Book Summaries: Business Economics and Finance

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Book Summaries: Business Economics and Finance

  • Corporate Financial Strategy

    By Ruth Bender | 28/03/2014

    Corporate Financial Strategy provides a critical introduction to the field and in doing so shows how the financial strategies of organizations can be aligned with their overall business strategies.

  • The Official History Of Privatisation Volume II

    By David Parker | 03/05/2012

    This is Volume II of the Official History of Privatisation, covering the period from the re-election of Margaret Thatcher in 1987 to the election of Tony Blair in 1997. Volume II considers in detail several of the major privatisations, including those of airports, steel, water, electricity, coal and the railways, as well as a number of smaller ones. This book will of great interest to students of privatisation, British political history and of business and economics in general.

  • The Official History of Privatisation

    By David Parker | 14/12/2011

    The first official history of the British Government’s evolving privatisation programme. It covers the years from 1970 to 1987. The book looks at the origins of privatisation in the difficult economic and political conditions of the 1970s and how the programme developed under Margaret Thatcher from May 1979.

  • The Elephant Hunters: Chronicles of the Moneymen

    By Andrew Kakabadse, Amielle Lake and Nada Kakabadse | 12/09/2008

    The Elephant Hunters is a study of the high financiers – investment bankers and the like-who, as the book puts it, hold all the levers in the engine room of contemporary capitalism. These individuals are the elephant hunters of the title, on whose frank interviews the book is based.

  • They Meant Well: Government Project Disasters

    By D R Myddleton | 07/09/2007

    An analysis of six large British government quasi-commercial projects over the last 100 years, all of which failed to achieve their goals. Ranges across the R101 airship, the groundnuts scheme, civil nuclear power, Concorde, the Channel Tunnel rail link and the Millennium Dome. Lessons learnt from each are examined.

  • Marketing Due Diligence: Reconnecting Strategy to Share Price

    By Malcolm McDonald, Keith Ward & Brian Smith | 08/01/2007

    Most marketing plans do not explicitly take account of the risks associated with proposed marketing strategies. The aim of Marketing Due Diligence is to outline a new process for measuring those risks and hence the likely shareholder value creation of marketing strategies.

  • Regulatory Impact Assessment: An Overview

    By David Parker | 01/01/2007

    Explores international experience in the use of Regulatory Impact Assessment, which involves assessing potential benefits and costs of any regulatory change. The implications for businesses is considered- with the clear message that managers should get fully involved in the consultation process to ensure such regulations are both necessary and reflective of economic and social needs.

  • Economics of Organizations and Strategy

    By Séan Rickard | 01/03/2006

    The books objective is to help non-economists understand strategic behaviour in the real world where business management is subject to uncertainty and individuals are constrained in their ability to rationalise events. It integrates business strategy within its economic roots, on the basis that in order to operate successfully, managers must develop an economic way of thinking.

  • Principles of Macroeconomics

    By Joe Nellis and David Parker | 05/08/2005

    Managers need to understand the economy much more, and factor that into their business decision making. This book provides a clear and concise picture of the way in which the economy affects business and why different governments adopt different economic policies.

  • Creating Value from Mergers and Acquisitions: The Challenges, an Integrated and International Perspective

    By Sudi Sudarsanam | 01/08/2003

    The book’s central focus is on the challenges of using mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as an instrument to create shareholder value. Since the odds of positive and significant value creation may be less than 50%, mergers and acquisitions are clearly high-risk transactions for acquirer shareholders. An extensive review of the value-creating performance of acquisitions, reported in numerous studies from the US, the UK and some continental European countries.


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