Monday, August 29, 2011

Management teaching

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The Business of HR in Business Schools
V. R. K. Prasad
(http://www.vivagroupindia.com/)

Wise incentives for management teachers

Money still continues to be the single largest motivating and retention factor for any employee, more so for a knowledge worker such as management faculty, says V. R. K. Prasad in The Business of HR in Business Schools. He reasons that intense competition, fuelled by mushrooming growth of business schools, has created a dearth of quality faculty, and the resultant fattening of the financial packages.

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The 'three' kinds of managers

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Manager's Guide to Social Media
Scott Klososky
(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

‘Social' investment for team's success

There seem to be three kinds of managers at this point in the social adoption curve, observes Scott Klososky in Manager's Guide to Social Media. “The thought leaders, the dragged along, and the naysayers,” he adds.

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Human well-being and emotion

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Built to Love
Peter Boatwright and Jonathan Cagan
(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

Click, with caring

Emotion is critical to the success of all companies, including those selling technology-based products, aver Peter Boatwright and Jonathan Cagan in Built to Love: Creating products that captivate customers.

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The current or the quick ratio

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How to read a Profit and Loss Statement
N. Ramachandran and Ram Kumar Kakani
(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

Stepping stones in finance education

N. Ramachandran and Ram Kumar Kakani have come up with a series of ‘How to' books, on reading a cash flow statement and profit and loss statement, and analysing financial statements.

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Communicating with the market

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‘Corporate Valuation and Value Creation'
Prasanna Chandra
(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

Guidelines on investor communication

An important section in ‘Corporate Valuation and Value Creation' by Prasanna Chandra is the one devoted to investor communication. It opens with the quote of Warren Buffett emphasising Berkshire's ‘it's-as-bad-to-be-overvalued-as-to-be-undervalued approach,' as a way to maintain a 1:1 relationship between the intrinsic value and the market price of the share.

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Gendered norms of behaviour and power structures

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Drama for Development
Andrew Skuse, Marie Gillespie, and Gerry Power
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Investigating Jasoos Vijay

Meet Jasoos Vijay in one of the chapters of Drama for Development: Cultural translation and social change, edited by Andrew Skuse, Marie Gillespie, and Gerry Power. The jasoos (detective) premiered on Doordarshan in 2002, was part of a media initiative created in partnership with the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Prasar Bharati, the British Government's Department for International Development (DFID), and BBC World Service Trust (WST).

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Return on investment

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‘Adapt: Why success always starts with failure'
Tim Harford
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Investing in new ideas and technologies

Return on investment or ROI is simply not a useful way of thinking about new ideas and new technologies, writes Tim Harford in ‘Adapt: Why success always starts with failure'. It is impossible to estimate a percentage return on blue-sky research, and it is delusional even to try, he argues.

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Balance Sheet analysis

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How to Read a Balance Sheet
N. Ramachandran and Ram Kumar Kakani(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

Balanced report of company's financial health

The most important equation in the world of finance can well be ‘Assets = Liabilities plus net worth (owners' equity),' note N. Ramachandran and Ram Kumar Kakani in How to Read a Balance Sheet.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Credit appraisal

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Growth with Financial Stability
Rakesh Mohan
(http://www.oup.com/)

Blend monetary policy with prudential regulation

The campaign for financial inclusion must gather force, but care must be taken not to create a sub-prime culture, cautions Rakesh Mohan in ‘Growth with Financial Stability: Central banking in an emerging market'.

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The 'KM strategy'

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The Knowledge Translation Toolkit
Gavin Bennett and Nasreen Jessani
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Knowledge is like fine wine

Knowledge is like fine wine, begins The Knowledge Translation Toolkit, edited by Gavin Bennett and Nasreen Jessani. “The researcher brews it, the scientific paper bottles it, the peer review tastes it, the journal sticks a label on it, and archive systems store it carefully in a cellar.”

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The 'choice'

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Free Market Madness
Peter A. Ubel
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

When freedom and well-being collide

Often it can be extremely simple to make the choice whether to have goodies now or later. When the amount of gratification is equal across time periods, the choice is usually easy, writes Peter A. Ubel in Free Market Madness: Why human nature is at odds with economics – and why it matters.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The connected economy

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Economyths
David Orrell
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Robust networks hold lessons for financial systems

One of the ‘ten ways that economics gets it wrong' is the idea of ‘the connected economy,' says David Orrell in Economyths. Techies may like to begin with the section on the science of networks, where the author cites the banking and electrical systems, and transportation and telecommunication networks, as examples of technological networks.

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To wannabe entrepreneurs

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Escape from Cubicle Nation
Pamela Slim
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Find the business needle in your idea haystack

One of the disconcerting parts of working in a large company — where you may have a fancy title, steady pay cheque, and good benefits — is that you often get caught up in a frenzy of activity, doing things that do not have a direct bearing on the real world, observes Pamela Slim in Escape from Cubicle Nation: From corporate prisoner to thriving entrepreneur.

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