The Transformation of Corporate Control


Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674903593
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 391
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In this book Neil Fligstein takes issue with prevailing theories of the corporation and proposes a radically new view that has important implications for American competitiveness.

The Architecture of Markets

An Economic Sociology of Twenty-first-century Capitalist Societies
Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691102542
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 274
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This work seeks to make sense of modern capitalism by developing a sociological theory of market institutions. Addressing the dynamism that capitalism brings with it, the author argues that the basic drift of any one market and it's actors, even allowing for competition, is toward stabilization.

Corporate Governance and Resource Security in China

The Transformation of China's Global Resources Companies
Author: Xinting Jia,Roman Tomasic
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135254478
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 190
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Corporate governance has become a household term and investors across the world are demanding more transparency and accountability from controllers of listed corporations. The current resources boom that has been driven by soaring demand from China has brought China’s listed resources companies into focus. Some of these companies are beginning to be known internationally, such as Sinopec, PetroChina, CNOOC (in the oil industry) and CHALCO (aluminium); but their governance structures are often not well known. This book explores the corporate governance of these listed companies. Compared with the governance of global companies, such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell, Shevron, the governance of China’s resources companies has special characteristics. While the authors focus is on the governance of resources companies in China, this book also tackles contemporary issues of resource security and environmental change which are closely related to the depletion of the world’s natural resources. Case studies of other international resources giants such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell and Chevron are provided to enhance our understanding of the differences that exist between them and Chinese resources companies. This book will be of interest to the business community and to those readers who are interested in China and its governance related issues.

Political Power and Corporate Control

The New Global Politics of Corporate Governance
Author: Peter A. Gourevitch,James Shinn
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400837014
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 368
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Why does corporate governance--front page news with the collapse of Enron, WorldCom, and Parmalat--vary so dramatically around the world? This book explains how politics shapes corporate governance--how managers, shareholders, and workers jockey for advantage in setting the rules by which companies are run, and for whom they are run. It combines a clear theoretical model on this political interaction, with statistical evidence from thirty-nine countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America and detailed narratives of country cases. This book differs sharply from most treatments by explaining differences in minority shareholder protections and ownership concentration among countries in terms of the interaction of economic preferences and political institutions. It explores in particular the crucial role of pension plans and financial intermediaries in shaping political preferences for different rules of corporate governance. The countries examined sort into two distinct groups: diffuse shareholding by external investors who pick a board that monitors the managers, and concentrated blockholding by insiders who monitor managers directly. Examining the political coalitions that form among or across management, owners, and workers, the authors find that certain coalitions encourage policies that promote diffuse shareholding, while other coalitions yield blockholding-oriented policies. Political institutions influence the probability of one coalition defeating another.

Picture Control

The Electron Microscope and the Transformation of Biology in America, 1940-1960
Author: Nicolas Rasmussen
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804738507
Category: Science
Page: 436
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This first detailed historical treatment of the electron microscope in biology advances an original philosophical argument on the relation of experimental technology to scientific change.

Messengers of the Right

Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics
Author: Nicole Hemmer
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812248392
Category: History
Page: 336
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Messengers of the Right tells the story of the media activists who built the American conservative movement and transformed it into one of the most significant and successful movements of the twentieth century—and in the process remade the Republican Party and the American media landscape.

Managing Business Transformation

A Practical Guide
Author: Melanie Franklin
Publisher: IT Governance Ltd
ISBN: 1849283060
Category: Electronic books
Page: 156
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Understand change - how to define clear goals and quantify the benefits. Plan and prepare for change - how to create a change plan, communicate it and manage the impact of change. Implement change - how to build an effective change team and obtain the buy-in of your staff. Embed the change - how to return to the new 'business as usual'.

Corporate Governance

An Institutionalist Approach
Author: Robert Cobbaut,Jacques Lenoble
Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.
ISBN: 9041121358
Category: Law
Page: 271
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"These authors argue that efficient corporate governance requires the establishment of devices of cooperation among the various stakeholders that enable the operation of collective learning. Their contributions to this book clearly enunciate both the need for such organisational learning and the lessons of several specific recent transformations in governance practice that manifest a degree of such learning.".

Princes of the Yen

Japan's Central Bankers and the Transformation of the Economy
Author: Richard Werner
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765632906
Category: Business & Economics
Page: N.A
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This eye-opening book offers a disturbing new look at Japan's post-war economy and the key factors that shaped it. It gives special emphasis to the 1980s and 1990s when Japan's economy experienced vast swings in activity. According to the author, the most recent upheaval in the Japanese economy is the result of the policies of a central bank less concerned with stimulating the economy than with its own turf battles and its ideological agenda to change Japan's economic structure. The book combines new historical research with an in-depth behind-the-scenes account of the bureaucratic competition between Japan's most important institutions: the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan. Drawing on new economic data and first-hand eyewitness accounts, it reveals little known monetary policy tools at the core of Japan's business cycle, identifies the key figures behind Japan's economy, and discusses their agenda. The book also highlights the implications for the rest of the world, and raises important questions about the concentration of power within central banks.

