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Out of Our Minds

“It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way andyou lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the otherway and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realizeour true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to actdifferently towards each other. We must learn to be creative.”
Ken Robinson

PRAISE FOR OUT OF OUR MINDS

“Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems.”
John Cleese

“Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today’sworld is a vital necessity. This book is not to be missed.”
Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-minute Manager and The Secret

“If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival andgrowth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, providesimportant insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices.”
Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Rresearch Fellow, Harvard Business School; Best-selling Author, Geeks and Geezers

“All corporate leaders should read this book.”
Richard Scase, Author and Business Forecaster

“This really is a remarkable book. It does for human resources what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the environment.”
Wally Olins, Founder, Wolff-olins

“Books about creativity are not always creative. Ken Robinson’s is a welcome exception”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, c.s. and d.j. Davidson Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University; Director, Quality of Life Research Center; Best-selling Author, Flow

“The best analysis I’ve seen of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds ofcreativity that we need today in our organizations and our society.”
Howard Gardner, a. hobbs professor in cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Best-selling Author, Frames of Mind

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A Global Perspective on Real Estate Cycles

In March 1999, New York University Salomon Center in assocIatIOn with the Department of Finance at NYU Stern held a one-day conference on the impact of real estate cycles on the real estate industry both from a domestic as well as an international perspective. The conference featured the leading research on this topic in the United States, Europe and Asia. Currendy, the real estate industry is at a critical point. New development projects around the world are being put on hold given recent developments in the international capital markets. The industry is hard hit by the decline in real estate investment trust (REIT) share prices and a shrink ing pool of capital for real estate ventures. This has unfortunately coincided with serious financial problems of very large hedge funds and other institutional investors in the market for commercial mortgage backed securities. There is need for new insights into the implications of U. S. and global real estate cycles on real estate secu rities including REITs and mortgage-backed securities as well as direct real estate investment. This global orientation is important given the high mobility of capital into the real estate, the increasing integration of real estate markets, and the proposed expan sion of real estate investment trusts (REIT) into international real estate. The process of globalization has resulted in increased competition between cities for the attrac tion of investment.

Organization Theory and Design

Discover the most progressive thinking about organizations today as acclaimed author Richard Daft balances recent, innovative ideas with proven classic theories and effective business practices. Daft’s best-selling ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN presents a captivating, compelling snapshot of contemporary organizations and the concepts driving their success that will immediately engage any reader. Recognized as one of the most systematic, well-organized texts in the market, the 12th edition of ORGANIZATION THEORY AND DESIGN helps both future and current managers thoroughly prepare for the challenges of today’s business world. This revision showcases some of today’s most current examples and research alongside time-tested principles. Readers see how many of today’s well-known organizations thrive amidst a rapidly changing, highly competitive international environment. New learning features provide opportunities for readers to apply concepts and refine personal business skills and insights.
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The Adaptive Enterprise

Complete with strategies and processes for embracing business change rapidly and gracefully, this book gives IT managers clear and practical ways to guide a company through Internet-induced change. A number of successful models are provided that illustrate how to plan efficiently and how to implement an adaptive enterprise infrastructure. Designing an adaptive infrastructure is addressed, as are the major opportunities and challenges faced. People issues are emphasized as well, leading managers to understand that an organization can make great technology choices, but without the right people and processes technology choices won’t bring the expected success. How to achieve an optimal balance between immediate needs and long-term goals is also examined.

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The Agile Enterprise

One of the first widely available resources on the subject of adaptive enterprise.

The text takes on a new and burgeoning field of study and development and provides the opportunity to help shape and guide the thinking of decision makers in the world of both public and private sectors.

The authors contribute a wealth of experience from professional situations having worked for IBM Global Services Consulting Group and SAP Institute for Innovation and Development.

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Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing

On the verge of the global information society, enterprises are competing for markets that are becoming global and driven by customer demand, and where growing specialisation is pushing them to focus on core competencies and look for partnerships to provide products and services. Simultaneously the public demands environmentally sustainable industries and urges manufacturers to mind the whole life span of their products and production resources. Information infrastructure systems are anticipated to offer services enabling and catalyzing the strategies of manufacturing companies responding to these challenges: they support the formation of extended enterprises, the mastering of full product and process life cycles, and the digitalization of the development process. Information infrastructure systems would accommodate access to and transformation of information as required by the various authorized stakeholders involved in the life phases of products or production resources. Services should be available to select and present all relevant information for situations involving any kind of players, during any life phase of a product or artifact, at any moment and at any place.

Infrastructure Risk Management Processes

Prepared by the Risk and Vulnerability Committee of the Council on Disaster Risk Management of ASCE

This CDRM Monograph discusses quantification of exposure and vulnerability of complex, spatially distributed systems, yielding estimates of local and systemwide potential losses for different alternatives in multihazard decision situations. These situations require an integration of scientific, engineering, social, administrative, psychological, and political processes with advances, setbacks, and many uncertainties. This monograph consists of eight papers that illustrate work done to date and plans for work to be done on managing these risks for potable water, electric power, transportation, and other infrastructure systems threatened by earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, severe storms, saboteurs, and various other hazards.

Topics include:

hazard issues; systems evaluation issues; risk criteria issues; and systems management issues.

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What Really Counts for Ceos. Connect the Dots Between Marketing & Sales. Regain Control of Your Company’s Roi.

It s a brave new world for CEOs; from print advertising to Web 2.0 social networks; CEOs of every sized company still have no idea which part of their marketing works, which part doesn t and what they should invest in to enhance their company s long-term success. Gal Borenstein’s What Really Counts for CEOs, uncovers the key challenges CEOs face, and gives you the tools needed to treat marketing as a science. You will be asked to think differently, to ask the right questions to your marketing, sales and communication teams that will produce better answers that lead to meaningful metrics resulting in marketing outcomes that can be repeated and adjusted accordingly. In short, you will find out What Really Counts and make it work hard for your money.

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Retail Marketing and Sales Performance

The purpose of this research project is to contribute to effective retail by determining the impacts of the elements of retail marketing interventions on sales performance in franchises and branches. The approach comprises a series of complementary surveys of franchisees, branch managers, shop visitors and customers. This is enriched with secondary data and sector-specific structural detail to determine the direct and mediating effects of retail marketing on sales performance. Through factor analysis results provide evidence that Retail Marketing has a high and positive, direct-structural impact on sales performance. Christoph Preuss contributes to the development of the dichotomy of branch and franchise management by exploring their operational differences. Retailers can exploit retail marketing more effectively if they understand that structural retail marketing parameters make the greatest impact on an outlet’s sales performance.

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Social Work Management and Leadership

Management and leadership are increasingly important within the organisation and delivery of social care services and now form part of the post qualification framework for social workers. Yet, whilst there is a relatively broad understanding of management concepts and their application in social care, their foundations often go unchallenged both by students and managers. Furthermore, leadership is open to a wide range of interpretations and is often ill-defined with the expectation that we share a common understanding of the term.

This text promotes an appreciation of the development of management and leadership thinking and the different themes which inform current ideas. It considers these topics from a range of theoretical standpoints in order to stimulate readers to consider their own experience and expectations of management and leadership. It then demonstrates how these standpoints might promote innovative approaches to management and leadership within social care organisations and ways in which such organisations might then develop. The aim of this challenging text is to encourage critical and informed reflection on current practice.

Social Work Management and Leadership is essential reading for students of management and leadership in social care as well as being an invaluable resource for managers who simply wish to consider new approaches to their practice.