-1-53612-386-9

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Financial Econometrics: An Example-Based Handbook

Authors: Anokye Mohammed Adam and Peterson Owusu Junior (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
Financial modelling – and for that matter, quantitative finance – is a very crucial area of study for the decision makers to make informed and robust choices in matters of interest to the growth and survival of their organisations. Thus, the skills and knowledge (at least, in this book) must be possessed by every finance professional; risk analysts, quantitative analysts, asset and portfolio managers, compliance officers, Forex and Contract for Difference (CFD) traders, etc. Econometric and statistical models employed in financial modelling are too many to be captured under this course. The econometric models captured in this book are for the purposes of fostering understanding, appreciation, and the reality of the mathematics beneath the topics in econometrics. Broadly speaking, this book covers the various facets of regression models in this important field. Diagnostics on the linear regression model, Logit and Probit (Categorical Dependent Variable Models), Stationary and Non-Stationary Time Series, Cointegration and Error Correction Models (ECM), Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) Models, forecasting with ARIMA and Vector Autoregression (VAR) models, Panel Data Regression Models, and finally Asset Price/Return Volatility: ARCH and GARCH Models are illustrated for easy comprehension.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-331-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-378-4

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The Challenges and Issues of Tourism Development in China

Authors: Jian Ming Luo, Ka Yin Chau and Hua Wen Shen (City University of Macau, Macau, China)

Series: Hospitality, Tourism and Marketing Studies

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
The tourism and hospitality industry in China witnessed a dramatic increase from 1978 to 2015. The Chinese tourism industry has since become an important component of China’s economy. The economic benefits of tourism were easily identified and justified when many developing countries started to embrace tourism as an option for development. However, tourism development is influenced by many factors such as regulation policy, labor/education level, urban structure and technological applications. Those factors are challenges in the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. This book makes a systematic analysis of the challenges and issues in tourism development in China. Particularly, this issue seldom appeared in tourism and hospitality literature. Therefore, this book enhances tourism literature by testing tourist-related issues in the 21st century. Furthermore, the government and/or practitioners can improve the management of the tourism sector using this book.

This book is divided into two main parts. The first part consists of five chapters. The first chapter is an introduction to domestic tourism development in China. The second chapter is about outbound tourism development in China. The third chapter concerns the change of tourism policies. The fourth chapter is about the relationship between urbanization and tourism development in China. The fifth chapter discusses the social impacts of tourism development.

The second part consists of two cases. The first case delves into the impact of urbanization on regional hotel development. The second case discusses the application of media strategies to improve China’s destination image. The case study will provide a practical perspective on tourism development as well as the recent changes and the impacts of tourism development on society.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-217-6
ISBN: 978-1-53612-224-4

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Internationalisation of Human Resource Management: Focus on Central and Eastern Europe

Authors: József Poór (Szent István University, Gödöllõ, Hungary), Allen D. Engle, PhD, (Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Kentucky), Jana Blštáková, PhD and Zuzana Joniaková, PhD (University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia)

Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th quarter

Book Description:
The aim of this monograph is to provide a comprehensive overview on the International HRM in Central and Eastern Europe supported by qualitative research results. It is the first available publication on contemporary tendencies in IHRM in Central and Eastern Europe, published and based on the CRANET (the Cranfield Network on International HRM) cooperation. Therefore, there are contributions of experienced and relevant authors active in research and publishing in Central and Eastern Europe.
This book consists of three sections. The first focuses on the major impact of internationalisation of HRM in Central and Eastern Europe, identifying impacts of foreign investments, explaining emerging HRM models in the international business environment, introducing evolution of international HRM, including relevant factors of labor market changes and cultural diversity influences. The second section introduces a reflection of business aspects and internationalization in partial HRM functions. The third section contains qualitative research results performed in international companies and delivers an empirical background in the form of case studies. This predetermines the monograph’s valuable material for researchers in the field of HRM-related disciplines, as well as for teachers and students of graduate programs in business, economics and management.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-632-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-639-6

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Design and Construction of an Integral Model for Investigative Management in the University GEINVE Project v2.0

Authors: Nancy Edith Ochoa Guevara (ECCI University, Bogotá, Colombia), Ingrid Mercedes Cruz Bernal (Biomedical Program, ECCI University, Colombia) and Javier A. Ríos Suarez (University Corporation Minuto de Dios, Colombia)

Series: Management Science - Theory and Applications

Publication Date: 2017 - 3rd Quarter

Book Description:
This book presents the organizational maturity of research management at a university in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, through some of the components of the CP3Mv5, CMMI and PMBOKv5 models of the Project Management Institute (PMI). With the participation of management, administrators (managers of processes), teachers and students of the university utilize the maturity box organized via the evaluation instruments (questionnaires) applied to these estates with their respective knowledge base across the DOFA matrix. In addition, some of the university's own practices were created to support the good practices already presented in the PMBOK guide. The results obtained are a part of the progress concerning the first stage of the GEINVE v2.0 project, which is aimed at achieving the design and construction of a comprehensive model for investigative management at the Colombian university. In this first stage, the theme is presented in four chapters from the authors’ research focus on the epistemology of the project, its methodology, results and final discussions. In the last chapter, the authors make some recommendations for an improvement plan directed towards the university and focused on the mission units to the strategic units of the university. In the end, the conclusions and bibliographical references are presented, which support some positions of authors and studies taken as a basis for the development of the project.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-167-4
ISBN: 978-1-53612-181-0

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Hedging, Corporate Governance and Firm Value: Empirical Evidence on Risk Management from an Emerging Market

