• International business
      May 2012

      Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market

      A Guide to the Business and Investment Opportunities in Emerging Africa

      by David Mataen

      In the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has become one of the most talked about regions of the world in terms of emerging investment opportunities, sources of new growth in the world and newly qualifying investment destinations - a quintessential frontier market. It is developing into a long-term economic interest with international appeal.However, there is still a lack of solid, useful information; Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market aims to fill this void. It examines sub-Saharan Africa as an investment opportunity, and presents you with its economic appeal from a consumer markets perspective through the eyes of an African capital markets practitioner and investment banker.

    • Entrepreneurship

      International Business for Entrepreneurs

      An Instant Guide

      by Guy Rigby

      This eBook is about internatinal business for entrepreneurs.The author of this instant guide from Harriman House, Guy Rigby, has also written From Vision to Exit, which is a complete entrepreneurs' guide to setting up, running and passing on or selling a business.

    • International business
      April 2016

      An Expert's Guide to International Protocol

      Best Practices in Diplomatic and Corporate Relations

      by Gilbert Monod De Froideville and Mark Verheul

      Although modern life grows increasingly casual, in many sectors, protocol still reigns supreme. An Expert's Guide to International Protocol offers an overview of its associated practices, including those found within the context of diplomatic relations and the business world. Focusing on a wide range of countries and cultures, the book covers topics like seating arrangements, the history and use of flags, ceremonies, invitations and dress codes, and gifts and decorations. Throughout, influential diplomatic, business, cultural, and sports figures share their own experiences with protocols around the world.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2017

      Inclusion Around The Clock

      Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion with Pluribus

      by Isabelle Pujol

      Inclusion Around The Clock is a collective book written by Isabelle Pujol, Founder and Director of Pluribus, a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy and 12 authors from the Pluribus network across many cultures. All share a common vision: to be a positive drive for change in the world! Throughout their respective personal experiences, various insights and different expertises, they invite you to dive deep into a wide range of approaches related to the vast and rich topic of Diversity and Inclusion, always with sincerity, authenticity, vulnerability and courage. The book also offers information on some of the most critical issues Pluribus is addressing with clients currently and for the last ten years, at local, regional and global level. It raises the reader’s awareness on what diversity and inclusion is about – more than just race and gender. It represents the wide range of rich talent, experiences (personal and professional) and perspectives that makes up Pluribus.

    • Business competition
      July 2016

      Internationalisation of Cluster Organisations

      Strategy, Policy and Competitiveness

      by Author(s): Drahomíra Pavelková, Pavel Bednář, Magdalena Bialic-Davendra, Pavla Břusková, Adriana Knápková, Petr Zahradník

      This book presents the results of research conducted on clusters and their internationalisation, highlighting the importance of international collaboration. It shows the possibilities and benefits of internationalisation activities of cluster organisations in increasing the competitiveness of affiliated members. In addition, it offers a detailed evaluation of this type of cluster activities in relation to a range of relevant variables. The research presented here constitutes a valuable contribution to debates concerning cluster internationalisation issues, drawing attention to current trends and presenting a comparison with foreign studies. A particular advantage of the book is that, by focusing on a specific region, namely the Czech Republic, and offering a profound analysis of cluster internationalisation, its findings and recommendations shed new light on internationalisation issues and can further enrich development of such activities among clusters and cluster policies support in other countries. The book will serve as a guide for practitioners, policy makers and academics, and offers insights into the internationalisation of clusters.

