Businesses are rushing to collect personal data to fuel surging demand. Data enthusiasts claim personal information that's obtained from the commercial internet, including mobile platforms, social networks, cloud computing, and connected devices, will unlock path-breaking innovation, including advanced data security. By contrast, regulators and activists contend that corporate data practices too often disempower consumers by creating privacy harms and related problems. As the Internet of Things matures and facial recognition, predictive analytics, big data, and wearable tracking grow in power, scale, and scope, a controversial ecosystem will exacerbate the acrimony over commercial data capture and analysis. The only productive way forward is to get a grip on the key problems right now and change the conversation. That's exactly what Jules Polonetsky, Omer Tene, and Evan Selinger do. They bring together diverse views from leading academics, business leaders, and policymakers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the new data economy.
What I liked in particular about the Handbook was that each chapter identified the issues within a theoretical context and then gave the historical perspective with an accurate account of the current legal position and set down clear markers on the issues likely to influence future developments in corporate responsibility. Phillip Taylor, The Barrister This book has drawn together a distinguished and international group of writers to provide a wide-ranging discussion of the responsibility of corporations to society in general, including discussion of the role of companies in promoting human rights, accomplishing sustainable development and restoring and keeping public trust . The contributors put calls for Corporate Social Responsibility into its legal framework and provide a wide range of possible solutions to perceived weaknesses in the law. The authors are to be congratulated for adhering to the editorial mandate to provide information in a succinct style which is comprehensible to the lay person as much as the well-informed . This work is an indispensable tool for anyone engaged in the globalisation debate. It gives valuable, international, multi-faceted insights on the current situation, on work-in-progress to create change and of the theoretical perspectives which inform both. Janet Dine, Queen Mary College, University of London, UK Finally a book that explores the legal considerations related to corporate responsibility, and does so from a global perspective with strong underpinnings of ethics. This book should prove a useful guide for those academics and managers interested in the historical and emerging legal framework that guides corporate decision making around responsibility. Sandra Waddock, Boston College, US This volume provides an invaluable collection of essays that consider diverse perspectives on the social responsibility of corporations. As such it provides a very satisfying and balanced combination of contributions that should be useful to any serious student either in practice or academe of the role of corporations in society. David Crowther, London Metropolitan University, UK The ever-important topic of corporate legal responsibility is deconstructed into many multifaceted components in this fascinating Handbook, which systematically examines each in turn and describes the contemporary legal position. The Research Handbook on Corporate Legal Responsibility considers general theory and basic concepts such as corporate legal personality, the doctrine of attribution, corporate governance and directors duties, and reviews the range of individuals to which corporations may be held responsible, particularly employees, suppliers, shareholders, stakeholders and women. The substantive grounds for corporate responsibility under civil and criminal law within the North American and Commonwealth jurisdictions are evaluated, and mechanisms of accountability such as novel regulatory processes (interactive regulation, codes of conduct and social reporting), risk management and the significant role of non-governmental organisations are identified. The thought-provoking chapters contained within this Handbook go on to present perspectives on topical international questions (corruption, labour standards, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development) including an analysis of recent initiatives from several international organisations. Bringing together the work of around thirty leading academics, practitioners, campaigners and policymakers from North America, Europe and Australia, each chapter locates these issues within a theoretical context, giving an overview of its historical evolution, providing an accurate account of the current legal position and identifying policy issues likely to influence future developments.
Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism
Author: Charles Perrow
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
American society today is shaped not nearly as much by vast open spaces as it is by vast, bureaucratic organizations. Over half the working population toils away at enterprises with 500 or more employees--up from zero percent in 1800. Is this institutional immensity the logical outcome of technological forces in an all-efficient market, as some have argued? In this book, the first organizational history of nineteenth-century America, Yale sociologist Charles Perrow says no. He shows that there was nothing inevitable about the surge in corporate size and power by century's end. Critics railed against the nationalizing of the economy, against corporations' monopoly powers, political subversion, environmental destruction, and "wage slavery." How did a nation committed to individual freedom, family firms, public goods, and decentralized power become transformed in one century? Bountiful resources, a mass market, and the industrial revolution gave entrepreneurs broad scope. In Europe, the state and the church kept private organizations small and required consideration of the public good. In America, the courts and business-steeped legislators removed regulatory constraints over the century, centralizing industry and privatizing the railroads. Despite resistance, the corporate form became the model for the next century. Bureaucratic structure spread to government and the nonprofits. Writing in the tradition of Max Weber, Perrow concludes that the driving force of our history is not technology, politics, or culture, but large, bureaucratic organizations. Perrow, the author of award-winning books on organizations, employs his witty, trenchant, and graceful style here to maximum effect. Colorful vignettes abound: today's headlines echo past battles for unchecked organizational freedom; socially responsible alternatives that were tried are explored along with the historical contingencies that sent us down one road rather than another. No other book takes the role of organizations in America's development as seriously. The resultant insights presage a new historical genre.
