• Entrepreneurship

      Technology and Data Management for Entrepreneurs

      An Instant Guide

      by Guy Rigby

      This eBook is about technology and data management 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.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2018

      The Impact Formula

      Powerful solutions for turbo-charging your influence

      by Oliver Medill

      Are you looking to bring a new and profitable dimension to your career? Do you have key insights, experiences and growth opportunities to share? Would you like to inspire and impress with charismatic speaking skills? We all have a unique skill set, a personal toolbox of knowledge and insight, but not all of us know how to leverage those skills for maximum effect. Using a powerful method for unforgettable impact, Oliver Medill has delivered life-changing presentations to thousands of executive, corporate and professional clients and in this book he shares with you the secret of the ultimate in personal branding. The Impact Formula will give you the tools to create your own Intellectual Property and transform it into inspirational presentations. Learn how to: • Speak with passion and charisma • Build unstoppable confidence with a growth mindset habit • Package your knowledge into content that’s easy to teach, understand and learn Showing you how to revolutionise your career in a series of simple steps, this book will consolidate your brand identity, transform your confidence and maximise your impact at all levels. What are you waiting for?

    • Entrepreneurship
      July 2011

      Social Capital and the Role of LinkedIn to Form, Develop and Maintain Irish Entrepreneurial Business Networks

      by Author(s): Ted Vickey

      Online social networking services have eliminated the four walls of brick and mortar found in traditional networking and now provide global access in real time to entrepreneurs regardless of industry. This book presents a qualitative analysis of how Irish entrepreneurs use technology, such as LinkedIn, in the formation, development and maintenance of professional business networks and in so doing manage social capital.The objectives of this book are as follows:· Ascertain the perceived benefits of networking by Irish entrepreneurs;· Explore how Irish entrepreneurs form, maintain and develop their network and· Explore how Irish entrepreneurs use technology to manage social capital.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      September 2015

      Communication and Information Technology in Society

      Volume 1-3

      by Editor(s): Jolanta Kowal, Anna Kuzio, Mirosława Wawrzak-Chodaczek, Krystyna Ostapiuk, Henryk Żeligowski

      These volumes explore a number of significant and interdisciplinary questions relevant to the wider debate regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in a variety of research fields, including management, education, science, and the media. Bringing together research from European countries currently in a state of transition, all three volumes mark a significant contribution to the wider discussion on the role of ICT in today’s world.

    • Business & management
      June 2011

      Overcoming Knowledge Sharing Barriers through Communities of Practice

      Empirical Evidence from a Big Automotive Supplier

      by Author(s): Raffaele Filieri

      Managing knowledge for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and for accelerating innovations is widely recognized as a major source of sustained competitive advantage. The growing importance of knowledge sharing has fostered the development of a growing body of research in different disciplinary areas and in different sectors.The analyses of the barriers that obstruct knowledge flows are paramount for improving organizational performance. The researcher has analyzed the literature on this argument and he has found that knowledge sharing barriers can be grouped into three main macro-dimensions: socio-psychological, technological and organizational.The author has analyzed the predicting power of the barriers that make knowledge sharing ineffective and the subsequent relationship with new product development performance in a big automotive R & D supplier.Raffaele Filieri adopts both qualitative and quantitative methods in an innovative way. The regression analysis and the analysis of a firms’ proprietary process were used to measure the strength of knowledge sharing barriers on knowledge sharing efficacy and new product development performance. The social network analysis was used to map the intra-firm knowledge sharing network and to identify and to solve organizational problems. Through social network analysis, the researcher has obtained a better understanding of the informal work in the organization, showing how effectively engineers and scientists work, and how they structured their knowledge sharing networks. The recognition of a hidden network of collaboration has several implications; one of these is the creation of a community of practice for solving the problems previously identified.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2015

      Communication and Information Technology in Society

      Volume 2 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Management

      by Editor(s): Jolanta Kowal, Mirosława Wawrzak-Chodaczek, Henryk Żeligowski

      This book discusses a number of issues related to the various dimensions of the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in management, and their economic and psycho-pedagogical uses. It answers several important questions concerning this research area, and its interdisciplinary approach serves to answer a number of key questions in this field. It offers a contribution to the wider social and scientific discussion on the theoretical and practical use of ICT, in management, economics, education, and psychology, in addition to several other scientific disciplines.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2015

      Communication and Information Technology in Society

      Volume 1 Real Communication

      by Editor(s): Mirosława Wawrzak-Chodaczek, Jolanta Kowal, Krystyna Ostapiuk

      This volume explores a number of significant and interdisciplinary questions relevant to the wider debate regarding the theoretical and practical employment of communication technologies in a variety of research fields, including economics, education, science, and psychology, among others. Providing particular insights into the state of communication technologies in Poland, a country in major transition regarding such technologies, the contributions to this book adopt a psycho-pedagogical approach to their chosen subject matter.

