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Friday, 29 April 2011

Information Technology and the Networked Economy


Information Technology and the Networked Economy, Second Edition by Patrick G. McKeown
Publisher: Course Technology; 2 edition (July 15, 2002) | ISBN: 003034851X | 493 pages | PDF | 18.7 MB

In this text you will explore how information systems are used in business, and, more importantly, how the role of information systems has grown as a result of the telecommunications revolution.
About the Author
Dr. Patrick McKeown has been at the University of Georgia since 1976. He received his bachelor?s and master?s degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill. McKeon has published more than 30 textbooks and close to 50 articles in the areas of management science and information systems.


The book is divided into five parts:Introduction to Information Technology and the Networked Economy;Information Systems in Organizations;Electronic Commerce: Strategy and Technology;Development of Information Systems;Issues in the Networked Economy.
Part 1 provides information about the networked economy and information technology. This part includes chapters on the networked economy, elements of information technology, and networks for sharing data, information, and resources. This section introduces the risks facing all organizations and the use of information systems to address those risks. Part 2 covers the effects of information technology on organizations and includes chapters on transaction processing systems for handling the present, organizational memory for remembering the past, and decision support systems for preparing for the future. This section provides the student with a complete discussion of information systems as they enable organizations in the networked economy not just to survive, but to grow. Part 3 discusses electronic commerce strategy and technology. The chapter on electronic commerce strategy provides the student with a basis for understanding the benefits and threats associated with the Internet and Web and strategies for dealing with those threats. The chapter on electronic commerce technology discusses a number of the technologies used to make electronic commerce a viable revenue stream for businesses. Part 4 considers the issues involved in developing or acquiring information systems. This includes topics on designing new information systems and deciding whether to acquire, outsource, or internally develop the new system. This section also covers the process of developing an information system. These chapters provide he student with an understanding of the systems development process including the structured systems development approach, rapid application development (RAD), autsourcing, and acquisition. Finally, part 5 covers the impact of information technology and the networked economy on society in the areas of security, crime, privacy, ethics, health, and societal issues. This section includes a chapter on crime and security in organizations, a chapter on privacy and ethical issues, and a chapter on the societal issues associated with information technology and the networked economy.


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Cases on Information Technology Planning, Design and Implementation (Repost)


Mehdi Khosrowpour, «Cases on Information Technology Planning, Design and Implementation»
Idea Group Publishing | ISBN: 1599044080 | 2006 | PDF | 370 pages | 8.81 MB
Information technology has reformed and restructured the inner workings of companies, organizations and government agencies over the past several decades, and will continue to do so well into the future. Managers and administrators are constantly in search of new tools to be used in support of greater utilization and management of information technology applications in their prospective organizations. Cases on Information Technology Planning, Design and Implementation, part of Idea Group Inc.’s Cases on Information Technology Series, brings together a variety of real-life experiences of how other companies and organizations have successfully, or not so successfully, planned, designed, and implemented different applications using information technology.

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CJ Rhoads - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Managing Information Technology (Repost)


CJ Rhoads - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Managing Information Technology
Praeger Publishers | 2008 | ISBN: 0275995453 | Pages: 208 | PDF | 1.80 MB

Software. Hardware. Networks. Wireless. Entrepreneurs face a bewildering array of choices and decisions when it comes to incorporating technology into the fabric of their businesses. Yet nothing could be more important these days. Aligning information technology (IT) with business strategy is essential to meet and beat the competition. As business strategy and technology expert CJ Rhoads shows, managing information technology effectively is an essential skill that all entrepreneurs must develop, just as they develop skills in sales or finance. However, due to the immaturity of the IT industry, making good decisions about information technology is very difficult. Reliable and unbiased information is hard to find, and technical people are often unable to convey information in a way that makes sense to entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur's Guide to Managing Information Technology to the rescue! Reading this book could mean the difference between having reliable, effective systems that help your business flourish--or stumbling into hidden sink holes that drain employee motivation and hack away at profits. In addition to helping you level the playing field with technology salespeople hawking everything from handheld devices to complex networks, Rhoads answers the following questions: -How do I get the promised benefits of information technology? -How do I avoid the risks? -How do I plan for the information technology that I will need as the business grows? -How do I choose wisely from the plethora of platforms, products, and services that are available? -How do I avoid wasting money on technology that won't work for me? -How do I implement and coordinate technology so that it runs smoothly? -How do I manage the people, processes, and systems for the best value? Understanding the answers to these questions and putting them to work could mean the difference between success and failure in any entrepreneurial venture. Readers will learn to recognize hype when they see it, and they will focus on how to profit the most from IT. At the very least, readers will avoid thousands of dollars in lost costs by avoiding risky technology projects. The knowledge contained in this book separates the winners from the whiners in the quest to better employ information technology. Which would you like to be?

