• Computer science
      April 2009

      Data Modeling for the Business

      A Handbook for Aligning the Business With It Using High-level Data Models

      by Steve Hoberman, Donna Burbank, Chris Bradley

      Learn about the High-Level Data Model and master the techniques for building one, including a comprehensive ten-step approach and hands-on exercises to help you practice topics on your own. Hear one of the authors, Steve Hoberman, talk about this book. In this book, we review data modeling basics and explain why the core concepts stored in a high-level data model can have significant business impact on an organization. We explain the technical notation used for a data model and walk through some simple examples of building a high-level data model. We also describe how data models relate to other key initiatives you may have heard of or may be implementing in your organization. This book contains best practices for implementing a high-level data model, along with some easy-to-use templates and guidelines for a step-by-step approach. Each step will be illustrated using many examples based on actual projects we have worked on. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but the pain points and lessons have been preserved. One example spans an entire chapter and will allow you to practice building a high-level data model from beginning to end, and then compare your results to ours. Building a high-level data model following the ten step approach you’ll read about is a great way to ensure you will retain the new skills you learn in this book. As is the case in many disciplines, using the right tool for the right job is critical to the overall success of your high-level data model implementation. To help you in your tool selection process, there are several chapters dedicated to discussing what to look for in a high-level data modeling tool and a framework for choosing a data modeling tool, in general. This book concludes with a real-world case study that shows how an international energy company successfully used a high-level data model to streamline their information management practices and increase communication throughout the organization—between both businesspeople and IT. One of the most critical systems issues is aligning business with IT and fulfilling business needs using data models. The authors of Data Modeling for the Business do a masterful job at simply and clearly describing the art of using data models to communicate with business representatives and meet business needs. The book provides many valuable tools, analogies, and step-by-step methods for effective data modeling and is an important contribution in bridging the much needed connection between data modeling and realizing business requirements. Len Silverston, author of The Data Model Resource Book series

    • Organizational theory & behaviour

      Behavioural Technical Analysis

      An Introduction to Behavioural Finance and Its Role in Technical Analysis

      by Paul V. Azzopardi

      'Behavioural Technical Analysis' is an accessible introductory guide to how human nature impacts the markets and those who trade in them.At its core, trading is a decision-making process based on the analysis of data and a judgement on risk and uncertainty. When humans make trading decisions their emotions, physiology and the natural qualities of the brain automatically and subconsciously play a role. Therefore, to better understand the financial markets we need to better understand the behaviour of individual investors within those markets.Behavioural finance - the study of how human sentiment and emotion affects financial decision-making - is a means for achieving this better understanding and it is already revolutionising investment and trading. In particular, it is becoming clear that behavioural finance can help evaluate various aspects of technical analysis - and this is the unique focus of 'Behavioural Technical Analysis'.This book provides an introduction to the six main areas of behavioural finance: dealing with complexity; how humans perceive what is around them; sense of self; aversion to risk; the impact of society and crowds; and gender. An overview is given in each case and for each key concept details are provided about how it can affect the work of technical analysts.The author then builds on these early chapters by applying the concepts of behavioural finance to three key technical analysis techniques: study of extremes, study of trends, and support and resistance. It is shown how behavioural finance can help illuminate long observed technical price patterns and thus serve as a foundation for profitable investment and trading strategies.This book does not presuppose any knowledge of behavioural finance or psychology, skills in mathematics or detailed trading techniques, but instead provides an outline of the key features of behavioural finance that are relevant to technical analysis and advances a new and exciting way of thinking about trading.'Behavioural Technical Analysis' is a lucid and practical read for all those who want to understand what happens when human nature and financial markets collide - and, most importantly, how to profit from it.

    • Business, Economics & Law

      Go the Extra Inch

      By the inch its a cinch ... by the yard it's hard

      by Guy Arnold

      Go the Extra Inch is a simple powerful syatematic approach to continual improvement in systems, processes and behaviours, both at home and in the workplace. Using the principles of common sense, this process can help find solutions to life's most pressing problems, whilst at the same time reducing cost and stress.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      June 2015

      Conscious Leadership in Action!

      by Floyd Carlson

      We desire more consciousness and connection in our lives, and especially from our leaders. We are yearning to feel inspired, but are often surrounded by poor examples of leadership. We laugh when watching The Office and yet we feel it is true. We see everything from leaders leaving a legacy of long lasting emotional scars to many leaders being average at best. A conscious leader first decides to be one, then takes consistent steps to live it and become an example for others to follow. Conscious Leadership in Action provides a compelling guide to start and continue on this path. It will offer you many easy to use tools and exercises to help with your personal change to being a conscious leader in your daily life and transforming organizations. By leading consciously you can have the positive, memorable impact people want from their leaders.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      April 2018

