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Have you ever wondered whether individuals born in the year of the Dragon are truly blessed? Or why you can’t find a taxi when you need one? What about the effects of superstitious beliefs on housing prices? Kiasunomics©explores these issues and more in a series of stories through the lens of Teng, the protagonist of this book. Told in a conversational story-telling style yet grounded on rigorous research, the book explains the influences and outcomes of the decisions we make, using simple economic logic.

The book follows the life journey of Teng from birth to adulthood how seemingly innocuous decisions bear economic consequences on his life. It starts with the decision by Teng’s parents to have him as a Dragon baby and shows how this decision affects not only his education but also his career and spending in the long term. The grown-up Teng in later chapters, is a taxi driver who learns that the daily budgeting of finances from many of his taxi-driving friends has proven to be poor financial planning. The story also shows how his purchase of a flat based on superstitious beliefs, and its location near a primary school and a Mass Rapid Transit station influences prices, and with some surprising results.

This book touches the man on the street with issues that many Singaporeans can identify with. These include how Singaporeans’ shopping in Johor affects their spending and savings; how different shoppers respond variedly to predictable promotions such as the Great Singapore Sale; how the haze or a mere nearby construction site affects water and electricity consumption; how playing golf elevates women’s opportunities to sit on corporate boards; how Singaporeans’ travel patterns are affected by their opinion towards public transportation; and how retirement poses financial challenges in silver years. These and many more are unravelled in the 20 stand-alone chapters through the authors’ application of their research findings to day-to-day issues.

Kiasunomics© brings to light that research can be made relevant to our daily living. Research helps us make sense of what we do and with that, we can learn to make better decisions for a smarter thinking nation.

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$how Me the MONEY Book 3

“An invaluable rudder for investors to overcome their fears and boost their conviction and courage to invest when, as they say, ‘there is blood in the streets’. Read it now, and re-read it again when the next crisis comes. It will be a good antidote to counter the paralysis of fear, for we can be sure that when that time comes, our resolve to invest will fall as fast as the market.” -David Gerald, President/CEO, Securities Investors Association (Singapore) “Hooi Ling has the uncanny ability to write with impressive clarity and her hallmark brevity. … comprehensive, in-depth and objective analysis of the securities and investment instruments. I would highly recommend all and sundry who aspire to be an intelligent investor to read the latest book by Hooi Ling and all her earlier books.” -Robson Lee, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP $how Me The Money is a series about learning how to grow your money. Teh Hooi Ling brings to both layman and seasoned investor important economic concepts and the investment strategies of the world’s leading financial experts. Using real data, Teh shows how these strategies would have worked in the Singapore market over the years and signposts the lessons to be learnt and pitfalls to avoid. In $how Me The Money Book 3, Teh brings us the big picture. She gazes into the crystal ball of market timing, shows us how to fight the paralysis of fear and brings home the importance of a clear plan to overcome inertia in the darkest hour so that we won’t miss out on any market recovery. Book 3 is indispensable both for the macro-view and the intricacies of good investing.

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101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization

This is the first step-by-step guidebook for successful innovation planning. Unlike other books on the subject, “101 Design Methods” approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings. Strategists, managers, designers, and researchers who undertake the challenge of innovation, despite a lack of established procedures and a high risk of failure, will find this an invaluable resource. Novices can learn from it; managers can plan with it; and practitioners of innovation can improve the quality of their work by referring to it.

About the Author

Vijay Kumar is a professor at the IIT Institute of Design, the graduate school of design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he leads the Strategic Design Planning and the Design Methods programs. Kumar has taught, published, consulted, and lectured throughout the world on using structured methods, tools, and frameworks for conceiving reliable human-centered innovations and turning them into strategic plans for organizations. He has consulted for Autodesk, Motorola, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, Steelcase, Target, T-Mobile, and many others.

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101 Ways to Connect with Your Customers, Chiefs, and Co-Workers

The ability to make successful, productive, and lasting connections is an important key to success in any career field. Particularly in today’s competitive work environment, forging strong relationships can make all the difference. In 101 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS, CHIEFS, AND CO-WORKERS, career expert Carol A. Silvis gives you the tools and techniques to help you work smoothly, efficiently, and productively with all types of people, whether they are the customers and clients you’re serving, the managers you report to, or your co-workers. The ability to successfully relate to others is a highly prized job skill, while the inability to communicate well can often cost employees their jobs. This easy-to-read guide covers everything from developing your personal work ethic to maximizing your professionalism, building healthy relationships, contributing to a positive work environment, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned employee or brand new to the job market, 101 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS, CHIEFS, AND CO-WORKERS will lead you to greater job fulfillment and success.