    • Business & management
      May 2006

      Globalization and Social Responsibility

      by Editor(s): David Crowther and Kiymet Tunca Caliyurt

      Over the last decade the question of the relationship between organisations and society has been subject to much debate, often of a critical nature. The decade has seen protests concerning the actions of organisations, exposures of corporate exploitation and unfolding accounting scandals. At the same time ethical behaviour and a concern for the environment have been shown to have a positive correlation with corporate performance. The nature of corporate social responsibility is therefore a topical one for businesses and academics. There are however many different perspectives upon what is meant by corporate social responsibility and how this might be applied within organisations. This book explores some of these different perspectives based upon the experiences of different people in different parts of the world. There has been much written about globalisation – some of it positive and much of it negative. It is a subject which arouses definite opinions. Despite the fact that the word globalisation is part of the title of this book it is not our intention to contribute to this debate. Instead we use the word globalisation in its original sense to represent the ubiquity of the concern for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is the subject matter of this book. Specifically we are concerned with the social contract between an organisation and its stakeholders.It is apparent that any actions which an organisation undertakes will have an effect not just upon itself but also upon the external environment within which that organisation resides. In considering the effect of the organisation upon its external environment it must be recognised that this environment includes both the business environment in which the firm is operating, the local societal environment in which the organisation is located and the wider global environment. Effectively therefore there is a social contract between organizations and their stakeholders. Recognition of the rights of all stakeholders and the duty of a business to be accountable in this wider context therefore has been largely a relatively recent phenomenon. The economic view of accountability only to owners has only recently been subject to debate to any considerable extent. In the current environment there is a need to debate this issue and its implications. This book therefore recognises the international scope of the interest in corporate social responsibility both through the contributions made by the authors of the respective chapters, who come from various parts of the world, and also through the international importance of the perspectives offered by these contributors. In doing so the various authors demonstrate that corporations are a part of society just as much as each of us is as a individual. Furthermore they demonstrate that the issues and concerns are not local ones but are international is scope and concern us all. The contributions to this book provide a representation of the range of concern for this relationship and the range of topics which fall within the subject matter of CSR. Among the authors who have contributed to this book are representatives from every continent and from a wide range of disciplines. The topics which are considered in the various chapters are equally diverse.

    • Translation & interpretation
      August 2011

      Proceedings of the “Synergise!” Biennial National Conference of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators

      AUSIT 2010

      by Editor(s): Annamaria Arnall and Uldis Ozolins

      The Australian national association for the translating and interpreting profession, AUSIT, has been organising biennial conferences for the last decade. As they steadily grew in quality and importance, the time to share their proceedings with a global readership has arrived. For the first time, AUSIT is releasing in book format the proceedings of its latest conference, held in November 2010 with the slogan “Synergise!”Presentations from an international gathering of speakers are collected in this volume, grouped into five chapters and addressing both theoretical and practical aspects of cross-cultural communication, the training of future practitioners, and a wide range of specific circumstances influencing the day-to-day work of translators and interpreters – including the business side of managing a professional practice. The hallmark of the conference was the balance it achieved between academic interest and professional reality, between research and detailed practice, between theory and the exigencies of translators’ and interpreters’ lives. The synergies achieved were much more than the simple sum of the components.

    • International business
      November 2018

      The Changing Landscape of Global Businesses

      Principles and Practices

      by Editor(s): Babu George, John Rogers

      The way we conduct cross-border businesses has changed fundamentally. Once, it was the privilege of a few business houses with specialized knowledge of international trade regulations and procedures. Now, almost anyone with an internet connection can launch a business with global reach in no time. Also, there has been a huge flux in global cultures making terms of engagement different. This book addresses these new dimensions, in addition to presenting the time-honoured principles of international business. Most books in this area are focused to any one of the managerial functions. To integrate functions and domains to provide learners a comprehensive picture of conducting global businesses has been a key aim of this project. A rich blend of principles and case studies are used to communicate this sense.