Authors: Sardar M. N. Islam, Ph.D. and Baharuddin M. Hussin (Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Australia)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 - 2nd Quarter

Book Description:
Corporate risk management policy is essential during a period of volatile commodity prices and exchange rates in managing the risk exposure and its consequent impact on cash flow, profitability and firm value. Debates on whether hedging with derivatives practically enhances firm value through market imperfections, however, are still on-going. Hitherto, conflicting and mixed empirical evidence supported the debates in financial risk management theories. Taking into account that the contradictions among the existing literature could possibly be caused by the problem of endogeneity among variables and firm heterogeneity or fixed effects due to differences in corporate governance, this book explores the interrelationship between commodity risk exposure, hedging, corporate governance and firm value in an emerging market, using Malaysia as a case study. It provides the major findings in this area and the conclusions for strategies and insights for further generalisation in wider capital markets from the perspective of an emerging market of the Asia-Pacific region.

Three main econometrics models are applied in this book. The first model estimates the commodity risk exposure of non-financial companies in the Malaysian stock exchange as a case study, and its implications for corporate hedging policy, by examining two sets of commodities; namely crude oil and palm oil. The commodity risk exposures were estimated by employing the augmented ordinary least squares (OLS) market model. Probit and tobit models were applied to assess the effect of risk exposure on corporate risk management policy. The results conclude that commodity risk exposure significantly affects the hedging policy of Malaysian firms. The second set of models examined the impact of hedging on firm value, using 420 firm-year observations (2004 to 2009). The results strongly support the positive effect of hedging on firm value. Both univariate and multivariate analysis support the hypothesis that a company’s decisions to hedge – as well as the extent of its hedging – lead to higher firm value. The results remain robust by comparing pooled-OLS regressions, fixed-effects panel analysis, two-stage least squares and generalised methods of moments (GMM). The third model investigates the effect of corporate governance on hedging using probit and tobit regressions.

This book presents major empirical findings for the relationship between risk management, corporate governance and firm value, and their general implications for capital markets. The empirical and general findings discussed in this book strongly support managerial risk aversion theory, which posits that firms with a higher proportion of directors’ shareholdings are likely to hedge more. The findings also revealed that firm size is positively related to hedging, that geographically diversified firms are more likely to hedge and have higher hedging activity, and that firms with higher cash holdings and lower dividend pay-outs are less likely to hedge. As a conclusion for policy implication, the findings emphasise the need for greater transparency and disclosure of commodity price risks and hedging policy in corporate financial statements in an emerging market.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-985-5
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The Measurement of Well-Being in the Current Era

Authors: Enrico Ivaldi, Guido Bonatti and Riccardo Soliani (Department of Political Science, University of Genova, Italy)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
The assessment and measurement of the level of well-being in a society have been on the radar of researchers and institutions for many years. The commonly held opinion was that this kind of research was useful for developing economies, whereas the Western world, thanks to its long-established high standards of living, would have no need for this kind of research.

However, the political and economic events of the Seventies and Eighties have called this paradigm into question, highlighting the increasing inequality even in high-income countries, in the access to both resources and services. At the same time, there has been growing awareness of the consequences of overexploiting natural resources and pollution. Consequently, sustainability issues have been raised alongside equity issues.

All of this provided the basis for an approach to research that would look beyond the mere monetary value and evaluate different aspects of the quality of life. Now, we have reliable evidence of how well people live in society and how much is available to develop human faculties. These measurements help policymakers determine whether the choice of policies are suitably geared towards the improvement of citizens’ well-being and where greater efforts should be made.

The authors have developed their analysis in this context. By aggregating variables, they have built a multidimensional indicator of well-being able to balance the trade-off between the immediate availability and completeness of information.

The book is organised as follows:

The first chapter provides a concise definition of well-being and lists the issues that arise from the measurement of well-being through GDP. It then examines and discusses the two different approaches to measurement: the capabilities of Amartya Sen and the indicators of Dasgupta. The second chapter provides a general description of the main measurements of well-being. The third chapter analyses the literature where the authors’ research falls. The fourth chapter describes the development and the methodology of the indicator, whilst the fifth chapter discusses the results of the indicators and draws some conclusions.

This book describes a multi-speed Europe, where only a few countries, sparsely populated, enjoy high standards of well-being. Larger countries with a variety of needs and preferences have greater difficulties. Finally, several countries that have recently joined the EU must lay the groundwork for the implementation of policies for the well-being of their citizens.

The European Union should guarantee the pursuit of economic and human development in all Member States. In order to do this, the policies should be focused not only on improving the economic reference parameters, but also on increasing the well-being of all citizens. The political authorities need to realise that the enlargement of the European Union, which includes heterogeneous countries, requires a different way of operating and tackling the challenges of the future. The cultural differences and changes in the global economy should be the starting point for political and economic actions so that Europe can seize new opportunities and guarantee well-being prospects for all of its citizens.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-005-1
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The Political Algebra of Global Value Change: General Models and Implications for the Muslim World

Authors: Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati and Hichem Karoui (Corvinus University, Budapest)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
This book is intended to provide a new approach to the study of global values and global value change, based on representative international survey data, and above all, the World Values Survey. This theme is of growing interest not only to the international social science community, but also international policymakers and business and financial executives in the framework of international values and business studies.

Since the book is also designed to serve advanced graduate courses in sociology, political science and economics at Universities, government and business staff training centers, diplomatic academies et cetera, this book also contains themes for 10-20 minute statements (1000-2000 words) that students and course participants should be able to prepare after attending a course on global values.

