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Contemporary Logistics in China: Interconnective Channels and Collaborative Sharing (Current Chinese Economic Report Series)

by Xiang Li Bing-Lian Liu Ling Wang Shao-Ju Lee

This book is the ninth volume in "Contemporary Logistics in China", authored by the researchers in Logistics Research Center at Nankai University. In the spirit of the eight preceding annual volumes, this book carries on the ideal of providing a systematic exposition on the logistics development in China for the English-speaking community at large. Specially, this volume captures China's logistics development at a crucial turning point.This present report consists of nine chapters, organized into three sections. The introductory section, consisting of two chapters, depicts the current development status of the China’s logistics market and the logistics facilities and technology. The second section addresses the characteristics of logistics industries in China including the transportation logistics, the manufacturing logistics, the commerce logistics, and the agricultural products logistics. The final section, consisting of three chapters, discusses some hot logistics topics in China. Chapter 7 describes the emerging service models and innovation of China's highway freight platforms. The next chapter deals with the development and innovation of the Belt and Road cross-border logistics service system. The last chapter presents China's Logistics development and prospect under the context of sharing economy.As with the previous eight volumes, the ultimate aim of this book is to present a timely portrayal of the rapid pace of growth of China’s logistics market and the status of its logistics industry’s evolution. In so doing, the book offers an in-depth analysis of critical issues involved in the ongoing dynamic and multi-faceted development, and provides a valuable reference resource for interested readers in the academic and professional fields.

Gender Inequalities in the Japanese Workplace and Employment: Theories and Empirical Evidence (Advances in Japanese Business and Economics #22)

by Kazuo Yamaguchi

The in-depth analyses presented in this book have a dual focus: (1) Social mechanisms through which the gender wage gap, gender inequality in the attainment of managerial positions, and gender segregation of occupations are generated in Japan; and (2) Assessments of the effects of firms’ gender-egalitarian personnel policies and work–life balance promotion policies on the gender wage gap and the firms’ productivity. In addition, this work reviews and discusses various economic and sociological theories of gender inequality and gender discrimination and considers their consistencies and inconsistencies with the results of the analysis of Japanese data. Furthermore, the book critically reviews and discusses the historical development of the Japanese employment system by juxtaposing rational and cultural explanations. This book is an English translation by the author of a book he first published in Japanese in 2017. The original Japanese-language edition received two major book awards in Japan. One was The Nikkei Economic Book Culture Award, which is given every year by the Nikkei Newspaper Company and the Japan Economic Research Center to a few best books on economy and society. The other was The Showa University’s Women’s Culture Research Award, which is bestowed annually on a single book of research that promotes gender equality. Kazuo Yamaguchi is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

Regional Mutual Benefit and Win-win Under the Double Circulation of Global Value (Global Economic Synergy of Belt and Road Initiative)

by Wei Liu Hui Zhang

The book offers an in-depth research of the economic situations along the Belt and Road and the initiative’s cooperation prospects, opportunities and challenges. It draws on economic data, including those on trade, investment, infrastructure, urban distribution, industrial cooperation, financial integration and revision of historical and political background. The Belt and Road initiative (BRI) comes from not only the ancient Silk Road, but also a long-term international cooperation between China and relevant countries. As a China-led initiative, the BRI is built upon China’s international vision according to its development process. Therefore, the book also discusses how China balances its own development process among different domestic regions, and how the Initiative fits into the changes of global economic system and brings positive change for developing and developed economies involved, on the long haul. Furthermore, this book aims to find out precise direction of the initiative in order to assess appropriate implication on development under current globalization and provide valuable experience for future economic synergetic development by reviewing the past cooperative experience as references for policy-making and prospective engagementIn terms of methodology, analyses were conducted applying multi-methods with best available evidence to enrich the understanding of the potential of the BRI in terms of socio-economic impact on cooperation and difference and similarities of economic, cultural characteristics and political system among countries.

Resilience Management for a Sustainable Aging Society: Preventability of Medical Accidents Using Big Data (SpringerBriefs in Business)

by Shigeo Atsuji

This book utilizes big data to undertake a cluster analysis of medical accidents. Highlighting shared worldwide accident patterns, it represents a first step toward reducing the incidence of accidents through kaizen innovation driven by information and communications technology. This initiative comes against a background where medical accidents are currently the third largest cause of death after heart attack and cancer, making accident prevention an urgent concern. With the objective of preventing these accidents, which negatively impact numerous different stakeholders, and based on interdisciplinary research, the book examines (1) the application of data mining to identify shared accident patterns; (2) proposals for system improvement and organizational innovation aimed at risk and resilience in crisis management; and (3) the use of a global platform to achieve sustainability in the Internet of Medicine (IoM).

