Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Intercultural Issues in the Global Auto Industry

“Dr. Liviu Warter and Dr. Iulian Warter provide the reader with original and penetrating insights into the globalization of the automotive industry. This book examines the intercultural issues that managers encounter during foreign direct investments, mergers & acquisitions, or global alliances, with a special emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe.”
Hershey H. Friedman, PhD, Professor of Business, Department of Business Management, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA

“As one of the world‘s largest manufacturing industries, the automotive industry has the capability to influence the labor, trade and capital markets and also governments’ macroeconomic and industrial aims. Contrary to notorious myth, the automotive industry is not shrinking due to economic crisis. The automotive industry is crucial for Europe’s prosperity; it has an important multiplier effect in the economy. Most of intercultural issues arise when companies from different cultures get involved into a M&A process. Hence studying the alliance between two automotive firms is the best way to focus on intercultural issues. Indeed, it is during the integration process that the cultural issues play a crucial role when it comes to the success of M&A. For quite a long time culture has been considered as a disturbing factor for consolidation in the automotive industry, however, it also offers a lot of potential. Different experiences, methods and knowledge come together and can, if managed rightly, create a decisive competitive advantage. This book will be helpful for managers, strategic and intercultural management scholars and business owners interested in the automotive field. Improving the alignment or congruence between strategy and cultural contexts yields tangible business benefits. This  book  can  help  the senior and middle management  to identify  the intercultural  problems  that  may  confront  with when doing business in foreign countries with a special focus on automotive industry in Central and Eastern European countries.”
Huib Wursten, Drs., Cultural Expert with 30 Years of International Experience, Netherlands and Author of the Book, The Seven Mental Images of National Culture

This book provides an original approach on intercultural issues, particularly in global auto industry. The foreign direct investments (FDI) reasons are the result of globalization, of the need of growth and of achieving synergies. This monograph emphasizes the relationship between culture and FDI performance in the global auto industry. This monograph offers an extensive insight of the globalization in auto industry inasmuch as FDI are a complex domain demanding an interdisciplinary approach. This book is seeking to deepen the apprehension of the global automotive industry and in particular of the Central and Eastern European auto industry. This monograph reveals that cultural synergy can be produced by similarities in organizations but at once by differences. FDI and global alliances professionals may benefit from a deeper understanding of cultural values that shape the integration process and implicitly the performance. The conclusions will help forewarn scholars and practitioners of the need to thoroughly understand the cultural issues influencing the global automotive industry. This monograph will be useful for academic researchers, postgraduate students, for MBA/Executive Education and for practitioners.”
Paulo Finuras, PhD, Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior, ISG – Lisbon Business & Economics School, Portugal

“The automotive industry belongs to the most important sectors of the world economy, and its key role is observed mostly in the developed countries, giving millions of jobs, both directly in the manufacturing companies and indirectly, in the companies that are in the value chains of car manufacturers. Those value chains are represented by the firms from different countries and even continents, which in turn raises a very important problem of intercultural aspects of the cooperation between these entities. And this phenomenon is the topic of the monograph entitled “Intercultural Issues in the Global Auto Industry” written by Liviu Warter and Iulian Warter. This monograph analyses a wide spectrum of aspects associated with global auto industry, starting with its beginnings, through its evolution in the whole world, and ending with the existing trends. A main attention was paid to the intercultural issues which, given the nature of the said sector, are of crucial importance. One should underline that it presents a good scientific level, coupled with latest and rich world literature. Its authors are experienced experts in the field, therefore the monograph is characterized by a substantial application value and should be designed for a wide group of recipients, including scholars, managers, and students.”
Włodzimierz Sroka, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

The Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Decline of American Democracy: How Brexit and the Trump Presidency Influenced Populist Empowerment and the Intersection of Rights. Division, Derision, Decisions

The Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Decline of American Democracy is a very unique and important book of our time. Dr. Ramswell has provided us with a synopsis of recent worldwide transformation in several governments due to multiple factors influencing these changes such as populism, nationalism, immigration, Brexit, President Trump, and even social media practices. Many Americans are using social media as their primary source for news, which is often biased, incorrect, and likely does not cover international events. Some Americans still watch news on the major networks. With the exception of reporting dramatic worldwide events, these traditional news networks have devoted less and less time to international news over the last several decades. To find worldwide news, one must take the initiative and search for it on network websites, the BBC, or other sites. This can be time consuming, and the search is not likely to continue on a regular basis. Dr. Ramswell’s book fills this international news void by providing solid, eye-opening information on the impacts of recent events impacting us all. Her book also provides brilliant, in-depth research on perspective changes in worldwide governments in a relatively short time period. I highly recommend this book for those of us who have been focusing only on American politics and feel like they’re missing out on the happenings in the world around them.”
Joe Fournier, MA, International Affairs, The University of Oklahoma; USAFR, Oklahoma, USA

Challenges of Law and Governance in Indonesia in the Disruptive Era I

“ICLAVE 2018 in Bali, Indonesia, is a great conference. I was lucky to be one of the plenary speakers at that conference. A lot of foreign and national participants came and contributed their valuable knowledge and share their articles. Therefore, I believe these books, a product of that conference, will benefit the readers.”
Dr. Edmon Makarim, SH, S.Kom. LL.M., Dean of Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia

“As a former participant of ICLAVE 2018 conference in Bali and also Associate Professor at Faculty of Law Universitas Surabaya, I found that this conference is rewarding and I believe that the articles from that conference, which is published by Nova Publishers, will work as significant future references for our intellectual discourse.”
Dr. Elfina Lebrine Sahetapy, Associate Professor Faculty of Law Universitas Surab

Challenges of Law and Governance in Indonesia in the Disruptive Era II

“This ICLAVE conference was first conducted in 2017 during my period as a Dean at Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia to exchange ideas, knowledge, skills, and experience in dealing with laws and policies in the 4.0 industrial revolution and 5.0 society. I am delighted that this conference continued to annually every year. And I believe that the books originated from the 2nd ICLAVE conference 2018 that published by Nova Publisher will be an excellent resource for legal scholars and the Indonesian community at large.”
Professor Topo Santoso, Dean of Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia

“Thank you so much for all participants of ICLAVE 2018 in Bali, Indonesia, 2018. I always remember this memorable conference not just because it attracted many participants from Indonesia and abroad, but also because it was the last conference presided and attended by the late Professor Melda Kamil, the Dean of Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia at that time. Four months after the conference, she passed away. I am also grateful to Nova Publishers for making our memory about the participants, discussion and our lovely Dean, alive through these books.”
Dr. Ismala Dewi, Acting Dean Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia, 2018

Emerging Trends in Global Organizational Science Phenomena: Critical Roles of Politics, Leadership, Stress, and Context

“Early organizational research was rooted in studies in Great Britain and the U.S. In a short time, we found our knowledge base regarding organizations was rooted almost entirely in US culture and organizations. This led to a sense that our understanding of organizations was very much culture bound. While the world kept getting smaller, our foundations remained the same with little to inform us regarding the viability of our understanding outside U.S. borders. Indeed, there has been an increasing effort in recent times to rectify the issue, however global organizational research is extremely difficult. Language, cultural, economic, and legal differences can create substantial hurdles. This can easily produce contrasts of phenomena that may be labelled the same but are substantively different. Although a useful starting place, global research was often reduced to comparative studies across national boundaries. It is encouraging to witness scholars’ persistence in chipping away at the obstacles and boundaries, and now we find more editions such as this volume that are increasingly digging deeper into basic human, cultural, and organizational characteristics, and presenting them in a fashion that has potential to exert a lasting and indelible effect on global organizational theory, research, and practice. This volume (Emerging Trends in Global Organizational Science Phenomena: Critical Roles of Politics, Leadership, Stress, and Context, edited by Ferris, Perrewé, & Akande) includes 32 original chapters designed to expand our understanding of global organizational science research. Indeed, this volume identifies some critically important issues and results, and leads scholars in some useful and productive new directions for the future. I congratulate the host of global contributors on a notable effort.”
Dwight D. Frink
Professor of Management, University of Mississippi, USA

