What are the benefits and problems of off-shoring? Can firms really be as powerful as nation states? How useful is PEST for developing effective strategies? How will the 2008 financial crisis impact business?Only David Needle’s bestselling textbook introduces you to the full picture of modern business – the innovators, the regulators, the defining issues, and the turbulence.
Business in Context 4e provides an introduction to the business environment and the key functions of business placed within a managerial, organizational and environmental context. Offering a dynamic and contemporary global perspective on business, key issues are debated and supported by practical cases from well-known international companies. The latest edition of David Needle?s best-selling functional business environment text has been thoroughly revised and rewritten, with expanded coverage of management, new chapters on globalization and ethics, new cases, improved pedagogy and text design, and increased web support for the lecturer and student. Business in Context 4e provides an introduction to the business environment and the key functions of business placed within a managerial, organizational and environmental context. Offering a dynamic and contemporary global perspective on business, key issues are debated and supported by practical cases from well-known international companies. The latest edition of David Needle?s best-selling functional business environment text has been thoroughly revised and rewritten, with expanded coverage of management, new chapters on globalization and ethics, new cases, improved pedagogy and text design, and increased web support for the lecturer and student.
The sixth edition of Business in Context follows the same style and structure of the previous edition and has been updated throughout. The international content has been increased to better reflect the global nature of this topic and coverage of subjects such as the global financial crisis, sustainability and ethics has been improved. Taking a broad approach, this edition will be invaluable for students studying introductory business courses from undergraduate to MBA level.
Brings together the research of world-class commentators on China from across Europe to explore the policy aspects of the China-EU relationship. Aimed at practitioners, this book shows how to relate to China practically and understand its complexities for business purposes, including investment, social unrest, and China's five-year program.
Designed to be used either as a primary text or with any Law and Religion or First Amendment text, Law and Religion: Cases in Context presents descriptions and discussions of the landmark cases in law and religion and the First Amendment. Cases are selected from the leading religion and First Amendment casebooks, and the authors provide insights into the significance of each while revealing its context and, for many, details about what happened after the case was concluded. This unique text will intrigue students and engage their interest with: - Accessible prose and interesting illustrations; - Cases that involve issues that continue to confound the courts: creation science and evolution; public religious symbols like the cross and the crèche; private religious clothing like the yarmulke and the khimar; tax policy and religion; - Engaging characters, such as: Guy Ballard, who told customers that he was chosen by Saint Germain as a divine messenger and possessed supernatural healing powers that they could purchase; Officer and Doctor Simcha Goldman, who wore a yarmulke to the psychology clinic until an irritated military attorney complained to Goldman's superiors that the yarmulke was not permitted under Air Force regulations; Kimberlie Webb, a Philadelphia police officer who lost her efforts to wear a headscarf while in uniform and on duty; Ronald Rosenberger, who successfully challenged the University of Virginia's denial of funding to his evangelical publication, Wide Awake; - Insights from leading law and religion scholars of diverse professional, religious, geographical, and institutional backgrounds. In her role as editor, Leslie C. Griffin, who holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University as well as a J.D. from Stanford Law School, has brought together an impressive group of contributors to create Law and Religion: Cases in Context.
The fourth edition of Accounting in a Business Context provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to accounting and finance for students on business and business-related courses. Fully revised and up-dated, it offers the ideal balance of coverage of financial accounting, management accounting and finance topics. Presented in a readable and accessible way using numerous real world examples, this highly popular text is the most complete text on the market for students from non-accounting disciplines. By focusing on how managers use information in the business world, rather than how accountants prepare it, the authors successfully covey the role of accounting in its wider managerial setting without burdening the student with unnecessary technical detail or accounting jargon. The book is pedagogically well developed and includes learning objectives, exercises, examples, case studies, diagrams, summaries, review questions, and a companion website to supplement the text. This ever-popular text enjoys a wide readership amongst students taking an introductory course in accounting and finance at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate level.
This title emphasizes the different contexts in which business communication takes place. It introduces the reader to the situations faced by business professionals and provides guidelines for the principles, practices and skills needed to achieve communication success.
In a world where there are increasing concerns about graduate underemployment and likely career trajectories, it is not surprising that there is a significant body of literature examining graduate careers in post-industrial societies. However, it has become increasingly evident in recent years that there is a stark disconnect between academics who research employment and education, and careers and employability professionals. Graduate Careers in Context?brings these two separate groups together for the first time in order to provide a better understanding of graduate careers. The book addresses the problems surrounding the graduate labour market and its relationship to higher education and public policy. Drawing on varied perspectives, the contributors provide a comprehensive examination of issues such as geography, mobility and employability, before presenting and discussing the benefits of future collaboration between practitioners and academic researchers.? The interdisciplinary focus of this book will make it of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the areas of education, sociology, social policy, business studies and career guidance and coaching. It should also be essential reading for practitioners who wish to consider their role and responsibilities within the changing higher education market.