Controlling im Krankenhaus: Das Zusammenspiel von Werten, Prozessen und Innovationen (Controlling im Krankenhaus #6)

by Winfried Zapp

Dieses Buch fromuliert und beleuchtet Werte aus der Sicht der Ökonomie und Anforderungen aus der Ethik als Ausgangsbasis für eine differenzierte Betrachtung von Controlling. Als ein wesentlicher Ansatz der letzten Jahre wird die Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) konstruktiv-kritisch analysiert. Neben der Wertediskussion ist die Bedeutung der Prozesse für das Gesundheitswesen immer wieder hervorgehoben worden. In zwei Beiträgen wird dabei die Ergänzung um das Blueprinting und die Möglichkeiten des Lean Management herausgearbeitet. Soll eine Ausrichtung an Werten und eine verbesserte Struktierung von Prozessen gelingen, dann sind unabdingbar Innovationen zu gestalten und voranzutreiben. Dabei wird in diesem Buch ein Innovationscontrolling entwickelt, um diese Entwicklung zu begleiten und die Bedeutung von Verzerrungen hervorgehoben. Ausführungen zu einer Optimierung des Controlling unter Beachtung der Konzeption um ein Behavioral Accounting und zu einer fallmixorientierten Vorgehensweise schließen das Buch ab. Nur wenn Klarheit und Konsensus über die angestrebten Werte besteht, können Prozesse eingeleitet werden, um das Arbeitsziel otpimaler zu erreichen. Dazu bedarf nicht nur eingefahrener Wege und Überlegungen, sondern innovativer Gestaltungskraft. Das Buch möchte hierzu Wege aufzeigen.

Weimarer Klassik: Eine Einführung

by Cornelia Zumbusch

Die Weimarer Klassik ist eine zentrale, wenn auch umstrittene Epoche der Literaturgeschichte. Diese Einführung skizziert die Diskussion über eine um Goethe und Schiller gruppierte ›Weimarer Klassik‹ und beschreibt ihre Voraussetzungen, Kontexte und Programmatik. Drei umfangreiche Kapitel stellen exemplarische literarische Werke Schillers und Goethes vor, geordnet nach Lyrik, Dramatik und Erzählformen.

Highlights of Practical Applications of Survivable Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. The PAAMS Collection: International Workshops of PAAMS 2019, Ávila, Spain, June 26–28, 2019, Proceedings (Communications in Computer and Information Science #1047)

by Vicente Julian Fernando Lopes Eneko Osaba Elena Del Val Fernando De La Prieta Alfonso González-Briones Pawel Pawleski Davide Calvaresi Ramón Sánchez-Iborra

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the workshops and special session co-located with the 17th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, PAAMS 2019, held in Ávila, Spain, in June 2019.The total of 26 full and 8 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 47 submissions. The book also contains extended abstracts of the doctoral consortium contributions. The papers in this volume stem from the following meetings: Workshop on Agents-Based Solutions for Manufacturing and Supply Chain, AMSC; Second International Workshop on Blockchain Technology for Multi-Agent Systems, BTC4MAS; Workshop on MAS for Complex Networks and Social Computation; CNSC; Workshop on Multi-Agent Based Applications for Energy Markets, Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy Systems, MASGES; Workshop on Smart Cities and Intelligent Agents, SCIA; and Workshop on Swarm Intelligence and Swarm Robotics, SISR; as well as the special session on Software Agents and Virtualization for Internet of Things, SAVIoTS.

Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2019: 19th International Conference, Saint Petersburg, Russia, July 1–4, 2019, Proceedings, Part I (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #11619)

by Osvaldo Gervasi Beniamino Murgante Sanjay Misra Ana Maria A. C. Rocha David Taniar Bernady O. Apduhan Elena Stankova Eufemia Tarantino Vladimir Korkhov Carmelo Torre

The six volumes LNCS 11619-11624 constitute the refereed proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, ICCSA 2019, held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in July 2019.The 64 full papers, 10 short papers and 259 workshop papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected form numerous submissions. The 64 full papers are organized in the following five general tracks: computational methods, algorithms and scientific applications; high performance computing and networks; geometric modeling, graphics and visualization; advanced and emerging applications; and information systems and technologies. The 259 workshop papers were presented at 33 workshops in various areas of computational sciences, ranging from computational science technologies to specific areas of computational sciences, such as software engineering, security, artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies.