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Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology


Robert A. Schultz, «Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology»
IRM Press | ISBN: 1591407796 | 2005 | PDF | 208 pages | 3.56 MB
Information technology has produced new ethical challenges and concerns in dealing with issues about privacy, security, piracy and professional ethics. Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology discusses these issues as well as other important ethical issues such as the outsourcing of high-level jobs and the value of IT itself. The main framework for ethical problems used in Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology is derived from the work of the late philosopher John Rawls. Rawls contribution to ethics was a theory of justice rooted in the social contract theory of the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. The author s discussion of the value of IT also builds on the views of the philosopher, Martin Heidegger, on modern technology as an independent force in human existence with its own point-of-view. This book provides guidance for IT professionals and users for practical ethical problems

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Information Technology and Lawyers: Advanced Technology in the Legal Domain, from Challenges to Daily Routine


Information Technology and Lawyers: Advanced Technology in the Legal Domain, from Challenges to Daily Routine
Springer | ISBN 1402041454 | 2006-04-03 | PDF | 198 pages | 5.04MB
The area of Information Technology and Lawyers is a fascinating one. Both from a practical and an academic perspective the opportunities of applying Information Technology to law are tremendous. At the same time, however, lawyers are amongst the most conservative professionals, and traditional late adapters of technology. Nowadays the gap between Information Technology and Lawyers is closing more and more, in particular due to the Internet and the richness of legal sources that can be found online. This book provides material to further bridge the gap by showing people with a legal background what is possible with Information Technology now and in the near future, as well as by showing people with an IT background what opportunities exist in the domain of law. Any lawyer should read this book about the current practice of IT in the legal domain, and what is to be expected in the near future. The book is meant for both practitioners and academics, and can serve in any (post)graduate courses on computer science, law, business, etc.

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Leverage Competencies: What Financial Executives Need to Lead By Frederick C. Militello, Michael D. Schwalberg





Frederick C. Militello, Michael D. Schwalberg, «Leverage Competencies: What Financial Executives Need to Lead (Financial Times Prentice Hall Books)»
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall (February 19, 2002) | ISBN-10: 0130087580 | ISBN-13: 978-0130087584 | 256 Pages | PDF | 0.9 MB

In today's integrated and complex financial world, financial leaders can't succeed on financial skills alone. Today's most successful companies have discovered that "leveraged competencies" -- often referred to as "soft" or "leadership" skills -- are crucial to the success of financial leaders. Drawing upon research at eight outstanding global companies, this book provides a complete blueprint for enterprises who want tomorrow's leaders to have all the skills they need to win -- financial and leadership. This book focuses on the emotional competencies and leadership skills executives need to succeed at the highest level, presenting detailed case studies from several of the world's best companies, including Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dana Corp., Nortel Networks, Solvay Polymers, Synovus Financial, Unilever-HPC, and W.L. Gore & Associates. Part of a new series of books sponsored by the Financial Executives Research Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Financial Executives International, the preeminent professional association for senior financial executives, representing 15,000 financial executives worldwide. The Research Foundation, established in 1944, funded the research and case studies in this book. For all senior executives, in finance and beyond, who are interested in training new leaders for their company -- or becoming better leaders.
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How 8 world-class companies transform financial managers into outstanding business leaders.
Financial leaders can no longer succeed on financial skills alone. Today's most successful companies have discovered that "leveraged competencies"—"soft" or "leadership" skills—are even more crucial to success. Leverage Competencies is an indispensable guidebook for enterprises that want their executives to have all the emotional competencies and leadership skills they need to thrive at the very highest levels of the organization.
Drawing upon in-depth research at eight outstanding global companies, top financial consultant Frederick C. Militello, Jr. and leading executive psychologist Dr. Michael D. Schwalberg have compiled today's most promising approaches to financial leadership development. From creativity and adaptability to communications and teamwork, each of the companies they profile has found its own path—and each company's approach offers powerful insights for your enterprise.
* Unilever: Financial executive as "consigliere" Teaching financial leaders to act as confidantes at the highest levels * Air Products and Chemicals: Deeper personal assessments Simulations and other creative approaches to evaluation * Bristol-Myers Squibb: The crucial role of adaptability Encouraging the flexibility to handle non-stop change * W.L. Gore: Strategic vision can be taught Making sure finance keeps its place at the decision-making table * Synovus: Defining clear leadership models Specifying valued behaviors-and making them central to leadership programs * Dana: Hiring from the right environments Hiring leaders and team players from compatible military and sports backgrounds * Solvay Polymers: Formalized mentoring Coaching and mentoring programs that involve the entire company * Nortel Networks: Building on existing tools and processes Identifying the performance dimensions most relevant to finance
Leveraging Competencies is one of a new series of books sponsored by the Financial Executives Research Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Financial Executives International, the preeminent professional association for senior financial executives, representing 15,000 financial executives worldwide. The Research Foundation, established in 1944, funded the research and case studies in this book.
Building non-financial skills that are welcomed at the decision-making table
Promoting strategic vision, innovation, and entrepreneurial drive
Strengthening the "soft" communication and motivation skills that are crucial to success
Helping financial managers adapt more effectively to constant change
Propagating core corporate values throughout your leadership elite
The days of the "bean counter" are gone! But as you strive to deepen and broaden your financial leadership skills, is your company giving you the guidance you need? And if you're already a financial leader, are you successfully grooming tomorrow's leaders to meet the extraordinary challenges they'll face? Whether you're at the top or climbing the ladder, Leveraging Competencies will show you how today's best companies are helping executives strengthen the critical non-financial leadership skills that are crucial to success at the top of today's complex organizations.
Leading financial consultant Frederick C. Militello, Jr. and renowned executive leadership consultant Dr. Michael D. Schwalberg present detailed case studies from eight of the world's best companies: Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dana Corp., Nortel Networks, Solvay Polymers, Synovus Financial, Unilever-HPC, and W.L. Gore & Associates. Collectively, these case studies offer unprecedented insight into the art of transforming capable financial managers into outstanding business leaders.
"Clearly, in today's uncertain markets, companies increasingly need to look to finance to play an increased leadership role in enabling shareholder value. If you want to know what to look for in both the hiring and development of financial leaders, then this is the one book you should definitely read."—Peter H. Williams