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2014 Annual Indices for Expatriates and Ordinary Residents on Cost of Living, Wages and Purchasing Power for World’s Major Cities

There has been broad-base growth in wealth for cities all over the world, albeit increasingly unequal within and across cities. Some cities tend to grow faster than others, especially those emerging cities in Asia. We tend to observe longer periods of economic expansions compared to downturns with increasing volatility due to external shocks as cities are also increasingly open and interconnected. Such volatility would mean a less stable macroeconomic environment for cities causing fluctuations in prices and unemployment, as well as shares between private and public consumption. Cost of living, wages and purchasing power therefore become important key benchmark indicators to track and monitor the basic living standard for cities, not just by employers and employees; they matter even more for policymakers, multinational corporations and government of the day, politically. This book is thus a valuable compendium studies on 109 major cities around the world whereby the cost of living, wage and purchasing power indices were tracked and monitored, for both average residents and expatriates, which tend to be vastly different. Annual Indices for Average Residents and Expatriates is currently the only publication that provides comparable data on cost of living across cities for both average residents and expatriates. Cost of living analysis on the latter, widely available in published works, is often mistaken or confused as on the former! This book provides a tool to analyse questions of the differences in the cost of living in cities across the globe between ordinary city dwellers and professionals who work abroad.

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23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang’s “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism” turns received economic wisdom on its head to show you how the world really works. In this revelatory book, Ha-Joon Chang destroys the biggest myths of our times and shows us an alternative view of the world, including: there’s no such thing as a ‘free’ market Globalization isn’t making the world richer; we don’t live in a digital world – the washing machine has changed lives more than the internet; poor countries are more entrepreneurial than rich ones; higher paid managers don’t produce better results; and we don’t have to accept things as they are any longer. Ha-Joon Chang is here to show us there’s a better way. “Lively, accessible and provocative …read this book”. (Sunday Times). “A witty and timely debunking of some of the biggest myths surrounding the global economy”.(“Observer”). “The new kid on the economics block…Chang’s iconoclastic attitude has won him fans”. (Independent on Sunday). “Lucid …audacious …increasingly influential …will provoke physical symptoms of revulsion if you are in any way involved in high finance”. (“Guardian”). “Important …persuasive …an engaging case for a more caring era of globalization”. (“Financial Times”). “A must-read …incisive and entertaining”. (“New Statesman Books of the Year”). Ha-Joon Chang is a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge. He is author of “Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective”, which won the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize, and “Bad Samaritans: Rich Nations”, “Poor Policies” and the “Threat to the Developing World”. Since the beginning of the 2008 economic crisis, he has been a regular contributor to the “Guardian”, and a vocal critic of the failures of our economic system.

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Born in South Korea, No 1 International Bestselling Author Ha-Joon Chang is a specialist in development economics and Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, Chang was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He is author of Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), which won the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize, and Bad Samaritans: Rich Nations, Poor Policies and the Threat to the Developing World (2007). Since the beginning of the 2008 economic crisis, he has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, and a vocal critic of the failures of our economic system.

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Microeconomics is a textbook for undergraduate students who are taking a paper in Microeconomics at an undergraduate level. This book highlights the business practices in Asia and Malaysia. This book is tailored for Malaysian students where the book is written in simple English to ensure that students are able to grasp the fundamental economics concepts and theories as well as understand Economics from an Asian perspective.
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A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It’s Everyone’s Business

An inspiring yet practical guide for transforming limitations into opportunities

A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages And Why It’s Everyone’s Business Now is a book about everyday, practical inventiveness, designed for the constrained times in which we live. It describes how to take the kinds of issues that all of us face today lack of time, money, resources, attention, know-how and see in them the opportunity for transformation of oneself and one’s organization’s fortunes. The ideas in the book are based on the authors’ extensive work as business consultants, and are brought to life in 35 personal interviews from such varied sources as Nike, IKEA, Unilever, the U.S. Navy, Formula One racecar engineers, public school teachers in California, and barley farmers in South Africa. Underpinned by scientific research into the psychology of breakthrough, the book is a practical handbook full of tools and tips for how to make more from less. Beautifully designed and accessible, A Beautiful Constraint will appeal beyond its core business audience to anyone who needs to find the opportunity in constraint.

