Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Qualitative Research for Organizational Scholars: Reflections on Current Developments

This book explores the large domain of qualitative research in social sciences in a modern way, with a specific focus on organization studies. It has the merit to remind organization studies scholars that there is more to qualitative research than just case studies or interviews. Through an examination of older and newer ways of conducting qualitative data collection, data analysis, and reporting within and outside the discipline, this book provides organizational researchers with a plethora of approaches to choose from. An insightful, yet compact book which points to new (methodological) directions in research pursuits” – Luca Giustiniano, Professor, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy

“As a scholar who does mixed methods research and with a great passion for rich and thick data, I find this book a very useful guide that will give organizational scholars a clear picture of what qualitative researchers do and what can be done more (better). This is a very useful book for researchers who prefer an evidence-based approach over normative guidelines. It shows that qualitative templates can be transformative and flexible rather than as a strict formula. A must have for new researchers and anyone interested in research without numbers.” – Yanto Chandra, Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, (Incoming professor in City University of Hong Kong), Hong Kong

“This book goes beyond the “how to do” recipes for conducting qualitative research which are available aplenty in the market. Instead, it holds a mirror to organization studies and discusses how published authors have actually conducted and reported qualitative research in the disciplinary area. Furthermore, the book acknowledges how organization studies can still adopt and adapt new methodologies and data collection techniques from other, related disciplines. Subsequently, the book facilitates methodological advancement in organization studies through roadmaps and suitable examples.” – Michael Gibbert, Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

The Pathway Towards Low Carbon Schools: Criteria, Targets and Solutions

“The Pathway Towards Low Carbon Schools is a relevant publication in current times when we need to help schools to reduce their carbon footprints. The publication not only provides a list of the technological or infrastructural solutions but also explains the project-based learning approach involving students in this transformative process of learning for a low-carbon economy. The areas identified for interventions are relevant for most schools and adequately supported by tools to take decisions with suggested Key Performance Indicators. The publication will help any school to identify and prioritize actions to improve its performance. Chapter 5.1 is an important section that explains the role teachers and students play in this transformation. The identified actions no doubt requires an investment that can range from almost zero to some thousand Euros, the methodology presented will help schools to identify some low-hanging fruits and have a vision for the long term to be a net zero institution.” – Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma, Senior Director of Education, Foundation for Environmental Education, Eco Schools Global

The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (AD 30-2000) and The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (A Reader)

The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (AD 30-2000) and The Growth of the Christian Church: A Search for Faith, Form and Freedom (A Reader) are being reviewed together as they are substantial works which complement each other, or as Letellier puts it, “supplement each other.” Nevertheless, they each make worthwhile reading as individual scholarly works…These two substantial books, beautifully illustrated, offer an excellent and comprehensive account, comprehensible to a general readership, of the Growth of the Christian Church. However, with its Reader and its extensive references these two books would be invaluable reading for those entering the priesthood, but it could also be worthwhile reading for those entering the Reformed ministry, and those with a secular interest in the history of religion.” READ MORE >> – Robert F. Gibson- BSc, MBA, BDiv., Retired Engineering Lecturer

The Future of U.S. Health Care? Corporate Power vs. the Common Good

“This superb book offers a sweeping overview of how corporate power has infiltrated and distorted U.S. medical care, and the grave consequences for patients and health care personnel.” – David Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., General Internists, Health Policy Experts, and Distinguished Professors of Public Health at City University of New York

This book is excellent. It’s a nice, readable length, and its message is clear and strong. I think most readers will understand how health care should no longer be driven by the business ethic when the service ethic is in dire need of relief from intrusion by the business culture, so that we can place the patient first.” – Don McCanne, MD,  Family Physician, Senior Health Policy Fellow and Past President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)

Gut Microbiome: Simplified! (For Medical, Nursing, Nutrition Students and Practitioners)

“I loved reading this book and appreciate the way complex concepts are made extremely simple. A must-read for everyone who wants to understand the gut microbiome.” – Vishal Sharma, Associate Professor, Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