Demand Response in Smart Grids

by Ning Lu Pengwei Du Haiwang Zhong

This book is the first of its kind to comprehensively describe the principles of demand response. This allows consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage in response to the grid reliability need, time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives. The main contents of the book include modeling of demand response resources, incentive design, scheduling and dispatch algorithms, and impacts on grid operation and planning. Through case studies and illustrative examples, the authors highlight and compare the advantages, disadvantages and benefits that demand response can have on grid operations and electricity market efficiency.First book of its kind to introduce the principles of demand response;Combines theory with real-world applications useful for both professionals and academic researchers;Covers demand response in the context of power system applications.

Patient-Centered Primary Care: Getting From Good to Great

by Alexander Blount

There have been great strides made in designing the administrative structures of patient-centered care, but it is still difficult to design truly patient-centered clinical routines that the entire healthcare team can enact. The kind of partnership, in which patients are fully part of the team that guides their own care, goes against so much of the training and socialization of health professionals and, for that matter, the expectations of many patients. This is particularly true for patients we sometimes call “complex.” In other contexts, we call them “high utilizers,” “disadvantaged,” “heartsink patients,” or “people with trauma histories.” Blount calls them “multiply-disadvantaged” patients. To successfully serve these patients requires our best versions of team-based care, including behavioral health and care management team members, though every member of the team needs help in engaging these patients and mutual support in adapting to the rapid changes in roles that new team approaches are creating. This book offers a summary of the approaches that are currently in growing use, such as health literacy assessment, motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, shared decision making, minimally disruptive care, trauma informed care, enfranchisement coaching, relationship-centered care, and family-informed care. Finally, it offers a transformative method, based on familiar elements, that is Transparent, Empowering, Activating, and Mutual: the T.E.A.M. Way.

Contrast Echocardiography: Compendium for Clinical Practice

by Andreas Helfen Harald Becher

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the practical aspects of contrast echocardiography. It also covers all the material in the guidelines published by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in 2018 and the recommendations set out by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) in 2017. Contrast echocardiography at present is only used in 5-10% of cases, but this is expected to grow rapidly following the recommendations of the ASE and EACVI. The chapters cover the approved indications and provide practical advice on how to administer the contrast agents and how to optimize the recordings as well as how to deal with the pitfalls. The reader will find all the information on how to use contrast agents for assessment of shunts, LV volumes and function as well as myocardial diseases and masses. Detailed protocols are included for stress echocardiography and myocardial perfusion imaging. Other topics covered include the use of contrast agents for coronary sonography and transesophageal echocardiography. Contrast Echocardiography: Compendium for Clinical Practice comprehensively covers all aspects of the clinical use of contrast echocardiography and has been written by two cardiologists who share their experience from their high volume echo laboratories. One of the authors has been a member of both the ASE guidelines and EACVI recommendation writing groups. It is therefore, a critical text for echocardiographers and sonographers who perform echocardiography.

High-Throughput Protein Production and Purification: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology #2025)

by Renaud Vincentelli

This book compiles key protocols instrumental to the study of high-throughput protein production and purification which have been refined and simplified over the years and are now ready to be transferred to any laboratory. Beginning with a section covering general procedures for high-throughput protein production, the volume continues with high-throughput protocols adapted to the production of specific protein families, as well as an extensive section on protocols combining high-throughput protein production and their micro-characterization. Written for the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series, chapters in this book include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Authoritative and practical, High-Throughput Protein Production and Purification: Methods and Protocols serves biochemists ranging from engineers, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, to the heads of protein expression facilities and researchers, in pursuing this vital area of study.

501 Facts Factory: Amazing Countries of the World

by Ananya Subramani

France covers the most number of time zones in the world, with 12 of them. Libya is the driest country in the world, with 99 per cent of its land covered in desert. China accounts for about 30 per cent of global carbon-dioxide emissions. In Denmark, parents have to choose baby names from a list of 7,000 government-approved names. Every nation on earth is brimming with amazing people, places, events, lifestyles, customs, laws and quirks, and this book takes you on a fun, fact-packed trip through the most fascinating, remarkable and colourful of these. From what happened in the past to current happenings, from language to landscapes, from festivals to flags, from food to famous people, and from transport to technology in the most well-known and the remotest of locations, Amazing Countries of the World covers a range of topics and themes that will make you go `ooh? and `aah?! With bite-sized information and photographs, this wellresearched volume gives you an entertaining peek into countries worldwide. What are you waiting for? Step into the 501 Facts Factory for a whirlwind world tour!