Furthermore, this book covers the entire population in an ever-growing number of countries, and now already comprising some 90% of the total global population on earth. The importance of this data for international politics cannot be overestimated: foreign ministries, international organizations, ministerial planning departments of national governments, national intelligence agencies, international bankers and investors, pension fund managers, global insurance enterprises, organizations of national and international security, NGOs and religious communities can all benefit from these freely available data, which indeed will revolutionize our discourse on international politics and political culture.

In our book, we will attempt to define “cultures” on a global scale largely following Alesina and Guiliano (2013). Although some of our preferred World Values Survey indicators are different from those used by Alesina and Guiliano (2013), there is sufficient resemblance between the two approaches, and also there is a high correspondence between the choropleth geographical maps of global values, resulting from the research attempt by Alesina and Guiliano, and our own investigations.

We show in this book that the world economic rise of the global South, among them the BRIC countries and the countries of the Arab Gulf, is no coincidence: economic growth in the post-crisis period from 2008 onwards is highly and positively correlated with family values.

All too often, the loss of religion and the rise of the shadow economy, including in leading Western countries, go hand in hand. The decay of family values, which are so deeply enshrined in the religious commandments of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and which are also basic to the other global religious civilizations, goes hand in hand with the decay of economic and social values and are explored in this book.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-776-0
ISBN: 978-1-63321-689-1

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Reconstruction of the Tradition: Tourism and Authentication of Heritage in China

Authors: Xiaoyan Su and Fan Hong (Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang, China)

Series: Countries and Cultures of the World
Hospitality, Tourism and Marketing Studies

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
This book explores the interaction between heritage authorization and tourism development in China, and shows how this interaction influences the social relations between external agents and local actors in two World Heritage sites: the Shaolin Scenic Area and Ancient City of Pingyao. Various theories including Anthony Giddens’ theories on modernity, time-space distanciation, disembedding, and reflexivity are applied and critiqued in the context of the case studies. It uncovers that the reconstruction of tradition at both case sites is the emergence of elements of a commercialized, theme-park environment. This situation problematizes the notion of authenticity, which is claimed in authorized concepts of heritage. Furthermore, it shows contemporary reconstruction of tradition and demonstrates current transformative processes, in which external agents with heritage authority have an advantage over local residents in tourism zones who are financially, spatially, and culturally disempowered.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-108-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-141-4

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Pensions: Global Issues, Perspectives and Challenges

Editor: Alexandra Webb

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017-4th Quarter

Book Description:
Understanding the strategies underlying pension investing is important because pension assets are one of the largest pools of investment assets in the world. Chapter One reports on how the widespread application of robots and artificial intelligence may dramatically reduce the number of human workers in employment, such that more people will be either unemployed or out of job market altogether. Chapter Two discuss both economic theories that predict what rational pension investors would do (normative theories) and theories that attempt to explain why individual pension participants hold the portfolios that they actually hold (positive theories). Chapter Three develops a variable annuity pension scheme in which the insureds are entitled to participate in the annual financial results of the invested funds, with an embedded option to withdraw such results during the whole contract duration, that is during both the deferment and the annuitization periods. The generic case of a pension fund that it is not sufficiently auto financed and it is thoroughly maintained with an external financing effort is considered in Chapter Four. (

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Electronic Commerce: Technologies, Challenges and Future Prospects

Editor: Costanzo Mazzanti

Series: Banks and Banking Developments

Publication Date: 2017 – 3rd Quarter

Book Description:
In chapter one, Mark T. Leung, Shaotao Pan, and Minghe Sun introduce and evaluate a range of data analytic methods that are frequently implemented in e-commerce research, providing readers with important insight. Next, Emad Abdel Rahim Dahiyat opens chapter two by discussing intelligent technology and evaluating software agents’ liability when it comes to the electronic contract formation process. Lastly, Oussama Tounekti, Antonio Ruiz-Martínez, and Antonio F. Skarmeta-Gómez discuss the evolution of electronic and mobile payment systems while comparing the important properties between the two.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-505-4
ISBN: 978-1-53612-522-1

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Applications of Good Practices and Malpractices in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry in the Developing World

Editor: Christina Koutra (Business School, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Abu Dhabi, Campus, United Arab Emirates)

Series: Hospitality, Tourism and Marketing Studies

Publication Date: 2017 – 3rd Quarter

Book Description:
In a dynamic and constantly changing external environment, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the tourism and hospitality industry is paramount for assuring a balance among shareholders and internal/external stakeholders, with the environment being inclusive. CSR has different forms and dimensions, and its application more often than not, is content specific; that is, politics, economy, society, culture, technology, environment, and law are taken into consideration. This makes its application not only difficult, but also gives leeway to many companies to take advantage of unique local environments and conditions, especially in the developing world. This book aims to portray paradigms of CSR practices in developing countries in an effort to depict good practices and highlight examples of malpractice.