This book provides a sustained treatment of the politico-legal context and content of a proposed business and human rights treaty.
In a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their citizens. The expectation that companies respect human rights in their own operations and in their business relationships is now a business reality that corporations need to respond to. Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice is the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary textbook that addresses these issues. It examines the regulatory framework that grounds the business and human rights debate and highlights the business and legal challenges faced by companies and stakeholders in improving respect for human rights, exploring such topics as: the regulatory framework that grounds the business and human rights debate challenges faced by companies and stakeholders in improving human rights industry-specific human rights standards current mechanisms to hold corporations to account future challenges for business and human rights With supporting case studies throughout, this text provides an overview of current themes in the field and guidance on practical implementation, demonstrating that a thorough understanding of the human rights challenges faced by business is now vital in any business context.
The ideas presented in this book have been incubating for over 25 years. I was in the first grade, I believe, when the ideas that eventually developed into this social psychology of creativity first began to germinate. The occasion was art class, a weekly Friday afternoon event during which we were given small reproductions of the great masterworks and asked to copy them on notepaper using the standard set of eight Crayola® crayons. I had left kindergarten the year before with encour agement from the teacher about developing my potential for artistic creativity. During these Friday afternoon exercises, however, I developed nothing but frus tration. Somehow, Da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi" looked wrong after I'd fin ished with it. I wondered where that promised creativity had gone. I began to believe then that the restrictions placed on my artistic endeavors contributed to my loss of interest and spontaneity in art. When, as a social psy chologist, I began to study intrinsic motivation, it seemed to me that this moti vation to do something for its own sake was the ingredient that had been missing in those strictly regimented art classes. It seemed that intrinsic motivation, as defined by social psychologists, might be essential to creativity. My research pro gram since then has given considerable support to that notion. As a result, the social psychology of creativity presented in this book gives prominence to social variables that affect motivational orientation.
The best marketing doesn't just focus on the individual psychology of the consumer, it operates at a cultural level. It frames choices so that the consumer isn't aware their buying decisions are being influenced. Hackley shows how marketing must set the scene and identify the broader cultural context to successfully influence consumers.
The unending process of globalization and liberalization of market and economy has expanded opportunities and prompted the introduction of new ideas of leadership and management. The proliferation of business strategies in globalized world necessitates the need for expanding socio-environmental concerns of business. Sustainability of Business in the Context of Environmental Management studies the newly emerged concept of sustainable business in view of the growing Indian economy. It explores the current corporate social responsibility practices adopted with special reference to environmental management in Indian companies. The book compares the legal, financial, economic, industrial, and social behavioural aspects. Out of these aspects, industrial aspect in view of environmental management is discussed in detail. It also explores the forces driving the changing relationship between business and society and corporate leadership reacting to environmental challenges. Finally, the book restates the concept of increasing profitability through societal development.
The regulation of business in the global economy poses one of the main challenges for governance, as illustrated by the dynamic scholarly and policy debates about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and a possible international treaty on the matter. This book takes on the conceptual and legal underpinnings of global governance approaches to business and human rights, with an emphasis on the Guiding Principles (GPs) and attention to the current treaty process. Analyses of the GPs have tended to focus on their static dimension, such as the standards they include, rather than on their capacity to change, to push the development of new norms, and practices that might go beyond the initial content of the GPs and improve corporate compliance with human rights. This book engages both the static and dynamic dimensions of the GPs, and considers the issue through the eyes of scholars and practitioners from different parts of the world.
Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technology and digital media. This book claims that what people really care about when they complain and protest that privacy has been violated is not the act of sharing information itself—most people understand that this is crucial to social life —but the inappropriate, improper sharing of information. Arguing that privacy concerns should not be limited solely to concern about control over personal information, Helen Nissenbaum counters that information ought to be distributed and protected according to norms governing distinct social contexts—whether it be workplace, health care, schools, or among family and friends. She warns that basic distinctions between public and private, informing many current privacy policies, in fact obscure more than they clarify. In truth, contemporary information systems should alarm us only when they function without regard for social norms and values, and thereby weaken the fabric of social life.
Examines several current clinical approaches to trauma focused treatment, integrating these interventions into a broader clinical context. Emphasizes basic therapeutic skills such as empathic listening, instilling resilience, and creating meaning, in the service of empirically-supported, highly efficacious trauma interventions.
This timely Handbook establishes the ‘contextualization’ of the learning organization idea as a research field.
In recent years collective litigation procedures have spread across the globe, accompanied by hot controversy and normative debate. Yet virtually nothing is known about how these procedures operate in practice. Based on extensive documentary and interview research, this volume presents the results of the first comparative investigation of class actions and group litigation 'in action', in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.