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The field of corporate communications describes the practices organizations use to communicate as coherent corporate `bodies'. Drawing on the metaphor of the body and on a variety of theories and disciplines the text challenges the idealized notion that organizations can and should communicate as unified wholes. The authors pose important questions such as: - Where does the central idea of corporate communications come from? - What are the underlying assumptions of most corporate communications practices? - What are the organizational and ethical challenges of attempting truly `corporate' communication? Clearly written with international vignettes and executive briefings, this book shows that in a complex world the management of communication needs to embrace multiple opinions and voices. Rewarding readers with a deeper understanding of corporate communications, the text will be a `must read' for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars, in the arenas of corporate communications, organizational communication, employee relations, marketing, public relations and corporate identity management. Practitioners in these areas will be provoked to re-examine their assumptions and habits.
Biotechnology crop production area increased from 1. 7 million hectares to 148 million hectares worldwide between 1996 to 2010. While genetically modified food is a contentious issue, the debates are usually limited to health and environmental concerns, ignoring the broader questions of social control that arise when food production methods become corporate-owned intellectual property. Drawing on legal documents and dozens of interviews with farmers and other stakeholders, Corporate Crops covers four case studies based around litigation between biotechnology corporations and farmers. Pechlaner investigates the extent to which the proprietary aspects of biotechnologies-from patents on seeds to a plethora of new rules and contractual obligations associated with the technologies-are reorganizing crop production. The lawsuits include patent infringement litigation launched by Monsanto against a Saskatchewan canola farmer who, in turn, claimed his crops had been involuntarily contaminated by the company's GM technology; a class action application by two Saskatchewan organic canola farmers launched against Monsanto and Aventis (later Bayer) for the loss of their organic market due to contamination with GMOs; and two cases in Mississippi in which Monsanto sued farmers for saving seeds containing its patented GM technology. Pechlaner argues that well-funded corporate lawyers have a decided advantage over independent farmers in the courts and in creating new forms of power and control in agricultural production. Corporate Crops demonstrates the effects of this intersection between the courts and the fields where profits, not just a food supply, are reaped.
Going far beyond previous empirical work, John Kotter and James Heskett provide the first comprehensive critical analysis of how the "culture" of a corporation powerfully influences its economic performance, for better or for worse. Through painstaking research at such firms as Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, ICI, Nissan, and First Chicago, as well as a quantitative study of the relationship between culture and performance in more than 200 companies, the authors describe how shared values and unwritten rules can profoundly enhance economic success or, conversely, lead to failure to adapt to changing markets and environments. With penetrating insight, Kotter and Heskett trace the roots of both healthy and unhealthy cultures, demonstrating how easily the latter emerge, especially in firms which have experienced much past success. Challenging the widely held belief that "strong" corporate cultures create excellent business performance, Kotter and Heskett show that while many shared values and institutionalized practices can promote good performances in some instances, those cultures can also be characterized by arrogance, inward focus, and bureaucracy -- features that undermine an organization's ability to adapt to change. They also show that even "contextually or strategically appropriate" cultures -- ones that fit a firm's strategy and business context -- will not promote excellent performance over long periods of time unless they facilitate the adoption of strategies and practices that continuously respond to changing markets and new competitive environments. Fundamental to the process of reversing unhealthy cultures and making them more adaptive, the authors assert, is effective leadership. At the heart of this groundbreaking book, Kotter and Heskett describe how executives in ten corporations established new visions, aligned and motivated their managers to provide leadership to serve their customers, employees, and stockholders, and thus created more externally focused and responsive cultures.
