This is the era of the Smart Ecosystems Economy, where the companies that thrive must be ready to cope with randomness and unexpected events. In this digital world, the traditional boundaries have disappeared, paving the way for new and smarter ecosystems to develop. Companies seeking to transform into future-proof organisations would do well to understand these ecosystems, and get a grasp on how they work.
This book serves as a guide to building smart, competitive ecosystems for both small and large organisations. A timely book that cracks the code of tomorrow's business models.
A major new economic history of the ancient Mediterranean world.
In The Open Sea, J. G. Manning offers a major new history of economic life in the Mediterranean world during the Iron Age, from Phoenician trading down to the Hellenistic era and the beginning of Rome's supremacy. Drawing on a wide range of ancient sources and the latest social theory, Manning suggests that the search for an illusory single ancient economy has obscured the diversity of the Mediterranean world, including changes in political economies over time and differences in cultural conceptions of property and money. At the same time, this groundbreaking book shows how the region's economies became increasingly interconnected during this period-and why the origins of the modern economy extend far beyond Greece and Rome.
«We all know that our world has become very indebted over the past decades and that its 'financialization' has reached proportions never observed before, at least in peacetime.
But how serious is this phenomenon?
What are its consequences on the solidity of our financial system, on the functioning of our economy and on the future of our society?
Above all, we must understand how our world has surreptitiously changed its model for the past two decades. It has slipped to a strange paradigm, one in which the bulk of economic activity is now reflected in the rise in the value of financial assets at the expense of growth, wage income and productive investment.
It is time to put an end to the reign of illusion and to reinstate the fundamental economic springs without which there can be no real growth.» J. de L.
Economist and Nobel Prize winner This book is a practical and accessible guide to understanding the life and works of Joseph Stiglitz.
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- Recognize and understand the main ideas behind the contributions of Joseph Stiglitz and his New Keynesian approach - Identify the impact his work had on both economics and politics, and the new concepts and tools that he conceptualized - Understand the limits of his contributions and the criticisms held by other experts in his field, as well as the many extensions and related ideas that have been developed ABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | Economic Culture 50MINUTES.COM provides the tools to quickly understand the main theories and concepts that shape the economic world of today. Our publications are easy to use and they will save you time. They provide elements of theory and case studies, making them excellent guides to understand key concepts in just a few minutes. They are the starting point for readers to develop their skills and expertise.
La crise grecque depuis 2008 est profonde. Un regard est particulièrement porté dans ce numéro sur son impact socioéconomique dans les régions : les grandes villes, les territoires ruraux, les zones touristiques, les salaires, le chômage et les marchés locaux du travail, les conditions de vie des ménages et la pauvreté, le logement et le marché immobilier. Contributions en anglais.
Jeffrey Sachs draws on his remarkable 25 years' experience to offer a thrilling and inspiring vision of the keys to economic success in the world today.
La culture, solution pour la crise ? Utopique, à l'heure des enjeux de compétitivité et de mondialisation ? C'est oublier que de l'atelier, de la table à dessin ou d'écriture sont issues les formes et les innovations qui ont changé le monde économique d'aujourd'hui. Les 450 participants du Forum d'Avignon 2012 venus de plus de 40 pays différents ont partagé leurs raisons d'espérer dans la culture. Au-delà de son impact économique réel, avec 6,1 % du PIB au niveau mondial pour un chiffre d'affaires de 2 700 milliards de dollars, 4 % du PIB de l'Union européenne et 8 millions d'emplois directs, la culture met en résonance le rôle de l'imagination, la créativité dans la cohésion sociale, et la transmission d'un patrimoine culturel dans une période de perception d'accélération du temps. De nouvelles voies de réflexion s'ouvrent sur la fabrique de la culture et les emplois de demain, en mettant en lumière des initiatives ou des pratiques culturelles fédératrices et des dynamiques territoriales exemplaires. Parmi les participants de l'édition 2012 qui prennent la parole : Aurélie Filippetti, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, Paul Andreu, Julien Anfruns, Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, Elie Barnavi, Mircea Cantor, Renaud Capuçon, Rick Cotton, Axel Dauchez, Régis Debray, Kitsou Dubois, Amos Gitaï, Claudie Haigneré, Barbara Hendricks, Pierre Lescure, Richard-David Precht, Stéphane Richard, David Throsby, Zahia Ziouani...
