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Editor(s): Maria Llop
eISBN: 978-1-60805-217-2, 2011
Environmental pollution has received the attention of both economists and ecologists who have integrated their ideas and concepts in recent decades. Production and consumption of material goods generates residuals that are disposed in the environment. Air emissions constitute one of the most important residuals, including greenhouse gases, as well as localized substances toxic to human health and the environment. How economic activity affects gas emissions is valuable information for pollution control and is extremely useful for defining and implementing successful environmental policies, aimed at improving the global efficiency of an economy.
The e-book presents the relationship between economic activities and air pollution. It describes research contributions focused on showing the properties and the usefulness of National Accounting Matrices with Environmental Accounts (NAMEA). Additionally, demonstrates the most recent advances in the input-output methodology and linear extended multisectorial models to capture the gas emissions processes with empirical applications of these methods to specific countries. The contents of the e-book make it an interesting platform of new knowledge for both academic public and people in national agencies of environmental regulation.
Author(s): A. R. Memari
eISBN: 978-1-60805-069-7, 2009
This Ebook has been written in an easy style to understand the way to establish full clarity of the two subjects, dealt in the text books, Part “A” – Professional Practice and Ethics, and Part “B” - Engineering Law and Professional Liability. It eases the tough and complicated language used in the two textbooks. The simplicity of the language utilized to prepare the answers to the questions of the previous Professional Practice Examinations, paves a way to follow and understand these two subjects easily. The Ebook can be considered as an essential prerequisite to the two textbooks assigned to the PPE candidates. The PPE candidates should consider this book as a useful tool in order to prepare themselves for the Examination.
Author(s): Andrew Schmitz, Norbert L. Wilson, Charles B. Moss and David Zilberman
eISBN: 978-1-60805-233-2, 2011
Considerable effort and money are devoted to developing alternative energy sources, such as wind power, solar power, cellulosic ethanol, and biofuels. This ebook is a collection of research papers on alternative energy sources presented at the Economics of Alternative Energy Sources and Globalization: The Road Ahead Conference that was held in November 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Thirty-three papers were presented by leading experts in the field, with about half being published in the e-book. Several of the papers explored the economics of biofuels produced from corn, sugarcane, and/or forestry materials. Two of the papers addressed the link between biofuel production and U.S. agricultural policy, and how biofuels could reduce U.S. Treasury costs even though biofuels increase food prices. International subsidies promote alternative fuel production (e.g., Brazil). This ebook should be a very useful resource for readers interested in alternative energy research and related economic policy.
Editor(s): Kakuro Amasaka
eISBN: 978-1-60805-282-0, 2012
When we look at the quality management issues that have faced, both, in Japan and the rest of the world recently, it is clear that a next-generation quality management practice is required, featuring a rational approach that will motivate people and revitalize organizations. We need to reassess the way quality management is carried out in the manufacturing industry and establish ‘Science Total Quality Management (TQM), new quality management principle’, as a next-generation management technology. In this e-book, the author proposes the ‘Science TQM, new quality management principle’ aimed at the evolution of manufacturing, and demonstrates its effectiveness. This contemporary principle of Japanese management science - a scientific quality management method – has been the key to success in global production and facilitates globally consistent levels of quality and simultaneous production worldwide.
Specifically, Science TQM consists of several core technologies designed to address specific areas of corporate operations: the ‘Total Marketing System, TMS’ for sales, the ‘Total Development System, TDS’ for development and design, the ‘Total Production System, TPS’ for production technology and manufacturing, and the ‘Total Intelligence Management System, TIS’ and ‘Total Job Quality Management System, TJS’ for administrative and managerial functions. These systems are then effectively linked through ‘Science SQC, new quality control principle’, to rationally achieve strategic quality management.
The focus of this book is thus the theory and application of strategic quality management through the application of ‘Science TQM’. The effectiveness of Science TQM is then demonstrated at Toyota Motor Corporation -one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturing companies. The author, a leading ex-general manager of TQM promotion division of Toyota Motor Corporation, shows how to align them to develop competitive quality throughout the business process that covers from the creation of product concept through manufacturing and selling to delivery to clients by actual cases. This is an e-book to be benchmarked by research professionals and practitioners who are interested in developing competitive quality of their business in the prevailing global competition. This e-book is also strongly recommended to senior managers such has top level executives who are not directly involved in so-called quality management practices because quality is the outcome of the dynamics of most activities of the company as well as the kernel of competitiveness.