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Financial Turnarounds: Preserving Enterprise Value By Henry A. Davis, William W. Sihler [Reup]


Henry A. Davis, William W. Sihler, «Financial Turnarounds: Preserving Enterprise Value (Financial Times Prentice Hall Books)»
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall; First Edition first Printing edition (February 13, 2002) | ISBN-10: 0130087572 | ISBN-13: 978-0130087577 | 336 Pages | PDF | 1 MB

In Financial Turnarounds: Preserving Enterprise Value, the world's leading corporate turnaround specialists teach the essential skills you need to manage a financial turnaround -- or, better yet, avoid the need for one. This book presents an in-depth, insider's look at twenty successful turnarounds representing every key industry segment. The authors provide case summaries, early warning signs, and financial findings for turnarounds in manufacturing (Maytag and Navistar) and retailing (Joseph A. Banks and Musicland), as well as high technology, real estate, and the services sector. They compare leading turnaround methods -- financial and non-financial. Finally, they offer practical guidance for recognizing the early warning signs of financial disaster -- and taking effective action to avoid it. Part of a new series of books sponsored by the Financial Executives Research Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Financial Executives International, the preeminent professional association for senior financial executives, representing 15,000 financial executives worldwide. The Research Foundation, established in 1944, funded the research and case studies in this book.
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The insider's guide to managing successful turnarounds.
Every successful company has its own business model: a set of assumptions it can use to profitably deliver its products or services. But the realities behind those models can change, often violently, with lightning speed-placing the survival of the business at immediate risk. Financial Turnarounds shows financial professionals how to recognize key signs of trouble fast—and what to do about it.
Drawing on 20 in-depth case studies from companies of widely diverse sizes, industries, and financial circumstances, this book covers every aspect of corporate turnarounds from the standpoint of the financial executive. Learn how to help non-financial managers understand the implications of the numbers; identify early actions that can prevent the need for a full-fledged turnaround; choose financial and non-financial strategies with the greatest likelihood of success; build consensus for a turnaround plan amongst the firm's leaders, line managers, and outside funders; and, finally, learn how to execute your turnaround rapidly and effectively.
Presents detailed case studies from 20 of the most significant turnaround efforts of recent years.
* In heavy manufacturing Maytag (appliances), Navistar (trucks), USG (building products) * In light manufacturing Forstmann (garment fabrics), Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Charlotte, N.C. (beverages), Sampson Paint Co. (coatings) * In retailing Ames (discount general merchandise), Jos. A. Bank (menswear), Edison Brothers (apparel and footwear), The Forzani Group (sporting goods), Musicland (recorded music), Red Rooster (auto parts) * In high technology Computervision/Parametric (imaging systems), GenRad (test equipment and software), Kollmorgen (periscopes and weapons positioning) * In real estate Cadillac Fairview (office buildings and shopping malls) * In services Burlington Motor Carriers (transportation), Fairmont Hotel Management (hospitality), St. Luke's Hospital (healthcare), Microserv (computer maintenance and repair)
Part of a new series of books sponsored by the Financial Executives Research Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of Financial Executives International, the preeminent professional association for senior financial executives, representing 15,000 financial executives worldwide. The Research Foundation, established in 1944, funded the research and case studies in this book.
Expert guidance from the financial managers who worked to turn around 20 North American companies
Case studies from manufacturing, retailing, high-tech, real estate, and service industries
The financial and non-financial signs of a coming financial disaster
Fast actions that can avert the need for a full-fledged turnaround
Implications for the financial officers of companies that are currently healthy
In Financial Turnarounds: Preserving Enterprise Value, the world's leading corporate turnaround specialists teach the essential skills you need to manage a financial turnaround—or, better yet, avoid the need for one. This book presents an in-depth, insider's look at 20 turnaround efforts representing every key industry segment.
The authors provide case summaries, early warning signs, and financial findings for turnarounds in manufacturing, retailing, high technology, real estate, and the services sector. They compare leading turnaround strategies—both financial and non-financial-including capital-structure management, relationships with financial institutions, the use of outside advisors, and internal operational initiatives. Finally, they offer practical guidance for recognizing the early warning signs of financial disaster—and taking effective action to avert it.



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Wall Street Training - Financial Modeling, Investment Banking, Excel Training


Wall Street Training - Financial Modeling, Investment Banking, Excel Training
WMV | wmv3 235kbps | English | 640x480 | 15fps | wmav2 mono 20kbps | 5.4 GB
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Wall St. Training Self-Study, video-based, self-study financial modeling training solutions to Wall Street. Our interactive course modules are Excel-based and specialize in advanced and complex financial modeling, valuation modeling, investment banking, mergers & acquisitions and leveraged buyout training topics.