"Il est connu depuis deux décennies que les transferts financiers des migrants vers leurs pays d'origine représentent davantage pour ces économies que l'Aide Publique au Développement (APD). Selon la Banque Africaine de développement, en 2005 par exemple, ces transferts ont représenté 7,5 fois l'APD au Maroc ; 2,5 fois l'APD au Sénégal, 0,8 fois l'APD au Mali et 3,5 fois l'APD aux Comores. Quel est l'effet de ces transferts sur la croissance économique des pays récipiendaires ? C'est à cette question que répond l'un des articles en recourant aux techniques économétriques les plus modernes."
Les banques jouent un rôle irremplaçable dans le financement des économies et pourtant ce rôle est très méconnu. Chaque citoyen a pourtant intérêt à comprendre les mécanismes bancaires dont si certains sont complexes et réservés aux experts, d'autres sont à la portée de tous les citoyens. Une grave crise financière a frappé les pays de la zone Franc au début des années 90 et ruiné nombre d'épargnants. Il s'en est suivi une profonde restructuration bancaire. Pour la première fois avec clarté et sans concession, une analyse critique de cette restructuration est livrée dans le cas du Cameroun, première économie de la zone CEMAC.
Given the diversity of activities and products within the context of the construction sector and the building materials trade, do we always have to do the same when we are expanding a dedicated website content, in compliance with the specific recommendations of a communication agency in order to ensure search engine optimization (SEO) of the site? That actually brings us to another question, which is the central issue of this essay: when trying to achieve the double objective of improving SEO and enhancing the user experience (a site that can easily be found and satisfied surfers with the content), in this case in the building materials sector, do we always have to meet the same criteria? In other words, to sum up: do we always have to bring SEO into line with user experiences?
The articulation between the social and solidarity-based economy (SSE) and territory is not self-evident. For the contributions to this volume, the challenge was one of disentangling these interrelations by avoiding two pitfalls. The first, the idealist perspective, sees SSE as the magic answer to all neoliberalism-related ills. The demystifing perspective, by contrast, emphasizes the relentless routinization and isomorphism of SSE enterprises, which eventually end up resorting to market-oriented and/or public economy oriented models. Local case studies can extricate from this dilemma. Close observation of complex local configurations where public, private, associative and cooperative actors and issues are deeply entangled, enables to achieve a nuanced understanding of the territorial dynamics of the SSE. This book is the result of the International Ciriec working group on SSE and territory (http: //www.ciriec.uliege.be/en/research/commission-es/themes-en-cours/theme-de-recherche-1-2). It emanates from an interdisciplinary dialogue conducted among researchers from nine countries and two continents, Europe and America. If contexts vary from one country to another, the contributions underline the capacity of SSE to elaborate original inputs to social, economic and sustainable local development. Based on original case studies, the contributions illustrate different strategies of SSE organisations in their respective territories. SSE provides an innovative answer to changes in socio-economic and political regulations, by promoting new forms of territorial cooperation. Despite the differences between the case studies, all the chapters of this book contribute towards a balanced approach to the territorial regimes of the SSE which interweaves socio-economic approaches to local and community development, analysis of SSE governance, social mobilizations and territorial policymaking.
What is the worth of the social economy? What worth does the social economy produce?
Co-operatives, not-for-profit and mutual benefits organizations as well as foundations share common values that colour the way they perform and how they manage to do so. Yet, little is known about how the social economy is actually being evaluated, and how evaluation may reinforce or weaken this specificity.
