Book Reviews

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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Orchestras: A Model for Social and Organizational Development

"It is refreshing to see the authors practice what they preach. They present a beautifully orchestrated argument that seamlessly weaves together musical and organisational theory in an elegantly clear and precise manner. The new and even the not so new lessons they derive will inspire business, public and community leaders to revitalise and deepen their practice." - Brad Jackson, Professor of Social Innovation, Griffith Business School

"Bathurst, Gilling, and Rasmussen draw on their talents as both scholars and artists to make the bold suggestion that orchestras offer a model of how we might better organize to increase connection and success in our endeavors as we enter the fourth industrial revolution. Neither scholars who are not also artists nor artists who are not also scholars could have written this deeply insightful work. I am glad that these three are both – the world needs more of this." - Steve Taylor Professor of Leadership & Creativity, Foisie Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Editor-in-Chief: Organizational Aesthetics

"This fascinating book is beautifully written, and passionate about orchestras, music and life. It makes you look at orchestras, organizations, creativity and leadership through a wholly refreshing lens. You will be entertained, informed and inspired by its contents." - Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, University of Sussex. Editor: Leadership

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Contemporary Approaches of the Scientific Theory of Place Marketing – Place Branding in Globalized Conditions and Economic Crisis

"This impressive book offers a systematic, multi-perspective overview of place marketing approaches that will benefit students, researchers and practitioners alike. It is a much welcome contribution to the discussion." - Professor Can-Seng Ooi, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

"A riveting and insightful book on the development of place marketing in times of economic turmoil. Androniki Kavoura presents theoretical know-how, the roles of business and social environments, trends, and future outlooks of place marketing and branding. An engaging and thorough contribution, useful to both scholars and practitioners." - Dr. Stathis Kefallonitis, School of Business, State University of New York at Oswego, USA

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Negotiation and Decision Making In Mergers and Acquisitions

"Effective leaders must know how to negotiate. This intriguing book by Dr. Iulian Warter is a must read for any executive involved in negotiating mergers or acquisitions." - Hershey H. Friedman, Professor, PhD, Department of Business Management, City University of New York, USA

"The need to be precise about what defines a merger and what an acquisition is comes back in this book about pre-merger/acquisition aspects, especially on negotiation, decision and intercultural due diligence. The book provides research evidence enabling and deepening the understanding of the impact of cultural differences on M&A with emphasis on pre-M&A stage. Additionally, this study makes a contribution to the field of intercultural issues in M&A by integrating research on national, organizational, and professional culture into a theory of cultural due diligence content and outcome. I am grateful that one of the conclusions of the book is: “In the area of intercultural management, the findings from this book indicate that the Culture Clusters is a very useful and powerful tool and it deserves further investigation.” - Dr. Huib Wursten, Culture expert, Former co-owner of ITIM International, Associated with the Hofstede Insights Group, Netherlands

"New transactions are announced very frequently in all the sectors of the economy, though the majority of them fail. Due diligence, including intercultural due diligence, is treated as one of the most important tasks to be done by the parties involved. This monograph analyses, in detail, negotiation and decision making in mergers and acquisitions with special attention to intercultural due diligence. Its author is an experienced expert in the field, and therefore, the monograph is characterized by a high application value and should be designed for a wide group of recipients, including scholars, managers, and students of management science." - Włodzimierz Sroka, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

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Negotiation and Decision Making In Mergers and Acquisitions. Intercultural Due Diligence

"Effective leaders must know how to negotiate. This intriguing book by Dr. Iulian Warter is a must read for any executive involved in negotiating mergers or acquisitions." - Hershey H. Friedman, Professor, PhD, Department of Business Management, City University of New York, USA

"The need to be precise about what defines a merger and what an acquisition is comes back in this book about pre-merger/acquisition aspects, especially on negotiation, decision and intercultural due diligence. The book provides research evidence enabling and deepening the understanding of the impact of cultural differences on M&A with emphasis on pre-M&A stage. Additionally, this study makes a contribution to the field of intercultural issues in M&A by integrating research on national, organizational, and professional culture into a theory of cultural due diligence content and outcome. I am grateful that one of the conclusions of the book is: “In the area of intercultural management, the findings from this book indicate that the Culture Clusters is a very useful and powerful tool and it deserves further investigation.” - Dr. Huib Wursten, Culture expert, Former co-owner of ITIM International, Associated with the Hofstede Insights Group, Netherlands

"New transactions are announced very frequently in all the sectors of the economy, though the majority of them fail. Due diligence, including intercultural due diligence, is treated as one of the most important tasks to be done by the parties involved. This monograph analyses, in detail, negotiation and decision making in mergers and acquisitions with special attention to intercultural due diligence. Its author is an experienced expert in the field, and therefore, the monograph is characterized by a high application value and should be designed for a wide group of recipients, including scholars, managers, and students of management science." - Włodzimierz Sroka, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

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