“General readers, managers, practitioners, students, and academics around the world need to see “Emerging Trends In Global Organizational Science Phenomena:  Critical Roles of Politics, Leadership, Stress, and Context”. With several dozen contributors from many nations, peoples and places, this book will become a classic that unites several emerging trends in global organizational sciences. Politics and leadership stand out as vital subjects that will be capturing more attention as the 21st century continues. Personal reflections are especially welcome because we all share these experiences.”
Dr. Bruce E. Johansen
Frederick W. Kayser University Research Professor, Emeritus
Communication and Native American Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA

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

Caspian: Status, Challenges, and Prospects. An Analysis into the Legal Classification, Security and Environmental Concerns, Geopolitics and Energy Flow Impact of the Caspian Plateau

“A thoughtful, comprehensive, and balanced analysis of the complex interplay between geopolitics and geo-economics in Central Eurasia, and pivotal energy plateau – that of Caspian. We finally have an all-in reader that was otherwise chronically missing in international literature, which will hopefully reverse the trend of underreporting on such a prime world’s spot. Hence, this is a must-read book for those wondering about the future of one of the most dynamic and most promising regions of the world and what it could entail for both regional and external players.”
Andrey Kortunov
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

“Although of pivotal geopolitical and geo-economic importance, the Caspian energy plateau represents one of the most underreported subjects in the western literature. Interdisciplinary research on the topic is simply missing. This book by the three authors is unbiased, multidisciplinary, accurate, and timely. It is certainly a much-needed and long-awaited reader: a must read for scholars and practitioners, be it from Eurasia or beyond. Authors were able to tackle a challenging subject with a passion, knowledge and precision, and turn it into a compelling, comprehensive (yet concise) read which I highly recommend. It is truly a remarkable piece of work!”
Mr. Erzhan Kazykhanov
Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Washington, D.C., USA
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kazakhstan

“ARTNeT secretariat is pleased to see how our initial invitation to Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic to present at the ARTNeT Seminar Series in 2015 evolved. The talk was initially published as a working paper for ARTNeT (AWP 149). Now Prof. Bajrektarevic, in collaboration with another two co-authors, offers a comprehensive study on a nexus of legal, security, and environmental issues all emanating from and linked to energy cooperation (or lack thereof) in the subregion. This volume’s value extends beyond the education of readers on the Caspian Basin’s legal status (e.g., is it a sea or a lake?). It is just as relevant for those who want a more in-depth understanding of an interplay of economic, security, and political interest of players in the region and outside. With the global institutions increasingly less capable of dealing with rising geopolitics and geo-economic tensions, more clarity – even if only about some aspects of those problematic issues – should be appreciated. This volume offers such clarity.”
Mia Mikic
Director, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
ARTNeT coordinator

This book on the Caspian Region by Anis Bajrektarevic and his two co-authors, Tanvi Chauhan and Mak Bajrektarevic, is a comprehensive overview of Central Asian area. Its very title is comprehensive and fitting. This region’s pivotal place – practically in the heart of world’s largest continental landmass, that of Eurasia – is masterfully covered: Their instabilities, energy security, including pipelines, and economic interests are only some of the areas covered. It even addresses the important legal classification of the Caspian Basin, this world’s largest inland (landlocked) water plateau. For me, the book offers a wonderful learning experience, because we in the west (of my generation) learned little of the history and even geography of the various states and peoples making up the Soviet Union. Our interest and preoccupations focused primarily on geopolitical issues associated with the cold war between the Soviet Union and the West led by the United States.”
Honorable Donald J Johnston PC OC QC
Former Minister of the Canadian Government, Secretary General of the OECD (1996-2006)

“The book by Professor Bajrektarevic and his co-authors embodies a wide-ranging overview of the intertwined interests pursued by the young democracies of the Caspian basin, battling with inherited land and water disputes, and their interplay with regional and global powers. Apparently, supporting political independence of the formers and promoting their integration into the latter’s markets requires adequate analyses, timely outreach policies and consistent engagement. In this sense the publication serves as one of the scarce handbooks to understand diverse interests of stakeholders, dynamically changing security architecture of the region and emerging opportunities of cooperation around the Caspian Sea.”
Ambassador Galib Israfilov
Permanent Representative to the UN Vienna and to the OSCE
Embassy of Azerbaijan to Austria

