Description: The apparel and textile industries have always been at the mercy of rapidly changing styles and fickle customers who want the latest designs while they are still in fashion. The result for these businesses, often forced to forecast sales and order from suppliers with scant information about volatile demand, is a history of stock shortages, high inventories, and costly markdowns. But, as the authors explain in A Stitch in Time, technological advances in the 1980s paved the way for a new concept in retailing--lean retailing. Pioneered by companies like WAL-MART, lean retailing has reshaped the way that products are ordered, virtually eliminating delays from distribution center to sales rack by drawing on sales data captured electronically at the checkout counter. Armed with up-to-the-minute data about colors, sizes, styles, and geographic sales, apparel and textile companies now must be able to respond rapidly to real-time orders efficiently based on new approaches to distributing merchandise, forecasting, planning, organizing production, and managing supplier relations. A Stitch in Time shows that even in the face of burgeoning product proliferation, companies that successfully adapt to the world of lean retailing can reduce inventory risk, reduce costs, and increase profitability while improving their responsiveness to the ever-changing tastes of customers. Based on the success of these practices in the apparel industry, lean retailing practices are propagating through a growing number of consumer product industries. A richly detailed and resonant account, A Stitch in Time brilliantly captures both the history and future of the retail-apparel-textile channel and offers bold insights on the changes and challenges facing retailers and manufacturers in all segments of our rapidly changing economy.
Description: This is an applications-oriented text that demystifies the linkages between monetary and fiscal policies and key macroeconomic variables such as income, unemployment, inflation and interest rates. Specially written "newspaper" articles simulate current macroeconomic news on asset-price bubbles, exchange rates, hyperinflation and more. Exercises and diagrams, and a global perspective - incorporating both developed and emerging economies - make this a broadly useful, real-world oriented text on a complex and shifting subject.
Description: Analyzing the Social Web provides a framework for the analysis of public data currently available and being generated by social networks and social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. Access and analysis of this public data about people and their connections to one another allows for new applications of traditional social network analysis techniques that let us identify things like who are the most important or influential people in a network, how things will spread through the network, and the nature of peoples' relationships. Analyzing the Social Web introduces you to these techniques, shows you their application to many different types of social media, and discusses how social media can be used as a tool for interacting with the online public.
Description: A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Amazon Bestseller Reverse Innovation is the new business idea everyone is talking about. Why? Because it presents the blueprint for scaling growth in emerging markets, and importing low-cost and high impact innovations to mature ones. Innovation is no longer the exclusive domain of the Silicon Valley elite. Reverse Innovation will open your eyes to the fact that the dynamics of global innovation are changing--and if you want your firm to survive, you'd better pay attention. The gap between rich nations and emerging economies is closing. No longer will innovations travel the globe in only one direction, from developed to developing nations. They will also flow in reverse. CEOs of the world's most influential companies agree and have cited Reverse Innovation as their playbook for the next generation of global growth. Authors Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth explain where, when, and why reverse innovation is on the rise and why the implications are so profound. Learn how to make innovation in emerging markets happen and how such innovations can unlock even greater opportunity throughout the world. You'll follow some of the world's leading companies (including GE, Deere & Company, P&G, and PepsiCo) through stories that illustrate exactly what works and what doesn't. If you're in a Western economy, you need to accept that the future lies far from home. But the idea is not just for Western audiences. If innovation is at the heart of your company or your career, no matter where you practice business, Reverse Innovation is a phenomenon you need to understand. This book will help you do that.
Description: Organisations face a very wide range of risks that can impact the outcome of their operations. These events may inhibit what the organisation is trying to achieve (hazard risks), enhance what the organisation is doing (opportunity risks), or create uncertainty about the outcomes (control risks). Fundamentals of Risk Management provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of commercial and business risk. It is suitable for those studying for a career in risk as well as a broad range of risk professionals. The book examines the key components of risk management and how it can be applied. Examples are provided that demonstrate the benefits of risk management to organisations in the public and private sector.
Description: This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the IFIP WG 8.6 International Working Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2013, held in Bangalore, India, in June 2013. The 35 revised full papers presented together with an invited paper, 12 short papers and 3 poster papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 65 submissions. The full papers are organized in the following topical sections: IS success and failure; studies of IT adoption; software development; IT in the public sector; and theory and methods.
Description: Electronic Inspection Copy available to instructors herePraise for the previous edition: ′This is an excellent publication that correctly reviews the external environment associated with events, both in the context of the theoretical and operational′ - Neil Robinson, Salford Business School, University of Salford, UK The new edition of this popular accessible text gives students a thorough and contemporary grounding in both the fundamentals and strategic responsibilities of successful event management. Purposefully broad in scope, the text combines theory with practical knowledge and terminology, ensuring readers develop a flexible and commercially-acute skill set. Topics covered range from law, marketing and finance to introductory guides to sound, lighting and multimedia equipment, providing students with the practical knowledge they need for a career in Events Management. Theory is brought to life in a range of case studies and examples throughout the text. As well as updated examples and legislation, this edition introduces new chapters on: Event entrepreneurship Project management and financing New Multimedia technology for events organisers Sustainable festivals and events Long term legacy and impacts The future of the industry An accompanying Companion Website provides students with discussion questions and video links. The website also provides an Instructor′s Manual and PowerPoint slides for lecturers. This text is an ideal resource for undergraduate students who are studying Events Management for the first time. Visit the Companion Website at www.sagepub.co.uk/raj
Description: Find the right big data solution for your business ororganization Big data management is one of the major challenges facingbusiness, industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Data setssuch as customer transactions for a mega-retailer, weather patternsmonitored by meteorologists, or social network activity can quicklyoutpace the capacity of traditional data management tools. If youneed to develop or manage big data solutions, you'll appreciate howthese four experts define, explain, and guide you through this newand often confusing concept. You'll learn what it is, why itmatters, and how to choose and implement solutions that work. Effectively managing big data is an issue of growing importanceto businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government, and ITprofessionals Authors are experts in information management, big data, and avariety of solutions Explains big data in detail and discusses how to select andimplement a solution, security concerns to consider, data storageand presentation issues, analytics, and much more Provides essential information in a no-nonsense,easy-to-understand style that is empowering Big Data For Dummies cuts through the confusion and helpsyou take charge of big data solutions for your organization.
Description: Understanding Organizations: Theories and Images introduces students to the key principles of understanding, designing, and managing organizations in an accessible and practical way. The book provides a conceptual tool kit containing the essential models, theories and concepts needed for working in, managing and evaluating organizations. Key Features: Insightful anecdotes discuss how for and not for profit organizations fit within our current society from a social and economic perspective. Theoretical framework and multi-perspective approach focuses on economics, institutionalism and evolution theory highlighting the relationship between organizations, employees and the broader society. Research-focused approach analyzes organizational phenomena in light of recent studies. This textbook is ideal for undergraduates and postgraduates studying general management, organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational sociology.