The book consists of seven chapters discussing applications of CSR in four different continents, namely South America, North America, Africa and Asia. The countries where tourism and hospitality cases were investigated are: Peru, Brazil, Cape Verde, the Caribbean (Latin America/North America), Malawi, India and Bangladesh.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-289-3
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Negotiations: Insights, Strategies and Outcomes

Editor: Kathleen M. Johnson

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 – 2nd Quarter

Book Description:
Chapter One addresses six psychic characteristics in order to gain insights about the psychology of collaborative negotiators: 1) making contact with oneself, 2) connecting to others, 3) reality perspective, 4) understanding and expressing emotions, 5) balanced narcissism, and 6) change process. Chapter Two summarizes what is currently known through empirical evidence about job offer and compensation negotiations, and presents a research strategy to guide empirical investigations of compensation and job offer negotiations. In Chapter Three, the authors focus on the negotiation over continuous issues and investigate the jointly Improving Direction Method (IDM). This method is well known both for its generality, since many other negotiation protocols can be considered as a particular subclass of it, and for its theoretical Pareto efficiency. In addition, it is easy to implement, and this makes IDM a very good candidate for an automated negotiation support system.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-953-4
ISBN: 978-1-53611-973-2

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Advances in Business and Management. Volume 12

Editor: William D. Nelson

Series: Advances in Business and Management

Publication Date: 2017 – 2nd Quarter

Book Description:
Using a classification of production related organizations, Chapter One proposes a historical sketch of the growing popularity of project management (PM) within businesses and accounts for this popularity by characterizing PM as a distinct set of elements among components making up a firm. Chapter Two examines the possible two-way link between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and earnings management (EM) corporate strategies, and whether there are any corporate governance differences at the international level in this respect. Chapter Three analyzes design management (DM), design concepts and design thinking (DT) for promoting socially responsible solutions. The chapter provides a deeper understanding of DT, ascertains its meaning and characteristics, determines gaps among different DM approaches, design concepts and DT in the context of social responsibility and reveals why and how DT helps us to deal with complex problems regarding social responsibility. Chapter Four focuses on how businesses can improve health and working conditions for their employees. Using results from a 2016 NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey of 1601 workers nationwide in the U.S., the chapter represents one of the broadest examinations of how workers see health in their workplace experiences. Chapter Five examines the challenges and opportunities in public-private partnerships (PPP) for housing the low-income urban residents in Nigeria. The chapter relies on a systematic review of research literature and empirical data derived from oral interviews with 27 experts in nine PPP housing projects in Nigeria to achieve its goal. Chapter six deals with an analysis of standards for usury thresholds in Italy. The authors’ work consists of a close examination on Italian Legislative Decree 70/11 that has modified the aforementioned standards. Chapter Seven discusses the influence of the accounting value of conservatism, proposed by Gray (1988) as part of the cultural relevance theory. The possession of derivative financial instruments (DFI) was used as proxy to define it. This chapter concludes the book by assessing the existence of the explanatory variables of this accounting value, such as regional groups, firm level controls and qualitative characteristics.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-910-7
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Understanding Bankruptcy: Global Issues, Perspectives and Challenges

Editor: Ignatius Ekanem (Senior Lecturer in Business Management, Programme Leader BA Business Management (Innovation), Department of Management, Leadership and Organisation, Middlesex University Business School, UK)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
The book offers a global perspective and understanding on how to handle debt, manage finances efficiently and avoid bankruptcy both in business and at a personal level.

After the trauma of the recent global financial crisis and the phenomenally higher rates of bankruptcy than there were in previous generations, this book is timely. It is believed that the rise in the level of bankruptcy is partly as a result of the escalating debt problems caused by easy availability of credit before the global financial crisis and the change in generational attitudes towards debt and partly due to poor financial management and general financial illiteracy.

The contributors to this book come from academic backgrounds within the UK, South America and Europe who have worked and researched for many years on the issues presented in this book. The book utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and presents findings from rich, developed nations as well as poor, developing nations which examine global issues, perspectives and challenges of bankruptcy. Thus, the book provides both conceptual and empirical arguments.

The book provides an invaluable contribution and insight into debt and bankruptcy, the bankruptcy process, debt management and the prediction of signs of business failure. It does this by using the latest research and leading-edge thinking both nationally and globally to explain the issues comprehensively and concisely, achieving a good balance between conceptual and practical perspectives. In this respect the book offers the reader an opportunity, through a combination of chapters, not only to acquire knowledge of bankruptcy and the bankruptcy process, but also the awareness of actions to take when faced with debt and bankruptcy.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-399-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-432-3

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Global Political Economy after the Crisis: Theoretical Perspectives and Country Experiences

Editor: Sadik Ünay (Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul, Turkey)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
The established structural parameters of the global political economy underwent a profound transformation following the global economic crisis which triggered a paradigmatic change in terms of both the theoretical underpinnings and practical formulations of mainstream approaches to macroeconomic management and development. Neither the industrialized nor the newly industrializing economies were immune from the tumultuous impact of the ever-deepening global crisis, as a result of which a series of non-conventional policy responses were developed and swiftly implemented by policy makers across a wide range of policy areas. Counter-cyclical fiscal policies and stimulus packages to spur dwindling growth, heterodox monetary and central banking policies to rescue financial institutions in distress, strategic trade policies to maintain international competitiveness and market share become increasingly widespread. Neo-Keynesian emergency measures almost became the global norm, rather than the exception, in most of the leading global economic powers; thereby substantially increasing the relative emphasis in the economic importance and role of the state in the post-crisis period.

Against this critical global background, this collection represents the manifestation of a brave effort by a fledgling group of political economy experts from Turkey striving to explore the nature of the multilayered structural transformations triggered by the global economic crisis in the established institutions, norms, policy patterns, and theoretical tenets of the modern global political economy. The collection contains articles that present general analyses pertaining to theoretical and practical issues pertinent to the post-crisis transformation of the global political economy; as well as interesting country case studies illuminating the positive and negative features of national experiments with crisis-management in emerging economies. The authors seek to reply to the critical question of how the global governance structures, theoretical perspectives used to legitimize them, national policy patterns, and public policy attitudes affecting crisis response strategies were influenced by the unprecedented impact of the global economic crisis.