      Employee Confidence

      The new rules of Engagement

      by Karen J Hewitt

      Are your people the change you want to see? Employee Engagement figures are flagging. Employees are disgruntled, stressed or underutilised, or all three. The world is changing faster than ever before, and companies and entire industries are fighting for survival. Employees have never been more needed and valuable. So why are we pursuing the same old unsuccessful Engagement models when accessing the full potential of our human capital has never been more critical? Karen J Hewitt urges us to look at Employee Engagement from a whole new level, with a methodology to bring out a company’s real leadership potential, and within every single employee. A whole host of practical techniques (the new rules of Engagement) bring Employee Confidence to life, showing us how to create workplaces where employees thrive and drive company performance.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2018

      Focus in the Age of Distraction

      35 tips to focus more and work less

      by Jane Piper

      The world of work has changed but our ways of working haven’t kept pace. We are now working even harder, longer and at a faster pace than ever before. Longer hours and harder work aren’t going to give us the career and life that we want. Today’s work where you’re selling your brain power and creativity, then your focus, attention, mindset and engagement are what will make the difference. 35 practical and pragmatic tips based on latest research in positive psychology, neuroscience, and common sense, will help you be more focused, creative and productive. Be more focused while at work, get more done, learn to switch off, get on and enjoy your life.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      September 2018

      Human Resources Changes the World

      How and Why HR and HR Directors Should Step-Up as Leaders in the 21st Century

      by Glenn G Jones

      Which mindset do you think existing Boards and CEOs are in when it comes to HRDs being able to make the move to CEO? Have you ever asked the question why HR Directors don’t make the move to CEO? Why Boards and CEOs ignore “HRness”? Is HR really dead? Where is HR’s guiding North Star? Could you imagine an HR Director being your CEO? In Human Resources Changes the World, Glenn G Jones examines the available research and sets out the reasons why HR is not progressing to its full potential; it will surprise you. If you’ve never thought of becoming a CEO and you are in HR, then think again. After over thirty years in HR and six years in freelance HR consulting, the above questions have become something that Glenn needed to tackle. In this book, Glenn sets out the actions and mindset that must be adopted to enable HR to really change the world in the 21st century.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      February 2017

      Utter Confidence

      How what you say and do influences your effectiveness in business

      by Ally Yates

      Do you ever feel frustrated, anxious or ineffective when communicating with others at work? Miscommunications lead to wasted time, productivity losses and in some cases upset and anger. It really does not need to be that way. Sharing the secrets of Behaviour Analysis, (the study of what we say and how we say it), Ally Yates draws on extensive academic research and over 30 years of corporate experience. With an informative, easy-to-read style the concepts are clearly explained and supported by illuminating examples and clever, practical tips for modifying your behaviour so that you can increase your effectiveness and achieve more positive outcomes.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      November 2009

      It's Behaviour, Stupid!

      What Really Drives the Performance of Your Organisation

      by Steve Glowinkowski

      The premise of this book is that a leader's behaviour or rather, the quality of their leadership delivery, drives the performance of the group or business for which they are accountable. This is irrespective of the size or scope of the leadership challenge. It applies to the Chairman or Chief Executive of a multi-national corporation, the Head of a School or the supervisor of retail check-out staff. As such it should be read by anyone with a responsibility for improving organisational performance.

    • Business & management
      August 2012

      Physiology of Organisations

      An Integrated Functional Perspective

      by Author(s): Cecilia M. Dean

      Can we imagine organisations to be like human bodies? Modern medicine has advanced since the study of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile was assumed to explain how the body functions. Organisational science today is in a similar mediaeval position, with fragmented theories of structure, competitiveness and human resources, and no overall theory of organising. This book fills that gap by constructing a physiological theory of organising.During the middle of the twentieth century, the anthropologist Radcliffe-Brown asserted that there should be a single branch of science for the study of human society. He maintained that a natural science, in the form of the study of the physiology of societies, was not yet available to form a link between theory and applied science. This research-based book explores the feasibility of studying the physiology of organisations, and determines whether this sort of knowledge can offer an improved perspective on organisational functioning. If we think about organisations in the same way that we think about human bodies, then we will be able to treat them when they are ill, and ensure that they work at maximum efficiency.

