Economy Environment and Technology A Socioeconomic Approach

Author: Beat Burgenmeier
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315483270
Format: PDF
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A study of local government and politics in China, exploring when and why local government officials comply with policy directives from above. The author draws on interviews with government officials in various municipalities and a review of county records and other government documents.

Decoding the Socio Economic Approach to Management

Author: John Conbere
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1681232537
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In May 2014, the French research laboratory ISEOR (Socio?Economic Institute for Firms and Organizations) and the University of St. Thomas co?sponsored a second conference on the application of the Socio?Economic Approach to Management (SEAM) paradigm and methodology in the United States. SEAM is a scientific approach to consultancy that focuses on uncovering the dysfunctions and hidden costs that exist in organizations, “hidden” in the sense that they are not captured by traditional accounting methods and financial analyses. Through intervention that encompasses the entire organization – what the ISEOR team refers to as the HORIVERT approach (combining horizontal and vertical intervention) – the underlying goal is to enhance organizational performance by attacking the “TFW virus,” a vestige of the early work by Frederick Taylor, Henri Fayol, and Max Weber that has sufficiently infiltrated our thinking about management and organization to the point where are falling well short of our own potential. The resultant dysfunctions this virus unleashes creates hidden costs that readily destroy a firm’s value?added possibilities. The volume captures the ideas, applications, and exchanges of that meeting, attempting to bring the reader into the conference itself. Chapters include the contributors’ presentations (“Chapter Prologue: Conference Remarks”), revised conference papers, and the question and answer dialogue for the session.

The SocioEconomic Approach to Management Revisited

Author: Anthony F. Buono
Publisher: IAP
ISBN: 1681231638
Format: PDF
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This volume is part of the ongoing collaboration between the RMC series and the SocioEconomic Institute for Firms and Organizations (ISEOR), a French interventionresearch think tank codirected by Henri Savall and Véronique Zardet. Building on an earlier collaboration on the ISEOR approach – SocioEconomic Intervention in Organizations: The IntervenerResearcher and the SEAM Approach to Organizational Analysis (IAP, 2007) – Buono and Savall bring together over 30 talented intervenerresearchers to explore and examine the ongoing evolution of the SocioEconomic Approach to Management (SEAM). This volume revisits the application of SEAM in the context of intervention challenges in the wake of the recent economic crisis and the disruptive change that has taken hold across the world. The basic foundation of SEAM – built on the idea of strategic patience, the need to undertake holistic intervention in organizations, and the challenge to get organizational members to listen to themselves (through what they refer to as the mirror effect) – has remained the same. In response to economic and organizational pressures in the current environment, however, there has been a concomitant emphasis on helping client organizations achieve shortterm results while still maintaining focus on the long term. Many ideas that have become part of the current discourse within ISEOR today were not as explicitly addressed in the initial volume – from the destructive effect of the TaylorismFayolismWeberism (TFW) virus, to the need to focus on ways to ensure the sustainability of a SEAM intervention, the growing importance of collaborative interactions between external and internal consultants, and the growing importance of cocreating knowledge with client firms and organizations.

Technology for Underdeveloped Areas

Author: Jack Baranson
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483164349
Format: PDF, ePub
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Technology for Underdeveloped Areas: An Annotated Bibliography focuses on the functional aspects of technology, including the economic criteria of choice, the institutional requisite for transmittal, and the cultural constraints upon proficiency. This book discusses the relevant concepts, provides specific examples of products and systems required by developing economies, and indicates organizational approaches to adapting advantageous technology. Organized into five parts, this book starts with an overview of the most comprehensive statements on the criteria of choice for developing economies. This text then examines the concept of scarcity, which is essential to questions of technological optima in the areas of investment returns, trade specializations, and growth rates. Other chapters consider the general problems encountered by developing economies in the world. This book discusses as well the changes in corporate and economic policies to enhance technological efficiency. The final chapter analyzes the difficulties encountered by international corporations trying to transplant industrial techniques. Social scientists, economists, and engineers will find this book useful.

Flexible Learning Human Resource and Organisational Development

Author: John Garrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113463675X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Recent challenges facing higher and tertiary education such as the impact of globalisation and the emergence of new technologies, have called for a radical reconceptualisation of the teaching-learning nexus. This book addresses contemporary contexts of flexible learning and its practices, and provides insights about directions in which education and training providers may be required to follow in order to implement flexible learning in a variety of settings. Key issues and debates include: work-place based learning. Topics covered include: * the social and economic dimensions of flexible learning and delivery * the implications of globalisation and internationalisation for higher education * flexible learning, knowledge and power * institutional strategies for implementing flexible learning and delivery * practising flexible learning through media and new technologies