The collection includes innovative pieces of analysis that looks at the ascendancy of multipolarity in the global system and perceptive changes on the BRICS; the shifting natures of macroeconomic management, central banking and global governance architecture through the empowerment of global platforms such as the G20; the fate of the developmental state in East Asia after the global crisis; the crisis-exit performances of emerging economic powers such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey; post-crisis methods of economic adjustment across East Asia in Japan, China and Korea; the potential of new metropoles such as Shanghai to emerge as international financial centers; the dynamics influencing the level of gold reserves held by central banks; changes in Cuba along with the world economy; and energy security in the Persian Gulf.

This book carries the promise of offering the readers a fresh and insightful analysis on both the theoretical and practical manifestations of the ongoing structural transformation in the global system from an inclusive international political economy (IPE) perspective that liberally draws from the disciplines of political science, economics, history, international relations and sociology. As such, it will attract the attention of scholars, academics and intellectuals contemplating the future trajectory of the global political economy after the crisis; as well as policy makers and practitioners focusing on the “global shift” towards emerging economies.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-290-9
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Editor: Albert Tavidze

Series: Progress in Economics Research

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
This compilation begins by discussing the connection between perceived employability and job insecurity on psychological health and job-related outcome variables. A study testing this correlation is presented, with results suggesting that perceived employability and job insecurity facilitates the effects of self-efficacy on psychological health, job satisfaction, and dedication. Additionally, research on productivity growth in 55 major Australian urban water utilities over a four-year period is described. In this study, productivity growth was broken-down into technical efficiency and technological change by way of Malmquist indices. Later, price dynamics are investigated to determine market integration, market efficiency and spatial arbitrage. Based on empirical investigations, several policy implications are derived in terms of efficacy and effectiveness of policy measures, or interventions on trade policies. The authors provide a review of federal-level regulation of the U.S. interstate natural gas pipeline industry, placing modern rules and regulations into their appropriate historical context by reviewing the evolution of gas pipeline regulation over the course of the 20th Century. The authors also examine the question of the creation of global government and global currency, especially analyzing the current unstable financial system and the threat of war resulting from unstable intergovernmental relationships. The use of global currency is imagined under the surveillance of a Global Central Bank, which would consist of representatives of national governments with voting rights determined by the share of national GNP in total gross product in the community of participating nations. A paper exploring restaurant bankruptcy in the U.S. between 1980 and 2014 is included, with the goal of developing a bankruptcy prediction model and explaining that restaurateurs should be more cautious in selecting their operation types to aid in financial stability. The active relationship between economic growth, inflation, stock market development, and globalization is studied using the panel VAR methodology, with the objective of determining the behavior of certain variables and observing how these elements interact with one another. Another paper studies whether or not the financial market of China is integrated with the financial market of the U.S., with its data converted into cumulative partial sums by using a software component created by the authors in Octave language. By estimating the asymmetric generalized impulse response functions, the authors suggest that these financial markets are linked interactively when the markets are falling. A final paper is presented investigating the nature of dependence between stock prices and exchange rate in Nigeria from January of 2000 to December of 2015. Overall, the evidence indicates the dominance of the portfolio balance effect, with stock prices leading the exchange rate. This leads the authors to determine that stabilizing the stock market is imperative for exchange rate management to minimize the transmission of systemic risk and contagion between both markets

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-857-4
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Strategic Performance Management: New Concepts and Contemporary Trends

Editor: Marek Jabłoński (Associate Professor, WSB University Poznań, Faculty Chorzów, Poland)

Series: Management Science - Theory and Applications

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The management of modern companies requires full focus on planning activities and reaching expected goals, and in particular on monitoring achievements at the levels of strategy, the business model and management style. Company efficiency and effectiveness, as the key determinants of success, need systemic solutions that will help the company succeed and survive in a specific timeframe. Strategic Performance Management is becoming increasingly popular as a result. It not only monitors specific groups of indicators which is important, but also details a strategic approach to performance evaluation, which forces managers to consider all actions from the point of view of strategy implementation. Company strategy supported by business model attributes should be conducive to the growth of company value, not only in the context of the expectations of shareholders, but also other stakeholder groups. A strategic approach to the management of company high performance integrates company strategy, the business model and management style into a coherent system that is monitored in the context of the impact of this approach on the success of companies in challenging and uncertain business conditions. Taking the above conditions into account, a scientific monograph has been prepared, combining the experience of many scientific centers from many countries in the world, dealing with the subject of Strategic Performance Management: New Concepts and Contemporary Trends. The selection of this subject is no coincidence, as nowadays both management theoreticians and practitioners are looking for such systemic solutions in the area of company performance which ensure its survival and expected growth and development in particular.

The monograph contains the following chapters, which aim to show the interdisciplinary character and importance of the issue of strategic performance management, compared to new management concepts and many individual approaches to this management problem. The monograph contains 28 chapters which deal with the issue of strategic performance management in various aspects, which proves the interdisciplinary nature of this management concept.