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Accounting & Financial Statement Integration
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Company Overview
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Corporate Valuation Methodologies & Corporate Finance Basics
Finance 101 Introduction to Finance
How to Analyze a 10K
Overview of the Financial Markets
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Financial Management and Analysis (Frank J. Fabozzi Series) [Reup]


Frank J. Fabozzi CFA, Pamela P. Peterson, «Financial Management and Analysis (Frank J. Fabozzi Series)»
Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (July 7, 2003) | ISBN-10: 0471234842 | ISBN-13: 978-0471234845 | 1024 Pages | PDF | 7 MB

No matter what area of finance you’re interested in–financial management, investments, or financial institutions–Financial Management and Analysis, Second Edition provides the foundations of finance that will allow you to understand financial decision-making and its role in the decision-making process of the entire firm. Crisp writing and focused content clearly ties theory and practice together in one complete package.
Comprising seven informative sections, Financial Management and Analysis, Second Edition offers a comprehensive introduction to the concepts, tools, and applications of finance. You’ll be introduced to a variety of essential financial issues such as:
The basics of finance, including the objective of financial management, valuation principles, and the relationship between risk and return
Long-term investment management (aka capital budgeting), the management of long-term sources of funds, and working capital management
Financial statement analysis, including financial ratio analysis, earnings analysis, and cash flow analysis
Considerations in international finance management, borrowing via structured financial transactions, project financing, equipment leasing, and financial planning strategies
Filled with expert advice, real-world examples, and useful charts and graphs, Financial Management and Analysis, Second Edition will help you develop the skill set necessary to deal with the important financial problems you’ll encounter in today’s business world.
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No matter what area of finance you’re interested in–financial management, investments, or financial institutions–Financial Management and Analysis, Second Edition provides the foundations of finance that will allow you to understand financial decision-making and its role in the decision-making process of the entire firm. Crisp writing and focused content clearly ties theory and practice together in one complete package.
Comprising seven informative sections, Financial Management and Analysis, Second Edition offers a comprehensive introduction to the concepts, tools, and applications of finance. You’ll be introduced to a variety of essential financial issues such as:
The basics of finance, including the objective of financial management, valuation principles, and the relationship between risk and return
Long-term investment management (aka capital budgeting), the management of long-term sources of funds, and working capital management
Financial statement analysis, including financial ratio analysis, earnings analysis, and cash flow analysis
Considerations in international finance management, borrowing via structured financial transactions, project financing, equipment leasing, and financial planning strategies
Filled with expert advice, real-world examples, and useful charts and graphs, Financial Management and Analysis, Second Edition will help you develop the skill set necessary to deal with the important financial problems you’ll encounter in today’s business world.

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Value Above Cost: Driving Superior Financial Performance with CVA, the Most Important Metric You've Never Used (repost)


Donald E. Sexton, "Value Above Cost: Driving Superior Financial Performance with CVA, the Most Important Metric You've Never Used"
Wh..on S..ool Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 0136043321 | 368 pages | PDF | 2,4 MB

"Don Sexton has managed to weld key ideas from marketing, economics, finance, and statistics to explain clearly how marketing drives the financial performance of a company. Furthermore, he has given us forward control through his Customer Value Added metric that allows us to predict a company's future performance." --JC Larreche, INSEAD Alfred H. Heineken Professor of Marketing, author of The Momentum Effect "Customer Value Added combines a discipline with an insightful approach to assessing and capturing the intrinsic value of business opportunities." --Scott Fuson, Vice President, Specialty Chemicals and Global Executive Director Life Sciences, Dow Corning "Value Above Cost reminds us that superior financial performance must be at the heart of every decision and every action we take as business professionals. And in addition to bringing fresh insight and accompanying techniques, the Customer Value Added metric provides a formula with which to measure results and the tools to deliver on that responsibility." --Mark Yolton, Senior Vice President, SAP Foreword by Bob Liodice President and CEO of the Association of National Advertisers A Breakthrough Approach to Managing and Measuring Customer Value--and Maximizing Financial Performance! / Establish rock-solid linkages among marketing, branding, and business performance / Use CVA(R) to structure your organization and develop winning strategies that maximize contribution / Contains practical tools and worksheets you can start using right now / Learn from the experiences contributed by senior executives from more than 30 leading organizations Want more revenue, contribution, and profits? Then start managing, measuring, and optimizing the most crucial driver: Customer Value Added (CVA(R)). In Value Above Cost, award-winning professor and top consultant Donald E. Sexton demonstrates why CVA(R) is such a powerful tool for quantifying customer value and the business activities that achieve it. Using CVA(R), Sexton demonstrates how to systematically and incontrovertibly link your company's marketing and branding activities to business financial performance--and build a marketing accountability scoreboard that tracks your effectiveness every step of the way. Sexton draws on his experiences working with enterprises of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500, sharing powerful insights drawn from disciplines ranging from marketing and economics to finance and beyond. He illustrates these ideas with cases contributed by numerous successful managers. Along the way, he offers a complete blueprint for CVA(R) maximization: one that will be indispensable to CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, strategists, managers, and entrepreneurs alike.

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Financial Reporting and Analysis: Using Financial Accounting Information, 11 Edition


Financial Reporting and Analysis: Using Financial Accounting Information, 11 Edition
Publisher: South-Western College Pub | ISBN: 0324657420 | edition 2008 | PDF | 676 pages | 10 mb

Discover the significance of financial statements in business today as you learn to prepare and use financial information using actual examples from well-known companies in Gibson's Financial Reporting and Analysis: Using Financial Accounting Information, Eleventh Edition. This well organized, inviting text emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of the end result of financial reporting--financial statements. You will build skills by analyzing real financial information working with actual reports, 10Ks, proxy statements, other exhibits, and cases drawn from current companies. Nike serves as a continuing focus company throughout the text so you understand the meaning of its statements within a competitive context. All presentations incorporate the most recent changes in accounting standards and financial reporting, such as the financial reporting in the field of hospitality. With this edition, you will gain access to the Thomson ONE: Business School Edition--the same online financial analysis tool used by Wall Street professionals every day. Because the book organizes learning around numerous industries, you will leave the course prepared for success, no matter what area of business you pursue.




