This book provides an excellent place for you to begin if you are starting a business continuity program and considering technology such as VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), or if you are an IT person looking to make an informed decision about integrated networking, or designing the next level of a communications strategy. It's also an excellent starting place for end users who are new to business continuity and disaster planning to learn how things like VoIP and other Avaya solutions, software, and services can help in the process....
The main purpose of this study was to analyse what strategies small and medium businesses
actually adopt when confronted with a major crisis such as a fire, flood or similar
catastrophe, and determine what factors proved vital to the survival of the business.
Up until this study, the research in the area has been focused on large public companies.
Competitiveness, as measured by the SBSI, relates strongly to the ability of a small business to
succeed in meeting broad business goals. Owners of businesses in the “highly competitive”
category largely believe they have successful businesses; for example, the businesses are
growing, creating wealth, avoiding risk, and meeting the owners’ expectations for income and an
In today’s business environment, conditions remain challenging for
many, and risk retains its position high on every organization’s agenda.
Businesses themselves are changing, which brings new risk horizons and,
at the same time, they are grappling with the changes brought about by
a post-downturn economy. The ability to anticipate threats, respond and
continually adapt is as critical a part of the risk management process as it
ever has been.
In 1978, when the last pages of Age of Inflation were penned, the annual inflation rate was on the rise. It peaked in 1980 at 13.58%, before declining to a low in 1998 of 1.55%. Today, inflation is on the rise again, but this time, the U.S. has new problems as the world's largest debtor. A new generation must cope with the ageless problem called inflation. The answers are different from those that worked during the early 1980's. To understand today's problems and solutions, see Age of Inflation Continued....
This book contains the papers presented at the International Conference on the
Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological
Hazards, which was held in Patagonia, Argentina. The Conference name was
shortened to ‘The Ravage of the Planet’ to emphasize the urgency of the problems
The state of our planet continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. We have
arrived at a situation where we need to determine urgent solutions before we reach
a point of irreversible damage....
The first test is the profit test. You must prove that you have started and continue to operate your
business with the intent of making a profit. The IRS defines a business as an enterprise that
makes a profit in three out of five consecutive years. This is fairly straightforward, but is not
always easy to prove.
In order to provide a broader definition for business, the IRS also has a factors and
circumstances test that is used if you cannot prove the profit test. The factors and circumstances
test is subjective and requires an...
Websites continue to have the broadest reach of online technologies, with 67 percent of small
businesses having or likely to have a site in two years. Websites are also the fastest growing
online solution, significantly higher this year than last (17 percent plan to get a website in June
2010 vs. only 10 percent a year ago).
Social media holds promise. Of the 20 percent who use social media in some way for their
business, the majority use FaceBook (82 percent), and a lesser number use LinkedIn (38
percent) and Twitter (30 percent). Small businesses...
Business leaders can no longer afford to continue doing business without the critical skills necessary for
success. The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration is intended to strengthen the fundamentals of
business, emphasizing practical skills important to the "real world" of corporate and business administration in a
manner that is applicable to the regional and business challenges of the participant. In an increasingly
competitive global environment, organizations need to develop managers capable of dealing with complexity
In almost all societies men and women differ in their daily tasks, in
access and control over resources, and in participation in decisionmaking.
In fact, discrimination by gender is likely to diminish the
efficiency and impact of projects. It is essential therefore to analyse
the potential impact of an intervention on men, women and other
groups (eg. children, ethnic minorities, social groups) before
important decisions are made on the intervention, its objectives,
strategies and resource allocation....
After reading this chapter, you should be able to: Discuss how training, informal learning, and knowledge management can contribute to continuous learning and companies' business strategy; explain the role of the manager in identifying training needs and supporting training on the job; conduct a needs assessment; evaluate employees' readiness for training,...
In September 2003, Lou Carter’s Best Practices Institute performed a research
study on trends and practices in leadership development and organization
change. BPI asked organizations in a range of industries, sizes, and positions
in the business cycle to identify their top methods of achieving strategic change
and objectives. The study found that there is a strong demand, in particular, in
the following areas of leadership development and organization change (see
The last decade has been one of rapid, profound, and
ongoing change in the investments industry. This is
due in part to an abundance of newly designed
securities, in part to the creation of new trading
strategies that would have been impossible without
concurrent advances in computer and communications
technology, and in part to continuing advances in the
theory of investments. Of necessity, our text has
evolved along with the financial markets. In this
edition, we address many of the changes in the
The field of macroeconomic theory has evolved rapidly over the last quarter
century. A quick glance at the discipline’s leading journals reveals that virtually
the entire academic profession has turned to interpreting macroeconomic
data with models that are based on microeconomic foundations. Unfortunately,
these models often require a relatively high degree of mathematical sophistication,
leaving them largely inaccessible to the interested lay person (students,
newspaper columnists, business economists, and policy makers).
Statistical methods for survival data analysis have continued to flourish in the
last two decades. Applications of the methods have been widened from their
historical use in cancer and reliability research to business, criminology,
epidemiology, and social and behavioral sciences. The third edition of Statistical
Methods for Survival Data Analysis is intended to provide a comprehensive
introduction of the most commonly used methods for analyzing survival data.
It begins with basic definitions and interpretations of survival functions....
FOR many years the following question
has been a source of continuing
controversy in both academic and
business circles: To what extent can the
past history of a common stock's price
be used to make meaningful predictions
concerning the future price of the stock?
Answers to this question have been provided
on the one hand by the various
chartist theories and on the other hand
by the theory of random walks
Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973) is arguably the most important
economist of the twentieth century, and one of the greatest social
philosophers ever. He made a large number of lasting contributions
to economic theory, yet his main achievement is in the elaboration
of a comprehensive system of social analysis. Mises had started his
career as a student of economic and social history and then became
a top policy analyst and government advisor in his native Austria.
The Full Business Planning Model. The 1-Page Strategic Plan. The 1-Page Operational Plan. The 1-Page Organizational Plan. The 1-Page Resources Plan. The 1-Page Contingency Plan. Preconference Assignment. Plan Continuity...
Probability theory began in seventeenth century France when the two great French
mathematicians, Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat, corresponded over two problems
from games of chance. Problems like those Pascal and Fermat solved continued
to influence such early researchers as Huygens, Bernoulli, and DeMoivre in establishing
a mathematical theory of probability.
A step-by-step guide on how to use Python for CGI scripting, GUI development, network programming, and much more!
Organizations such as NASA, Hewlett-Packard, and Xerox have already discovered the power that Python has to offer. This multipurpose development language can be used on virtually every platform, from Windows and Linux to OS/2 and Amiga. With its unique task-oriented approach, this book explores the language basics and then describes how to quickly begin using it for development work.