The achievement of this monograph is that it shows how widely the issue of strategic performance management can be examined and in what areas it may be relevant. The editor and authors hope that the theoretical and practical aspects presented will be of interest to the readers and will be an inspiration for the development of this subject not only at the scientific level, but also for practical implementation at the company level. The book should help academics develop the issue of strategic performance management; in regards to business consultants, it can be used as a source of inspiration for practical implementations and it shows managers good practices in this area.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-681-5
ISBN: 978-1-53612-682-2

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Professionalism: Perspectives and Practices of the 21st Century

Editor: Tristan Geraint

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Maryam Ashkan, PhD opens the book by discussing studio instructors’ lived experiences as they pertain to bureaucracy and negotiation, redefinition of professionalism, and means of reform, with the goal of inducing professional development in readers. Next, Joanne V. Harris examines assessors of professionalism in the medical community, attempting to gauge their understandings of said professionalism. Following this, Francine Masson, PhD and Eleanor Ross, PhD presents the challenges social media poses to professionalism due to potentially blurred boundaries. Dalel Bader and Cristobal Salinas Jr then give a review of skills necessary for employability. Finally, Tiina Peterson presents a study examining Estonian preschool teachers’ professionalism as it applies to European context in an effort to improve the teacher-training system in Estonia.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-736-2
ISBN: 978-1-53612-737-9

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Sustainability and Scalability of Business: Theory and Practice

Editor: Adam Jab³oñski (Associate Professor, WSB University Poznañ, Faculty Chorzow, Poland)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th quarter

Book Description:
The modern mechanisms of strategic management are created by the dynamic changes which occur in today's business environment, which differs radically from how it operated a few years ago. In many cases, organizations do not fight for competitive advantage, but mere survival. The key determinant of business operations is ensuring continuity in business. Organizations operating in a quasi-profitable economy focus on capturing value through offering a unique value proposition by defining effective and efficient income generation logic. They trigger new values to survive in a turbulent environment. At the same time, they compete not only with products or services, but primarily with business models, which must generate new business space, possibilities and opportunities. Companies therefore need to scale this business, that is, to maintain a similar or better level of performance while increasing or decreasing the number of components and resources while adjusting the limits of the impact in the environment. Therefore, the key is to remain in business on the one hand, and to scale the business on the other. The former is often shaped by the principles of responsible business, the expression of certain values; while scaling is embedded in a resource-based concept based on selective adaptation to market realities and growth which generates revenue but does not excessively increase business costs. This is also related to the development of a certain symbiosis, synergy and symmetry in business and the scaling of the mechanisms of mutual proportions.

The monograph presents these two areas of contemporary business. It refers, inter alia, to the concepts of business models in terms of market continuity, the principles of corporate social responsibility, value-based management, sustainable development, the mechanisms of building intercultural rules for doing business and risk management. The monograph consists of chapters covering both theoretical and practical aspects. It opens up many new research and application areas that can be used for the conceptualization and operationalization of business. The purpose of the monograph is to present modern business management trends aimed at business continuity and scaling with the use of various concepts, methods and tools for strategic and operational management.

The monograph contains 20 chapters which deal with the sustainability and scalability of business - theory and practice.
The achievements of the monograph are:

determining key trends in the theory and practice of sustainability and scalability of business, defining key ontological beings and their use in the strategic and operational management of modern companies,
presenting the new dimensions of sustainability and scalability as seen through the eyes of the international authors of individual chapters,
the possibility of applying the solutions contained in the monograph.

The Editor and Authors hope that the presented combination of theory and practice will satisfy the needs of readers, in particular the managers of modern companies, business consultants and researchers of business phenomena.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-630-3
ISBN: 978-1-53612-637-2

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Advances in Business and Management. Volume 14

Editor: William D. Nelson

Series: Advances in Business and Management

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th quarter

Book Description:
Chapter One by Constantine I. Tongo, PhD categorizes contemporary work motivation philosophies into three wide-ranging classifications, with the goal to concisely present gray areas that research yet to examine. In Chapter Two, Victoria A. Felix, Mercedes Gremillion, and Walt Buboltz, PhD provide readers with a thorough overview of recent literature concerning sleep health and workplace efficiency. Next, Chapter Three by Alidou Ouedraogo, PhD seeks to answer the question, “What are the factors that determine the ability of the informal sector to endure large scale crises?” In Chapter Four, Diego Matricano recommends a method of open innovation while outlining the main facets of inbound and outbound knowledge flows. Simo Salminen provides a Finnish perspective on occupational injuries, risk factors, risk groups, and consequences in Chapter Five. Following this, Luis Alfonso Dau proposes a research program directed at comprehending the influence of ethnic and political arrangements on MNE growth and activity in the BRICS countries in Chapter Six. Lastly, Chapter Seven explores the challenges encountered in rural areas of Lithuania and presents social entrepreneurship as an opportunity to develop the country.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-615-0
ISBN: 978-1-53612-616-7

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Advances in Business and Management. Volume 13

Editor: William D. Nelson

Series: Advances in Business and Management

Publication Date: 2017 - 3rd Quarter

Book Description:
In this book, Chapter One shows the new challenges for managers in relation to the management of operations permeate aspects of development and/or aggregation of services, stronger link with market strategies, flexible and cost competitive systems, intensive information technology and automation. In Chapter Two, the authors show the methodological process to the identification and the verification of the critical success factors of the TCU’s survey variables by means of statistical analysis. Chapter Three argues that against the background of hyper-complexity the usefulness of all mainstream approaches of change management has to be scrutinized. Chapter Four is focused on a theoretical framework motivated by the influence of TMT composition on strategic change and firm performance. Chapter Five examines the importance and the implementation of critical success factors (CSFs) of quality management systems (QMSs). Chapter Six presents the concepts of critical success factors of projects and their applications in various sectors.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-306-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-317-3

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Economic Crises: Risk Factors, Management Practices and Social Impacts

