Business & Management round-up

May 24, 2012

Academic Enterprise: A Field Guide

Author: Andrew Corcoran

Edition: First

Publisher: The Blueberry Press

Pages: 215

Price: £20.00

ISBN: 9780956457240

A practical guide intended to help academics to commercialise their research, covering subjects such as intellectual property, market research, presenting proposals, networking, risk and contingency planning and common pitfalls. The author considers the requirements of teaching, research and innovation in the development of entrepreneurial initiatives that can have a positive long-term impact on the academy, the economy and society.

Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? Trends, Determinants and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century

Editors: Chris Warhurst, Francoise Carre, Patricia Findlay and Chris Tilly

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 280

Price: £31.99

ISBN: 9780230336919

This edited volume outlines debates, developments, issues and trends in job quality while considering whether "bad jobs" are inevitable. Drawing on an international cohort of scholars, it seeks to define and measure bad jobs; explain variation and change in job quality; and identify workplace practices and broader non-workplace strategies for making bad jobs better. It is aimed at upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students in fields including labour relations, labour economics, organisation studies, human resources management and employee relations.

Organization Design: A Guide to Building Effective Organizations

Authors: Patricia Cichocki and Christine Irwin

Edition: First

Publisher: Kogan Page

Pages: 304

Price: £29.99

ISBN: 9780749462567

Intended as a road map for the implementation of organisation design, this book covers subjects such as downsizing, outsourcing and restructuring and offers a practical toolkit to take organisation designers from start to finish. The authors outline the basic theory, provide a step-by-step approach to implementing organisation design, and furnish solutions to recurring challenges.

The Entrepreneur: Classic Texts by Joseph A. Schumpeter

Editors: Markus C. Becker, Thorbjorn Knudsen and Richard Swedberg

Edition: First

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Pages: 400

Price: £29.50

ISBN: 9780804762830

Increasingly seen as a major economist, Joseph Schumpeter has long been considered the foremost theoretician of entrepreneurship, but few of his key texts have been available in English. This anthology contains several newly translated texts and puts together, for the first time, all of Schumpeter's writings on the entrepreneur and entrepreneurship.

Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World

Authors: Jill Kickul and Thomas S. Lyons

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 268

Price: £80.00 and £39.99

ISBN: 9780415884884 and 4891

Aiming to address a dearth of textbooks in the field of social entrepreneurship, which applies business practices to the pursuit of social and/or environmental mission, this postgraduate-level text offers a broad overview. It looks to define and distinguish social entrepreneurship; consider social opportunities, strategic planning and organisational structure; and outline methods of funding for social ventures and ways of measuring social impact.

Human Resource Management in China: New Trends and Practices

Author: Fang Lee Cooke

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 252

Price: £85.00 and £25.99

ISBN: 9780415553974 and 3803

Aimed at upper-level undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students in international/Chinese management and human resources management, this text adopts a broad view of the subject in recognition of the significant changes seen in the past 25 years in China. Fang Lee Cooke seeks to build on the foundations of traditional Chinese HRM practice and updates it by analysing underexplored issues such as diversity management, talent management, new pay schemes and performance management.

Fashion Entrepreneurship: Retail Business Planning

Authors: Michele M. Granger and Tina Sterling

Edition: Second

Publisher: Fairchild Books/A&C Black

Pages: 448

Price: £50.00

ISBN: 9781609011345

Through its focus on a sample business, RealWomen, Inc, this text illustrates the concepts involved in creating a business plan. It serves as a model for students to complete their own plan, sequentially, as the content of the text is read and applied. An updated second edition is expanded to include a section on e-retailing, and enhanced consideration of interior and exterior design, visual merchandising, retail store planning and website planning, the role of technology, and global markets.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances: Understanding the Process

Authors: Emanuel Gomes, Yaakov Weber, Chris Brown and Shlomo Yedidia Tarba

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 344

Price: £39.99

ISBN: 9780230285361

The authors tackle the strategic, financial and procedural aspects of planning and executing mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances in a text aimed at readers ranging from first-year undergraduates to MBA students.

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