This book fills a gap in the literature about the social economy. It seeks to make a critical assessment of the interests to which the social economy of today must cater and for which questions of evaluation appear to be the most telling.
A first set of contributions is made up of four theoretical papers inspired by various disciplinary fields: management, economy, sociology, philosophy. A second set of contributions is composed of seven national analyses of how the social economy is evaluated in different institutional contexts: France, Québec (Canada), United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Portugal and Japan. The conclusion of the book summarizes the findings of this study and formulates some questions addressed to policy designers, evaluation specialists and social economy actors.
An innovative new anthology exploring how science fiction can motivate new approaches to economics.
From the libertarian economics of Ayn Rand to Aldous Huxley's consumerist dystopias, economics and science fiction have often orbited each other. In Economic Science Fictions, editor William Davies has deliberately merged the two worlds, asking how we might harness the power of the utopian imagination to revitalize economic thinking.
Rooted in the sense that our current economic reality is no longer credible or viable, this collection treats our economy as a series of fictions and science fiction as a means of anticipating different economic futures. It asks how science fiction can motivate new approaches to economics and provides surprising new syntheses, merging social science with fiction, design with politics, scholarship with experimental forms.
With an opening chapter from Ha-Joon Chang as well as theory, short stories, and reflections on design, this book from Goldsmiths Press challenges and changes the notion that economics and science fiction are worlds apart. The result is a wealth of fresh and unusual perspectives for anyone who believes the economy is too important to be left solely to economists.
AUDINT, Khairani Barokka, Carina Brand, Ha-Joon Chang, Miriam Cherry, William Davies, Mark Fisher, Dan Gavshon-Brady and James Pockson, Owen Hatherley, Laura Horn, Tim Jackson, Mark Johnson, Bastien Kerspern, Nora O Murchú, Tobias Revell et al., Judy Thorne, Sherryl Vint, Joseph Walton, Brian Willems.
A new edition of a book that details the system of transformation underlying the 14 Points for Management presented in Deming''s Out of the Crisis . It would be better if everyone would work together as a system, with the aim for everybody to win. What we need is cooperation and transformation to a new style of management." --from The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education In this book, W. Edwards Deming details the system of transformation that underlies the 14 Points for Management presented in Out of the Crisis . The Deming System of Profound Knowledge, as it is called, consists of four parts: appreciation for a system, knowledge about variation, theory of knowledge, and psychology. Describing the prevailing management style as a prison, Deming shows applying the System of Profound Knowledge increases productivity, quality, and people''s joy in work and joy in learning. Another outcome is short-term and long-term success in the market. Indicative of Deming''s philosophy is his advice to abolish performance reviews on the job, to look deeper than spreadsheets for opportunities, and even to rethink how we teach and manage our schools. Moreover, Deming''s method enables organizations to make accurate predictions, which is a valuable tool in today''s uncertain economic climate. This third edition features a new chapter (written by business consultant and Deming expert Kelly L. Allan) that explains the relevance of Deming''s management method, and case studies from organizations that have adopted Deming''s System of Profound Knowledge, and offers guidance on how organizations can effectively "do Deming."
B>Charting the exploration of an unknown world--our own--with a new cartography of living things rather than space available for conquest or colonization./b>br>br>This book charts the exploration of an unknown world: our own. Just as Renaissance travelers set out to map the terra incognito of the New World, the mapmakers of;Terra Forma;have set out to rediscover the world that we think we know. They do this with a new kind of cartography that maps living things rather than space emptied of life and available to be conquered or colonized. The maps in;Terra Forma;lead us inward, not off into the distance, moving from the horizon line of conventional cartography to the thickness of the ground, from the global to the local.br>;br>Each map in;Terra Forma;is based on a specific territory or territories, and each tool, or model, creates a new focal point through which the territory is redrawn. The maps are living maps, always under construction, spaces where stories and situations unfold. They may map the Earths underside rather than its surface, suggest turning the layers of the Earth inside out, link the biological physiology of living inhabitants and the physiology of the land, or trace a journey oriented not by the Euclidean space of GPS but by points of life. These speculative visualizations can constitute the foundation for a new kind of atlas.