Editor: Olivia Wilson-Flores

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
This book provides new research on economic crises. Chapter One analyzes the relationships between economic downturns and marketing strategies, to provide a snapshot of all the marketing actions developed in a context of economic crisis, trying to give response to one relevant question: “Is the economic crisis changing marketing strategies?” Chapter Two evaluates the effect the 2008 crisis had on the Hungarian industry and on industrial enterprises and to show the strategies and crisis management methods that the industrial enterprises applied during the time of crisis. Chapter Three develops a new model of indicators, aimed to complete gross domestic product (GDP) as the main indicator of economic growth to achieve a better quality of life. Chapter Four discusses economic stress and fear of the financial crisis. Chapter Five reviews empirical research which investigates the impact of economic crises and recessions on suicide. Chapter Six examines the effects of the economic crisis on mental health in Spain. Chapter Seven examines the effects of the Austrian Health Fund Law in 2009 and explores the effects of the economic crisis of 2008 in vulnerable countries of Europe, such as Hungary, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, in relation with countries sharing similar economic characteristics, but they have not experienced the effects of the economic crisis. Chapter Eight describes the relationships between economic and political crises which occurred repeatedly in Madagascar, and several socio-demographic and health parameters over the 1960-2010 period.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-339-7
ISBN: 978-1-53610-357-1

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The Governance of Local Communities: Global Perspectives and Challenges

Editor: Thomas F. Reilly (Professor, School of Public Affairs, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
The quality of local governance matters more than ever before. To many citizens, their local government is the most tangible form of government, and it is also the layer of government with which they have most contact in their everyday life. The power of the local administration is that it represents ordinary citizens. People eat, drink, work, play and socialize with others in towns and cities. To be fully effective, local government management and service delivery capacity needs to be strong, and resources need to be adequate. Civil society and businesses are essential actors in ensuring local governments have the capacity to meet the needs of its citizens.

There are a host of challenges that confront local government in the 21st century: delivering quality services; lack of finance and local fiscal autonomy; engaging citizens and communities in meaningful and authentic ways; forming effective partnerships which incentivize local actors to find solutions to the many complex and intractable issues facing communities; generating inclusive and sustainable development; implementing strategies for disaster risk reduction; managing transparent communications; and, rapidly evolving technologies and socio-economic demographics.

The Governance of Local Communities: Global Perspectives and Challenges is about the role that ideas, institutions, and actors play in structuring how people govern local communities and, more specifically, the types of adaptations necessary in local government roles and responsibilities, structures, and processes to effectively respond to a changing local government environment.

Global changes require that we rethink local governance. A wide net of international experts on local governance was assembled for this volume to stimulate frank conversations around the many contemporary challenges facing local government.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-638-1
ISBN: 978-1-53610-652-7

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Progress in Economics Research. Volume 36

Editor: Albert Tavidze

Series: Progress in Economics Research

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
In this next volume of Progress in Economics Research, chapters discuss the harmfulness of excessive public debt levels in a zero level bound framework; the implications of the Great Recession for scenario forecasting of home prices; Amartya Sen's socio-economic analysis of famines; gender wage gaps from a social perspective; theories and recent developments about the economic and social impact of transport; coherence in policies for providing and regulating global public goods; the perceptions of Gold Coast locals regarding the proposed cruise ship terminal; tourism strategies for rural economic prosperity; and long-term challenges and opportunities in global competition in the automotive industry.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-750-0
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Business Cycles: External/Internal Causes, Economic Implications and Consumer Misconceptions

Editor: Kathryn Mitchell

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
This book examines causes, economic implications and consumer misconceptions of the business cycle. Chapter One combines the contributions of Ludwig M. Lachmann, Frank A. Fetter and Knut Wicksell to explain the business cycle. Chapter Two reviews the history of Hong Kong’s housing market, financial system and land policies; constructs an indicator to measure the degree of exuberance in both the private housing and credit markets; and explains in detail the two major real estate cycles that have occurred over the past few decades. Chapter Three investigates the interaction between the structural change of the Chinese economy and the world’s major economies in order to explain global business cycles. Chapter Four provides a Chinese economic development outline for the next 20 years.

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ISBN: 978-1-63463-253-9
ISBN: 978-1-53610-783-8

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Progress in Economics Research. Volume 37

Editor: Albert Tavidze

Series: Progress in Economics Research

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
In this next volume of Progress in Economics Research, chapters discuss the nexus between the volatilities of growth rates and crude oil; the growth effect of transportation investment; the economic impacts of a government default in stochastic overlapping generations model under homogeneous investor expectations; a new approach to the estimation of the total factor productivity dynamics and of the rate of disembodied technical change in the context of Cobb-Douglas production function with constant returns to scale; investment dynamics in Solow's Growth Model; financial performance and intellectual capital; financial integration, house price dynamics and saving rate divergence in an overlapping generations model with intra-EMU and Asian-U.S. trade imbalances; regional competitiveness within the cluster's territory; and the methodology and implementation of a knowledge management system in a polytechnic school.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-945-0
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Progress in Economics Research. Volume 38

Editor: Albert Tavidze

Series: Progress in Economics Research

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
In this next volume of Progress in Economics Research, chapters discuss the Solow growth model with network production functions; the government sector and regional corruption in Italian regions; the development of Aberdeen as leading leisure destination; national benchmarking counties regarding a sustainable economic growth profile using the world bank JoGGs model; urbanization in China; spatial analysis of international tourism in Chinese cities; and public private partnerships and opportunities for infrastructural development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-106-4
ISBN: 978-1-53611-327-3

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Shift Work: Impacts, Disorders and Studies