    • International business
      April 2010

      SME's and the Internationalization of Food Exports

      Process and Procedure

      by Author(s): Brian Healy

      Internationalization is a process in which specific attitudes or orientations are associated with successive stages in the evolution of international operations and is a key element of entrepreneurship. International retailing as a subject area is concerned with explaining the directional and motivational issues associated with the process in the retail industry. The Irish food industry’s role as an industry based on innovative and competitively priced products, produced using quality agricultural inputs through the application of the latest production, logistics and marketing technologies, means that even in the context of a likely decline in the volume of Irish primary agricultural production, the Irish food industry can be expected to continue to be an important contributor to Irish national income.By looking at the current business climate it is evident that internationalization is growing at a rapid rate. In today’s business environment an increasing number of firms realise that international expansion represents an opportunity to increase ones target market and also to achieve further growth. Internal and external factors may provide the firm with the reasons and opportunity and motive to go international. Internal factors provide the absolute advantage while external factors may provide the motives. This book identifies these factors associated with exporting foodstuffs into retail by conceptualising internationalization theory in a manner that accommodates the extra problems associated with the exportation of foodstuffs to retail.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      September 2012

      6th International Finance Conference on Financial Crisis and Governance

      by Editor(s): Mondher Bellalah with contributions from Omar Masood and Jean-Luc Prigent

      Financial markets, the banking system, and the real estate, commodity and energy markets have, since 2007, been experiencing higher integration, more volatility and have undergone several shocks. More coordination is needed between G20 and market authorities. Regulators, banking supervision agencies and politicians are worried about economic growth and financial crisis.This book covers seven aspects related to financial economic issues, along with some connected topics. The first covers risk assessment, corporate governance and value creation through an appropriate risk management system. The second covers international investments, market correlation, institutional holdings and market reactions during crisis. The third part is devoted to empirical and quantitative analysis of the observed economics and finance issues.The fourth part is devoted to the role of debt in financial crisis and its impact on financial markets and the world economy. The fifth part is devoted to debt policy, free cash flows and the structure of governance. The sixth part deals with management control and the importance of communication. The last part covers Islamic finance as an alternative to conventional finance for the debt solution, the importance of the energy sector and the role of financial innovations.

    • Business & management
      June 2018

      The Internationalisation Maturity of the Firm

      A Business Relationships Perspective

      by Editor(s): Krzysztof Fonfara, Łukasz Małys, Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek

      In the 21st century, even small firms can reach customers located in different, often remote, parts of the world. In fact, internationalisation has become a common phenomenon that affects the majority of companies worldwide. Recent research emphasises that there are numerous determinants of a company’s competitive advantage in the international business environment, including product quality, price, and market knowledge. Much less attention, however, has been paid to the role of business relationships.The task of determining the impact of business relationships on performance poses a considerable challenge. In the book, business relationships are operationalised by a set of characteristics and determinants which influence a company’s competitive advantage. The contributors here refer to these characteristics and determinants as components of the company’s internationalisation maturity. It is argued that a higher level of internationalisation maturity increases the firm’s performance.The book includes both conceptual discussions on the role of firms’ business relationships in the internationalisation process and results of extensive empirical studies. In order to verify the concept of a firm’s internationalisation maturity, a mixed methodology was used, combining quantitative (almost 300 companies) and qualitative (40 case studies) research. As such, the book provides useful insights for academics, students of management and international business, and business practitioners.

    • Business strategy
      July 2013

      How India Found its Feet

      The Story of Indian Business Leadership and Value Creation, 1991-2010

      by Author(s): Arvind Agrawal

      The economic growth of India during the decades of the 1990s and 2000s is well documented. There is, however, little available explanation for this growth. This book documents the out-of-the-box strategies adopted by individuals and their teams that fashioned globally competitive businesses during this short span of time. This volume includes interviews with business leaders from thirteen businesses in order to capture the essence of creating unprecedented value. These stories unfold the creativity, risk taking ability, compassion for fellow human beings and, more than anything else, the celebration of the triumph of individual capabilities. These thirteen leaders explain, with incredible frankness, their ingenuity in conceiving new lines of business. These stories will provide inspiration for future leaders and entrepreneurs not just in India, but all across the world. As such, this book will facilitate potential business leaders to invent new business models and establish themselves in global markets – the world is looking at them to innovate as they structure their own career path.

