Industrial Economics General
Enterprising Minnesotans: 150 Years of Business Pioneers
Enterprising Minnesotans
150 Years of Business Pioneers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816642192

Everyone has heard of 3M, General Mills, and Pillsbury, but did you know that companies such as Best Buy, Digital River, Chun King, and the Greyhound Bus Company began in Minnesota as well? In Enterprising Minnesotans we read stories of the diverse men and women throughout Minnesota's rich history who have created exceptional organizations. Here are portraits of people driven by an entrepreneurial spirit to found enduring enterprises from 1849 to the present, including Cargill, the Mayo Clinic, Anderson Windows, Ecolab, Schwan's, and Leeann Chin Inc. Meet visionaries such as Cadwallader Washburn of Washburn-Crosby (eventually General Mills), James J. Hill of Great Northern Railway, Colonel Lewis Brittin of Northwest Airlines, and Earl Bakken of Medtronic. Experience the adventurous spirit of James Madison Goodhue, who established the Minnesota Pioneer newspaper, and African American journalist John Quincy Adams, founder of the Appeal, now the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder. Find out how Rose Totino, a daughter of poor Italian immigrants, advanced from running her own pizzeria to perfecting the production of frozen pizzas, to becoming a multimillionaire top executive with Pillsbury. Learn about the strength of entrepreneurial families like the Daytons and Fullers, and partnerships such as Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis, who turned their own successful careers as musicians into an influential R and B production company, Flyte Tyme Records. Through fascinating stories, Enterprising Minnesotans honors the creativity, tenacity, and boldness that enabled these men and women to transform their dreams into success.

21 Leaders for the 21st Century
21 Leaders for the 21st Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0071589597

21 Leaders for the 21st Century redefines leadership. Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner tap into the wisdom of high-performing leaders from around the globe, from Michael Dell to Acer9s Stan Shih and from Richard Branson to Russian politician and banker, Sergei Kiriyenko. These business giants candidly reveal their personal experiences of business dilemmas. 21 Leaders for the 21st Century uses these important insights into the nature of leadership to show today9s managers how to understand and use the seven dilemmas of leadership.

Advanced Strategic Management: A Multi-Perspective Approach
Advanced Strategic Management
A Multi-Perspective Approach
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1137377941
Advanced Strategic Management builds on prior knowledge of strategic decision making and is intended to compliment general strategy texts by providing an 'umbrella view' of the multi-dimensional nature of strategic management. Featuring expert contributions, the discussion of each perspective is enhanced by empirical case examples.
Alignment: Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies
Alignment
Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591396905

Most organizations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance.

Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton argue that the responsibility for this critical alignment lies with corporate headquarters. In this book, the authors apply their revolutionary Balanced Scorecard management system to corporate-level strategy, revealing how highly successful enterprises achieve powerful synergies by explicitly defining corporate headquarters' role in setting, coordinating, and overseeing organizational strategy.

Based on extensive field research in organizations worldwide, Alignment shows how companies can build an enterprise-level Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard that clearly articulate the "enterprise value proposition" how the enterprise creates value above that achieved by individual business units operating alone. The book provides case studies, actionable frameworks, and sample scorecards that show how to align business and support units, boards of directors, and external partners with the corporate strategy and create a governance process that will ensure that alignment is sustained.

The next breakthrough in strategy execution from the field's premier thinkers, Alignment shows how today's companies can unlock unrealized value from enterprise synergies.
Applied Industrial Economics
Applied Industrial Economics
Paperback      ISBN: 0521629543

This book is an important collection of papers published over the past ten years in American and European journals. Part 1 explains market structure as a function of sunk costs and market size. Part 2 illustrates the central role of pricing schemes (including parallel pricing, delivered pricing and competition clauses) in sustaining equilibrium outcomes in oligopolistic markets. Parts 3 and 4 give a game-theoretic foundation to competition policy and merger control. Louis Phlips offers a comprehensive introduction to the text in which he very carefully explains the reasoning behind his choice of papers, and provides a superb synthesis of the material.

The Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chains: A Review of Methods, Components and Cases
The Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chains
A Review of Methods, Components and Cases
Hardcover      ISBN: 1403998582

The Bullwhip Effect is one of the most well studied problems in Supply Chain Management. This book offers it's most comprehensive analysis to date, examining associated problems, their consequences, and systems that can cope. It uses case studies to compares the approaches for dealing with the increased variability associated with the effect.

