Regularly considered to be the cap-stone course on any business or management degree, strategy has developed into a wide-ranging and sometimes overwhelming field of study. However, in recent years the theory of strategy has come under increasing scrutiny for its perceived failures and detachment from real world practice.
With an engaging and conversational tone, this new concise textbook offers an accessible and timely review of the theory and practice of strategic management, explored from a more critical perspective. In a refreshing change from much of the literature, Richard Godfrey takes a wider view of strategy, incorporating insights from the worlds of sociology, psychology and history to highlight the complexity and plurality at the heart of the discipline. The book also incorporates a number of extensive case studies on contemporary business strategy from the likes of Apple, Nike, Zara and IKEA.
Written for both an undergraduate and postgraduate audience, the book challenges a number of underlying assumption and beliefs about strategy and seeks to add clarity and context to the field.
There is growing interest in the history of accounting amongst both accounting practitioners and accounting academics. This interest developed steadily from about 1970 and really 'took off' in the 1990s. However, there is a lack of texts dealing with major aspects of accounting history that can be used in classrooms, to inform new researchers, and to provide a source of reference for established researchers.The great deal of research into cost and management accounting in Britain published in academic journals over the last twenty years-including the authors' own contributions-makes The History of Cost and Management Accounting an essential contribution to the field.
From the International Association of Venue Managers comes an introduction to the industry and business practices of public assembly. From sports arenas to concert halls, amphitheaters, convention centers, and stadiums, venues vary greatly in purpose, in size, and in the needs they must address in order to be successful. However, certain core principles underlie the management of all of them. Public Assembly Venue Management explores these fundamental principles while also providing detailed information about specific types of venues and situations. Topics covered include the history of public venues as well as business management and finance, ticketing, safety and security, and booking. Additionally, detailed examples of invoices, rental agreements, and financial statements illustrate the real-world situations managers can expect to address. Suitable for both graduate and undergraduate courses, this textbook has been designed to address the needs of students and faculty in such disciplines as sports management, event management, and hospitality. Professionals interested in entering the industry or expanding their knowledge will also find Public Assembly Venue Management a valuable resource for their professional development.
When novels, plays, and poems refer to food they are often doing much more than we might think. Recent critical thinking suggests that depictions of food in literary works can help to explain the complex relationship between the body, subjectivity and social structures. A History of Food in Literature provides a clear and comprehensive overview of significant episodes of food and its consumption in major canonical literary works from the medieval period to the twenty-first century. This volume contextualises these works with reference to pertinent historical and cultural materials such as cookery books, diaries, and guides to good health, in order to engage with the critical debate on food and literature and how ideas of food have developed over the centuries. Organised chronologically and examining certain key writers from every period, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens, this book's enlightening critical analysis makes it relevant for anyone interested in the study of food and literature.
A global overview of sustainable forest management has been covered in this book along with state-of-the-art information regarding the topic. It is aimed at presenting a global outlook on sustainable forest management. It emphasizes on the need to divert from purely protective management of forests to innovative techniques for multidimensional utilization and management of forest resources. The book thoroughly deals with the various aspects of forest management and forest utilization. It provides descriptive information about the lesser known aspects of knowledge regarding evolving perspectives on sustainable forest management. It will be an interesting and useful resource to managers, experts and newcomers in the subject of forestry and natural resources management.
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