USA Today best-selling author Lexy Timms brings you sexy, sweet romance that'll have you rooting for the underdog the whole way!He groaned. This was torture. Being trapped in a room with a beautiful woman was just about every man's fantasy, but he had to remember that this was just pretend.Keeping up the charade...For wealthy playboy Dane Prescott, business and pleasure go hand in hand. Only now, his professional life as the CEO of Prescott Global and his budding relationship with his assistant Allyson are both on the verge of imploding. He knows his luxurious world looks tempting to outsiders, but high society could destroy a sweet, down-to-earth woman like Allyson. He'll do anything to keep her safe, even if that means breaking up with her.Allyson Smith gets that she isn't one of Dane's high society heiresses, but his rejection of her stings. She knows that looking good is the best revenge, so she's ready to keep up her phony marriage to Dane even at the cost of her heart.Their sham marriage might guarantee that Prescott Global's future is secure, but when it comes to love, can Allyson prove to Dane that their relationship is worth it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Verity Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100604/bk_acx0_100604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity. For three decades he has not only studied the science of achievement, he’s mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom translating theory into bottom-line results for his clients.Yet, as Les himself makes clear in most all of his speeches, this incredible, highly influential speaker and leader came from much more humble beginnings.Brown was born with his twin brother, Wesley, in an abandoned building in Liberty City, a low-income section of Miami, Florida. He was subsequently given up for adoption and adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. He was declared "educable mentally retarded" while in grade school. Despite the self-esteem and confidence loss issues this created, he learned how to reach his full potential with the encouragement of his mother and assistance from a helpful teacher in high school, a key point in many motivational speeches he gives.As you’ll hear in many of the audio segments that follow, he first decided to get into public radio and kept returning to the same radio station time and time again looking for a break. It wasn't until the on-air failures of the afternoon DJ that he took his break in radio into his own hands and was hired full-time as on-air talent. Upon his termination from the radio station, he ran for election in the Ohio House of Representatives and won. After leaving the Ohio State legislature, he decided to get into television and eventually ended up on PBS. He also formed Les Brown Enterprises, now known as Les Brown Global, in order to support his newest career as a motivational speaker and was on KFWB in California on a dai 1. Language: English. Narrator: Les Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ntgl/001003/bk_ntgl_001003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Monarch Butterfly 2.0: 101 Reasons to Love Our Favorite Orange and Black Butterfly from A to Z is the second edition on the monarch butterflies that will expand your knowledge and admiration of the favorite and most loved butterfly in the history of man. After the first chapter summarizes the first edition, called Monarch Butterfly 101: Learn About Monarch Butterflies in One Sitting, some of the topics to whet your learning appetite are:Exciting news and events about the monarchs such as the Blitz Explanation of scientific names with tips on how to pronounce them How to become a monarch expert on a professional level such as a lepidopteristIdeas of what you can do as a monarch advocate, such as tagging monarchsTips on monarchs, including fun butterfly-related activities for the kids to do Monarch mysteries answered, such as how they know where to migrate toAnswers to FAQs about the monarchs, like why global warming is a threat to them Little-known facts about the monarchs, such as how they are able to navigateLessons to learn on how you can help save the monarch by spreading awareness Fun things to do, like having your next reunion or party at a butterfly conservatory How to have a vacation in Mexico with a tour to see millions of monarchsAbout the expert: Jessica Dumas has been a freelance writer since 2002 after starting her virtual assistant business called The Butterfly Connection. She specializes in writing blogs, product guides, and books, including children's books, but her favorite thing to write is poems. Her passion is butterflies, and much of her work reflects her love of the monarch butterfly. She grew up in rural Minnesota and has loved butterflies since childhood but did not become an advocate until she learned how the monarch butterfly population is declining. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Catherine O'Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/137667/bk_acx0_137667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The information infrastructure---comprising computers, embedded devices, networks and software systems---is vital to day-to-day operations in every sector: information and telecommunications, banking and finance, energy, chemicals and hazardous materials, agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, transportation, postal and shipping, government and defense. Global business and industry, governments, indeed society itself, cannot function effectively if major components of the critical information infrastructure are degraded, disabled or destroyed. Critical Infrastructure Protection V describes original research results and innovative applications in the interdisciplinary field of critical infrastructure protection. Also, it highlights the importance of weaving science, technology and policy in crafting sophisticated, yet practical, solutions that will help secure information, computer and network assets in the various critical infrastructure sectors. Areas of coverage include: Themes and Issues, Control Systems Security, Infrastructure Security, and Infrastructure Modeling and Simulation. This book is the 5th volume in the annual series produced by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 11.10 on Critical Infrastructure Protection, an international community of scientists, engineers, practitioners and policy makers dedicated to advancing research, development and implementation efforts focused on infrastructure protection. The book contains a