    • Business & management
      July 2015

      New Clues for Analysing the HRM Black Box

      by Editor(s): Ramon Valle-Cabrera, Alvaro López-Cabrales

      This book serves to illustrate the difficulty in explaining the role of human resources and the complexities implicit in the management of people working together in various kinds of organisations, and, more specifically, the existing links between the management of human capital and the functioning of the organisation. Several chapters provide an accurate picture of topics and issues that are relevant today in the area of human resource management, by bringing together different approaches and levels of analysis that undoubtedly enrich one another. The opening chapters are theoretical reviews and approaches of differing degrees of abstraction that explain the connections between human resources management and the performance of the organization, including such topics as the importance of correctly implementing the processes of human resources management, and the role that the Human Resources Department can play in this; the importance of these management practices being interiorised and embedded in the whole organisation; and the debate on the effects that management systems based on both control and commitment have on the behaviours of individuals. Delving into the relationship between human resources management and organisational performance, the second part of the book investigates the effect that social networks and work groups have on an organisation’s results; the effect of job satisfaction on the differences and disagreements between an organisation and employee with respect to the behaviours expected; and finally the measurement of happiness at work with regards to three dimensions: engagement, job satisfaction and affective organisational commitment.These eight chapters were considered the best papers presented at the 9th International Workshop on Human Resources Management, held on October 30th–31st, 2014, at Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain.

    • Business & management
      February 2015

      From Knowledge Management to Learning Organisation to Innovation

      The Way Ahead!

      by Editor(s): Fawzy Soliman

      This book propagates the argument that innovation is heavily influenced by learning, which in turn is driven by knowledge. This means that extensive knowledge (as a basis for good knowledge management) is necessary for learning that is suitable for innovation. Since previous studies have not paid enough attention to determining which types of knowledge can be suitable or defective, this book serves to fill the void through a number of well-written articles by some of the most renowned and respected names in the fields of knowledge management, learning and innovation. From Knowledge Management to Learning Organisation to Innovation offers readers the chance to further enhance their understanding of the knowledge management and learning practices that are relevant to organizational activities. This volume is also designed to alert the management of all organisations to the risks that they could face if the innovation process is not carefully managed. It is particularly unique because of the assistance it offers to companies in avoiding exposing themselves to unnecessary problems should they not ensure that appropriate knowledge and learning processes have taken place.

    • Library, archive & information management
      April 2018

      Proceedings of the 9th ProLISSA Conference

      by Editor(s): Mpho Ngoepe, Madeleine Fombad

      Countries in the African continent are implementing strategies to overcome developmental and societal challenges to remain competitive in the new global knowledge-based economy. Libraries and archives can play an important role in this process through provision of information. Information in modern society is valued as an essential component in the daily lives of people, both at individual and organisational levels. Increasingly, we expect information to meet our needs through technological interventions or interactions. Indeed, recent technological developments have accentuated contemporary conceptions of the library and information field as an intersection of information, technology, people and society. This volume explores the opportunities and challenges encountered in the practice of contemporary libraries, archives and records management in the digital age. It cannot be overemphasized that the traditional traits and practices of libraries, archives and records management are constantly changing given the increased use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the different information management value chains. This book will serve as a premier reference source for organisations in both private and public sectors, researchers, information practitioners in industry, and postgraduate students in information management.

    • Software Engineering
      February 2011

      Looking at the Broad Picture

      Smarter Software Development for Irish Companies

      by Author(s): Marty Sanders Editor(s): Ita Richardson and Mícheál Ó hAodha

      Companies change how they implement their processes and develop their products on a regular basis. It is not always easy for them to know what developmental changes are best, however. Looking at the Broad Picture: Smarter Software Development for Irish Companies is a story of how ten Irish software companies evolved in this regard during the last decade. Software, and how to manage it effectively, has now gone through several iterations. This volume describes some of these iterations and illustrates what happened to a range of Irish companies as they progressed from training to a newer way of doing business. Specific change-processes and the benefits of each are discussed here, along with suggested developments for the future.