Dastaan-e-Dastarkhan: Stories and Recipes from Muslim Kitchens

by Hussain

`I am always transported to the golden years when our humble dastarkh?n brought us all together...? A delectable trove of stories and recipes, Daastan-e-Dastarkh?n unravels the history and traditional cooking techniques of 30 intimate dishes from the culinary heritage of Muslim communities across India. In this evocative journal, MasterChef India contestant and consultant chef Sadaf Hussain invites you to gorge on Bihari kebabs during Eid, discover the influences of the spice trade in vegetarian dishes from the coastal Mappila cuisine and learn about a lost recipe born out of competitions between chefs during the Nizami era. With easy-to-follow recipes adapted for today?s kitchens, this book encourages you to recreate mouth-watering delicacies of old, and weaves the story of a community that is as varied as its food.

I Have a Theory about That

by Balan

Meg likes to plan her life on a spreadsheet. Tania believes in letting the universe take charge. Theirs is an unlikely friendship, to say the least ? especially since the two met because they used to date the same guy. At the same time. Now, as older, wiser twenty-nine-year olds (and flatmates, no less), they?re determined to enter their thirties with the one thing that's still missing from their halfway happy lives: that elusive long-lasting romance. When a routine conversation ends up with them laying bets on who will find love first, the battle lines are drawn. Now, if only ridiculous first dates, nosey aunties betting on their bet and complicated professional lives would get out of their way for the girls to find their One. And, really, what is the shortest way to finding love ? via probability calculations on a-date-a-day week, or just being in the right place at the right time when the planets are all aligned and there are no Venus?Uranus oppositions?

Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy

by Fu-Lai Tony Yu Diana S. Kwan

This book is the product of a team-teaching course entitled, “Issues in Economic Development” offered to the final-year students of Department of Economics and Finance at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. In this volume, the authors comprehensively survey world’s most controversial issues in economic and political affairs. Topics in this volume cover Christianity-Islam confrontation; ISIS and anti-terrorism; North Korea and Taiwan-Strait Crises; China’s rise as a global power; Brexit; Artificial Intelligence; Bitcoin; same sex marriage; global warming; happiness and well-being. This book can be used as a reader or textbook in courses such as “International Political Economy” and “International Development”, or as a reference for scholars and policy makers.

Rheology and Processing of Construction Materials: RheoCon2 & SCC9 (RILEM Bookseries #23)

by Viktor Mechtcherine Kamal Khayat Egor Secrieru

This book gathers the peer-reviewed contributions presented at two parallel, closely interconnected events on advanced construction materials and processes, namely the 2nd International RILEM Conference on Rheology and Processing of Construction Materials (RheoCon2) and the 9th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC9), held in Dresden, Germany on 8-11 September 2019. The papers discuss various aspects of research on the development, testing, and applications of cement-based and other building materials together with their specific rheological properties. Furthermore, the papers cover the latest findings in the fast-growing field of self-compacting concrete, addressing topics including components’ properties and characterization; chemical admixtures, effect of binders (incl. geopolymers, calcined clay, etc.) and mixture design; laboratory and in-situ rheological testing; constitutive models and flow modelling; numerical simulations; mixing, processing and casting processes; and additive manufacturing / 3D-printing. Also presenting case studies, the book is of interest to researchers, graduate students, and industry specialists, such as material suppliers, consultants and construction experts.

Contemporary Acarology: 2017

by Michael J. Skvarla Ronald Ochoa Jose Carlos Verle Rodrigues H. Joel Hutcheson

This book gathers papers presented at the annual meetings of the Acarological Society of America (ASA), jointly organized with the Entomological Society of America. The ASA plans to publish presentations from its annual meetings on a yearly basis; this book represents the first in the series.

Everyday Life in Austerity: Family, Friends and Intimate Relations (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life)

by Sarah Marie Hall

This book is about the impact of austerity in and on everyday life, based on a two-year ethnography with families and communities in ‘Argleton’, Greater Manchester, UK. Focused on family, friends and intimate relations, and their intersections, the book develops a relational approach to everyday austerity. It reveals how austerity is a deeply personal and social condition, with impacts that spread across and between everyday relationships, spaces and temporal perspectives. It demonstrates how austerity is lived and felt on the ground, with distinctly uneven socio-economic consequences. Furthermore, everyday relationships are subject to change and continuity in times of austerity. Austerity also has lasting impacts on personal and shared experiences, both in terms of day-to-day practices and the lifecourses people imagine themselves living.