How to overcome barriers to the long-term investments that are essential for solving the world's biggest problems.
There has never been a greater need for long-term investments to tackle the world's most difficult problems, such as climate change, human health, and decaying infrastructure. And it is increasingly unlikely that the public sector will be willing or able to fill this gap. If these critical needs are to be met, the major pools of long-term, patient capital-including pensions, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, and wealthy individuals and families-will have to play a large role. In this accessible and authoritative account of long-term capital investment, two leading experts on the subject, Victoria Ivashina and Josh Lerner, highlight the significant hurdles facing long-term investors and propose concrete ways to overcome these difficulties.
Presents a foundational work of post-Bourdieu sociology that examines a range of situations where people justify their actions. This book argues that justifications fall into six main logics exemplified by six authors: civic (Rousseau), market (Adam Smith), industrial (Saint-Simon), domestic (Bossuet), inspiration (Augustine), and fame (Hobbes).
A systematic comparison of the three major economic theories, showing how they differ and why these differences matter in shaping economic theory and practice. Contending Economic Theories offers a unique comparative treatment of the three main theories in economics as it is taught today: neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian. Each is developed and discussed in its own chapter, yet also differentiated from and compared to the other two theories. The authors identify each theory''s starting point, its goals and foci, and its internal logic. They connect their comparative theory analysis to the larger policy issues that divide the rival camps of theorists around such central issues as the role government should play in the economy and the class structure of production, stressing the different analytical, policy, and social decisions that flow from each theory''s conceptualization of economics. The authors, building on their earlier book Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical , offer an expanded treatment of Keynesian economics and a comprehensive introduction to Marxian economics, including its class analysis of society. Beyond providing a systematic explanation of the logic and structure of standard neoclassical theory, they analyze recent extensions and developments of that theory around such topics as market imperfections, information economics, new theories of equilibrium, and behavioral economics, considering whether these advances represent new paradigms or merely adjustments to the standard theory. They also explain why economic reasoning has varied among these three approaches throughout the twentieth century, and why this variation continues today--as neoclassical views give way to new Keynesian approaches in the wake of the economic collapse of 2008.
The fight against capitalismThis book is a practical and accessible guide to understanding the life and works of Karl Marx.In 50 minutes you will be able to:      ¿  Recognize and understand the main ideas behind the works of Karl Marx on economic thought      ¿  Identify the impact his contributions had on economics, perceptions of capitalism and political revolutions      ¿  Understand the limits of his contributions and systems compared to the work of other economistsABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | Economic Culture50MINUTES.COM provides the tools to quickly understand the main theories and concepts that shape the economic world of today.  Our publications are easy to use and they will save you time. They provide elements of theory and case studies, making them excellent guides to understand key concepts in just a few minutes. They are the starting point for readers to develop their skills and expertise.
Pioneer of economic freedomThis book is a practical and accessible guide to understanding the life and works of Milton Friedman.In 50 minutes you will be able to:      ¿  Recognize and understand the main ideas behind the works of Milton Friedman and his reasons for writing them      ¿  Identify the impact Milton Friedman had on other economists and political figures, including Ronald Raegan and Margaret Thatcher      ¿  Evaluate the mixed reception of his works: the numerous criticisms and the extensions of similar economistsABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | Economic Culture50MINUTES.COM provides the tools to quickly understand the main theories and concepts that shape the economic world of today.  Our publications are easy to use and they will save you time. They provide elements of theory and case studies, making them excellent guides to understand key concepts in just a few minutes. They are the starting point for readers to develop their skills and expertise.
Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on the United Kingdom is the sixth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries.