Book Reviews

The Elusive Search for Job Security: A Historical Inquiry into Dismissals in the US Workplace

“In this elegantly argued book, Matthias Beck has produced a masterful account of how and why successive attempts at strengthening job security for American employees at their place of work have come virtually to nothing. Synthesising brilliantly a mass of historical detail, he shows how powerful institutional and organizational forces have been mobilised to prevent American employees enjoying a level of employment protection that is taken-for-granted in most parts of Europe. As a result, at-will-employment is the Sword of Damocles that continues to hang most American workplaces. Above all, what emerges from this fine book is the perverse irony of the world’s richest country affording its citizens the least job security of any economically advanced nation.” - Professor Paul Teague, Martin Naughton Chair of Management at Queen’s University, Belfast

“In this impressively researched and scholarly book Prof Beck investigates the origins and consequences of limited legal protection offered to American workers ... and explores the particular historical reasons for this apparent American exceptionalism. Thoroughly footnoted throughout, the narrative concentrates on the legal aspects of dismissal and the role of the judiciary promoting ‘at will’ firing and plant level bargaining. A detailed array of evidence is fielded to show how attempts to restrict managerial rights were doomed to failure … The book will be of interest to business, legal and economic historians, and policy makers. Above all, it will appeal to those readers who are seeking new insights into the linkages between disorganised labour and the evident competitive advantage of American capitalism before the financial crisis of 2007.” - Professor Steven Toms, Chair in Accounting at Leeds University Business School, UK and Editor of Business History.

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa: A Review and Directions for Research

“The author successfully addresses the main bottleneck to protein production using Pseudomonas expression system. This book chapter then highlights several expression platforms that have been developed for recombinant protein production. Examples and references given might provide some insight and guideline to the scientific community to use Pseudomonas as an effective production system.” - Dr. Iffah Izzati Zakaria, Natural Product and Drug Discovery Centre, Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals, Ministry of Science,Technology and Innovation, Gelugor, Malaysia

“Overall this chapter provide an insight of the latest trend in Pseudomonas aeruginosa research study.” - Dr. Alene Tawang, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia

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Amylose: Properties, Structure and Functions

"Amylose makes up one quarter of starch molecule, but plays a very important role in starch functionality in food, feed and industrial applications. There are several aspects of amylose biosynthesis and structure that need to be comprehended to completely utilize the diverse functional attributes of amylose in food and industrial applications. The book presents an extensive review of important aspects of amylose, structure biosynthesis and utilization, which will serve as an excellent resource for students, academics, industry researchers and application specialists interested in starch.” - Ravindra N Chibbar, Ph.D., W.J. White Professor, Canada Research Chair (2003 – 2018), Crop Quality (Molecular Biology & Genetics), Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

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Smallholder Farmers and Farming Practices: Challenges and Prospects

"Smallholder farmers are at the forefront of rural development, yet are poorly understood; too often seen as backward, in need of modernisation. Through detailed case studies, this book challenges these misunderstandings and presents a positive view of smallholder farmers as innovators, experimenters and entrepreneurs. Such farmers are not without challenges, however, and the book explores those of climate change, soil fertility decline, market access, land tenure security, among others through diverse case studies. For anyone interested in the future of smallholder agriculture, please read this book!" - Ian Scoones, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, author of Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development (Practical Action, 2015)

"In response to the challenges of climate change and market uncertainties, Oluwatoyin Kolawole’s thought-provoking volume highlights multiple opportunities to support young farmers and revitalize rural economies. It is a welcome resource for academics, researchers, and policy makers alike to address the challenges of smallholder farming." - Keith M. Moore, Center for International, Research, Education and Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, United States

"This book offers a deep and critical analysis of the uniquely diverse and daunting challenges faced by smallholder farmers under complexly dynamic environments and mostly resource-poor conditions while providing comprehensive insights into farmers’ coping mechanisms through well-thought and experience-based farming practices. Research outputs from diverse authors, who make use of multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies, help readers to gain full understanding of smallholder farmers’ practices and policy makers to make well-informed decisions in favor of sustainable smallholder agriculture development." - E. Fallou Guèye, PhD (Agricultural Sciences), Intl. Project Coordinator, FAO Djibouti and IGAD

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Compound Nouns in Specialised Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective on English and Bulgarian Tourism Terms

“In a logical and readable style, this book introduces readers both to the fundamentals of compounding in different theoretical frameworks and to the basic concepts and methods in cognitive linguistics. The new complex and dynamic model of analysis successfully illustrates the parallels between English and Bulgarian constructions and the intriguing development of language in a particular area of knowledge. This book will be appreciated and sought after by students and lecturers alike.” - Associate Professor Svetla Pacheva-Karabova, PhD, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

“The book is comprehensive enough for the serious linguist, but highly informative for the student and teacher as well. It will prove invaluable in the formation of the specialised language skills needed by tourism and hospitality professionals in a global context.” - Professor Asen Konarev, DSc (Econ), Lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate programs

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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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Pears: Cultivars, Production and Harvesting

“The book reviews a broad theme linked to pear cultivation. The main emphasis is on aspects related to the adaptation of the pear trees to climatic conditions characterized by low chilling accumulation, as opposed to what occurs in the traditional production regions of this fruit. A select group of authors, through a broad spectrum of approach, focuses on this issue which is extremely important considering the background of global warming.” - Dr. Paulo Ricardo Dias de Oliveira, Researcher at Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa Grape and Wine, Bento Gonçalves, RS, Brazil

“The need for the improvement of cultivation techniques in areas that traditionally are explored and the expansion in the cultivation of pear trees in the tropics requires scientific directions. This work culminates the necessary information for the technical foundation to increase the production and the quality of pears.” - Dr. Rafael Pio, Professor at Federal University of Lavras, Department of Agriculture, Lavras, MG, Brazil

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Twitter: Global Perspectives, Uses and Research Techniques

This edited collection is an excellent resource for scholars and students working on Twitter. It deals with a range of issues, methods, and challenges, opening up dialogue that is crucial for the development of research in what is an increasingly interdisciplinary area of study. - Michele Zappavigna, School of Arts & Media, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

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Diversity and Complexity

"Two features, among others, make this book particularly inspiring: the author’s adoption of a broad definition of diversity and the analysis of our relationship with diversity especially within the perspective of complexity science. And, most interestingly, the book itself develops as a complex system where, among other things, the presence of the Subject is continuously acknowledged and underlined." For a little further review of the book, click here. - J. Martin Ramirez, MD, PhD, Full Professor & Head, Center for Conflict Studies, Nebrija University; Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science; Chair of CICA International

"The main aim of the book is to understand socio-cultural diversity as one of the numerous interconnected constituents of a larger system that is formed by the numberless kinds of diversities(in terms of age, gender, status, education, species, “inner”diversity, etc.)." READ MORE... - Marzanna Farnicka, PhD, Developmental Psychopathology Department, Institute of Psychology, Zielona Góra University

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Mechatronic Systems: Design, Performance and Applications

"This book, of very high quality, deserves to find a place on the bookshelves of active researchers and educators in the field, as required reading (likely of one or two most pertinent chapters) in advanced graduate seminars for PhD students in this field, in the reference books of industrial practitioners undertaking pertinent work, and most certainly in university libraries." READ MORE... - Edward Williams, Lecturer of Decision Sciences and Information Technology Management, University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business, Michigan, USA

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