Who We Truly Are (Enhanced World #2)

by Victoria Sue

Enhanced: Book TwoTalon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life. Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he will have to do it alone. Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?

Health at Work: Critical Perspectives (Critical Approaches to Health)

by Leah Tomkins Katrina Pritchard

Engaging with some of the most debated topics in contemporary organizations, Health at Work: Critical Perspectives presents a critical, contingent view of the healthy employee and the very notion of organizational health. Drawing on expressions such as ‘blowing a fuse’, ‘cracking under pressure’ or ‘health MOT’, this book suggests that meanings of workplace health vary depending on how we frame the underlying purpose and function of organization. Health at Work takes some of the most powerful and taken-for-granted discourses of organization and explores what each might mean for the construction of the healthy employee. Not only does it offer a fresh and challenging approach to the topic of health at work, it also examines several core topics at the heart of contemporary research and practice, including technology, innovation, ageing and emotions. This book makes a timely contribution to debates about well-being at work, relevant to practitioners, policy-makers and designers of workplace health interventions, as well as academics and students. This book will be illuminating reading for students and scholars across management studies, occupational health and organizational psychology.

Academic Irregularities: Language and Neoliberalism in Higher Education (Routledge Critical Studies in Discourse)

by Helen Sauntson Liz Morrish

This volume serves as a critical examination of the discourses at play in the higher education system and the ways in which these discourses underpin the transmission of neoliberal values in 21st century universities. Situated within a Critical Discourse Analysis-based framework, the book also draws upon other linguistic approaches, including corpus linguistics and appraisal analysis, to unpack the construction and development of the management style known as managerialism, emergent in the 1990s US and UK higher education systems, and the social dynamics and power relations embedded within the discourses at the heart of managerialism in today’s universities. Each chapter introduces a particular aspect of neoliberal discourse in higher education and uses these multiple linguistic approaches to analyze linguistic data in two case studies and demonstrate these principles at work. This multi-layered systematic linguistic framework allows for a nuanced exploration of neoliberal institutional discourse and its implications for academic labor, offering a critique of the managerial system in higher education but also a larger voice for alternative discursive narratives within the academic community. This important work is a key resource for students and scholars in applied linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, sociology, business and management studies, education, and cultural studies.

Lead Designer's Handbook: The Lead Designer and Design Management

by Dale Sinclair

Despite co-ordination being the principal focus of the Lead Designer’s role, there is very little written about how to undertake these duties. What tools can the Lead Designer use to address the many complexities of developing a design as part of an iterative process? How can the Lead Designer redefine what they do using a digital world to provide profoundly different and new services? This book analyses at all of these questions, setting out how the Lead Designer can perform effectively and efficiently in the digital world, addressing clients’ new whole life project requirements and new ways of constructing and assembling buildings. Managing increasing numbers of specialists in the construction process requires experience to ensure that their contributions are properly managed and produced at the right time. This book considers this challenge. It will also consider how the Lead Designer can effectively lead and manage health and safety aspects and risks (the principal designer role in UK regulations).

Understanding Rett Syndrome: A guide to symptoms, management and treatment (Understanding Atypical Development)

by Rosa Angela Fabio Tindara Caprì Gabriella Martino

Understanding Rett Syndrome offers a concise, evidence-based introduction to Rett Syndrome (RTT), covering a range of topics from diagnosis and causes to treatment and family management. It focuses on improving the quality of life for those with the syndrome by suggesting practical ways of managing the condition at home and at school, offering support and guidance to all parents and caregivers learning how to help children with RTT. Over the course of six chapters, Fabio, Caprì and, Martino explore signs and symptoms of RTT, along with an overview of treatment, therapy, and interventions for those living with the condition, focusing on technological aids such as eye-tracking and ICT and new neural techniques. Illustrated with interviews with parents of children living with RTT, Understanding Rett Syndrome is essential reading for parents and caregivers, as well as practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, counseling, mental health, nursing, child welfare, public healthcare, and those in education.

Hello, First Grade

by Joanne Ryder

It's a brand-new school year! Mrs. Lee's class is sure that first grade is the best once they meet Martha, the flop-eared bunny who is the class pet. When she's not in her special hiding places, Martha loves to say hello by hopping from student to student. So it's no surprise that Mrs. Lee's class wants to make Martha the star of a special school assembly. But when First Grade Day rolls around, Martha is nowhere to be found! Can the first grade class become first-rate detectives and find their flop-eared friend?" Pictures are described.

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