Business to Business Electronic Commerce: Challenges and Solutions
Business to Business Electronic Commerce
Challenges and Solutions
Hardcover      ISBN: 1930708092

In the mid 1990s, the widespread adoption of the web browser led to a rapid commercialization of the Internet. In addition, initial success stories were reported from companies that learned how to create an effective direct marketing channel - selling tangible products to consumers directly with the World Wide Web. By the end of the 1990s, the next revolution began - called business-to-business electronic commerce. This work provides a source of knowledge related to this emerging area of business.

Can America Compete?
Can America Compete?
Paperback      ISBN: 0815751753

An examination of the performance of U.S. manufacturing in historical and global perspective indicates that, contrary to recent fears, international trade competition has not induced the deindustrialization of America. During the 1970s the U.S. manufacturing sector fared relatively well compared to its counterparts in other industrual countries and its own post-war track record. Most of its problems in the early 1980s are linked to domestic recession and the strong U.S. dollar. A number of implicit assumptions in the current discussion about U.S. industrial performance are shown in this book to be inappropriate--changes in international trade are not the major reason for the declining share of manufacturing in U.S. employment: even though foreign productive capabilities are catching up with those of the United States, the U.S. comparative advantage in high-technology products has increased. The author looks at these and other issues and seeks to clarify some common misperceptions about U.S. manufacturing. He examines long-term trends and changes since 1973 in U.S. manufacturing--employment, capital formation, research and development expenditures, and output. He looks closely at manufacturing trade flows and their major determinants and at the role of trade in the U.S. manufacturing sector. The last part of the book addresses policy options for the United States, including laissez-faire, matching foreign subsidies, and new industrial policies. Changes in U.S. policies are suggested that might facilitate efficient structural trade adjustment, improve trade policy, and compensate for market failures.

Classic Drucker: From the Pages of Harvard Business Review
Classic Drucker
From the Pages of Harvard Business Review
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1422101681

For nearly half a century, Peter Drucker inspired and educated managers--and powerfully shaped the nature of business--with his landmark articles in Harvard Business Review. Here, framed by a thoughtful introduction from "HBR" editor Thomas A. Stewart, is a priceless collection of Drucker's most significant work. Through his unique lens, Drucker traces the evolution of the great shifts in organizations and the role of managers in the ongoing effort to balance change with continuity. He paints a clear, comprehensive picture of management thinking and practice--as it was and as it will be. Revealing a celebrated thinker at his best, Classic Drucker offers a wealth of insights and practical guidelines for managers seeking to address today's thorniest organizational challenges.For example, you'll find selections on how to enhance your company's innovative prowess, make effective decisions, raise knowledge workers' productivity, remain engaged and productive during a long work life, know when the assumptions on which your business was founded must change, and get the data you need to execute your company's competitive strategy. Doing what's right for your company will always be challenging. But thanks to the clear focus, broad vision, and practical wisdom of Peter Drucker, the task is now a little less daunting.

Classic Drucker: From the Pages of Harvard Business Review
Classic Drucker
From the Pages of Harvard Business Review
Paperback      ISBN: 1422125920

For nearly half a century, Peter Drucker inspired and educated managers--and powerfully shaped the nature of business--with his landmark articles in Harvard Business Review. Here, framed by a thoughtful introduction from "HBR" editor Thomas A. Stewart, is a priceless collection of Drucker's most significant work. Through his unique lens, Drucker traces the evolution of the great shifts in organizations and the role of managers in the ongoing effort to balance change with continuity. He paints a clear, comprehensive picture of management thinking and practice--as it was and as it will be. Revealing a celebrated thinker at his best, Classic Drucker offers a wealth of insights and practical guidelines for managers seeking to address today's thorniest organizational challenges.For example, you'll find selections on how to enhance your company's innovative prowess, make effective decisions, raise knowledge workers' productivity, remain engaged and productive during a long work life, know when the assumptions on which your business was founded must change, and get the data you need to execute your company's competitive strategy. Doing what's right for your company will always be challenging. But thanks to the clear focus, broad vision, and practical wisdom of Peter Drucker, the task is now a little less daunting.