Advances in Business and Management. Volume 12


William D. Nelson (Editor)

Series: Advances in Business and Management
BISAC: BUS041000

Using a classification of production related organizations, Chapter One proposes a historical sketch of the growing popularity of project management (PM) within businesses and accounts for this popularity by characterizing PM as a distinct set of elements among components making up a firm. Chapter Two examines the possible two-way link between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and earnings management (EM) corporate strategies, and whether there are any corporate governance differences at the international level in this respect. Chapter Three analyzes design management (DM), design concepts and design thinking (DT) for promoting socially responsible solutions. The chapter provides a deeper understanding of DT, ascertains its meaning and characteristics, determines gaps among different DM approaches, design concepts and DT in the context of social responsibility and reveals why and how DT helps us to deal with complex problems regarding social responsibility. Chapter Four focuses on how businesses can improve health and working conditions for their employees. Using results from a 2016 NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey of 1601 workers nationwide in the U.S., the chapter represents one of the broadest examinations of how workers see health in their workplace experiences. Chapter Five examines the challenges and opportunities in public-private partnerships (PPP) for housing the low-income urban residents in Nigeria. The chapter relies on a systematic review of research literature and empirical data derived from oral interviews with 27 experts in nine PPP housing projects in Nigeria to achieve its goal. Chapter six deals with an analysis of standards for usury thresholds in Italy. The authors’ work consists of a close examination on Italian Legislative Decree 70/11 that has modified the aforementioned standards. Chapter Seven discusses the influence of the accounting value of conservatism, proposed by Gray (1988) as part of the cultural relevance theory. The possession of derivative financial instruments (DFI) was used as proxy to define it. This chapter concludes the book by assessing the existence of the explanatory variables of this accounting value, such as regional groups, firm level controls and qualitative characteristics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Growing Popularity of PM within Businesses: Historical Perspective, Globalization and the Issue of Flexibility
Benoit Mario Papillon (Department of Finance and Economics, Business School, UQTR, Qc Canada)

Chapter 2. The Two-Way Link between Socially Responsible and Earnings Management Strategies Moderated by Corporate Governance Systems
Jennifer Martínez-Ferrero and Isabel-María García-Sánchez (Multidisciplinary Institute of Enterprises (IME), University of Salamanca, Spain)

Chapter 3. Design Thinking, Design Management and Design Concepts for Promoting Socially Responsible Solutions
Sabine Koklacova and Tatjana Volkova (BA School of Business and Finance, Riga, Latvia)

Chapter 4. Employees Assess Health Issues in the Workplace
Robert J. Blendon, Mary T. Gorsky-Findling, John M. Benson and Justin M. Sayde (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. Challenges and Opportunities in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Housing Low-Income Earners in Nigeria
Egidario B. Aduwo, Eziyi O. Ibem and Paschal Onyemaechi (Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 6. The Current Standards for Usury Thresholds in Italy: The Effects on the Credit Market
Eliana Angelini and Alessandra Ortolano (Department of Economic Studies, G. d’Annunzio University, Pescara, Italy)

Chapter 7. Is the Financial Reporting of Listed Entities in the European Markets Influenced by Conservatism?
N. Rodrigues, F. Albuquerque, R. Justino, J. Teixeira Quirós (Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, and others)


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