The book takes the reader on a journey through the mindset, method and motivation required to move from the initial “victim” stage into the transformation stage. It challenges us to: * Examine how we’ve become path dependent stuck with routines that blind us from seeing opportunity along new paths * Ask Propelling Questions to help us break free of those paths and put the most pressing and valuable constraints at the heart of our process * Adopt a Can If mentality to answer these questions focused on “how,” not “if” * Access the abundance to be found all around us to help transform constraints * Activate the high-octane mix of emotions necessary to fuel the tenacity required for success

We live in a world of seemingly ever-increasing constraints, driven as much by an overabundance of choices and connections as by a scarcity of time and resources. How we respond to these constraints is one of the most important issues of our time and will be a large determinant of our progress as people, businesses and planet, in the future. A Beautiful Constraint calls for a more widespread capability for constraint-driven problem solving and provides the framework to achieve that.

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ADAM MORGAN is the author of Eating The Big Fish: HowChallenger Brands Can Compete Against Brand Leaders, the international bestseller that introduced the concept of challenger brands to the world of marketing. His ideas have been widely citedas a key influence by a new generation of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world. He is founder of eatbigfish,a renowned marketing consultancy that works with clients to developtheir own breakthrough strategies, from Helsinki to Hanoi.MARK BARDEN runs the west coast business for eatbigfishin the US. Over his career he’s won the Platinum Award for direct response marketing, taken a dot com public, warmed up a crowd for Ellen De Generes, and played a Buddhist monk in a Kleenex commercial. His advice on how to create breakthrough thinking without size results is much sought after. He is a popular speaker,world class facilitator and occasional coach.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Economic Research and Presentation

Conducting good research is critical to any student today. Writing good research papers is equally important – yet many students have not been given the proper tools to convey cogently the results of their research. This book is for you or anyone who needs a step-by-step approach to the writing of a research paper in the field of economics. Most books concerned with research writing are broadly applied. They approach the subject generally, which is to say that they don’t lay out a particular path to conducting research. Yet a specific path offering a specific focus to writing research is exactly what is needed for most students. This book provides that focus. For example, this book doesn’t cover a dozen different search engines to perform a literature review; it specifies only EconLit. Nor are you left to decide what scholarly publications are important ones to review; the book emphasizes only the use of journal impact factors found through RePEc to rank journal articles and their importance to the literature at large. Whereas other books provide an overview of how to present research, with only cursory suggestions and tips, inside this book, the authors provide precise details on all aspects of research writing, including how many PowerPoint slides one should prepare for presentations and how much content should be on each slide. In short, unlike other books, this book provides a specific approach to conducting research, writing a paper, and presenting its material.

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Jeffrey A. Edwards Greensboro, NC, Professor of Economics, North Carolina A&T State University

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A Beveridge Reader

The editors have chosen substantial extracts to illustrate the major themes and ideas in Beveridge’s writing over a period of more than four decades, ranging from his book Unemployment, published in 1909, to the Beveridge Report of 1942 and beyond. Sections cover his social philosophy; the crucial role he attributed to social insurance as a technique of welfare; his relation to economics; and the stress he placed on voluntary action in a free society. Each theme is introduced by a full editorial commentary which explains its place in Beveridge’s thought, as well as outlining his position and offering critical guidance to the reader. The return of mass unemployment and continuing debate on the role of the welfare state has revived interest in Beveridge’s work and this reader brings his ideas.

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A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation

As the United States continues its slow climb out of the Great Recession, it is important to focus on new directions to improve the standard of living in America. This book explores what is behind a faltering standard of living in the United States since the early 1980s and what can be done to restore it. The book is uniquely valuable in going beyond mainstream thinking about how to restore prosperity. Economics has traditionally equated economic growth (increases in per capita income) with improvements in quality of life and the standard of living. This book questions that assumption. The different chapters in the book show the standard of living as being more than income, to include many non-market aspects such as access to public goods (roads, clean air and water, schools, parks, and museums), intangible aspects of quality of life such as equity and a sense of community, and broadly based economic opportunities. This means that improving the standard of living is a multi-dimensional challenge rather than one of solely increasing aggregate demand, productivity, or GDP. This book embodies a pluralistic approach and draws on the expertise of a wide array of thinkers. The intended audience is for various courses offered in economics, sociology, political science, public policy programs, and in environmental and ecological studies.

