- Strategy Safari: The complete guide through the wilds of strategic management
Henry Mintzbergs views are a breath of fresh air which can only encourage the good guys. The Observer
My favourite management book of the last 25 years? No contest. The Rise & Fall of Strategic Planning. Tom Peters, managment guru
Strategy is the most prestigious but also the most confusing part of business. Managers are constantly bombarded with new jargon and the latest fads promising the magic bullet for every strategic problem. The world of strategy can seem to be an impenetrable jungle. Strategy Safari presents a powerful antidote to the dilemma of needing to know about strategy and yet not being able to find any comprehensible guidelines. This revised edition is a comprehensive, colourful and illuminating tour through the wilds of strategic management.
In this provocative, jargon-free and extremely readable guide, top strategy authors Mintzberg, Ahlstrand & Lampel clearly set out and critique each of the ten major schools of strategic management thinking to help you grasp what you really need to know.
Take the strategy safari your business will thank you for it.
- FT Guide to Banking
The Financial Times Guide to Banking is a comprehensive introduction to how banks and banking works. Best-selling author Glen Arnold provides you with a foundation for understanding the wide variety of activities undertaken by banks. He shows you why these global institutions are so important to consumers and finance professionals alike and explains how their activities impact on everyday life.
The Financial Times Guide to Banking will give you:
- A thorough understanding of all types of banking from retail through to asset management and investment banking.
- An overview of global banking including the worldwide evolution of the sector, the influence of cross-border money flows and the importance of modern banking to international development
- Expert knowledge about instruments and markets including debt markets, futures markets and swaps and options
- Insight into the crucial importance of central banking and government regulation
- Answers to the big questions about monetary policy and interest rates, payment systems and banking success
- Treating Teenage Drug Abuse in a Day Care Setting
This important new study examines the value of day care in treating problems of teenage drug abuse. Aimed at behavioral scientists, primarily psychologists, sociologists, and drug abuse treatment practitioners, this work will add significantly to the body of knowledge about the types of patients and families using, benefitting and resisting available drug treatment programs. The research is based on an in-depth analysis of one hospital-based program that primarily serves middle class suburban white clients. The author includes unique long-term follow-up interviews of former patients and program dropouts six years after treatment and identifies the sociodemographic correlates linked to the completion of treatment and the maintenance of drug-free status during young adulthood. The book also focuses on the impact of the social characteristics and behavior of patients' families upon their long-term rehabilitations.
With a foreword by Dr. David E. Smith, founder and President of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., San Francisco, this book sheds new light on treating substance abuse among middle class suburban youth. It also expands knowledge of outpatient drug treatments and provides some factual support for the utility of day care as a remedy for youth substance abuse problems. Delving into the correlates of successful and unsuccessful treatments, the study offers valuable suggestions on those likely to benefit from day care and those requiring more intensive residential treatments. Challenging conventional wisdom, the results suggest that complete abstinence from drugs may not be necessary, nor essential, in promoting optimal post-treatment adaptations for young adults who were former teen drug abusers. The findings also extend current knowledge on how families influence treatment outcomes, highlighting those family attributes and behavior that may aid in the rehabilitation process and as well as those that may sabotage treatment goals.
- Key Marketing Metrics: The 50+ metrics every manager needs to know
Why read Key Marketing Metrics? Because better metrics lead to better decisions, which lead to better outcomes. This book does a superb job of helping marketers, and all executives, understand which metrics to use and how to use them.
Erv Shames, former CEO, Kraft Foods
As the old adage goes, If you cant measure it, you cant manage it. Measurable performance and accountability have become the keys to marketing success today. Key Marketing Metrics gives you an overview of the most powerful metrics you can use to measure the results of your marketing. It will help you understand the pros, the cons and the nuances of more than 50 of the most important metrics.
In this book, four leading researchers and consultants in marketing systematically introduce you to a portfolio, or "dashboard", of the most valuable metrics for your business. They show you how to use these metrics to maximise the return on your marketing investment and identify the best new opportunities for profit.
WHAT TO MEASURE AND HOW TO MEASURE IT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MARKETING
- Country Lawyers: The Impact of Context on Professional Practice
Country Lawyers explores and analyzes a special segment of the legal profession--lawyers practicing in rural areas, villages, small towns and cities. The first broad-based study of its kind, the volume focuses on lawyers practicing in the smallest settings in order to determine whether the practicing rural bar is as profoundly shaped by the environment in which it operates as the metropolitan bar has been shown to be in previous studies. Based on interviews with 201 attorneys from 116 different communities, this work identifies the structuring influences that operate in small-town settings and argues that the rural bar is shaped more by external forces than by the internal logic of the legal doctrine or fields of practice. Both practicing and aspiring attorneys will find Country Lawyers illuminating reading, as will social scientists interested in the impact of context on the conduct of professional practice.
Landon begins by discussing the significance of the rural setting for the practice of law and offers a profile of the rural bar. Subsequent chapters are devoted to examining the results of the interview data in an attempt to determine the characteristics of rural practice and isolate the external influences that shape them. Because interviews were conducted in a city of 150,000 in addition to the smaller towns, Landon is able to analyze the impact of differences in scale on professional practice. Throughout his study, Landon compares his data from small settings and the middle-sized setting to Heinz and Laumann's landmark study of the metropolitcal bar in Chicago. The comparative approach enables a comprehensive analysis of the impact of community scale on law practice. Separate chapters are then devoted to entrepreneurial practice, status within the profession, the impact of context on the professional role, and the shaping of advocacy in country practice. A particularly interesting chapter compares the social values of rural and metropolitan lawyers. In his concluding chapter, Landon summarizes the study results, demonstrating that the rural bar can be most accurately characterized as extremely sensitive to--rather than independent of--external forces including the political, social, and economic structure of the surrounding community. Numerous tables illustrate points made in the text.