Soil survey

Author: United States. Bureau of Soils



Category: Soil surveys


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Building Leadership in Project and Network Management

A Facilitator's Tool Set

Author: Hans-Werner Franz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

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1 1. 1 The book The book in your hand is not a scientific book, although it is based just as much on science as on my own experience in consultancy and management. As its title suggests, we want to build a bridge between the leadership that is typical of facilitation techniques and that of pr- ect and network management. Therefore this book does more than p- vide you with insights into the mainly methodical Messages we want to transmit. It will also make suggestions for how to train facilitators, and in the centre of the book you will find a wealth of 40 carefully selected and reality-proof Tools, many of which have never been pre- ously published in English, and in some case have never been published at all. With all of these you will find a presentation of our way of using them. Our sole objective is to offer our views and experience in impr- ing communication for effective co-operation, i. e. we want people who collaborate in some way to find and decide on the best courses of action, then share and implement these decisions better. We want to promote learning by doing, just as well as doing by learning. So this book is for people who in some way are responsible for s- cessful co-operation in projects, in and across organisations or networks of organisations. Action Learning has many fathers (but few mothers) and roots.

Methods, Models, Simulations and Approaches Towards a General Theory of Change

Author: Gianfranco Minati

Publisher: World Scientific


Category: Science

Page: 724

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The book contains the Proceedings of the 2010 Conference of the Italian Systems Society. Papers deal with the interdisciplinary study of processes of changing related to a wide variety of specific disciplinary aspects. Classical attempts to deal with them, based on generalising approaches used to study the movement of bodies and environmental influence, have included ineffective reductionistic simplifications. Indeed changing also relates, for instance, to processes of acquisition and varying properties such as for software; growing and aging biological systems; learning/cognitive systems; and socio-economic systems growing and developing through innovations. Some approaches to modelling such processes are based on considering changes in structure, e.g., phase-transitions. Other approaches are based on considering (1) periodic changes in structure as for processes of self-organisation; (2) non-periodic but coherent changes in structure, as for processes of emergence; (3) the quantum level of description. Papers in the book study the problem considering its transdisciplinary nature, i.e., systemic properties studied per se and not within specific disciplinary contexts. The aim of these studies is to outline a transdisciplinary theory of change in systemic properties. Such a theory should have simultaneous, corresponding and eventually hierarchical disciplinary aspects as expected for a general theory of emergence. Within this transdisciplinary context, specific disciplinary research activities and results are assumed to be mutually represented as within a philosophical and conceptual framework based on the theoretical centrality of the observer and conceptual non-separability of context and observer, related to logically open systems and Quantum Entanglement. Contributions deal with such issues in interdisciplinary ways considering theoretical aspects and applications from Physics, Cognitive Science, Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Economics, Architecture, Philosophy, Music and Social Systems. Sample Chapter(s) Approaches to the Origin of Life on Earth (178 KB) Contents:Self-Organization, Chaos, Complexity, Collective BehaviorTheories of ChangeLearning as a Process of Changing and Induction of Systems ThinkingChange in Artificial VisionProcesses of Change in Economics and Management. Theories and ApplicationsArchitecture and Design as the Design of Contexts for Inducing Processes of Change in Social SystemsTheories of Change in Cognitive ScienceChange in Social Systems Readership: Graduate students, researchers, academics in nonlinear science, modeling, simulations, and computations. Keywords:Change;Complexity;Computation;Emergence;Model;Property;Simulation;TheoryKey Features:Deals with complexity from different disciplinary problems in a unified wayPresent an interdisciplinary overview on disciplinary nonlinear issuesIntroduces updated approaches to deal with complexity

Agile Leadership in Practice

Applying Management 3.0

Author: Dominik Maximini

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 204

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This book is a comprehensive experience report, describing the agile transformation journey we at NovaTec, a 200-person strong consulting organization, have taken to date and continue to endeavor upon. Leaders and agile coaches who read it will benefit from both our success and our failure stories. Revolving around nine main chapters, each one focuses on specific aspects of our change. These include establishing values in business, holistic people recruitment and retention, innovation of performance appraisals, re-thinking organizational structure, re-design of leadership roles, streamlining measurement and reward systems, and enhancing career paths. The ninth chapter takes you deeper into some specific processes we changed, such as company decision-making, SMILE (company improvement budget at the discretion of employees), project selection, holiday leave and career coaching. In changing all this, we relied heavily on Management 3.0, a collection of management principles and practices which fit perfectly in an agile world. If you want to move beyond the theory and learn from other organizations on how they are approaching their agile transformation, then this book is for you. It is very hands on throughout and allows you to derive your own change experiments directly from it. This includes experiments that you might be best off avoiding.

Excellence in Innovation Management

A Meta-Analytic Review on the Predictors of Innovation Performance

Author: Markus Sattler

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 213

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Markus Sattler reviews the predictors of successful innovation management on firm level with a meta-analytic approach. His findings suggest in that the role of knowledge management and an environment of learning are important success factors on which managers can have a substantial effect.

Safety Management in Small Motor Carriers


Publisher: Transportation Research Board


Category: Trucking

Page: 82

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TRB's Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP) Synthesis 22: Safety Management in Small Motor Carriers explores small motor carriers' strengths and weaknesses in safety management, and identifies potentially effective safety practices.

Researching Visual Arts Education in Museums and Galleries

An International Reader

Author: M. Xanthoudaki

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Art

Page: 242

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Researching Visual Arts Education in Museums and Galleries brings together case studies from Europe, Asia and North America, in a way that will lay a foundation for international co-operation in the future development and communication of practice-based research. The research in each of the cases directly stems from educational practice in very particular contexts, indicating at once the variety and detail of practitioners' concerns and their common interests.