    • Management decision making
      January 2014

      Shedding New Lights on Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities

      by Editor(s): Joaquín Alegre, Ricardo Chiva, Anabel Fernández-Mesa and José Luis Ferreras-Méndez

      Research on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities has indeed become one of the most fruitful and interesting areas in the field of management, and has not only improved our understanding of organisations, but also helped them to face the new challenges of our turbulent age. Are our organizations learning to face a new age? What kinds of learning and knowledge are necessary to understand our age? What new lights can help us to understand organisational learning and knowledge? Are there shades? Shedding New Lights dispels uncertainties and provides a better observation and understanding of this particular phenomenon. This book includes an overview of the major topics on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities. There are three parts: the first focuses on organisational learning, and particularly on practice and communities of practice. The second part deals with knowledge creation and transfer, two main knowledge management processes that are extremely relevant for firm performance. Finally, the third part examines the phenomenon of ambidexterity (explorative and exploitative learning) and the absorptive capacity of the firm.

    • Software Engineering
      February 2011

      Looking at the Broad Picture

      Smarter Software Development for Irish Companies

      by Author(s): Marty Sanders Editor(s): Ita Richardson and Mícheál Ó hAodha

      Companies change how they implement their processes and develop their products on a regular basis. It is not always easy for them to know what developmental changes are best, however. Looking at the Broad Picture: Smarter Software Development for Irish Companies is a story of how ten Irish software companies evolved in this regard during the last decade. Software, and how to manage it effectively, has now gone through several iterations. This volume describes some of these iterations and illustrates what happened to a range of Irish companies as they progressed from training to a newer way of doing business. Specific change-processes and the benefits of each are discussed here, along with suggested developments for the future.

    • Entrepreneurship
      July 2011

      Social Capital and the Role of LinkedIn to Form, Develop and Maintain Irish Entrepreneurial Business Networks

      by Author(s): Ted Vickey

      Online social networking services have eliminated the four walls of brick and mortar found in traditional networking and now provide global access in real time to entrepreneurs regardless of industry. This book presents a qualitative analysis of how Irish entrepreneurs use technology, such as LinkedIn, in the formation, development and maintenance of professional business networks and in so doing manage social capital.The objectives of this book are as follows:· Ascertain the perceived benefits of networking by Irish entrepreneurs;· Explore how Irish entrepreneurs form, maintain and develop their network and· Explore how Irish entrepreneurs use technology to manage social capital.

    • Business & management
      June 2011

      Overcoming Knowledge Sharing Barriers through Communities of Practice

      Empirical Evidence from a Big Automotive Supplier

      by Author(s): Raffaele Filieri

      Managing knowledge for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and for accelerating innovations is widely recognized as a major source of sustained competitive advantage. The growing importance of knowledge sharing has fostered the development of a growing body of research in different disciplinary areas and in different sectors.The analyses of the barriers that obstruct knowledge flows are paramount for improving organizational performance. The researcher has analyzed the literature on this argument and he has found that knowledge sharing barriers can be grouped into three main macro-dimensions: socio-psychological, technological and organizational.The author has analyzed the predicting power of the barriers that make knowledge sharing ineffective and the subsequent relationship with new product development performance in a big automotive R & D supplier.Raffaele Filieri adopts both qualitative and quantitative methods in an innovative way. The regression analysis and the analysis of a firms’ proprietary process were used to measure the strength of knowledge sharing barriers on knowledge sharing efficacy and new product development performance. The social network analysis was used to map the intra-firm knowledge sharing network and to identify and to solve organizational problems. Through social network analysis, the researcher has obtained a better understanding of the informal work in the organization, showing how effectively engineers and scientists work, and how they structured their knowledge sharing networks. The recognition of a hidden network of collaboration has several implications; one of these is the creation of a community of practice for solving the problems previously identified.