“An excellent book! Written from a healthcare professional’s viewpoint.” – Vipin Gupta, Consultant Gastroenterologist, North Bristol Trust, Bristol, UK

Gender Utopias for a Post-Apocalyptic World

“An outstanding collection of reflexions about SF, utopias and stories concerning gender and the possibility of going beyond the limits of the modern project. It’s a remarkable book!– Paula Cristina Pereira, Universidade do Port//University of Porto and founder of Philosophy & Public Space Research Group

“A fascinating, necessary, highly topical book that masterfully traces the close connections between utopia and gender from an innovative perspective.”– Leticia Flores Farfán, PhD, Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Gender Studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México//National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

“A wonderful journey from modern utopias written by women in order to dream up new ways of understanding gender to post-apocalyptic utopias that strike at the heteropatriarchal and racialized modern system of creating these new worlds.” – Felipe Schwember, Universidad del Desarrollo//Development University (UDD), Chile

Essence of Clinical Pharmacy

The book is written for undergraduates of PharmD program however, other allied health sciences students may get benefit from this master piece of clinical pharmacy. It provides great insight from basic concepts of clinical pharmacy to the systemic disease’s management in easy understanding approach. The ideas in this book and its logical approach have inspired me, and I would recommend the book to anyone involved in health sciences or allied health sciences.” – Dr. Muhammad Riaz, PhD, Assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy SBBU, Sheringal, KPK, Pakistan

“This book covers the current pharmaceutical practices and the responsible provision of health care to the patient in clinical setups. This book is a sincere effort to guide the student about clinical practice and therapeutics with updated knowledge of clinical pharmacy worldwide. This book not only covers the basic aspect of the clinical pharmacy but also gives insight into the therapeutics of various diseases including infectious diseases, neurological disorders, cancer, etc. I am very optimistic that this book will be helpful not only to the students but also to the working pharmacist. My best wishes for this masterpiece.” – Dr. Ashraf Ullah Khan, PhD, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy Abasyn University, KPK, Pakistan

Advances in Sustainable Materials and Technology

“A very well-written and clear abstract. The Introduction is also very clear and concise. Relevance to the Objectives: Comments on the work in accordance with objectives being achieved as per the aim of the book. The novelty of this book is very clearly articulated. Overall, it is a very good book! Good Job by the authors. It was a delight to read and examine this work.” – Pankaj Sharma, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Chitkara University, India

African History: One of the Original Seven Liberal Arts

“In this book, Dr. Cook’s astonishing analysis reveals the ingenuity of Africa’s curricula encompassing the original seven liberal arts of African history, language, science, mystic science, mathematics, music, and philosophy. The profound exploration of the historical tradition and prodigious contributions of the liberal arts and the importance of studying them inclusively of each other for character development takes the reader on an illuminating journey.” – Ama Mazama, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Africology, Temple University

Various Methods and Novel Techniques: Rapid Molecular Detection of Human, Plant, Genetic, and Microbial Infectious Diseases, Pathogenic Bacteria, and Organisms

This book is an extraordinary source of information for analysis of various biomarkers in diseases due to infections. The book includes various methods for detection of infectious diseases in humans and other organisms. Of these methods, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) are noteworthy. There is clear description of each method about different strengths and weaknesses and that varies by sensitivity, specificity, and rapidity. These techniques can be used for the detection of pathogens like SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2, influenza, lymphocystis disease virus, swine acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus, swine vesicular disease virus, classical swine fever virus, infectious bursal disease virus, Marek’s disease virus, human papillomaviruses, infectious bronchitis virus, Newcastle disease virus, sacbrood virus, beak and feather disease virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus, bovine herpesvirus-1, and more. It is also possible to diagnose molecular marks of cancer, identification of genetically modified organisms, and detection of food adulteration. The book would be highly useful for health professional and researchers.” – Professor Dr. Ram B Singh,MBBS, MD(Int.Medi-Cardiol), DTNH, Certified Nutrition Specialist(USA), Halberg Hospital and Research Institute, Civil Lines, India