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Financial Markets and Institutions (5th Edition) By Frederic S. Mishkin, Stanley G. Eakins


Frederic S. Mishkin, Stanley G. Eakins, «Financial Markets and Institutions (5th Edition)»
Publisher: Addison Wesley; 5 edition (March 18, 2005) | ISBN-10: 0321280296 | ISBN-13: 978-0321280299 | 752 Pages | PDF | 56.64 MB

Recognizing that students need more than an abstract description of financial markets and institutions as they train to become managers successfully working in, or interacting with, the financial service industry, Mishkin and Eakins examine models and concepts through the eyes of a practicing financial manager to see not onlywhy they matter, but also how they are used in the real world. In this way, students learn to place themselves in the role of decision-maker and envision how they might respond to problems and situations that will arise in their future careers. This Fifth Edition boasts expanded coverage of valuation concepts, more quantitative material, and a streamlined, finance-focused presentation. A careful examination of conflicts of interest, a concentration on the impact of new technologies, new data, and refreshing examples all serve to enhance and illuminate important concepts.
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In Financial Markets and Institutions, best-selling authors Mishkin and Eakins provide a practical introduction to prepare readers for today’s changing landscape of financial markets and institutions. A unifying framework uses a few core principles to organize readers' thinking then examines the models as real-world scenarios from a practitioner’s perspective. By analyzing these applications, readers develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to respond to challenging situations in their future careers.
Introduction: Why Study Financial Markets and Institutions?; Overview of the Financial System. Fundamentals of Financial Markets: What Do Interest Rates Mean and What Is Their Role in Valuation?; Why Do Interest Rates Change?; How Do Risk and Term Structure Affect Interest Rates?; Are Financial Markets Efficient? Central Banking and the Conduct of Monetary Policy: Structure of Central Banks and the Federal Reserve System; Conduct of Monetary Policy: Tools, Goals, Strategy, and Tactics. Financial Markets: The Money Markets; The Bond Market; The Stock Market; The Mortgage Markets; The Foreign Exchange Market; The International Financial System. Fundamentals of Financial Institutions: Why Do Financial Institutions Exist?; What Should Be Done About Conflicts of Interest? A Central Issue in Business Ethics. The Financial Institutions Industry: Banking and the Management of Financial Institutions; Commercial Banking Industry: Structure and Competition; Savings Associations and Credit Unions; Banking Regulation; The Mutual Fund Industry; Insurance Companies and Pension Funds; Investment Banks, Security Brokers and Dealers, and Venture Capital Firms. The Management of Financial Institutions: Risk Management in Financial Institutions; Hedging with Financial Derivatives. On the Web: Finance Companies.
For all readers interested in financial markets and institutions. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.



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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Human Well-Being and Economic Goals (Frontier Issues in Economic Thought)


Frank Ackerman, David Kiron, Neva R. Goodwin, Jonathan Harris, Kevin Gallagher, Kenneth Arrow, "Human Well-Being and Economic Goals (Frontier Issues in Economic Thought)"
Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition | 1997-11-01 | 461 Pages | ISBN: 1559635606 | PDF | 2.97 MB

What are the ends of economic activity? According to neoclassical theory, efficient interaction of the profit-maximizing "ideal producer" and the utility-maximizing "ideal consumer" will eventually lead to some sort of social optimum. But is that social optimum the same as human well-being? Human Well-Being and Economic Goals addresses that issue, considering such questions as:

* Does the maximization of individual welfare really lead to social welfare?
* How can we deal with questions of relative welfare and of equity?
* How do we define, or at least understand, individual and social welfare?
* And how can these things be measured, or even assessed?

Human Well-Being and Economic Goals brings together more than 75 concise summaries of the most significant literature in the field that consider issues of present and future individual and social welfare, national development, consumption, and equity. Like its predecessors in the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought series, it takes a multidisciplinary approach to economic concerns, examining their sociological, philosophical, and psychological aspects and implications as well as their economic underpinnings.

Human Well-Being and Economic Goals provides a powerful introduction to the current and historical writings that examine the concept of human well-being in ways that can help us to set goals for economic activity and judge its success. It is a valuable summary and overview for students, economists, and social scientists concerned with these issues.


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The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America



The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America (Public Administration and Public Policy) By Gerald L. Gordon
Publisher: CRC 2009-07-29 | 186 Pages | ISBN: 1420093894 | PDF | 1.7 MB

The community that establishes and maintains a solid economic framework greatly improves its chances of sustaining itself through fluctuations in the economy. The question is, of course, how can city officials and administrators make this happen? The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America examines why economic growth during the late twentieth century was marked by the dramatic rise of some communities and the equally stunning demise of others. This book identifies the key components of sustained economic growth as well as the policies, actions, and inactions that are precursors to the decline of local economies.