Editors: Wan He and Lili Yu

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
Shift work has been associated to several negative consequences for the workers. In general, it can be said that the effects on health, to some extent derived from the desynchronization between working hours and the circadian system, have been the most studied by the scientific community. Chapter One aims at presenting the main impacts of shift work at the family level and social life, particularly in terms of work-family conflict, marital relationships, parenting and participation in social/community life. Chapter Two reviews the main cardiovascular disorders and risk factors associated with shift work, the main mechanisms linking shift work and cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, stroke, arterial stiffness and early arterial aging, providing a brief description of the latest studies in the area, their implications for cardiovascular prevention, clinical practice and therapy. Chapter Three intends to present and reflect on the key strategies that can be implemented in an organizational context in order to promote adaptation to shift work.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-460-6
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Competitive Advantage: Strategies, Management and Performance

Editors: Cam Caldwell, Ph.D. and Verl Anderson (Alexandria, USA)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Publication Date: 2017 -3rd Quarter

Book Description:
As firms struggle in the modern era to achieve financial success, many recognize that a global economy has made their task more challenging than ever before. Universal access to the latest information and the ability to duplicate technological capabilities make it difficult for firms to sustain previously existing competitive advantages.

Business leaders understand that the challenges that they face require a new and much more behavioral approach to managing their companies than has been successful in the past. In this volume, we address the quest for success in a world where innovation and constant change threaten the status quo.

Today’s successful leaders recognize the importance of creating organizational cultures that build trust, treat employees as valued partners, and provide those employees with the resources to constantly learn.

Emphasizing a value-based and behavioral approach to managing employees, many of the chapters of this book address the importance of a strategic approach that is committed to both organizational excellence and the best interests of a company’s employees.

Nearly eighty years ago, Chester Barnard emphasized that successful organizations both pursue a worthy purpose that benefits society and strive to satisfy the individual needs of its membership. This volume endorses the importance that successful organizations today are committed to values that inspire others, work for the best interests of the global community, and demonstrate a commitment to constant improvement.

The theme of this volume is that competitive advantage can best be achieved by leaders and companies that are constantly learning, looking for more effective and efficient ways to assist customers, and those who are dedicated to innovation and the pursuit of excellence.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-205-3
ISBN: 978-1-53612-225-1

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Rural Communities in the Global Economy: Beyond The Classical Rural Economy Paradigms

Editors: Istudor Nicolae, Ignacio de los Ríos and Andrei Jean Vasile (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
This book fills a gap between theory and practice in the field of the rural communities’ research.
The book consists of fourteen chapters which analyze specific aspects and suggest possible solutions regarding rural communities in the global economy, insisting on the recent transformations of the classical rural economy paradigms in contemporary economies. The main topics of the book are centered but not limited to the following aspects:
-Recent transformations of the rural communities
-Rural paradigm agricultural and food models
-Rural sustainable investments
-Consumption models
-Business investments strategies in rural areas
-Transition economics and market reforms in rural economy
-Market inequity and rural economy
-Business models and start-ups in rural areas.

This book tries to provide insights and support for policy makers, investors, researchers - all of this connecting to the rural communities in the global economy. In this context, the objective of the book is to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area of green rural communities in the global economy and their impact on sustainable development of competitive markets.
The main objectives of the book are:
-to create a reference for professionals, practitioners, academia and students in field of the rural economy paradigms;
-to present and analyze the latest findings in the field of the recent transformations of the rural communities
-the paradigms change of rural communities in the global economy;
-to create a working paradigm regarding the rural economy

The book, Rural Communities in the Global Economy - Beyond The Classical Rural Economy Paradigms will definitely impact editors’ fields of research, since it is mainly related to the rural communities in the global economy and the sustainable development of the rural economy through a range of activities, including green entrepreneurship and the “working with people” model. The publication is also a continuation of editors’ research of the rural communities in the global economy taking into account the structures in modern business and society.

Convinced of its utility, the editors are confident that Rural Communities in the Global Economy - Beyond the Classical Rural Economy Paradigms will become a milestone in the field and will stir debates regarding this research topic. This book is addressed to professionals and researchers working in the field of rural communities’ economy research and management.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-238-3
ISBN: 978-1-53610-255-0

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Infrastructure Investments: Politics, Barriers and Economic Consequences

Editors: Gisele Ferreira Tiryaki and André Luís Mota dos Santos (Department of Economics, Universidade Federal da Bahia/UFBA, Brazil)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives

Publication Date: 2017

Book Description:
The quality of infrastructure services is key to the production and trade of goods and services, contributing to the productivity and competitiveness of an economy. Efficient infrastructure services also promote the wellbeing of the population by boosting labor productivity. Altogether, infrastructure investment tends to promote greater economic growth. Infrastructure provision involves investments in capital intensive assets with long term maturity and high levels of sunk costs. Thus, identifying the risk factors and barriers to the efficient provision of energy, transport, telecommunication and water services, as well as designing policies conducive to such initiatives are essential.

Macroeconomic stability, improved governance institutions, and appropriate regulatory measures are some of the aspects which need to be addressed in order to avoid infrastructure bottlenecks that compromise long term economic growth. Political and regulatory matters are particularly relevant to the performance of infrastructure initiatives, especially to those that involve private sponsors, due to the large scale and scope of economies that are often present in most infrastructure ventures.

This book aims to provide a thorough review of the fundamental issues being currently discussed with regards to initiatives in infrastructure sectors. Relying on statistical and econometric analyses, as well as on case studies and in depth literature surveys, this text hopes to provide a diagnostic of the relevant aspects to be addressed when planning and executing long term infrastructure investments.

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ISBN: 978-1-53610-792-0
ISBN: 978-1-53610-808-8

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