The essence of TQM is reflected in ‘Total Quality Management’. Science and technology, team work, collaboration with internal as well as external members, training and skill, data and information, knowledge, and organizational alignment are all important ingredients to be combined systematically and strategically. Linking all ingredients for quality in consistent and effective ways is a key to competitiveness.
Readers will find not only quality related practices, but also the linking capacity for executing TQM practices as well as understand the implicit scientific, behavioral and organizational insights necessary to achieve real quality.
Editor(s): Alex Gofman (Deceased) and Howard R. Moskowitz
eISBN: 978-1-60805-284-4, 2012
Consumers have been increasingly involved in the innovation process in the last few decades, a major driving force of business success. This involvement is critically important for innovation, particularly in product development.
However, consumers frequently cannot articulate exactly what they need, want, or like if they are asked directly. It is very difficult for consumers to articulate their needs and desires. Therefore, researchers have to use other means to understand their motivations. There are many arguments suggesting that focus groups cannot create a reliable direction for new product development (NPD) or message optimization. A solution for this problem lies in a systematic, structured and disciplined experimentation with consumers - presenting them with a set of experimentally-designed products or concepts and soliciting their preferences. It is much easier for consumers to choose a preferred option from a set of concepts. New technologies make it easier than ever to conduct complex experiments quickly and inexpensively. The expanded use of experimentation provides an opportunity to take innovation to a new level.
Rule Developing Experimentation (RDE) is an increasingly popular, structured, consumer-based experimentation methodology. RDE works with prototypes, either physical prototypes, prototypes created out of language (concepts), or prototypes created out of visual stimuli (design and packaging). In business, RDE is used both to understand existing products, product categories and packages, as well as to create next generation offerings in the process of new product development (NPD).
Rule Developing Experimentation: A Systematic Approach to Understand & Engineer the Consumer Mind explains RDE concepts, beginning from its origins, to novel consumer research techniques and covers applications relevant to a real market context. Readers are also introduced to the concept of Mind Genomics® - a more holistic approach to gaining insight into the consumer mind.
Editor(s): Matjaž Mulej and Robert G. Dyck
eISBN: 978-1-60805-904-1, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60805-905-8 ISSN: 2589-3033 (Print) ISSN: 2352-3336 (Online)
Current global economic crises call for social responsibility to replace neo-liberalistic, one-sided and short-term criteria causing monopolies of global enterprises. The triad ‘freedom, brotherhood, equality’ and ‘the invisible hand’ support the hypothesis of interdependence among humans. Humanity’s existence is endangered under the threat of global capitalism, unless the social responsibility’s concept ‘everyone’s social responsibility impacts everyone in society’ becomes the new socio-economic order, realized alongside concepts as ‘interdependence’ and ‘holism’ and using its principles of accountability, transparency, ethical behavior, respect for stakeholders, for the rule of law, for international norms and human rights.
Social Responsibility – A non-technological innovation process explores the realm of social responsibility in the context of innovation, business practice and economic crises. Readers can apply related principles to their business practices and enhance their business prospects in a modern environment facing the challenges of socio-economic crises.
This volume is intended for graduates and professionals working in government organizations and commercial enterprises, to learn basic concepts about social responsibility and introduce holistic management practices in their daily and professional lives.
Author(s): Robert G. Dyck
Editor(s): Matjaž Mulej
eISBN: 978-1-60805-906-5, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60805-907-2 ISSN: 2589-3033 (Print) ISSN: 2352-3336 (Online)
Current global economic crises call for social responsibility to replace neo-liberalistic, one-sided and short-term criteria causing monopolies of global.