selection of 14 edited papers from the 5th Annual IFIP WG 11.10 International Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection, held at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA in the spring of 2011. Critical Infrastructure Protection V is an important resource for researchers, faculty members and graduate students, as well as for policy makers, practitioners and other individuals with interests in homeland security. Jonathan Butts is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. Sujeet Shenoi is the F.P. Walter Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Scientific Essay from the year 2010 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, The University of Surrey (School of Management ), language: English, abstract: ABSTRACT & CONCLUSION The current recession, arising from a real estate crisis in the US and followed by a global financial crisis, has affected industries differently around the world. The automotive industry decreased by 15% globally in production of cars and light commercial vehicles (VDA, 2009) as result of the downturn. Lot of companies were supported by the government directly or indirectly. Obsolete structure of the industry and high overcapacity are the main problems. The assessment in this paper examines and evaluates the global impact of the downturn on the automotive industry and how the industries have reacted. BMW, one of the ten largest car manufacturers worldwide, operates experienced a 10.4% loss in sales in relating to the previous year as result of the recession and decrease in demand in the automotive industry. The reaction to it was for example less investment in to R&D and redundancies. Almost all resources, capabilities and competitiveness of BMW were concerned. The extent to which the downturn affected those will be examined and evaluated in the second part of this paper. The most important future trends in the automotive industry will be 'green technology' and 'changing in customers demand'. Capacity optimization will be important to win the competition. BMW is recommended to penetrate the market with its successful products and to invest in R&D to follow and setting industry trends. The third part of this paper provides perspectives and recommendation for the industry and provides strategy recommendations for BMW. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Markus B. Baum, MBA Markus Baum is Group Finance Director at a management consulting firm with focus on business strategy, supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing & logistics, sourcing & purchasing, marketing & sales, financial management and information technology (IT-strategy). The company has subsidiaries in Germany, Switzerland, Belgian, France, United Kingdom and Russia. Markus Baum earned a MBA with distinction from the University of Surrey (UK), is an international certified accountant, has and graduation in accounting & controlling and an apprenticeship as tax adviser assistant. Markus Baum is a member of the International Controlling Association.
For brands of all shapes and sizes, a great vision can inspire and guide brilliant marketing that creates more meaning, clarity and differentiation for consumers and employees. However, most visioning projects sink without trace under the weight of theory, complexity and lack of focus. Now, David Taylor brings his trademark no-nonsense approach to this critical area. brandvision shows how to create a truly inspiring vision that really will drive growth, illustrated with cases including T-Mobile, Dove, Porsche, Absolut and James Bond. 'brandvision cuts to the chase and provides refreshingly candid insights and practical how-to information. That's why it is required reading for the all MBAs and Executives who come to INSEAD to learn about branding. Read it. It will change the way you do business.' --Pierre Chandon, Assistant Professor of Marketing, INSEAD 'This is one of the first books that tackles the real challenges of 21st Century brand building and offers practical solutions to overcome them. If you are looking for help to really understand your customers, position your brand and engage your organisation, you should start with brandvision.' --Mark Ritson, Associate Professor of Marketing, Melbourne Business School 'David's passion for great brands which inspire is infectious. He offers an easy to use toolkit to help on the journey to brand greatness, always challenging, but with a gift for keeping things down-to-earth and practical.' --Phil Chapman, Marketing Director, T-Mobile UK 'Do you have the ambition to create a brand as powerful as Absolut? If so, then this book provides the inspiration and practical advice you need. It's packed with fascinating case studies to help you create an inspiring vision, and turn it into a brilliant marketing mix.' --Michael Persson, Global Brand Director, Absolut 'If you want to build a truly unique and authentic brand, David's book is a great place to start. It shows how companies like the Geek Squad have created a differentiated point-of-view and inspiring vision, and offers valuable insights on how to create your own.' --Robert Stephens, Founder and Chief Inspector, The Geek Squad 'Keeping a copy of brandvision close by is like having a legal performance-enhancing drug for your business.' --Hugh Burkitt, Chief Executive, The Marketing Society
For the past few decades, the financial world has often displayed an unreasonable willingness to believe that 'the model is right, the market is wrong,' in spite of the fact that these theoretical machinations were largely responsible for the stock market crash of 1987, the LTCM crisis of 1998, the credit crisis of 2008, and many other blow-ups, large and small. Why have both financial insiders (traders, risk managers, executives) and outsiders (academics, journalists, regulators, the public) consistently demonstrated a willingness to treat quantifications as gospel? Nassim Taleb first addressed the conflicts between theoretical and real finance in his technical treatise on options, Dynamic Hedging. Now, in Lecturing Birds on Flying, Pablo Triana offers a powerful indictment on the trustworthiness of financial theory, explaining-in jargon-free plain English-how malfunctions in these quantitative machines have wreaked havoc in our real world. Triana first analyzes the fundamental question of whether financial markets can in principle really be solved mathematically. He shows that the markets indeed cannot be tamed with equations, presenting a long and powerful list of obstacles to prove his point: maverick unlawful