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Richard P. F. Holt is professor of economics at Southern Oregon University. Daphne T. Greenwood is professor of economics and director of the Colorado Center for Policy Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Project Management Schedule and Cost Control: Methods and Models for Managing the Project Lifecycle

Master all the modern project scheduling and cost control techniques you need, in one focused tutorial! Randal Wilson's Project Schedule & Cost Control isn't your typical project management guide: it's 100% focused on the specific principles, techniques, and best-practice methodologies of scheduling and cost control. Wilson illuminates key issues through the extensive use of graphs, charts, case studies, and worked examples; and calls your attention to crucial issues that “generic” PM books ignore. Coverage includes: * Project structures, including differences between projects and programs, and how those differences affect costing and scheduling * Initiation: how projects start, how to develop project charters and stakeholder registers, and how to manage stakeholders * Planning, in depth: what costs must be addressed, and what schedule constraints must be considered * Project schedule analysis: activity definition, WBS, and work packages; activity sequencing and diagramming; proven methodologies for estimating resources and activity durations; and schedule development * Project cost analysis: gathering and estimating all project costs, including labor, materials, vendor bids, subcontractors, contracts, equipment, facilities, and direct/indirect costs. * Budgeting via top-down, bottom-up, and activity-based methods * Project monitoring and control: earned value, tracking Gantt, S-Curves, performance reviews, milestone analysis, change control systems, estimate at completion, forecasting, and much more For both project management newcomers and working project managers who need to sharpen their skills
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Randal Wilson, MBA, PMP, serves as Visiting Professor of Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management, at the Elk Grove, California, DeVry University campus. His teaching style is one of addressing project management concepts using academic course guidelines and text and includes in-depth discussions in lectures using practical application from industry experience. Mr. Wilson is currently Operations and Project Manager at Parker Hose and Fittings. He is responsible for five locations across northern California and Nevada, as well as project management of redesigns and renovation of existing facilities and construction of new facilities. Mr. Wilson was formally in the telecommunications industry as Senior New Product Introduction Engineer at REMEC, Inc., Senior New Product Introduction Engineer with Spectrian Corp., and Associate Design Engineer with American Microwave Technology. He also served as Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Hewlett-Packard. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute. He acquired an MBA with a concentration in General Operations Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University in Fremont, California, and a bachelor of science in Technical Management with a concentration in Project Management from DeVry University in Fremont, California.

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A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics: What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know

Now more than ever before, executives and managers need to understand their larger economic context. In A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics, David Moss leverages his many years of teaching experience at Harvard Business School to lay out important macroeconomic concepts in engaging, clear, and concise terms. In a simple and intuitive way, he breaks down the ideas into “output,” “money,” and “expectations.” In addition, Moss introduces powerful tools for interpreting the big-picture economic developments that shape events in the contemporary business arena. Detailed examples are also drawn from history to illuminate important concepts. This book is destined to become a staple in MBA courses–as well as the go-to resource for executives and managers at all levels seeking to brush up on their knowledge of macroeconomic dynamics.

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A Corporate Welfare Economy

Although political rhetoric and public perception continue to assume that the United States is the very definition of a free market economy, a different system entirely has in actuality come to prominence over the past half century. This Corporate Welfare Economy (CWE) has come about as government come increasingly under the influence of corporate interests and lobbyists, with supposedly equalising factors such as regulation skewed in order to suit the interests of the privileged while an overwhelming majority of US citizens have experienced a decline in their standard of living. James Angresano examines the characteristics of this mode of capitalism, both from the theoretical point of view but also with key reference to the different sectors of the economy – trade, manufacturing, industry and defense among them.

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James Angresano is a retired professor of economics. He has taught and done research at colleges and universities in the United States and throughout Europe, China, and Egypt.

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A Dictionary of Accounting

This best-selling dictionary includes more than 3,700 entries covering all aspects of accounting, including financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, direct taxation, indirect taxation, auditing, corporate finance, and accounting bodies and institutions. It boasts feature entries on key areas (e.g. Bankruptcy Law and the FTSE share indexes), and its international coverage includes important terms from UK, US, Australia, India, and Asia-Pacific. Over 250 new entries have been added to this edition to reflect the very latest developments in the accounting profession, e.g. the growing importance of International Accounting Standards, recent legislation, UK tax changes, and reliefs and allowances (e.g. Entrepreneurs’ Relief, Annual Investment Allowance). In addition, coverage of taxation, finance, and audit has been increased and all entries have been revised to ensure they are up-to-date. With its authoritative and straightforward definitions and its wide-ranging coverage, this dictionary is essential for students and professionals in accounting and finance. It is also an ideal source of reference for anyone seeking a clear guide to the often-confusing world of accountancy terms.

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A Dictionary of Business and Management

This wide-ranging and authoritative dictionary contains 7,000 entries covering all areas of business and management, including marketing, organizational behaviour, business strategy, law, and taxation. Written by a team of experts, it features the very latest terminology, for example, the recent vocabulary associated with structured finance and the associated subprime lending crisis, including collaterized debt obligation and special purpose vehicle. The new edition of this established bestseller dispels modern financial and management jargon, defining entries in a clear, concise, and accessible manner. It contains US business terms, general management concepts (e.g. competence, knowledge management), named theories (e.g. Tannenbaum and Schmidt, Blake and Mouton) as well as expanded coverage of the contemporary theory of the firm and human resources. New terms are included from the fast-moving areas of current affairs (e.g. MiFID), Internet business and information technology and there is full coverage of the new Companies Act. With recommended web links for many entries, accessible and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Business and Management companion website, this edition is more informative than ever. This A-Z reference work is essential for business students, teachers and professionals, and useful for anyone needing a guide to business terminology.