Based on the author’s 25 years of experience as president of one of America’s foremost economic development agencies, and his involvement in assisting communities around the world, the book shows how to assess the needs of communities and details what is needed to put plans in place. Drawing on case studies, the book illustrates lessons learned and how they can be applied, including:

What steps elected and administrative officials can take to stabilize and enhance the growth of their cities

Why the growth of some communities within a single regional marketplace can dramatically outpace that of neighbors possessing similar locations and assets

How communities can establish programs that sustain economic growth and provide jobs—without raising taxes

As communities struggle to cope with diminished tax revenues, the idea of achieving sustainable growth without raising taxes seems too good to be true. Tapping into the same strategies that allowed Fairfax County, Virginia, to enjoy triple-digit job growth while reducing property taxes, Dr. Gerald Gordon provides the framework and strategies to weather most economic storms and chart a course toward sustainable economic development.




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Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe


Henri Pirenne, "Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe"
Harcourt, Brace and Company | 1937 | ISBN: 0156275333, 0415377935, 1150744707, B0006ANV2I | 243 pages | PDF | 7,8 MB

A great Belgian historian recounts the economic and social evolution of Western Europe from the end of the Roman Empire to the mid-fifteenth century. Translated by I. E. Clegg.


Summary: Impressive work!
Rating: 5

Pirenne's book first appeared in print in 1933, so I have to admit I was a little leery about reading it even though I have an interest in feudal economics. I was concerned that it would be a stuffy tome that was written in a dense and archaic academic style. To my surprise, this book is an extraordinarily good read, most interesting, and very informative. And unlike many books on this subject, a casual reader can be assured that a master's level background on the subject is not necessary to read this book.

Picking up at the end of the Roman Empire and running through approximately the middle 1500s, Pirenne tackles the full spectrum of economic and sociological issues as they evolved throughout the Middle Ages in Europe. Specifically, he relates how commerce was revived after the break-up of the economic and cultural stability that existed in the ancient world. Concepts such as the re-issuance of a currency, the rebirth of a money economy, rediscovery of credit, and how urban industry developed are covered and explained in detail. This is a very complete picture of economic and sociological circumstances that existed during the middle ages, as you are likely to see.

Pirenne takes the reader on a journey that attempts to plug the Medieval Period knowledge gap with a detailed explanation of economic development. Geographically (and culturally) he is able to discuss developments throughout all of Europe, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea. If you are interested in learning more about conditions in Europe during the Middle Ages and want a fuller understand of how the western economic system developed, pick up this book


Summary: Masterful explanation of Economics during the Middle Ages
Rating: 4

Pirenne's book first appeared in print in 1933, so I have to admit I was a little leery about reading it even though I have an interest in feudal economics. I was concerned that it would be a stuffy tome that was written in a dense and archaic academic style. To my surprise, this book is an extraordinarily good read, most interesting, and very informative. And unlike many books on this subject, a casual reader can be assured that a master's level background on the subject is not necessary to read this book.

Picking up at the end of the Roman Empire and running through approximately the middle 1500s, Pirenne tackles the full spectrum of economic and sociological issues as they evolved throughout the Middle Ages in Europe. Specifically, he relates how commerce was revived after the break-up of the economic and cultural stability that existed in the ancient world. Concepts such as the re-issuance of a currency, the rebirth of a money economy, rediscovery of credit, and how urban industry developed are covered and explained in detail. This is a very complete picture of economic and sociological circumstances that existed during the middle ages as you are likely to see.

Pirenne takes the reader on a journey that attempts to plug the Medieval Period knowledge gap with a detailed explanation of economic development. Geographically (and culturally) he is able to discuss developments throughout all of Europe, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea. If you are interested in learning more about conditions in Europe during the Middle Ages and want a fuller understand of how the western economic system developed, pick up this book


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The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities, 2nd Edition


Bernard Baumohl "The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities, 2nd Edition"
Publisher: Wharton School Publishing; 2nd edition (August 3, 2007) | 432 Pages | ISBN: 0132447290 | PDF | 12.6 MB

From The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2005: "Whether you're tracking pop culture, high fashion or health care, all things are connected, and economics is the tie that binds them all. For those who need to know more about economic trends and for those who haven't the skills or background in the field, Mr. Baumohl's book is the real deal. He miraculously breathes life into economic indicators and statistics." From Library Journal: "Baumohl, a former economics reporter for Time magazine, has written a tremendously useful source on economic indicators. Baumohl considers a variety of factors when describing each indicator, such as what exactly it measures, how it is computed, where to find the relevant report on the web, the day and time this report is released, the source of the information, and how often the information is revised. He also discusses the market impact of these indicators on bonds, stocks, and currency. Bottom Line: Although this book is marketed as a tool for investors and is not organized like a typical reference book, it belongs in the reference collection because it explains so clearly what the various economic indicators are and how to locate data about them. Recommended for all libraries. " -Stacey Marien, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.




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Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development: South Vietnam, 1955-1975


Douglas C. Dacy, "Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development: South Vietnam, 1955-1975"
Cambridge University Press | ISBN: 0521021316 | October 20, 2005 | 324 pages | PDF | 6.9 MB
Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development traces the economic history of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. During this period encompassing the Vietnam war, high-level officials paid relatively little attention to the economy of South Vietnam even though economic development was a necessary condition for the country's survival. A generous foreign aid program was designed to pay local troops and improve the standard of living of the population. Professor Dacy documents this growth in national income and the progress or lack thereof in a number of development indicators. He discusses the goals of United States economic aid and measures the net resources transferred. Additionally, the book analyzes wartime inflation and the Vietnamese tax system, and in so doing shows that the measures which would have promoted long-run viability were shunned in favor of short-run expediencies that practically doomed the country in the long run. Finally, economic development in South Vietnam is compared to that in Israel, South Korea, and Taiwan, three nations that faced high military threats during the same period.