Corporate Governance and Development

Reform, Financial Systems and Legal Frameworks
Author: Thankom Arun,John Turner
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 184844902X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 226
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This book analyses the complex relationship between corporate governance and economic development by focusing on the reform of corporate governance, the role of the legal system, and the interconnections with the financial system. Corporate governance has a central role to play in helping to increase the flow and lower the cost of the financial capital that firms need to finance their investment activity. The importance of this role has grown considerably in recent years, and the findings of this book emphasize that the standard of corporate governance matters significantly for developing countries. The editors rediscover that improved corporate governance can contribute to sustained productivity growth and stability of institutions. This timely and insightful book offers a one-stop reference guide for practitioners, academics, researchers, donor agencies and those who are interested in understanding the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary aspects of corporate governance.

Rome in the East

The Transformation of an Empire
Author: Warwick Ball
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113482386X
Category: History
Page: 544
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In this lavishly illustrated and arresting study, Warwick Ball presents the story of Rome's overwhelming fascination with the East through a coverage of the historical, architectural and archaeological evidence unparalleled in both breadth and detail. This was a fascination of the new world for the old, and of the mundane for the exotic - a love affair that took literal form in the story of Antony and Cleopatra. From Rome's legendary foundation by Aeneas and the Trojan heroes as the New Troy, through the installation of Arabs as Roman emperors, to the eventual foundation of the new Rome by a latter-day Aeneas at Constantinople, the East took over Rome, - and Rome eventually ditched Europe to the barbarians. Rome in the East overturns the received wisdom about Rome as the bastion of European culture. Newly available in paperback, and illustrated with almost 300 photographs, plans and drawings, its accessible and comprehensive approach makes it an ideal resource for both the academic and general reader.

Perfect Competition and the Transformation of Economics


Author: Frank Machovec
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134820224
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 408
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Frank Machovec argues that the assumption of perfect information has done untold economic damage. It has provided the rationale for active state intervention and has obscured the extent to which entrepreneurial activity depends upon the exploitation of asymmetric information.

The Transformation of American Air Power


Author: Benjamin S. Lambeth
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501735950
Category: Political Science
Page: 368
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Since the unprecedentedly effective performance of the allied air campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, the role of American air power in future wars has become a topic of often heated public debate. In this balanced appraisal of air power's newly realized strengths in joint warfare, Benjamin Lambeth, a defense analyst and civilian pilot who has flown in most of the equipment described in this book, explores the extent to which the United States can now rely on air-delivered precision weapons in lieu of ground forces to achieve strategic objectives and minimize American casualties. Beginning with the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia and detailing how failures there set the stage for a sweeping refurbishment of the nation's air warfare capability, Lambeth reviews the recent history of American air power, including its role in the Gulf War and in later conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia. He examines improvements in areas ranging from hardware development to aircrew skills and organizational adaptability. Lambeth acknowledges that the question of whether air power should operate independently or continue to support land operations is likely to remain contentious. He concludes, however, that air power, its strategic effectiveness proven, can now set the conditions for victory even from the outset of combat if applied to its fullest potential.

Burning the Ships

Transforming Your Company's Culture Through Intellectual Property Strategy
Author: Marshall Phelps,David Kline
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470494103
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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Now in paperback, the inside story of "the greatest transformation of Microsoft since it became a multinational company" Marshall Phelps's remarkable eyewitness story offers lessons for any executive struggling with today's innovation and intellectual property challenges. Burning the Ships offers Phelps's dramatic behind-the-scenes account of how he overcame internal resistance and got Microsoft to open up channels of collaboration with other firms. Discover the never-before-told details of Microsoft's secret two-year negotiations with Red Hat and Novell that led to the world's first intellectual property peace treaty and technical collaboration with the open source community Witness the sometimes-nervous support Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer gave to Phelps in turning their company around 180 degrees from market bully to collaborative industry partner Offers an extraordinary behind-the-scenes view of the high-level deliberations of the company's senior-most executives, the internal debates and conflicts among executives and rank-and-file employees alike over the company's new collaborative direction There are lessons in this book for executives in every industry-most especially on the role that intellectual property can play in liberating previously untapped value in a company and opening up powerful new business opportunities in today's era of "open innovation." Here is a powerful inside account of the dawn of a new era at what is arguably the most powerful technology company on earth.

Emerging Economies and the Transformation of International Business

Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs)
Author: Subhash C. Jain
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1847202985
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 566
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The economic power of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs) is rapidly increasing, changing the landscape of global economics and politics. Top scholars of international business address in this vital volume the markets, strategy implications, challenges and possibilities of this new economic reality. As these four nations acquire greater economic clout, the opportunities for other countries increase. The contributors describe the favorable circumstances these evolving economies could provide for the US and other countries, such as expanded markets and services, higher returns on investments, and new partners in building a more peaceful and prosperous world. In contrast, they also discuss risks to traditional industries and possible challenges to positions on human rights and intellectual property protections, environmental standards, free markets and democratic governments. The volume emphasizes the need for companies to adopt strategies to stay ahead in the changing business environment. Governments must also design and implement new policies geared toward mutually beneficial relationships with BRICs. This enlightening study will be of great interest to students and scholars of international business. Executives of large companies will find it of great practical use when planning their organization s future strategies.