The role of marketers in driving revenues and profits
Author: Iain Ellwood
Publisher: Profile Books
Category: Business & Economics
Marketing for Growth is a guide to how the marketing function within a business can and should become its most important driver of growth. Marketers play a crucial role in generating revenue and they can play an equally important role in how revenues translate into profit. Growth is also about becoming a better business by being smarter or more efficient, and growing in a sustainable way. This involves developing and improving products, processes and standard of service. Marketers have their ear to the ground and therefore are often the first to pick up on changing customer needs and behaviour and the forces at play in markets. This increases the impact marketing should have on all those aspects of a business. The book is in three parts: the first part explores who are the most valuable customers, the second the most effective ways to drive revenue growth and the third the best ways to improve profitability. It combines insight and practical guidance, and is supported by a wealth of hard data and anecdotal evidence based on the experiences of a wide range of business in Britain, America, Europe and Asia. Among the firms featured are Amazon, China Mobile, Dove, Goldman Sachs, Haier, ING Direct, Lenovo, Mini, Procter & Gamble, Red Bull, Target, Twitter, Virgin and Zara.
Since the sudden disappearance of the Soviet Union, many scholars have argued that the balance of power theory is losing its relevance. This text examines this viewpoint, as well as looking at systematic factors that may hinder or favour the return of balance of power politics.
Reimagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism
Author: Doug Stephens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Traditional retail is becoming increasingly volatile andchallenged as a business model. Brick-and-mortar has shifted toonline, while online is shifting into pop-up storefronts. Virtualstores in subway platforms and airports are offering new levels ofconvenience for harried commuters. High Street and Main Street arebecoming the stuff of nostalgia. The Big Box is losing ground tonew models that attract consumers through their most-trustedassistant—the smartphone. What’s next? What’s thefuture for you—a retailer—who is witnessing a tsunamiof change and not knowing if this means grasping ahold of newopportunity or being swept away? The Retail Revival answers these questions by lookinginto the not-so-distant retail past and by looking forward into afuture that will continue to redefine retail and its enormouseffect on society and our economies. Massive demographic andeconomic shifts, as well as historic levels of technological andmedia disruption, are turning this once predictableindustry—where “average” was king—into asea of turbulent change, leaving consumer behavior permanentlyaltered. Doug Stephens, internationally renowned consumer futurist,examines the key seismic shifts in the market that have evencompanies like Walmart and Procter & Gamble scrambling to cope,and explores the current and future trends that will completelychange the way we shop. The Retail Revival provides no-nonsense clarity on therealities of a completely new retail marketplace— realitiesthat are driving many industry executives to despair. But thefuture need not be dark. Stephens offers hope and guidance for anybusinesses eager to capitalize on these historic shifts andthrive. Entertaining and thought-provoking, The Retail Revivalmakes sense of a brave new era of consumer behavior in whicheverything we thought we knew about retail is beingcompletely reimagined. Praise for The Retail Revival “It doesn’t matter what type of retail youdo—if you sell something, somewhere, you need to read DougStephens’ The Retail Revival. Packed with powerfulinsights on the changing retail environment and what good retailersshould be thinking about now, The Retail Revival is easy toread, well-organized and provides essential food forthought.” — Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO, WestJet “This book captures in sharp detail the deep andunprecedented changes driving new consumer behaviors and values.More importantly, it offers clear guidance to brands and retailersseeking to adapt and evolve to meet entirely new market imperativesfor success.” —John Gerzema, Author of Spend Shift and The AthenaDoctrine “The Retail Revival is a critical read for allmarketing professionals who are trying to figure out what’snext in retail… Doug Stephens does a great job of explainingwhy retail has evolved the way it has, and the book serves as animportant, trusted guide to where it’s headed next.” —Joe Lampertius SVP, Shopper Marketing, Momentum Worldwideand Owner, La Spezia Flavor Market “Doug Stephens has proven his right to the moniker‘Retail Prophet.’ With careful analysis and ampleexamples, the author makes a compelling case for retailers toadapt, change and consequently revive their connection withconsumers. Stephens presents actionable recommendations withoptimism and enthusiasm—just the spoonful of sugar we need toface the necessary changes ahead.” —Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., Consumer Psychologist; Professor, GoldenGate University; Co-Author, Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens andTwenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail “Doug Stephens doesn’t just tell you why retail isin the doldrums, he tells you why retail is a major signpost forthe larger troubles of our culture and provides a compelling,inspiring vision for a future of retail—and business, andsociety.” —Eric Garland, author of Future Inc.: How Businesses CanAnticipate and Profit from What’s Next
The Role of Corporations in the Economic Order of the 21st Century
Author: Ramon Mullerat
Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.
Category: Business & Economics
"At present, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for some may not be more than an attitude. Can it be more? What degree of commitment can we reasonably expect of corporations in the struggle to eradicate poverty, promote human rights, halt climate change and reverse ongoingenvironmental destruction? It is not a question of power; more than half of the worlds top 100 economies are corporations, not nation-states. Whatever can be done to "fix" the world's problems, corporations are in the best position to do [it]."--Back cover.
