May 2007

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Challenges and Achievements in e-Business and e-Work

Authors: Mireille Edin, Enrica Chiozza, Brian, Stanford-Smith
Published by: IOS Press, US
Pages: 1674
ISBN: 1586032844

In an era of globalisation, the economy is predominantly set on business fundamentals, networking and knowledge sharing. The book aims at developing better awareness, information and reliable advice on the ever growing effects of computing and telecommunications on business and work.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I has a significant aspect, dealing with the 'challenges' being faced by business enterprises in adapting technologies. Part II has relevant information on 'knowledge management' among many other informative subjects. The work mainly aims to address the needs of business managers and researchers who are pressing hard for up-to-date, intelligent support to guide them in day-to-day operations successfully. Therefore, it has become indispensable to avoid the growing effects of computing and telecommunications on business and work. The book has more than two hundred essays contributed by experts from various disciplines on advances made in leading edge technologies and the implications for business and work.The ICT support, helps SMEs to keep a competitive edge in the increasingly volatile markets. SMEs, apparently play an important role as innovators and ICTs give them an opportunity to keep the edge. 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Knowledge-based Economy: Challenges and Strategies

Edited by: Prof. Tan Wee Liang
Published by: The Asian Productivity Organisation
Pages: 143
ISBN: 92-833-7023-6

The present volume is a compilation of the papers and views presented at a symposium, which was sponsored by Asian Productivity Organisation (APO). The book aims to make the policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and enterprises aware about the movement of the global economy from capital-based industry to knowledge based industry. It provides ideas about the use of knowledge management and the use of ICTs in boosting efficiency and competitiveness. It shows how advances in telecommunications, Information Technology, and the Internet have transformed the global business environment. The book also shows that knowledge assets, knowledge workers, and knowledge ventures have become the foci of attention in today's globalised world. It explains why and how knowledge has become one of the most important forms of intellectual capital in starting and running a business today. R&D and innovation have become the primary focus of an enterprise in the process of value creation. The book suggests  that there is a need to understand how to harness knowledge as intellectual property rights. Productivity and competitiveness now depend on nations being ready for the knowledge-based economy, according to the views expressed by the authors in the present volume. The book is divided into three part: the first part is based on resource papers, the second part on country papers and the third part consists of appendices.

Managing Dynamic Networks

Published by: Springer
Contributed by: Stefan Klein, Angeliki Poulymenakou
Pages: 350
ISBN: 354025367X

In recent years, the concept of inter-firm networks has reached a new momentum, especially in  an organisational theory  of informed systems. The wide proliferation of more  advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has brought intense and rapid changes in economic activities.
Collaborative networks among organisations, reshaped the traditional managerial practices and created new inter-organisational contexts for strategy, coordination and control, information and knowledge management. Heralded as future organisational forms, networks are often fragile, and precarious, and the organisational arrangements, are seen failing regularly. In order to investigate the new  kind of realities, created by technology-enabled forms of network organisations' and to address the emerging managerial challenges, this book introduces an integrative view on inter-firm network management. Centred on a network life cycle perspective, strategic, economic and relational facets of business networking are explored. The network management framework is illustrated on a broad range of European inter-firm network examples in various industries,  rendering insights for new management practices. The volume is divided into three parts. Part I titled as 'Framing Inter-firm Network Management', Part II titled as 'Elaboration on Network Management Core Themes in Select Industry Settings',  and Part III ending with a 'Conclusion'.  

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