Corporate Governance in the 21st Century

Japan's Gradual Transformation
Author: Luke Nottage,Leon Wolff,Kent Anderson
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1848445113
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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Corporate Governance in the 21st Century is a very useful addition to the literature on corporate governance in Japan. It is worth reading simply because it updates many of the ongoing issues such as adoptions of takeover defenses, appointments of independent directors, and increases in foreign direct investment. It is also useful because it examines corporate governance from the perspectives of business as well as law. Furthermore, it provides the beginnings of a framework through which to understand the process of gradual transformation. Christina L. Ahmadjian, Journal of Japanese Studies An invaluable set of resources for everyone with an interest in corporate governance in Japan. Covering both basic information and recent developments, the collection provides readers with an excellent survey of the complexity of modern corporate governance and its legal setting. . . in Japan. Hideki Kanda, University of Tokyo, Japan The essays in this collection approach Japanese corporate governance in the 2000s from a variety of novel perspectives novel in terms of subject matter, methodology, and points of comparison. The result is a comprehensive portrait of the current dynamics of change and stasis in the institutional environment for Japanese firms. Curtis Milhaupt, Columbia Law School, US The lost decade of economic stagnation in Japan during the 1990s has become a found decade for regulatory and institutional reform. Nowhere is this more evident than in corporate law. In 2005, for example, a spate of reforms to the Commercial Code culminated in the new Company Act, a statute promising greater organisational flexibility and shareholder empowerment for Japanese corporations competing in a more globalised economy. But does this new law herald a more Americanised system of corporate governance? Has Japan embraced shareholder primacy over its traditional loyalty to other key stakeholders such as main banks , core employees, and partners within diffuse corporate (keiretsu) groups? This book argues that a more complex gradual transformation is unfolding in Japan a process evident in many other post-industrial economies. The book brings together contributions from academics and practitioners from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. It includes chapters on comparative corporate governance theory and methodology, lifelong employment, the main bank system, board structures, and governance issues in small and medium-sized enterprises. The procedural, substantive and FDI policy dimensions of takeover law and practice are discussed, as well as empirical changes to corporate governance practices in large, publicly listed companies during the past twenty years. The authors rich mix of national, disciplinary and professional backgrounds allows for a broad comparative perspective on developments in Japanese corporate governance. The book will be of great interest to scholars and students of law, business, political economy and Japanese studies, and will also appeal to corporate lawyers and policymakers.

Technology's Promise

Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society
Author: William E. Halal
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230019546
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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With the onset of a knowledge economy, modern nations are hard at work using ever more sophisticated information systems to power a "technology revolution" that is transforming our lives. This book is based on the work of the TechCast Project, conducted over the past decade at the George Washington University. Pooling the knowledge of 100 high-tech CEOs, scientists, engineers, academics, consultants, futurists, and other experts from around the world, the resulting book is the best forecast data ever assembled, covering the entire span of scientific and technological innovation.

Dare to Lead

The Transformation of Bank of Baroda
Author: Anil K. Khandelwal
Publisher: SAGE Publishing India
ISBN: 8132114566
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 480
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Dare to Lead is the fascinating story of how Anil K. Khandelwal transformed Bank of Baroda (BOB) from being just another public sector bank into one of the most valuable brands in Indian banking. This is the story of the leadership challenges, management solutions and personal and professional excitement the author experienced in transforming the 97-year-old bank into a modern, tech-savvy, customer-centric bank. This book is an excellent blueprint for undertaking transformation in large, geographically dispersed public sector enterprises. It describes how a large-sized bank was transformed on all parameters with clear vision, execution discipline, customer centricity and people engagement. The author emphasizes that large-scale transformation can be undertaken successfully only if the CEO shows courage to change the status quo and mobilize the human effort within the organization. The story of BOB's transformation has captured international attention and finds its mention in Harvard Business Review, Human Resource Development International and the book The India Way by the Wharton School faculty.

Looking South

Race, Gender, and the Transformation of Labor from Reconstruction to Globalization
Author: Mary E. Frederickson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813042275
Category: History
Page: 328
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Workers in the contemporary Global South—the developing nations of Central and Latin America, Africa, and much of Asia—live and work within a model of industrial development that first materialized in the red brick mills of the New South in the early twentieth century. Continuing through the present day, this model became the prototype used by U.S. companies as they expanded globally. This development has had far-reaching effects on both workers and consumers at home and abroad. Unlike earlier models of industrialization in the United Kingdom and New England, in which regulatory laws, worker guilds, and unionization restrained the power of manufacturers, New South industrialization sustained and fostered persistent patterns of corporate control, low wages, and an antiunion climate reinforced by state and local governments. While little of what we are witnessing in the Global South is new, the scale and scope of contemporary industrial development around the world are unprecedented. In Looking South, Mary E. Frederickson outlines the events, movements, and personalities involved in resisting industry’s relentless search for cheap labor. In eight compelling essays, she challenges us to better understand the complex historical landscape of the American South and its role in shaping the twenty-first-century world in which we live.