The father of the corporate culture field and pioneer in organizational psychology on today's changing corporate cultureThis is the definitive guide to corporate culture for practitioners. Recognized expert Edgar H. Schein explains what culture is and why it's important, how to evaluate your organization's culture, and how to improve it, using straightforward, practical tools based on decades of research and real-world case studies. This new edition reflects the massive changes in the business world over the past ten years, exploring the influence of globalization, new technology, and mergers on culture and organization change. New case examples help illustrate the principals at work and bring focus to emerging issues in international, nonprofit, and government organizations as well as business. Organized around the questions that change agents most often ask, this new edition of the classic book will help anyone from line managers to CEOs assess their culture and make it more effective.Offers a new edition of a classic work with a focus on practitionersIncludes new case examples and information on globalization, the effects of technology, and managerial competenciesCovers the basics on changing culture and includes a wealth of practical advice
Logan Fortune is all business, although he's indulged in his share of pleasure, a fact made abundantly clear when he meets the new lady in his life: his toddler daughter.Admittedly out of his league, he turns to Emily Applegate, his no-nonsense assistant, perhaps the only woman in Texas who can resist his charms. Deep down, Emily's crazy about her boss, but playboy moguls are definitely out of her league. Tasked with hiring a nanny, she soon discovers none of the candidates is good enough for the little girl she's coming to adore.With her hair down, her glasses off and smiles aplenty for his daughter, Emily is suddenly so desirable to Logan, leaving him feeling a little unsteady. Now he's got to pull off the biggest merger of his life, convincing a woman with no illusions that his heart-and his daughter-belong to her.
The book that fills the practitioner need for a distillation of the most important tools and concepts of corporate financeIn today's competitive business environment, companies must find innovative ways to enable rapid and sustainable growth not just to survive, but to thrive. Corporate Finance: A Practical Approach is designed to help financial analysts, executives, and investors achieve this goal with a practice-oriented distillation of the most important tools and concepts of corporate finance.Updated for a post-financial crisis environment, the Second Edition provides coverage of the most important issues surrounding modern corporate finance for the new global economy:Preserves the hallmark conciseness of the first edition while offering expanded coverage of key topics including dividend policy, share repurchases, and capital structureCurrent, real-world examples are integrated throughout the book to provide the reader with a concrete understanding of critical business growth conceptsExplanations and examples are rigorous and global, but make minimal use of mathematicsEach chapter presents learning objectives which highlight key material, helping the reader glean the most effective business advice possibleWritten by the experts at CFA Institute, the world's largest association of professional investment managersCreated for current and aspiring financial professionals and investors alike, Corporate Finance focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in today's global corporate world.
Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition, the website www.vernimmen.com and the Vernimmen.com newsletter are all written and created by an author team who are both investment bankers/corporate financiers and academics.This book covers the theory and practice of Corporate Finance from a truly European perspective. It shows how to use financial theory to solve practical problems and is written for students of corporate finance and financial analysis and practising corporate financiers. Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition is split into four sections covering the basics of financial analysis; the basic theories behind valuing a firm; the major types of financial securities (equity, debt & options) and, finally, financial management; how to organise a company's equity capital, buying and selling companies, M&A, bankruptcy and cash flow management.Key features include:A section on financial analysis - a Corporate Financier must understand a company based on a detailed analysis of its accounts. Large numbers neglected this approach during the last stock market bubble and were caught in the crash that inevitably followed. How many investors took the trouble to read Enron's annual report? Those who did found that it spoke volumes!End of Chapter Summary, Questions and Answers, Glossary, European Case StudiesA supporting Website http://www.vernimmen.com with free access to statistics, a glossary & lexicon; articles, notes on financial transactions, basic financial figures for more than 10,000 European and US listed companies, thesis topics, a bibliography; case studies, Q&A; A letter box for your questions to the authors - a reply guaranteed within 72 hoursA free monthly newsletter on Corporate Finance sent out to subscribers to the site.
Score your highest in corporate financeThe math, formulas, and problems associated with corporate finance can be daunting to the uninitiated. Corporate Finance For Dummies introduces you to the practices of determining an operating budget, calculating future cash flow, and scenario analysis in a friendly, un-intimidating way that makes comprehension easy.Corporate Finance For Dummies covers everything you'll encounter in a course on corporate finance, including accounting statements, cash flow, raising and managing capital, choosing investments; managing risk; determining dividends; mergers and acquisitions; and valuation.Serves as an excellent resource to supplement coursework related to corporate financeGives you the tools and advice you need to understand corporate finance principles and strategiesProvides information on the risks and rewards associated with corporate finance and lendingWith easy-to-understand explanations and examples, Corporate Finance For Dummies is a helpful study guide to accompany your coursework, explaining the tough stuff in a way you can understand.
45th Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science, presented by the Japan Center for Economic Research and Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. on November 5, 2002. In this book Takeo Hoshi and Anil Kashyap examine the history of the Japanese financial system, from its nineteenth-century beginnings through the collapse of the 1990s that concluded with sweeping reforms. Combining financial theory with new data and original case studies, they show why the Japanese financial system developed as it did and how its history affects its ongoing evolution. The authors describe four major periods within Japan's financial history and speculate on the fifth, into which Japan is now moving. Throughout, they focus on four questions: How do households hold their savings? How is business financing provided? What range of services do banks provide? And what is the nature and extent of bank involvement in the management of firms? The answers provide a framework for analyzing the history of the past 150 years, as well as implications of the just-completed reforms known as the "Japanese Big Bang. " Hoshi and Kashyap show that the largely successful era of bank dominance in postwar Japan is over, largely because deregulation has exposed the banks to competition from capital markets and foreign competitors. The banks are destined to shrink as households change their savings patterns and their customers continue to migrate to new funding sources. Securities markets are set to re-emerge as central to corporate finance and governance.
Essential guidance for companies to examine and improve their fraud programsCorporate governance legislation has become increasingly concerned with the ongoing resilience of organizations and, particularly, with their ability to resist corporate fraud from the lowest levels to the upper echelons of executive management. It has become unacceptable for those responsible for corporate governance to claim, "I didn't know." Corporate Fraud and Internal Control focuses on the appropriateness of the design of the system of internal controls in fraud risk mitigation, as well as the mechanisms to ensure effective implementation and monitoring on an ongoing basis.Applicable for a wide variety of environments, including governmental, financial, manufacturing and e-business sectorsIncludes case studies from the United States, Europe, and AfricaFollows the standards laid down by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the internationally recognized body governing this activityAccompanying interrogation software demo (software demo is not included as part of this book's e-book file, but is available for download after purchase)Written by a fraud prevention leader, Corporate Fraud and Internal Control addresses the concerns of both management and audit in ensuring a demonstrable level of activity to ensure sustainability of the organization and minimization of the impacts of fraud, upon early detection.
Corporate Governance, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility brings together the three separate strands relevant to the new demands of organizational behaviour and reporting. Taking a holistic approach to the issue of the role of the organization in society, the responsibilities within which it operates, obligations to its stakeholders (including its employees and their dependents) and the ethical underpinning which has to be in place for any form of honest reporting, the authors look not only at the organization as a reporting entity complying with a set of rules or nebulous concepts but as a functioning part of the business environment. Offering a wealth of real-life examples and case studies, the author demonstrate the realities of balancing socially responsible business with modern business practice in a diverse range of organizations, including both the private and public sector.
This Toolkit provides an overall framework with practical tools and information to help policymakers design and implement corporate governance reforms for state-owned enterprises. It covers the key elements of corporate governance, including legal and regulatory framework, state ownership arrangements, performance management systems, financial and fiscal discipline, boards of directors, transparency and disclosure, and protection of shareholders in mixed ownership companies. Experience shows that no one approach is universally applicable and the choice of measures depends on country and enterprise circumstances. The Toolkit thus provides a range of frameworks, concepts, case examples, checklists, and model documents that together aim to help government officials make the appropriate choices for their circumstances. The Toolkit concludes with guidance on managing the reform process, in particular how to prioritize and sequence reforms, build capacity, and engage with stakeholders.