Author(s): Emmanuel C. Alozie
eISBN: 978-1-60805-976-8, 2015
“Capitalist Realism” in Africa: Realities and Myths in Advertising is a multifaceted analysis of the role of advertising in the national development of Nigeria, and by extension, other African Nations. The book examines the unique political, cultural and religious systems that create the context for advertising in African countries and describes the unique historical, social, economic, communication and political context within which the practice of advertising takes place.
Since the end of the Cold War, the several African nations (or "emerging countries") have undertaken concrete efforts to reform their political, social, and economic institutions as they strive to join the global economy and improve the socioeconomic conditions of their citizens. To achieve these goals, administrators have relied on various forms of mass media – including advertising – to promote these reforms and socioeconomic development. Despite some unique challenges and opportunities as well as controversies surrounding the role of advertising in developing economies, advertising literature relevant to African countries remains in a blind spot. “Capitalist Realism” in Africa: Realities and Myths in Advertising bridges this gap by offering an in-depth analysis of advertising in an area of the world that has been largely neglected and provides a ground for generating a discussion about the practice of advertising in an African context.
Editor(s): Ilias P. Vlachos and George Malindretos
eISBN: 978-1-68108-025-3, 2015
Many studies on environmental and business sustainability have been conducted over the last couple of decades. These studies demonstrate that the concept of sustainability management can be applied to several industries. Consumers around the globe are increasingly interested in sustainable consumption and they turn their attention into sustainable products, thus, campaigning for banning companies and supply chains that do not operate under sustainable ethos.
Markets, Business and Sustainability is a collection of selected reports that examine business sustainability, market sustainability and supply chain sustainability in a variety of contexts and using diverse methodologies. This reference work emphasizes the profound impact of sustainability management on markets and business. Readers are presented with critical analyses on different dimensions of sustainability. This book covers the applications of sustainable management techniques in construction, city logistics and the food industry.
Sustainability management practitioners, consumers, as well as students and academics can enrich their understanding about the business dimension of sustainability and also find references of available literature on the subject. The information presented in this reference is also helpful to senior business leaders seeking to create a vision, mission and strategy for their companies in order to create sustainable value, and an organizational culture of sustainability.
Editor(s): Kazuhiro Ohnishi
eISBN: 978-1-68108-038-3, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-68108-039-0 ISSN: 2405-8424 (Print) ISSN: 2405-8432 (Online)
This eBook presents recent case studies on firms and their strategy employed in specific scenarios and industries. Readers will find, in this volume, an analysis of oligopolistic industries done by using various economic models. These models attempt to explain changes to the competitive environment owing to strategic firm behavior, that is, on the assumption that firms are able to compete effectively and advantageously against rivals through applying strategic initiatives. This eBook investigates the behavior of profit-maximizing firms as well as labor-managed, state-owned and joint-stock firms. Fifteen chapters present empirical or theoretical findings, and develop the economic analysis of firm behavior.
eISBN: 978-1-68108-253-0, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68108-254-7 ISSN: 2405-8424 (Print) ISSN: 2405-8432 (Online)
This is the second volume of the book series featuring empirical research conducted on business decision making policies of oligopolistic organizations. This volume brings together 11 chapters that cover economic and mathematical models to illustrate strategic decision making among different organizations. Topics covered in this volume include, the theory of firm behavior, the Bertrand model of an incumbent and a potential industrial entrant, strategic interactions in vertically related industries, financial losses of enterprises caused by breaks of information security systems and the association of certain funding choices with efficiency in small medium enterprises. Thus the volume encompasses a fresh collection of works on firm behavior and industrial economics.
eISBN: 978-1-68108-625-5, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68108-626-2 ISSN: 2405-8424 (Print) ISSN: 2405-8432 (Online)
This volume of the series features 14 chapters covering theoretical and empirical research on strategic decision making of monopolistic and oligopolistic organizations. Topics covered in this volume include strategic behavior of different types of firms, identifying insiders in organizations, the relationship of employees’ green behavior with environmental sustainability, the relationship between firm size and export-intensities of manufacturing firms in India in a discriminating oligopoly model, and how industrial economics modeling can be particularly useful to analyze development issues in a context of food safety regulations. This volume is suitable for academics, students and professionals studying firm behavior in the fields of economics, business administration, policymaking and engineering.