People who can’t or won’t negotiate on their own behalf run the risk of paying too much, earning too little, and always feeling like they’re getting gypped. Negotiating For Dummies, Second, Edition offers tips and strategies to help you become a more comfortable and effective negotiator. And, it shows you negotiating can improve many of your everyday transactions—everything from buying a car to upping your salary. Find out how to: Develop a negotiating style Map out the opposition Set goals and limits Listen, then ask the right question Interpret body language Say what you mean with crystal clarity Deal with difficult people Push the pause button Close the deal Featuring new information on re-negotiating, as well as online, phone, and international negotiations, Negotiating for Dummies, Second Edition, helps you enter any negotiation with confidence and come out feeling like a winner.
European and International Perspectives and Innovations
Author: Ansgar Zerfaß,A. A. van Ruler,Krishnamurthy Sriramesh
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This volume is a major contribution to the trans-national debate on public relations research and communication management. It presents dominant concepts and findings from the scientific community in Germany in English language. At the same time, the compilation contains a selection of the most influential and relevant approaches from European and international researchers. Editors and contributors are renowned academics from all over the world. This books honours Guenter Bentele, one of the international spearheads of public relations research, and gives academics, students and communication managers a focussed insight into the field.
Rethinking Cultural Encounter in the Western Great Lakes
Author: Susan Sleeper-Smith
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
The Great Lakes region was an important site of cultural as well as economic exchange between native and European peoples in the colonial period. This study focuses on an often overlooked aspect of these interactions - the role played by Indian women who married French traders.
Author: Espiridion Borrego,Richard Greggory Johnson lll
Publisher: CRC Press
Category: Business & Economics
Our increasingly globalized society demands a higher level of sophistication when working cross-culturally and internationally in local, state, and federal governments; tribal corporations; and nonprofit organizations. Cultural Competence for Public Managers offers guidance on how to become a leader in developing cultural competence in your organization. It provides a conceptual foundation and successful examples for developing cultural competence, including competencies for international collaborations. The authors clearly define terms and provide their own cultural competence model that will add significantly to the current field. They describe the rapidly changing worldwide demographics that are bringing new cultures into many countries and societies. They also examine the issues that culturally diverse landscapes create in the United States, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, highlighting the differences between assimilationist and the multicultural viewpoints. Drawing on a wide range of examples from universities; local, state, and federal governments; health care service providers; and nonprofit organizations, the book illustrates management practices that are then extended into the relevant cultural context. It also includes examples of cultural missteps and cultural competencies that have worked in practice. Written in an accessible format and style, the book provides practical and useful standards and performance measures, proven coaching and mentoring guides, as well as templates, checklists, exercises, and guidelines. It includes a DVD with coaching guides, checklists. Organized thematically, the book defines the scope of cultural competencies, highlights best practices, and describes variations in responsibility for administering cultural competence for executives, managers, supervisors, and employees.
Author: Elizabeth Grant,Kelly Greenop,Albert L. Refiti,Daniel J. Glenn
This Handbook provides the first comprehensive international overview of significant contemporary Indigenous architecture, practice, and discourse, showcasing established and emerging Indigenous authors and practitioners from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Canada, USA and other countries. It captures the breadth and depth of contemporary work in the field, establishes the historical and present context of the work, and highlights important future directions for research and practice. The topics covered include Indigenous placemaking, identity, cultural regeneration and Indigenous knowledges. The book brings together eminent and emerging scholars and practitioners to discuss and compare major projects and design approaches, to reflect on the main issues and debates, while enhancing theoretical understandings of contemporary Indigenous architecture.The book is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, policy makers, and other professionals seeking to understand the ways in which Indigenous people have a built tradition or aspire to translate their cultures into the built environment. It is also an essential reference for academics and practitioners working in the field of the built environment, who need up-to-date knowledge of current practices and discourse on Indigenous peoples and their architecture.
Plain English guidance for strategic business analytics and bigdata implementation In today's challenging economy, business analytics and big datahave become more and more ubiquitous. While some businesses don'teven know where to start, others are struggling to move from beyondbasic reporting. In some instances management and executives do notsee the value of analytics or have a clear understanding ofbusiness analytics vision mandate and benefits. Win withAdvanced Analytics focuses on integrating multiple types ofintelligence, such as web analytics, customer feedback, competitiveintelligence, customer behavior, and industry intelligence intoyour business practice. Provides the essential concept and framework to implementbusiness analytics Written clearly for a nontechnical audience Filled with case studies across a variety of industries Uniquely focuses on integrating multiple types of big dataintelligence into your business Companies now operate on a global scale and are inundated with alarge volume of data from multiple locations and sources: B2B data,B2C data, traffic data, transactional data, third party vendordata, macroeconomic data, etc. Packed with case studies frommultiple countries across a variety of industries, Win withAdvanced Analytics provides a comprehensive framework andapplications of how to leverage business analytics/big data tooutpace the competition.