Book Reviews

Book Reviews

The Cosmopolitan Businessman: World and Worldview of Greek Merchant-Entrepreneurs

“Prof. Ariadni Moutafidou, a renowned historian and expert in the field of Modern Greek socio-economic history, explores in her innovative superb and sophisticated book on the Greek ‘big’ merchant-entrepreneurs, not only their mercantile operations, but mainly their thoughts, views, ideas, notions and beliefs within their own and the ‘outer’ world. Her broadened research encompasses the remarkable rise of Greek long-distance trade and shipping in the Mediterranean followed by their significant entrance into the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans during their golden era from the mid-eighteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century. Based on various rare autobiographical accounts, ego documents and commercial guidebooks as well as complementary archival documents and oral history preserved in second and third generation family accounts, the author firstly outlines the commercial culture of these businessmen. Ariadni Moutafidou then argues that the Greek merchant-entrepreneurs’ world and operations with extended international, economic and socio-economic networks, serve not only as a paradigm, but also constitute an integral, constitutive part of the merchant-entrepreneurs’ cosmopolitan world within the broader European-Mediterranean milieu during the nineteenth century. The Cosmopolitan Businessman broadened the research on the economic, social and cultural worldview of merchant-entrepreneurs, as well as on the interrelations between the ethnic mercantile communities. This rich, in-depth oeuvre offers a welcome challenge and contribution to the cultural, social and economic history of trading Diasporas including the interaction between them and their Jewish counterparts as described by the Greek merchants. Therefore, I strongly recommend publication of the manuscript.”
Orly C. Meron, Associate Professor, Former Head of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel;  Author of Jewish Entrepreneurship in Salonica, 1912-1940: An Ethnic Economy in Transition, Sussex Academic Press, 2011/2013

“I have been acquainted with Dr. Ariadni Moutafidou’s research for many years and am delighted to recommend her book for publication. Dr. Moutafidou is a highly regarded historian whose research presents a fine combination of substantial use of archival material and behavioral theories and models. Her articles have been published in respected journals and in collected volumes. The present book is an original investigation of the social and cultural world of Greek big merchant-entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century. It is the product of an exhaustive and wide-ranging research, based on an impressive collection of primary sources, autobiographical accounts of businessmen, personal papers and commercial reports and other relevant archival documents. This group of businessmen had a great impact in various areas on the development of Greek economy and society. The results of their activities were felt in many important urban centers in the Near and Middle East. This research is a significant contribution to Greek economic history in particular and to nineteenth century history of entrepreneurship in general. It will constitute an important source of documentation for historians in this field as well as for economists specializing in international trade and business networks. On these grounds, I warmly recommend the publication of this excellent manuscript.”
Prof. Jeannine Horowitz, Head Program of Hellenic Studies, University of Haifa

“I have known Dr. Ariadni Moutafidou for almost two decades and held her and her historical research in great esteem. I have read the manuscript of her latest work, The Cosmopolitan Businessman, with interest and I think it is minutely researched, carefully argued, and elegantly presented. It brings to life the complex world of Greek merchant entrepreneurs in the nineteenth century, seen in the broader context of historical developments in the Near and Middle East. It will definitely be of interest to specialists in the field but its informative and narrative virtues will also be appreciated by any reader with broader historical interests. I therefore have no hesitation in recommending its publication.”
Pantelis Lekkas BA (Sussex) PhD (Cantab), Professor of Political Sociology, Faculty of Political Science & Public Administration, University of Athens, Greece

“Building upon a profound historical knowledge, from which my own studies on European Philhellenism have very much profited, Moutafidou’s scholarship embarks on new explorations of the factors shaping the physiognomy of the 19th century Mediterranean world. The cosmopolitan Businessman offers a vivid account of and an erudite study on the trajectories of entrepreneurial action in intercultural spirit. The book maps persuasively the contribution of Greek merchants to the formation of the First Globalisation. An indispensable reading.”
Dr. Dr. Konstadinos Maras, Research Fellow Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen University of Duisburg-Essen

“This original study opens new avenues to our understanding of the social and cultural world of Greek entrepreneurs of the modern era. It offers fascinating insights into the ideas and concepts of rising entrepreneurs in a traditional economy that has undergone processes of modernization. Historians of Greek economic and social history as well as economists specializing in international trade and business networks will certainly be delighted to read this book.”
Prof. Gad Gilbar, University of Haifa

Emerging Human and Techno-Human Business Management Dynamics in a Globalized Environment

An exponential stride in globalization, impressively expedited by advanced technology, has brought about immense changes in the backdrop of world markets. Big data and digital technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, assisted this progression by improving efficiency and effectiveness of the way ‘things are done’. All of these factors, in conjunction, have highly influenced the how, where and when of business management today. Leveraging on them has enabled advanced markets to establish themselves further, and new markets to start emerging spectacularly. In this novel, Environment of Emerging Human and Techno-Human Business Management Dynamics, virtual influencers and gamification started becoming the norm of the day. What’s more, businesses are in constant competition to achieve brand loyalty among their customers through bolstering up the branding of their products and services. Advancement in technology though comes at a price, as it leads to an increase in fraudulent activities. In this climate, ethical leadership is required to lead people. Management by mission and evidence-based management can be tools to steer towards better and more transparent decision making in organizations. Amidst this, the role of crisis management is vital to assist in crisis and disaster preparedness.