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A Dictionary of Economics

An authoritative and comprehensive dictionary containing clear, concise definitions of over 3,400 key economic terms, this A to Z covers all aspects of economics including economic theory, applied microeconomics and macroeconomics, labour economics, public economics and public finance, monetary economics, and environmental economics. There is strong coverage of international trade and many entries on economic organizations and institutions from around the world. Fully revised to keep up-to-date with this fast-moving field, this new edition expands the coverage to include terms relevant to the financial crisis, such as black swan, credit crunch, Northern Rock, and Iceland, making this dictionary the most up-to-date available. Entries are supplemented by entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a companion website, giving the reader the opportunity to explore further the areas covered in the dictionary. Useful appendices include a list of institutional acronyms and their affiliated websites, a list of Nobel prize-winners in economics, the Greek alphabet, and a list of relevant websites. As ideal for browsing as it is useful for quick reference, this dictionary remains an essential guide for students and teachers of economics, business, and finance, as well as for professional economists and anyone who has to deal with economic data.

About the Author

Gareth Myles is Professor of Economics at the University of Exeter and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His main research areas are public economics, labour economics, and microeconomics. His publications in these areas include the textbooks Public Economics (1995) and Intermediate Public Economics (2006). He also is an Academic Adviser to HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs.

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A Field Guide for Organisation Development: Taking Theory into Practice

Organisation Development, as a field, is messy, imperfect and hard to get hold of – it is like nailing jelly to the wall. A Field Guide for Organisation Development offers a variety of perspectives and unparalleled experiences from practitioners and researchers who all share an interest and involvement in Organisation Development (OD). In it are multiple voices, mindsets and practices – not all of which necessarily agree with each other. Leading OD practitioners present a contemporary, practical guide that tackles the dilemmas and polarities that face anyone studying or practising within the OD arena, and encourages them to develop their own particular practice of OD in a way that is appropriate for their context, skills and preferences, while challenging them to look beyond what comes naturally. Here are new ways to support the growth and development of an organisation from modest endeavours that are small in scale to organisation-wide change programmes. A Field Guide for Organisation Development is as comprehensive a resource to support the practice of OD as can be found anywhere. It covers issues of organisational health as well as offering tools aimed at supporting practitioners to survive in the harsh realities of organisational life. It contains chapters on the OD practitioner, on groups, on culture, on data and evaluation. It offers perspectives on change, on the relationship between OD and HR, and on the use of external consultants.

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Ed Griffin is an international HR Director and experienced Organisation Development consultant who has worked across many sectors, organisational types and countries. He has contributed research and articles in both HR and OD. Mike Alsop was, for many years, Global Head of Executive Development for G4S plc. Working as an ‘independent’ consultant since 2007, he now acts as a coach, facilitator and consultant for clients in many sectors, from all over the world. He is also a Partner at Waverley Learning. Martin Saville is co-founder of Mayvin, a specialist consultancy with a mission to nurture the human spirit in organisations. He has deep experience in building internal OD capability and in supporting organisations to enhance performance through values, relationships and culture. Grahame Smith is a highly experienced leadership coach and organisation development consultant. He has ‘first hand’ commercial experience in fmcg, retail, and fashion, and is working with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Ed Griffin, Angela Baron, Martin Saville, Mike Alsop, Andy Smith, James Traeger, Penny Lock, Sue Belgrave, Paul Brewerton, Grahame Smith, Niki Dalton, Kate Mulcahy, Liz Finney, Jo Hennessy.

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A Framework for Marketing Management 6th Global Edition

For graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing management. A Succinct Guide to 21st Century Marketing Management Framework for Marketing Management is a concise, streamlined version of Kotler and Keller’s fifteenth edition of Marketing Management, a comprehensive look at marketing strategy. The book’s efficient coverage of current marketing management practices makes for a short yet thorough text that provides the perfect supplement for incorporated simulations, projects, and cases. The Sixth Edition approaches the topic of marketing from a current standpoint, focusing its information and strategy on the realities of 21st century marketing. Individuals, groups, and companies alike can modernize their marketing strategies to comply with 21st century standards by engaging in this succinct yet comprehensive text.

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