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How Digital Communication Technology Shapes Markets

This Palgrave Pivot explores how communication technology such as the Internet has changed the nature of trade, focusing especially on economy-wide reductions in company size (granularity) and the role of retailers (disintermediation). By increasing access to comparative data, influencing conceptions of time, and reducing the number of intermediaries between creator and consumer, technological connectivity is changing the very defini...

SME Funding: The Role of Shadow Banking and Alternative Funding Options

This book explores current financing options for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), with particular insight into the European market. The authors position SME funding within a risk-averse lending environment with high regulatory costs on business loans, which has arisen from the recent financial crisis and new European bank capital regulations. Chapters in the book demonstrate how and why SMEs may be forced to leave the market...

Implementing Standardized Work

Standardized Work refers to the process of finding and applying the best operational methods that will lead to cost reduction, better product quality, and increased operator safety. This book, the latest in a series dedicated to Standardized Work, focuses on operator training and auditing. It describes the methods and tools used to train operators and then check their work against the standard defined in Standardized Work forms. It a...

International Debt Statistics 2013

International Debt Statistics (IDS) 2013 is a continuation of the World Bank’s publications Global Development Finance, Volume II (1997 through 2009) and the earlier World Debt Tables (1973 through 1996). IDS 2013 provides statistical tables showing the external debt of 128 developing countries that report public and publicly guaranteed external debt to the World Bank’s Debtor Reporting System (DRS). It also includes tables of key de...

Mapping the Path to 21st Century Healthcare

The author’s previous book, Transition to 21st Century Healthcare: A Guide for Leaders and Quality Professionals, provides a high-level view of American healthcare as transitioning through a period of industrialization, breaking down the fading structures of 20th century healthcare, and paving the way for 21st century healthcare. Mapping the Path to 21st Century Healthcare: The Ten Transitions Workbook offers a review of the fundamen...

Stock Markets in Islamic Countries

This book explores the volatility, efficiency and integration of stock markets in Islamic countries. It presents recent trends, growth and performance, before moving on to explore how patterns change during different business cycles for short-term and long-term investors, and ranks the efficiency of the various markets. It addresses how the level of market integration has been affected during different economic periods, and concludes...

How to Outthink, Outmaneuver, and Outperform Your Competitors

Supplying you with a firm grasp of the roots of strategy, How to Outthink, Outmaneuver, and Outperform Your Competitors: Lessons from the Masters of Strategy explains how to develop the skills and strategies needed to compete in today’s volatile marketplace. It interweaves the classic works of the masters of strategy, such as Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, Mao Tse-tung, Niccolo Machiavelli, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, and other ren...

Implementing Standardized Work

The first book in The One-Day Expert series detailed the initial steps that Thomas, a young, high-potential plant manager in an industrial group, took to assess his plant’s situation through measurement of operators’ performance. The second book in the series, Implementing Standardized Work: Writing Standardized Work Forms focuses on the next step of this assessment―writing Standardized Work forms to help identify variability and was...

Popular Manufacturing Myths

Addressing the beliefs and attitudes that can be detrimental to your organization’s competitiveness, Popular Manufacturing Myths: Eliminating Widely Held Beliefs That Reduce Competitiveness offers time-tested insight into the most common myths encountered in manufacturing environments. It classifies these myths into management myths, shop floor myths, and if appropriate, shared management and shop floor myths. Explaining the reasons ...

Integral Logistics Management

Simplified theories, magic formulas, and popular catchwords will only take you so far when dealing with real-world logistics, operations, and supply chain management scenarios. The complex reality of day-to-day operations in organizations within industry and the service sector demands highly diligent work. Integral Logistics Management: Operations and Supply Chain Management Within and Across Companies, Fifth Edition prepares student...