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International Economic Integration in Historical Perspective (Routledge Explorations in Economic History)



International Economic Integration in Historical Perspective (Routledge Explorations in Economic History)
Routledge | ISBN: 0415770270 | 2006-06-23 | PDF | 254 pages | 2 Mb

International economic integration is perceived as one of the paramount forces shaping the modern world. Many organizations, both public and private, are trying to combine economic activities across international borders. The European Union and the North American Free Trade Area are two examples of government-managed international economic integration. Private organizations include various criminal groups as well as international churches.

International economic integration is not a recent phenomenon; its roots can be traced back to the Roman Empire. International Economic Integration in Historical Perspective departs from the conventional short-term analysis and takes a long-term view of the process, offering perspectives that are both detailed and diverse. Dennis M. P. McCarthy examines seven types of organizations that exemplify international economic integration, such as colonial empires, merchant associations, religious empires, criminal empires, free trade areas, customs unions and common markets. Representative examples of each type are analyzed in a comparative framework. An introduction defines key terms and concepts; a retrospective summarizes the main insights that emerge from the book. Endnotes and a detailed bibliography offer readers ways to pursue topics further.

This timely and unique book demonstrates that international economic integration is an economic and political process that also involves political economy. International Economic Integration in Historical Perspective will prove indispensable to students and general readers who wish to gain a firm understanding of international economics and the processes that shape the world today.


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East Asia's Economic Integration: Progress and Benefit


East Asia's Economic Integration: Progress and Benefit By Daisuke Hiratsuka
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan | ISBN: 0230553621 | edition 2008 | PDF | 264 pages | 1,3 mb

This book discusses concerns arising from economic integration in East Asia, where de facto economic integration has advanced in recent years.It offers an analysis of the direction of economic integration in East Asia, and where it should be heading. It contains new international trade theory, spatial economics, data-work empirical studies, and field studies on various scenarios of de jure economic integration. It is accessible for readers seeking to understand the current state of economic integration in East Asia, possible future directions, and the impacts of integration on member/non-member states.This book explores the current state and direction of economic integration in East Asia, including the proliferation of FTAs, and examines how economic integration can allow each economy to benefit equally.

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Health: A Vital Investment for Economic Development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


Health: A Vital Investment for Economic Development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Publisher: European Observatory | ISBN: 9289072822 | edition 2002 | PDF | 249 pages | 2,12 mb

The breakdown of the socialist system in the late 20th century gave some of the affected countries the opportunity to establish the prerequisites for sustainable economic development and improved human welfare. However, for others, the dramatic economic decline experienced during the transition years resulted in widespread poverty. Despite some improvement since then, over 60 million people remain poor and more than 150 million are economically vulnerable in the countries of central and eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE-CIS). This report is the first comprehensive effort to analyse the economic impact of ill health in the CEE-CIS Region, and much of the evidence it presents about the economic implications of chronic disease - growing rapidly in many low- and middle-income countries - is also relevant beyond the original geographical focus. Health: a vital investment for economic development in eastern Europe and central Asia explores the interdependence of health and economic development, focusing on the Region's significant economic burden of ill health. It also, simultaneously, advocates evidence-based, cost-effective interventions and strategic decisions at the national and international levels as a crucial means to achieving sustained economic growth and poverty reduction in the Region. The authors: Marc Suhrcke is an economist in the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Venice, Italy. Lorenzo Rocco is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Padova, Italy. Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Research Director at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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The Economic Growth Engine: How Energy and Work Drive Material Prosperity



Robert U. Ayres, Benjamin Warr, "The Economic Growth Engine: How Energy and Work Drive Material Prosperity"
Edward Elgar Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 1848441827 | 411 pages | PDF | 12,7 MB

`Would you want your great-children in 2100AD to have a 22nd-century industrial economy? If so, read this book to grasp how strongly wealth depends on energy and its efficient use. Start treating fossil energy, not as continuing income, but as one-time energy capital to spend on efficiency and long-term sustainable energy production. Otherwise, your descendants will inherit a broken 20th-century economy that only worked with cheap fossil fuels. They will not be rich and they will wonder what their ancestors were thinking.'
- John R. Mashey, PhD, Silicon Graphics

`Current economic theory attributes most income growth to technical progress. However, since technical progress can neither be defined nor measured, no one really knows what policies will encourage income growth. Ayres and Warr show that access to useful work, which can be defined and measured, explain the bulk of post-1900 income changes in Japan, Britain and the USA. They see rising real prices for fossil fuel and stagnating efficiencies of converting raw energy into useful work as a threat to continued income growth. This brilliant and original work has profound policy implications for future income growth without significant improvements in energy conversion efficiency.'
- Thomas Casten, Recycled Energy Development LLC

