Project Management Essentials with 12mth Online Student Access, ANZ Edition 1st Edition
This text will combine the disciplines of the internationally recognised Project Management Body of Knowledge with the practical techniques that are used in the project profession in Australia today. [Insert with code for 12 months student online access]
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Now in its fourth edition, this tried-and-tested guide for both students and practitioners combines a rigorous theoretical grounding with practical insights into every aspect of the organizing and running of events. Presented in two engaging parts: Part 1 provides a comprehensive overview of the events business including market demand for events, the role of suppliers and the social and economic impact of the event business. Part 2 focuses on aspects of event organization including planning an event, financial management, logistics, legal aspects, marketing, public relations and legacies. The text considers event management from an international perspective, with a particular focus on Europe but also encompassing the Middle East and Africa. Successful Event Management is essential reading for all undergraduate and post-graduate event management students and is also an ideal resource for active practitioners looking for both a practical guide and a rigorous overview of the subject.
The second edition of this text has been thoroughly updated, continuing its strong emphasis on the importance of the Asian region to contemporary Australian and New Zealand organisations. Many Asian case examples are featured to illustrate key management concepts, and these provide a useful basis for comparison with management practices in Australia and New Zealand. Numerous practical examples throughout the text highlight contemporary management issues, such as: * workplace diversity * sustainability * ethics/corporate social responsibility * the impact of technology * innovation in the workplace * globalisation * employee engagement * flexible working arrangements * work-life balance * generational issues in the workplace * skills shortages in various industries * the importance of effective employee recruitment and training * organisational culture * workforce flexibility and casualisation * the ’24/7′ nature of contemporary communication technology, including social media * outsourcing Management, Foundation and Applications, 2nd Asia-Pacific edition, has also retained the features that made its previous edition so popular with students and lecturers, including the Career Readiness Workbook activities at the end of the book, and the accompanying Interactive Study Guide with its vast array of multimedia resources.
The Art of the Long View By Peter Schwartz Peter Schwartz challenges uncertainty by using scenario planning as the tool to predict and prepare for the future. Schwartz suggest that to act with confidence, “[o]ne must be willing to look ahead and consider uncertainties”. In his book, Schwartz presents many “rules” to creating scenarios such as: “seeking out truly unusual people…who could see significant but surprising forces for change”. Another rule is to view the future with at least three different mindset: as an optimist, pessimist and transitionist. Schwartz also advises the future scenario planners to have a good focus yet practice using peripheral vision (called fringes) to guide direction. What people don’t see directly, such as activities happening in another country for example, may interrupt economy, social factors and so on. As an example, Schwartz mentioned the problem of third countries’ rise of youth. With the rise of teenage population and little job opportunities in their own country, millions of foreign youth may migrate to countries like U.S. When this happens the stability of U.S. in terms of population, social welfare and minority issues will be affected. In turn these social factors may affect the economic factors. Thus, the readers of this book will learn that awareness will become a strong asset to being a great scenario planner. The advice and guides Schwartz provides are logical and simplistic. Human beings are used to some degree of future planning and Schwartz acknowledges this as he labels people as “scenario-building animal.” With the acknowledgment of this innate capability people have for scenario planning Schwartz tries to focus on fine-tuning that innate skill to help people and business plan for their future. By planning for the future one can stabilize uncertainty both emotionally and financially. Schwart’s background of having worked at SRI (Standford Research Institute), Shell and Smith & Hawken made the advice of the author more legitimate and provided examples of how scenario building can become a profession to consider. Scenario writing is truly an art that requires open-minded, creative and resourceful thinking. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Schwartz understands that though we have no control over uneventful factors that may disrupt our future, we can have the power to prevent disasters from sneaking up on us. By preparing our minds to possibilities, both good and bad, people can learn to adapt to the future. I especially liked the optimistic view of Mr. Schwartz. I ended the book with enlightenment and happy thoughts of my own future.
Bringing a sharp awareness of the turbulence of global business and change, Thompson, Scott and Martin present a comprehensive introduction to modern strategy. Secure your understanding of tomorrow’s business world using this established yet forward-looking textbook and its host of dynamic learning features.
About the Author
Frank Martin is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship in the Business & Organisation Division at the University of Stirling. He is also a Senior Honorary Research Fellow John L Thompson is Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Huddersfield, UK.