human actions rule the markets, unexpected and unimaginable events shape the markets, and historical data is not necessarily a trustworthy guide to the future of the markets. The author then examines the sources of origin of many prevalent theories and mathematical dictums. He details how the field of financial economics evolved from a descriptive discipline to an abstract one dedicated to technically concocting professors' own versions of how such a world should work. He goes on to explain how Wall Street and other financial centers became eager employers of scientists, and how scientists became eager employees of financial firms. Triana concludes with an in-depth discussion of the most significant historical episodes of theory-caused real-life market malaise, with a strong emphasis on the current credit crisis. In the end, Lecturing Birds on Flying calls for the radical substitution of good old-fashioned common sense in place of mathematical decision-making and the restoration to financial power of those who are completely unchained to the iron ball of classroom-obtained qualifications. Praise for Lecturing Birds On Flying 'Finally, a book taking a critical look at quantitative finance models, illuminating both their flawed fantasy assumptions as well as the uncritical use of such models on Wall Street, in many cases, leading to billion dollar losses. Pablo Triana knows both the financial industry and the academic community from the inside. A must-read for anyone interested in finance.' --Dr. Espen Gaarder Haug, trader, thinker, and author of Derivatives Models on Models 'A thoroughly readable explanation of the problems that have beset the models and quantitative techniques that have underpinned so much of finance in recent years. If only the bankers had heeded this message a few years before, we might not be in such a big mess today.' --Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor of the Financial Times, overseeing global financial markets coverage, and author of Fool's Gold 'Pablo Triana dismembers quantitative finance, in theory and in practice, with expertise, anger,and an excellent eye for the illuminating anecdote. By the time he has finished marshalling his evidence, his call to replace complex equations with something more like common sense sounds like, well, common sense.' --Edward Hadas, Assistant Editor at Breakingviews.com; and author of Human Goods, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science 'Pablo Triana is an entertaining and engaging writer, even on the dry subject of finance theory. His debunking of conventional wisdom is a treat.' --Pauline Skypala, Editor, FTfm, Financial Times 'Triana's book is an unrelenting fusillade of detailed and irrefutable arguments against financial theorems and those who teach them. It should, by rights, spark a revolution in both investment banks and business schools. But, at the very least, it is required reading for anyone who would regulate the finance industry.' --Felix Salmon, Finance Blogger, Reuters
Today many business environments are characterized by frequent changes that result in a higher market dynamism and complexity. Global media industries are an up-to-date example of this development: a fast growth period was followed by a rapid downturn. Media companies wrote off a colossal US$ 120 billion from their balance sheets in 2002 - mostly as a result of growth strategies' failure. It seems that despite popular belief growth or market share by itself is less than ever before a guarantor of success. Sebastian Raisch decided to analyze various strategies in order to gain a bett8r understanding of the determinants of successful firm performance. When he decided to go on a research journey into the elements and dynamics of strategic thinking and firm performance he brought along all the ingredients necessary for such a challenging project; he had experience gained through exhaustive consulting work, excellent knowledge of management theories and, as a result of his studies and activities as a research assistant, specific knowledge of strategic management. His research objectives were furthermore clearly defined and, thanks to a meticulously planned and well-organized project as well as his enthusiasm for the topic, he had ready access to an empirical field.
Praise for At Your Own Risk 'Every global company faces risks from all sides: competition, earthquakes, pandemics, or the practices of suppliers far down their value chain. Gary Lynch knows how hundreds of companies handle-or mishandle-risks, and he explains how the best of them find opportunities in the risks they face.' -Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State 'Although many corporate boards and managers understand that success means accepting risk, they believe they have dealt with the problem by mathematical modeling. They are dangerously wrong. In a globalized, just-in-time world of cascading technological change, terrorism, and sophisticated crime, a setback can metastasize quickly into a catastrophe. Gary Lynch, a real risk management pro, brilliantly spells out in specific cases why this is so, and how we can begin to cope with this new world of risk on steroids.' -R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence 'Gary Lynch articulates an experienced-based, well-reasoned, and spot-on assess-ment of risk management realities that all corporations, large or small, should embrace and make core to their corporate cultures. A one-of-a-kind guide for identifying and assessing real risks and their impacts if left untended.' -Dave Carpenter, Vice President for Global Security, PepsiCo and former Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security 'Lynch confronts the critical issues of identifying and managing diverse risks in today's complex and interdependent global marketplace. Board members, senior executives, and line managers should use this book as a sanity/reality check and challenge their organizations risk readiness. All will find his practical insight and guidance invaluable.' -Craig Goldman, director on numerous public and private boards and former CIO, Chase Manhattan Bank 'As business tries to maximize profits and increase market share they create change in their structure. This book provides insight for all levels of management on how to identify, reduce, or minimize those exposures caused by this change. This is a must-read for all levels of management. ' -Michael Liebowitz, past president of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Inc., and Director of Insurance and Risk Management, New York University