    • Business & management
      February 2014

      New Directions in Management and Organization Theory

      by Editor(s): Jeffrey A. Miles

      This book is a collection of the best seventeen papers from the first Management Theory Conference held at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California, on September 27 and 28, 2013. The authors of these papers are some of the best management researchers in the world, including: Anette Mikes, Robert S. Kaplan, and Amy C. Edmondson (Harvard Business School); Sarah Harvey (University College London); Randall S. Peterson (London Business School); Jack A. Goncalo and Verena Krause (Cornell University); Karen A. Jehn (University of Melbourne); Yally Avrahampour (London School of Economics and Political Science); Tammy L. Madsen (Santa Clara University); and Sim B. Sitkin (Duke University).All of the papers in this book present the latest theoretical developments that were discussed at the first Management Theory Conference. The purpose of the conference was to help address the shortage of new management and organization theories. The mission of the conference was to facilitate, recognize, and reward the creation of new theories that advance our understanding of management and organizations. The conference was held to motivate management researchers to create new theories and to provide researchers with a supportive forum where those new theories could be presented, discussed, and published.Chapter Seventeen is the winner of the Wiley Outstanding New Management Theory Award. Authors Chris P. Long, Sim B. Sitkin, and Laura B. Cardinal present a theory to explain the drivers of managerial efforts to promote trust, fairness, and control. They theorize how superior-subordinate conflicts stimulate managers’ concerns about managerial legitimacy and subordinate dependability in performing tasks, and hypothesize how managers attempt to address these concerns using trustworthiness-promotion, fairness-promotion, and control activities.This book also contains written summaries of the two keynote addresses that were given at the conference by Roy Suddaby (editor of Academy of Management Review) and Jeffrey Pfeffer (Stanford University), which comprise Chapters Eighteen and Nineteen. Professors Suddaby and Pfeffer present a fascinating debate of the future and new directions of management and organization theories.

    • Organizational theory & behaviour
      October 2018

      Global Mindset

      Cultivating Knowledge in Multinational Organizations

      by Author(s): Robert P. French II

      “Think globally, act locally” is a phrase many of us grew up hearing. What we weren’t told, however, is how hard it is to accomplish. This work mines the well-researched field of global mindset by exploring the ways global knowledge allows organizations of any size or tenure to become more effective on the global scene. It draws on a case study of an international religious community to show how global partnerships can be improved and how organizational members can grow professionally and personally from a global mindset—even if they never step foot on a plane.

    • Child & developmental psychology
      September 2012

      The Committed Workforce

      Evidence from the Field

      by Author(s): Yannis Markovits

      Organizational commitment and job satisfaction are two interrelated work attitudes, and the kind of relationship which is influenced by the economic sector and the type of employment. Employees develop commitment profiles that relate differently to job satisfaction and its facets. Furthermore, individuals experience two different regulatory foci that relate to the forms of organizational commitment, and these foci develop into separable characters that moderate the commitment/satisfaction relationship. Since commitment predicts organizational citizenship behaviours, and satisfaction relates to these behaviours, then job satisfaction mediates the relationship between organizational commitment and organizational citizenship behaviours (OCBs). Study 1 investigates the research hypotheses based on the moderating role of the economic sector in relation to job satisfaction/organizational commitment relationships, especially in regard to the forms of commitment and the facets of satisfaction – extrinsic satisfaction and intrinsic satisfaction. Overall, 618 employees successfully completed the questionnaires (258 from private sector companies and 360 from the public administration). Then, distinguishable organizational commitment profiles were developed and constructed from the forms or constructs of commitment. Two different samples are used in Study 2 in order to test the relevant hypotheses – 1,119 employees from the private sector and 476 from the public sector. Study 3 uses the concept of regulatory focus, where the two foci relate differently to forms of organizational commitment, and these two states moderate the satisfaction/commitment relationship; furthermore, individuals develop four separable regulatory focus characters based on the two major regulatory foci. Moreover, the moderating intervention is crucially influenced by the employment status of the individuals. The research hypotheses developed in this part are tested through two samples of employees: 258 working in the private sector and 263 in the public sector. Study 4 examines the mediating role of job satisfaction on the organizational commitment/organizational citizenship behaviours relationship. It argues that job satisfaction mediates the relationship between the forms of commitment and OCBs, and furthermore, job satisfaction more strongly mediates the relationship between these forms and loyal boosterism (one of the OCB dimensions). The relevant hypotheses were tested through a combined sample of 646 employees, equally drawn from the two sectors. The results are discussed, implications and contributions analyzed, and limitations and recommendations for future research presented.