Three Weddings and a Family On the road to happily-ever-after, a long-lost family is found! MARRIAGE-MINDED MILLIONAIRE? Reo Sampson was too busy making money to think about playing house. But when his pretty new assistant, Rusty Hanson, accompanied him for weekend negotiations, Reo discovered he liked--a little too much--having the sexy redhead by his side. And for a marriage-shy millionaire like himself, that was very unnerving... Rusty couldn't help but dream when her handsome boss took her in his arms. But she knew Reo didn't share her marriage wishes. Then the "boardroom barracuda" started showing a more husbandly side, and Rusty decided all Reo needed was a little push--straight down the aisle!
Darcy Malone can't quite believe she's let smooth-talking tycoon Trey Kent talk her into posing as his fiancée for a high-profile TV advertising campaign. In exchange for helping her establish her own business, Trey wants Darcy to act the adoring wife-to-be on and off screen, at least until the promotion is finished!Darcy may be a great businesswoman and is determined not to mix pleasure with business. Trouble is, with every sizzling on-screen kiss they share, Darcy's resolve weakens. Until deal, or no deal, she can't help but wish that Trey's passionate response isn't just for the cameras...!
Gay Hendricks and Kate Ludeman have been training top executives for more than twenty-five years. They have distilled the experience of the hundred wisest businessmen and -women they know into nuggets of just-in-time wisdom that take no more than a minute or two to read. You'll discover the twelve qualities of twenty-first-century leaders, how to make breakthrough decisions with intuitive ease, the visionary's ability to think twenty years down the line, how to spot and correct integrity problems in your organization, and how to create a mind-set of prosperity in yourself and your company. Drawing on insights and observations from legendary CEOs like Bob Galvin of Motorola and Ed McCracken of Silicon Graphics, The Corporate Mystic also offers spirited solutions to the day-in, day-out problems of business. You'll learn what these visionaries with their feet on the ground say about giving and receiving honest feedback, ending destructive turf battles, "high-firing" people who drain your energy, handling big wins and big losses, and protecting your creative think-time.
Learn more about the business of food, and the pressures placed on family farmers by industrial agribusiness.
Keep your corporation valid in the eyes of the IRS and courts If you've taken the time to turn your business into a corporation, chances are you'd like to see it stay that way. Your business card may say "incorporated," but if the courts and the IRS think differently, it's closing time. Meeting minutes are the primary paper trail of your corporation's legal life, so it's essential to know when and how to prepare these minutes. The Corporate Records Handbook provides all the forms and instructions you need to stay legal, including: . Call of Meeting . Meeting Participant List . Notice of Meeting . Certification of Mailing . Acknowledgment of Receipt of Notice of Meeting . Shareholder Proxy . Meeting Summary Sheet . Minutes of Annual Shareholders' Meeting . Minutes of Special Shareholders' Meeting . Minutes of Annual Directors' Meeting . Minutes of Special Directors' Meeting . Waiver of Notice of Meeting . Approval of Corporate Minutes By Directors of Shareholders . Cover Letter for Approval of Minutes of Paper Meeting . Written Consent to Action Without Meeting The Corporate Records Handbook gives you the forms you need to keep required records, plus more than 75 additional resolutions to insert into your minutes. This edition has been updated to reflect the latest changes in the law. Forms are available to download at nolo.com.
This thought-provoking history of corporate responsibility in the USA is a landmark publication documenting the story of corporate power and business behavior from the mid-eighteenth century to the modern day. It shows how the idea of corporate responsibility has evolved over time, with the roles, responsibilities and performance of corporations coming increasingly under the spotlight as new norms of transparency and accountability emerge. Today, it is expected that a corporation will be transparent in its operations; that it will reflect ethical values that are broadly shared by others in society; and that companies will enable society to achieve environmental sustainability as well as a high standard of living. As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, the social, political and economic landscape is once again shifting: the need for an informed public conversation about what is expected of the modern corporation has never been greater.
Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present, and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalismby David Grayson Jane Nelson
It is estimated that there are more than 110 national and international business-led corporate responsibility coalitions. Given the growing reach and significance of these alliances, there is now a critical need for an informed and balanced analysis of their achievements, their progress, and their potential. InCorporate Responsibility Coalitions, the first book to chronicle the subject, David Grayson and Jane Nelson explore the past, present, and future of these coalitions. They consider the emergence of new models of collective corporate action over the past four decades; the increasing number of these coalitions, their diversity and complexity; and how they network with each other and a broader set of institutions that promote sustainable capitalism. Drawing on their global study, the authors light the way for the future development of these influential alliances. In addition, they provide in-depth profiles of the most strategic, effective, and long-standing coalitions.