Science Organizations and Careers: Essential Tensions

"Daryl Chubin gives the reader insights that only being fully self-consciously on the margin of science education and science policy could provide. These are not mere reminiscences. Rather, he focuses an analytical lens on the nation's decades-long efforts to integrate women and historically underrepresented minorities into science." - Sheila Tobias, author of Overcoming Math Anxiety and They’re Not Dumb, They’re Different

"Daryl Chubin provides compelling insights from his transformative and varied career paths that swerved in several significant directions. This is revealed in his statement, "When I went to Washington in 1986, I was a researcher. I became something else." This gives a concise glimpse of his four decades in roles from an academic to senior governmental employee to substantive roles in non-governmental organizations as an individual committed to advancing equity. Chubin's experiences and reflections are well worth reading." - Henry Frierson, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Florida

"Essential Tensions is both an outsider memoir and an insider view of an era and a cause. Both heartfelt and analytical, it captures the restless trajectory of a champion of social justice." - Allan Fisher, co-author of Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing

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Technology Management in International Entrepreneurship: Innovative Development and Sustainability

"Overall, I believe the book is intensely rich. As a historical reference, it provides a vivid, first-hand view of life during the absolutely insane, brutality of Nazi Germany. As an auto-biography I was particularly intrigued to learn more about the depth of the author's incredible experiences and the direct ties to the multifaceted view of who he is as a person in all his complexity. It was also extremely interesting to follow the philosophical perspectives within a complex existential web. The connections between realities, thought and behavior were also very compelling psychology revealing deep understanding of human behavior. The linguistic descriptions were also extremely colorful, descriptive and captivating.” - Stephen D. Steinhaus, PhD, HRA Consultant

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Digitalisation of Supply Chain Management and Firm Performance: Structural Equation Modelling and Empirical Findings

“This book provides a new perspective on the influence of digitalisation of supply chain management on organisational performance and how this can be improved. By using in-depth research data and considering the latest influences of digitalisation on supply chain management including ERP, artificial intelligence, and block chain, this book provides important insights useful for researchers and practitioners trying to analyse, understand and influence organisational performance." - Dr. Michelle Lac, PhD, BInfTech, GAICD, CPPD, PPM, Researcher and Educator, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Non-Executive Director, Lyons College, Australia

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Experiencing Hospitality

"This edited book has a great line up of international contributors renowned for their work in hospitality studies. The book provides a useful cross-disciplinary resource for students, academics and practitioners interested in understanding and theorising hospitality within a commercial context." READ MORE... - Professor Alison McIntosh, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

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The Project Administrator: Perspectives to Project Support Services

“A well-researched, authoritative and comprehensive explanation of the Project Administrator’s role within the project environment.” - Rory Burke, International Project Management expert and author (www.burkepublishing.com)

“This timely book creates context and direction for the sometimes undervalued role of project administrator. It identifies a career path for those predisposed to the specialized functions of project support services, guiding practitioners to be complimentary-even essential-to the project management role, rather than aspiring to it.” - Taryn van Olden, Chief Executive Officer: Project Management South Africa (PMSA)

“This book is designed to equip the reader with the competencies needed to undertake a range of project support functions. It is therefore an essential guide to the establishment of carefully designed project management support services and the appointment of competent project administrators to assist project managers and their teams.” - Karolien Nell, Independent Project Management Consultant

“Written by a seasoned academic, this book provides a brief but complete overview of the role, functions and responsibilities of the project administrator. It is set against internationally-accepted Project Management standards for a simple exposition of the project support function. The simple, to-the-point discussion of the role of the project administrator throughout the project life cycle simplifies a potentially complex concept, and provides the reader with guidelines on how to master this function. It is written with the intent to simplify and provide advice. The author offers practical examples and templates you can apply today; and the learning outcomes, quick review questions and additional reading in every chapter make this book an essential one on your bookshelf.” - André Knipe, Business Consultant and Training Facilitator

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Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance

"Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance by John N. Kallianiotis is a relevant and important contribution to the study of the global economy. This timely book provides clear, understandable discussions of the theory, applications, practice, and empirical methodology related to the analysis of pertinent issues and concerns related to foreign exchange, balance of payments, foreign currency derivatives, multinational corporations, cost of capital and capital budgeting on the global scale, foreign exchange exposure, foreign direct investment, financing if international trade, and political risk (a topic that, unfortunately, is virtually ignored in other books on international finance but is given robust attention here). This book should be required reading for upper-level undergraduate students, in any aspect of studying the global economy, as well as graduate students specializing in international business and studies. It is also recommended for practitioners in the global economy, as it would serve as an appropriate and relevant source and guide for them. I highly recommend this book.” - Dr. Richard J. Torz, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Joseph's College New York, Brooklyn, NY, USA

“This book presents not only the theories of international finance but also the empirical studies that support the theories and the econometric techniques that an interested researcher can employ to produce original work. Thus, this book can be very useful, first, to every undergraduate student who studies finance, economics, and international finance, second, to graduate students and financial analysts who are interested in doing high quality research in finance, and third, to all individual investors who want to understand how globalization affects the return, the risk, and the optimal level of diversification of their investment portfolio.” - Dr. Christos Pargianas, Associate Professor, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

“This is a comprehensive book which seamlessly includes past research, mathematical equations, forecasting techniques, economic and financial models as well as current events to fully explore in great detail and from multiple facets the topics revolving around foreign exchange. The students will truly benefit not only from the fully-detailed explanations of the theories, but also benefit from the graphs, data and references-all supporting and enhancing their knowledge of the presented concepts. Congratulations on yet another great textbook!” - Dr. Mary L. LoRe, Professor, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, USA

"Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance would be a great fit as a textbook in a senior undergraduate or graduate course in international finance or other related fields. As a teaching economist, I am always in a lookout for textbooks with a comprehensive logical structure, and this text is certainly one; it views the international-finance and foreign-exchange order as a cohesive yet complex body and covers the history, modern theory, statistical methods, and established practices in the fields of international finance and economics. It is full of real-life examples that should capture the attention of students.” - Dr. Aram Balagyozyan, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

"Dr. Kallianiotis' latest book entitled Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance is a meaningful contribution, equally appropriate to Undergraduate and Graduate students. The author has crafted an interesting combination of theories and concepts, supported with statistical analysis. The topics addressed in this book combine Economics, Politics and Finance, which creates a contemporary "Theory to Practice" approach to learning. Given the significance of exchange rates to business finance decision making, I urge academics and professionals to adopt this book.” - Dr. Cathyann D. Tully, Professor of Finance and Director of Undergraduate Business Program, Nicolais School of Business at Wagner College, NY, USA

"This book by Professor Kallianiotis is another high scholarly attainment by him. The book has the same rigor and completeness as his other works. The book can be used by diverse audiences such as professionals, students and teachers. Because it is accessible to such readers as upper seniors and MBA students, the book can be used as a textbook for both undergraduate and graduate students in the field of international finance. Anyone using this book can benefit quite a lot. I will incorporate it in my courses." - Dr. John Malindretos, Associate Professor of Finance, William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J

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Private Equity Globalisation: Ethical Business Challenges

"A thoroughly researched and engaging book, where a strong and innovative quest is made for bridging economics and ethics." - Dr. Arturo Hermann, Senior Research Fellow at the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), Rome, Italy

"From Schumpeter to Minsky, passing through the Austrian School of Economics, economists have dealt with the influence of financial instruments on the real economy cyclical evolution. A lesson that too many have forgotten. The Global Financial Crisis has forced us to rediscover the links between financial development and business cycles. Professor Madi’s book leads us to a better understanding of such links at the light of those ethical considerations that should never abandon the economic reflection." - Dr Carmelo Ferlito, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs and INTI International College Subang, Malaysia

"This book is a welcome addition to our economic resources. It enhance our understanding of the financial challenges in the new global economy of the 2 P1 century. Indeed, her new book fills a scholarly vacuum in the current economic literature." READ MORE... - Constantine E. Passaris, Ph.D, Professor of Economics, Dobbin Scholar & Onassis Foundation Fellow, University of New Brunswick, Canada

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Mechanism Design and Management: Mathematical Methods for Smart Organizations (for Managers, Academics and Students)

“An important quality of the book is that it is relatively easy to read and understand the complicated issues and models of mechanism design and management from this book. I think it is a very useful book for students, academics, practitioners and policy makers. It is a suitable textbook for teaching management and mechanism design for many courses in such areas like applied game theory, economics, management science, industrial engineering, etc.” - Professor Sardar M. N. Islam (Naz) Ph.D., LL.B. (Law), Professor, College of Business, Victoria University, Australia

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