    • Business ethics
      March 2015

      Governance, Accountability and Sustainable Development

      by Editor(s): David Crowther, Mourad Oubrich, Redouane Barzi, Sara Abdaless

      Many events that have marked the last few years – from the Arab Spring revolutions to the different collapses in the financial markets in the western world and the Euro Debt Crisis in Europe – all share the common issue of “Governance”. The various different types of media, especially social media, have contributed to the rapid spread of awareness of governance issues, and have enabled unprecedented numbers of people to manifest their fury about the lack of governance in the management of not only firm and markets, but also whole countries and regions. Governance crises were previously known mainly in the corporate world, where scandals such as Enron and News International have captured the attention of the media and have been a major subject of discussion. Such crises have recently been transferred to entire nations, where citizens have the right to make things change for the best and have the last say. People are currently concerned with the establishment of accountability mechanisms that were previously absent, as well as with real governance reforms that will lead to democracy.This book focuses upon governance and on the importance of accountability, and how it varies from one environment to another. Also of concern here is the effective practice of governance in the shadow of the turmoil and unrest, taking into consideration the specificities of each and every culture. In adopting such a focus, a number of theoretical perspectives are explored, along with issues associated with various environments in order to develop an understanding of the relationship between governance and sustainable development. The book will appeal to academic researchers in the areas of governance, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, as well as those interested in strategic management more generally. It will be of interest to research students, as well as more experienced academics, worldwide, and may also serve as a secondary text for courses in these areas.

    • Business studies: general
      May 2012

      Advances in Business in Asia

      The Opportunities, Threats, and Future Trends of Businesses in China, India and the ASEAN Countries

      by Editor(s): Chris Perryer, Victor Egan and Brian Sheehan

      Advances in Business in Asia examines current trends and issues facing organisations operating in a global business milieu. The book comes at a pivotal time when many businesses are emerging from the 2008 Gobal Financial Crisis, and are seeking a way forward in dealing with the opportunities and challenges presented by global capitalism in general, and China, India, and the ASEAN region specifically.The book is a compilation of selected papers presented at AFBE conferences. All contributions were double-blind peer reviewed prior to acceptance, and represent the contributions of eminent academics in their particular field of expertise.The Asian Forum on Business Education (AFBE) is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to provide a forum of scholarly exchange in the areas of business, economics and management, with a particular focus on the Asia region.

    • Entrepreneurship
      July 2009

      European SME’s and Global Business

      A Scandinavian Perspective

      by Author(s): Henry Langseth

      Globalisation has instigated huge changes in the competitive environment for business entrepreneurs, and both large and small firms now frequently operate in similar conditions. Most research studies in international business have tended to focus on the market growth and internationalisation of large-scale and multinational companies as opposed to the experiences of more small-scale enterprises. The research outlined in this volume is radical and different in this regard. Employing cases studies from a range of Norwegian-based SMEs (Small-to-Medium-based enterprises), this volume explores the diverse factors which influence the speed of entrepreneurial internationalisation and the significance of this development for both the entrepreneur and the government bodies which provide support to such businesses. Market advantage frequently accrues to those who enterprises who internationalise quickly and who are quicker than others to embrace both foreign markets and a more internationally-focussed signature brand or identity. This research outlined here is an important addition to the growing body of literature which analyses the forces influencing modern-day market internationalisation.

    • Development studies
      January 2009

      Co-operatives in a Global Economy

      The Challenges of Co-operation Across Borders

      by Editor(s): Darryl Reed and J. J. McMurtry

      In their efforts to internationalize in the emerging global economy, co-operatives not only face a variety of problems that are common to all firms, but encounter specific challenges due to their particular value commitments, forms of incorporation and organizational structures. These features of cooperatives are generally seen as a major source of competitive disadvantages and may cause significant trade-offs, forcing cooperatives to choose between living up to their principles of member ownership and control and remaining economically viable. Critics argue that such trade-offs signal the increasing irrelevance of cooperatives in a global economy. Advocates, however, counter that cooperatives may have unique competitive advantages which can be exploited in a global economy and that current trade-offs facing cooperatives can be overcome with the development of new international and transnational cooperative institutions and practices. Cooperatives, they claim, represent a much more sustainable and equitable form of production and may form the basis for viable, alternative approaches to development. This collection examines these debates about the roles of cooperatives in our increasingly global economy.