`Following the up-and-down energy shock of 2008, Ayres and Warr offer a unique analysis critical to our economic future. They argue that "useful work" produced by energy and energy services is far more important to overall GDP growth than conventional economic theory assumes. Their new theory, based on extensive empirical and theoretical analysis, has important implications for economists, businessmen and policymakers - for anybody concerned with our economic future. Ayres and Warr argue persuasively that economic growth is not only endogenous but has been driven for the past two centuries largely by the declining effective cost of energy. If their new theory is correct, the inevitable future rise of the real cost of energy (beyond the $147 oil price peak in July 2008), could halt economic growth in the US and other advanced countries unless we dramatically improve energy with technology.'
- J. Paul Horne, independent international market economist

`This book addresses a very important topic, namely economic growth analysis from the angle of energy and material flows. The treatment is well balanced in terms of research and interpretation of the broader literature. The book not only contains a variety of empirical indicators, statistical analyses and insights, but also offers an unusually complete and pluralistic view on theorizing about economic growth and technological change. This results in a number of refreshing perspectives on known ideas and literatures. The text is so attractively written that I found it very difficult to stop reading. All in all, this is a very original and important contribution to the everlasting debate on growth versus environment.'
- Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, University of Barcelona, Spain and Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The historic link between output (GDP) growth and employment has weakened. Since there is no quantitively verifiable economic theory to explain past growth, this unique book explores the fundamental relationship between thermodynamics (physical work) and economics.

The authors take a realistic approach to explaining the relationship between technological progress, thermodynamic efficiency and economic growth. Their findings are a step toward the integration of neo-classical and evolutionary perspectives on endogenous economic growth, concluding in a fundamental explanation of endogenous growth that is both quantifiable and consistent with the laws of thermodynamics. For two centuries fossil and other sources of energy (work) have been replacing human and animal muscles. Now our civilization is truly addicted to fossil energy availability at ever low prices. Can increasing efficiency compensate for coming scarcity? This is the crucial question. The most important implication of this is that future economic growth is not guaranteed because the efficiency gains that have driven growth in the past may not continue in the future.

Exploring the theory of growth with an emphasis on the role of energy, useful work and technological change, this book will be of great interest to academics and students focussing on growth theory, energy and ecological economics. It will also prove insightful to those concerned with policy making or responding to changes in policy related to the energy-growth nexus.










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Courting Social Justice. Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World


Varun Gauri, Daniel M. Brinks. "Courting Social Justice. Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World"
Cambridge University Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0521145163 | 384 pages | PDF | 5 Mb

This book is a first-of-its-kind, five-country empirical study of the causes and consequences of social and economic rights litigation.

The book develops new methodologies for analyzing the sources of and variation in social and economic rights litigation, explains why actors are now turning to the courts to enforce social and economic rights, measures the aggregate impact of litigation in each country, and assesses the relevance of the empirical findings for legal theory.



• This book is a first-of-its-kind, five-country empirical study of the causes and effects of social and economic rights litigation
• The research strategy is a structured comparison of five countries: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and South Africa
• The book develops new methodologies for analyzing the sources of and variation in social and economic rights litigation

Contents

1. Introduction: the elements of legalization, and the triangular shape of social and economic rights Varun Gauri and Daniel M. Brinks
2. Litigating for social justice in post-apartheid South Africa: a focus on health and education Jonathan Berger
3. Accountability for social and economic rights in Brazil Florian F. Hoffmann and Fernando R. N. M. Bentes
4. Courts and socio-economic rights in India Shylashri Shankar and Pratap Bhanu Mehta
5. The impact of economic and social rights in Nigeria: an assessment of the legal framework for implementing education and health as human rights Chidi Anselm Odinkalu
6. The implementation of the rights to health care and education in Indonesia Bivitri Susanti
7. A new policy landscape: legalizing social and economic rights in the developing world Helen Hershkoff
8. Transforming legal theory in the light of practice: the judicial application of social and economic rights to private orderings Daniel M. Brinks and Varun Gauri.

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Building Prosperity: Housing and Economic Development


Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Ban Ki-moo, "Building Prosperity: Housing and Economic Development"
Earthscan Publications Ltd | 2009 | ISBN: 1844076326 | 288 pages | PDF | 1,1 MB

The world’s urban population is growing by 100,000 households a day, presenting an enormous challenge, above all in developing countries. It is also an opportunity, as investment in housing and the provision of shelter is potentially one of the most effective drivers of economic growth and sustainable national development. In recent debates, however, its economic significance and role as an instrument of social policy have been overlooked. This book is a much-needed account, with numerous detailed examples, of the role of housing in economic growth and development by an author in a unique position to understand its importance and the practical measures for delivering that growth.

The book analyzes the relationships between housing and economic development. Housing as an engine of economic growth plays a central role at local (city), national and global levels. While the linkages between housing and the macroeconomic environment in developed countries has been studied, very little is known in the case of developing and transitional countries where the author establishes these linkages with great clarity, supported by detailed case studies. On the basis of this analysis, it goes on to develop specific policies and practices to enable governments to enhance the contribution of housing in economic growth.

The argument of the book follows a logical structure: starting from a comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding housing and economic development (chapter 2), it assesses the contribution of housing to economic development (chapter 3), explores the importance of housing finance in development (chapter 4), examines the importance of housing as a social policy instrument (chapter 5), critically analyzes the dynamic factors shaping the economic significance of housing (chapter 6), and finally presents key lessons on housing and economic development as well as policy recommendation to enhance the role of housing as a source of economic development (chapter 7). Its frame of reference in analyzing the housing and economic development nexus is global, drawing on cases studies chosen to reflect regional diversity as well as differences in socio-economic development and political systems.










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