    • Organizational theory & behaviour
      June 2014

      Remarkable Contributions

      India’s Women Leaders and Management Practices

      by Author(s): Akanksha Anand

      Designed to meet the needs of students, teachers, practitioners, and researchers, this fascinating and insightful, contemporary text is from an author who is a research scholar in the area of leadership, gender, and organizational studies. The book provides a firm grounding in theory driven by mixed methods research, including the inquiry into leadership behaviors in India. It uniquely addresses two profound changes taking place in the 21st century: namely, the explosion of interest in the leadership of India’s growing service industry, and secondly, the emergence in the leadership of women in service sectors of India. Globalization demands the reliance on effective organizational leadership, and women’s leadership in India specifically has long gone unexamined. This book brings the understanding of this remarkable leadership of women to life through the use of case studies that capture their extraordinary real lives, and a survey of their team members. Remarkable Contributions: India’s Women Leaders and Management Practices is drawn from the author’s funded research on leadership behaviors, women in management, and organizations.Key Features:Boxed, inserted case examples illustrate key concepts and methodological findings, exposing the readers to a variety of applications of leadership behaviors.Multiple research methods, such as the survey, in-depth interviews, and case studies, build upon the content of the book to examine leadership behaviors and styles in India.A diverse leadership study offers suggestions and information based on the author’s successful experiences in conducting the studies with experts in the field both in India and abroad.A review of studies strengthens the methodological instruction order to aid the research findings.Exclusive survey responses from the leader’s team members on their perceptions of women leaders in India.Cross-cultural context of leadership, covered through reviewing international studies on work cultures and environments.

    • 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.

    • Behavioural economics
      December 2015

      Behavioural Corporate Finance

      by Author(s): Júlio Lobão

      Orthodox financial theory often ignores the role played by managers’ personal characteristics in their decision-making processes. However, as anyone with experience in the business world knows, managers’ personalities are crucial in the choices they make. Indeed, it should be noted that firms do not make decisions, rather it is the managers who decide – either as a group or individually.This book explores the impact of managers’ psychological profiles and life experiences on their financial decisions, taking the following key questions as starting points: Why do they commit mistakes? Why do they contract debt and issue shares? How do they choose the right amount of dividends to distribute? Why do they acquire other firms? Why do they sometimes choose to manipulate information and to commit fraud?As the book highlights, having insights into managers’ psychology is essential to understanding their choices and predicting decisions made by competing firms.

    • Organizational theory & behaviour
      March 2013

      Achievement Motivation in the Leadership Role of Extension Agents

      by Author(s): Roya Karami and Maimunah Ismail

      This book is relevant to the practice and theory of agricultural extension. In the current context of significant changes in thinking, policy, and expectations, these changes require extension agents to respond to challenges in developing leadership skills to support and encourage changes at farm and household levels. The book has identified the background, personal, and environmental factors influencing achievement motivation in the leadership role of extension agents. The background factors are primary dimensions of diversity and are less amenable to change, exert significant impacts, and shape our basic self-image, sense of identity, and early learning experiences. Researchers often ignore the interdependence of the background factors with other (secondary) dimensions of diversity, in which the latter are changeable personal characteristics that are acquired, and may be modified or abandoned throughout life. Although the secondary dimensions of diversity are more controllable, they will be affected by other people’s decisions, which in this book we see as environmental factors. The reliability and applicability of the above-mentioned theoretical discussions have been tested in an original study involving extension agents in Iran.

    • Business studies: general
      March 2015

      A Clinical Guide to Organisational Health

      Diagnosing and Managing the Condition of an Enterprise

      by Author(s): C. M. Dean

      Is your organisation healthy enough to survive and operate effectively? Popular organisational health checks generally focus on a company’s financial status and its ability to compete in the market. In the human body, healthy functioning of all the organs comes before addressing competitive fitness, and this should also be the case with organisations.This book accepts the similarity between the functioning of living organisms and organisations as proposed by functionalists. This allows the adoption of a holistic diagnostic model, as used by medical practitioners, in order to determine an overall perspective of the state of health of an organisation. The model explores and diagnoses the functional categories of Survival, Protection, Operations, Information, Language and Strategy (SPOILS), before combining the health prognosis with fitness programmes. A single case study, based on an actual business, demonstrates the usage of the diagnostic model throughout the book and forms a link bringing the functions together.

    • Organizational theory & behaviour
      May 2018

      Leadership Theories and Case Studies

      An Epidemiological Perspective

      by Author(s): Garry Wade McGiboney

      Effective leadership does not occur by chance. Leaders must be trained and groomed for the daunting responsibility of leading organizations. Research shows that half of the people currently in leadership positions will fail. Why they fail and what can be done to prevent failure are the main subjects of this book. It shows that effective leadership is possible and illustrates why and how, based on research and case studies from an epidemiological perspective. The epidemiological word “determinant” is used frequently, and is a word that no other book on leadership uses. Epidemiologists work from two basic principles: namely, that all diseases have determinants and that diseases do not occur randomly. In other words, there are always causes for diseases and patterns that describe how diseases spread. Effective and ineffective leadership always have determinants that are not randomly distributed; the impacts are uniformly and deeply spread throughout an organization. Like the epidemiologists, this book not only identifies leadership determinants, but also provides research-based “antidotes” at the end of each chapter, along with a summary of the most salient points in the chapter. This book offers examples of leadership and governance from the non-profit sector, businesses, public and private education, higher education, and other organizations, highlighting over 50 case studies to illustrate concepts about leadership.

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