    • Business studies: general
      May 2012

      Advances in Business in Asia

      The Opportunities, Threats, and Future Trends of Businesses in China, India and the ASEAN Countries

      by Editor(s): Chris Perryer, Victor Egan and Brian Sheehan

      Advances in Business in Asia examines current trends and issues facing organisations operating in a global business milieu. The book comes at a pivotal time when many businesses are emerging from the 2008 Gobal Financial Crisis, and are seeking a way forward in dealing with the opportunities and challenges presented by global capitalism in general, and China, India, and the ASEAN region specifically.The book is a compilation of selected papers presented at AFBE conferences. All contributions were double-blind peer reviewed prior to acceptance, and represent the contributions of eminent academics in their particular field of expertise.The Asian Forum on Business Education (AFBE) is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to provide a forum of scholarly exchange in the areas of business, economics and management, with a particular focus on the Asia region.

    • Development studies
      January 2009

      Co-operatives in a Global Economy

      The Challenges of Co-operation Across Borders

      by Editor(s): Darryl Reed and J. J. McMurtry

      In their efforts to internationalize in the emerging global economy, co-operatives not only face a variety of problems that are common to all firms, but encounter specific challenges due to their particular value commitments, forms of incorporation and organizational structures. These features of cooperatives are generally seen as a major source of competitive disadvantages and may cause significant trade-offs, forcing cooperatives to choose between living up to their principles of member ownership and control and remaining economically viable. Critics argue that such trade-offs signal the increasing irrelevance of cooperatives in a global economy. Advocates, however, counter that cooperatives may have unique competitive advantages which can be exploited in a global economy and that current trade-offs facing cooperatives can be overcome with the development of new international and transnational cooperative institutions and practices. Cooperatives, they claim, represent a much more sustainable and equitable form of production and may form the basis for viable, alternative approaches to development. This collection examines these debates about the roles of cooperatives in our increasingly global economy.

    • Translation & interpretation
      August 2011

      Proceedings of the “Synergise!” Biennial National Conference of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators

      AUSIT 2010

      by Editor(s): Annamaria Arnall and Uldis Ozolins

      The Australian national association for the translating and interpreting profession, AUSIT, has been organising biennial conferences for the last decade. As they steadily grew in quality and importance, the time to share their proceedings with a global readership has arrived. For the first time, AUSIT is releasing in book format the proceedings of its latest conference, held in November 2010 with the slogan “Synergise!”Presentations from an international gathering of speakers are collected in this volume, grouped into five chapters and addressing both theoretical and practical aspects of cross-cultural communication, the training of future practitioners, and a wide range of specific circumstances influencing the day-to-day work of translators and interpreters – including the business side of managing a professional practice. The hallmark of the conference was the balance it achieved between academic interest and professional reality, between research and detailed practice, between theory and the exigencies of translators’ and interpreters’ lives. The synergies achieved were much more than the simple sum of the components.

    • Entrepreneurship
      July 2009

      European SME’s and Global Business

      A Scandinavian Perspective

      by Author(s): Henry Langseth

      Globalisation has instigated huge changes in the competitive environment for business entrepreneurs, and both large and small firms now frequently operate in similar conditions. Most research studies in international business have tended to focus on the market growth and internationalisation of large-scale and multinational companies as opposed to the experiences of more small-scale enterprises. The research outlined in this volume is radical and different in this regard. Employing cases studies from a range of Norwegian-based SMEs (Small-to-Medium-based enterprises), this volume explores the diverse factors which influence the speed of entrepreneurial internationalisation and the significance of this development for both the entrepreneur and the government bodies which provide support to such businesses. Market advantage frequently accrues to those who enterprises who internationalise quickly and who are quicker than others to embrace both foreign markets and a more internationally-focussed signature brand or identity. This research outlined here is an important addition to the growing body of literature which analyses the forces influencing modern-day market internationalisation.

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