    • Management decision making
      January 2014

      Shedding New Lights on Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities

      by Editor(s): Joaquín Alegre, Ricardo Chiva, Anabel Fernández-Mesa and José Luis Ferreras-Méndez

      Research on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities has indeed become one of the most fruitful and interesting areas in the field of management, and has not only improved our understanding of organisations, but also helped them to face the new challenges of our turbulent age. Are our organizations learning to face a new age? What kinds of learning and knowledge are necessary to understand our age? What new lights can help us to understand organisational learning and knowledge? Are there shades? Shedding New Lights dispels uncertainties and provides a better observation and understanding of this particular phenomenon. This book includes an overview of the major topics on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities. There are three parts: the first focuses on organisational learning, and particularly on practice and communities of practice. The second part deals with knowledge creation and transfer, two main knowledge management processes that are extremely relevant for firm performance. Finally, the third part examines the phenomenon of ambidexterity (explorative and exploitative learning) and the absorptive capacity of the firm.

    • Business & management
      February 2015

      From Knowledge Management to Learning Organisation to Innovation

      The Way Ahead!

      by Editor(s): Fawzy Soliman

      This book propagates the argument that innovation is heavily influenced by learning, which in turn is driven by knowledge. This means that extensive knowledge (as a basis for good knowledge management) is necessary for learning that is suitable for innovation. Since previous studies have not paid enough attention to determining which types of knowledge can be suitable or defective, this book serves to fill the void through a number of well-written articles by some of the most renowned and respected names in the fields of knowledge management, learning and innovation. From Knowledge Management to Learning Organisation to Innovation offers readers the chance to further enhance their understanding of the knowledge management and learning practices that are relevant to organizational activities. This volume is also designed to alert the management of all organisations to the risks that they could face if the innovation process is not carefully managed. It is particularly unique because of the assistance it offers to companies in avoiding exposing themselves to unnecessary problems should they not ensure that appropriate knowledge and learning processes have taken place.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2015

      Communication and Information Technology in Society

      Volume 1 Real Communication

      by Editor(s): Mirosława Wawrzak-Chodaczek, Jolanta Kowal, Krystyna Ostapiuk

      This volume explores a number of significant and interdisciplinary questions relevant to the wider debate regarding the theoretical and practical employment of communication technologies in a variety of research fields, including economics, education, science, and psychology, among others. Providing particular insights into the state of communication technologies in Poland, a country in major transition regarding such technologies, the contributions to this book adopt a psycho-pedagogical approach to their chosen subject matter.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2015

      Communication and Information Technology in Society

      Volume 2 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Management

      by Editor(s): Jolanta Kowal, Mirosława Wawrzak-Chodaczek, Henryk Żeligowski

      This book discusses a number of issues related to the various dimensions of the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in management, and their economic and psycho-pedagogical uses. It answers several important questions concerning this research area, and its interdisciplinary approach serves to answer a number of key questions in this field. It offers a contribution to the wider social and scientific discussion on the theoretical and practical use of ICT, in management, economics, education, and psychology, in addition to several other scientific disciplines.

    • Business & management
      July 2015

      New Clues for Analysing the HRM Black Box

      by Editor(s): Ramon Valle-Cabrera, Alvaro López-Cabrales

      This book serves to illustrate the difficulty in explaining the role of human resources and the complexities implicit in the management of people working together in various kinds of organisations, and, more specifically, the existing links between the management of human capital and the functioning of the organisation. Several chapters provide an accurate picture of topics and issues that are relevant today in the area of human resource management, by bringing together different approaches and levels of analysis that undoubtedly enrich one another. The opening chapters are theoretical reviews and approaches of differing degrees of abstraction that explain the connections between human resources management and the performance of the organization, including such topics as the importance of correctly implementing the processes of human resources management, and the role that the Human Resources Department can play in this; the importance of these management practices being interiorised and embedded in the whole organisation; and the debate on the effects that management systems based on both control and commitment have on the behaviours of individuals. Delving into the relationship between human resources management and organisational performance, the second part of the book investigates the effect that social networks and work groups have on an organisation’s results; the effect of job satisfaction on the differences and disagreements between an organisation and employee with respect to the behaviours expected; and finally the measurement of happiness at work with regards to three dimensions: engagement, job satisfaction and affective organisational commitment.These eight chapters were considered the best papers presented at the 9th International Workshop on Human Resources Management, held on October 30th–31st, 2014, at Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain.

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