Business ethics teaching appears to have had little impact, particularly in the light of continued malpractice and misdemeanour in the form of financial scandals, environmental disasters and adverse consequences for communities. This timely book directly addresses a central question: is it that the existence of an ethical or an unethical climate influences behaviour, or, does the presence or absence of a moral character and personal values have the greatest influence on behaviour at work? Drawing on an empirically derived study and over thirty years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Hemingway proposes four modes of individual moral commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability: the Active Corporate Social Entrepreneur, the Concealed Corporate Social Entrepreneur, the Conformist and the Disassociated. The discovery of the corporate social entrepreneur offers students and scholars a critical, alternative and optimistic perspective for the future of ethical business.
Corporate philanthropy is on its way out. A new concept called "corporate social investing"-which requires that every commitment of money and/or product/equipment/land which a company makes must have a significant business reason-is taking its place. The transition has implications to every business and nonprofit organization in America. This book provides the strategic plan for making the transition to corporate social investing. By following the practical steps described here, businesses and nonprofits can forge creative alliances that can boost corporate profits while at the same time providing added resources for schools, colleges, cultural organizations, civic groups, and other important charities. Weeden's breakthrough plan, based on his innovative concept of corporate social investing, has the potential to dramatically change the way businesses and nonprofits interact. If widely implemented, it could substantially increase corporate support for nonprofits, turning the tide against cutbacks, offering profound benefits to businesses, and revitalizing the essential services nonprofits provide.
Today, corporations are expected to give something back to their communities in the form of charitable projects. In Corporate Social Responsibility, Philip Kotler, one of the world's foremost voices on business and marketing, and coauthor Nancy Lee explain why charity is both good P. R. and good for business. They show business leaders how to choose social causes, design charity initiatives, gain employee support, and evaluate their efforts. They also provide all the best practices and cutting-edge ideas that leaders need to maximize their contributions to social causes and do the most good. With personal stories from twenty-five business leaders from socially responsible companies, this is the bible for today's good corporate citizen.
Why has CSR become part of the mainstream business and academic agenda in the 21st century? How can CSR be fully integrated in business strategy and day-to-day operations? Do companies become more vulnerable to criticism from stakeholders if they make public their commitment to CSR? These are just some of the questions and challenges explored in this exciting new textbook. Readers will not only gain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the history of CSR, the key CSR drivers, the main theoretical CSR perspectives and the dominant CSR practices found in the business community, they will also, more crucially, learn how to implement CSR in practice. Written and edited by leading academics in the field, Corporate Social Responsibility is an engaging and accessible text designed for any student seeking an introduction to this complex and ambiguous subject. Esben Pedersen is Professor at the CBS Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School. Visit https://study.sagepub.com/pedersen for annotated web links, free full-text journal articles and more.
This book gives a detailed exposure to corporate taxation.
Some have claimed that ?War is too important to be left to the generals,? but P. W. Singer asks ?What about the business executives? Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed. Their products range from trained commando teams to strategic advice from generals. This new ?Privatized Military Industry? encompasses hundreds of companies, thousands of employees, and billions of dollars in revenue. Whether as proxies or suppliers, such firms have participated in wars in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and Latin America. More recently, they have become a key element in U. S. military operations. Private corporations working for profit now sway the course of national and international conflict, but the consequences have been little explored. In this book, Singer provides the first account of the military services industry and its broader implications. Corporate Warriors includes a description of how the business works, as well as portraits of each of the basic types of companies: military providers that offer troops for tactical operations; military consultants that supply expert advice and training; and military support companies that sell logistics, intelligence, and engineering. The privatization of warfare allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the entrance of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises a series of troubling questions'for democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.
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