“The Caspian basin and adjacent Central Asian region (all being OSCE member states, apart from Iran) have, since the early Middle ages, acted as a crossroads between different civilizations and geopolitical spaces. In an increasingly interconnected world, growing geopolitical competition, economic interdependence and the emergence of new global challenges, particularly those related to water, energy and the climate emergency, have highlighted the relevance of this region, making it of increasing interest to researchers and academics. This book presents a thorough analytical compendium of historical factors, political dynamics, economic trends, legal frameworks and geopolitical interests which underpin, but also affect, the stability and development of this complex, diverse and strategically significant region.”
Ambassador Lamberto Zanier
Secretary-General, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2011-2017)
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (2017-2020)

“It is my honor to reflect on this work on Caspian. Comprehensive and content rich, this book of professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic and his co-authors brings up comprehensively all the useful information on Caspian, with the geographical and historical background and cultural, economic as well as security aspects related to it. Authors’ novel and unbiased approach shall certainly help decision makers in their bettered understanding of the region that has centuries-long history of peace and cordial neighbourly relations. Long-needed and timely coming, I warmly recommend this reader to those who want to know, but more importantly to all those who want to understand, this pivotal region of the world.”
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Former Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva & Vienna

Georgian Military Forces of 19th Century

“It turned out that the rebellion of 1829, known before as the peasants’ riot, was actually the anti-Russian riot. This is confirmed by the unknown archive materials provided in this book.”
Avtandil Songulashvili
Doctor of History, Professor, Head of Department New History of Tbilisi State Universitety’s Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology

“Ideology of regular Russian army of that period, with long service term (25 years), slaveholding relationships and strict, enslaving discipline, did not cause any good feelings in Georgian population that was characterized with high military culture and traditions. Cult of the warrior, protector of the native land was apparently much higher than the model of the soldier offered by Russian Empire to Georgians.”
Nikoloz Janjgava
Major General, Doctor of History

“XIX century was a very interesting and painful period in the history of Georgia. To regain the historical lands of their country the Georgians fought under Russian flag.”
Khatuna Ioseliani
Doctor of History, Chief Scientific Worker of Tbilisi State Universitety’s Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology

“Waste-to-Profit” (W-t-P): Circular Economy in the Construction Industry for a Sustainable Future. Volume 2

The book is structured not only for researchers but for business people, municipalities as well as investors. I have never seen such an innovation before. I liked the fact that the authors of the chapters highlighted very important element for researchers to translate research and development findings into products, essential for economic gains. In addition, policies governing and regulating different enterprises are clearly highlighted to help entrepreneurs to start businesses in selected countries. What I found interesting is the way the authors explained processes to product development. Furthermore, recent research and development for each chapter is given comprehensively to accommodate professors. The author wanted the readers to get an idea about how different waste streams can be translated to commercial products. This has been the main challenge not only in South Africa, but globally. The book has accomplished displaying innovative processes which are used to translate waste to profit after demolishing a building. The argument is clearly stated. The topic is also clearly articulated. The author covers all aspects of the subject in a balanced fashion and the subject is covered adequately. The approach adopted is innovative in nature…This book has helped me understand the need to do much more value addition to construction wastes and how new innovative products can be produced. The demand of such products is highlighted with the view to help investors know where to invest. SWOT analysis is also given extensively. I would recommend this book to others who wish to do much more value addition to produce commercial products. The book meets the highest academic standards of clarity. I therefore, recommend this book, it will help different countries to learn processes of innovative product development for economic growth. It teaches practical approach to solving waste management challenges and processes are clearly highlighted. We thank the authors of chapters (contributors) for such a valuable contribution to “Waste-to-Profit” (W-t-P): Circular Economy in the Construction Industry for a Sustainable Future. Volume 2.
Dr. Nobathembu Faleni
Lecturer, Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

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.