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May 10, 2013 in Business ethics, Business Performance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Economics, International Economy | Tags: Business Transformation, energise communities, Environment, Gower Publishing, Peter McManners, Sustainability, sustainable business | by Gower Publishing | Leave a comment
Watch this conversation between Gower Commissioning Editor Jonathan Norman and author of Green Outcomes in the Real World - Peter McManners. In this first three minute extract they discuss the aspects of Challenges of Economic Globalization and Sustainability, the limits to resources and the effect on the environment, along with engaging your people to buy-in to sustainability and localism.Carry on and watch part two (4 mins) where Peter discusses the diminishing power of traditional Nation States and the growth of huge multinationals - is that a threat to sustainability? He also discusses cradle to cradle production systems and how it is being driven by sustainability. In part three (3 mins) Peter looks at other forms of payment apart from money – swapping work – is this a black economy or does it energise communities?
April 11, 2013 in Business ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation and Transformation, Sustainable Business | Tags: african political perspective, asian spiritual perspective, business integrity, business management, Business Transformation, economic transformation, middle east economics, sustainable business, transformation and innovation, www.trans-4-m.com | by Gower Publishing | Leave a comment
Gower’s Transformation and Innovation Series will have produced, by the end of 2013, an impressive collection of volumes.
Together, the authors have created an enormously rich resource base for transformation agents in the field of business and economics, but also within society at large. The series provides new, integral approaches to business, management, finance, economics, development, research and other related fields – while consistently combining theory and practice. It draws on different cultural knowledge bases, enabling the reader to effectively contextualize and practically engage in transformation processes leading to new sustainable realities in business, economics and beyond.
Embodying an enormous cultural diversity, together the series represents 12 countries, spread across Africa, Asia, Europe and USA. With each author working with and highlighting her or his particular cultural and societal context, we can proudly speak of a truly transcultural series.
The home page for the series includes prologues to read, and each book below has a free chapter to read on our website.
AN OVERALL INTEGRAL PERSPECTIVE:
…and the forthcoming: Integral Development: Realising the Transformative Potential of Individuals, Organisations and Societies
A MIDDLE EASTERN ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE:
…and the forthcoming: Transforming Trade Policy in an Arab State: A Postmodern Approach
AN ASIAN SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE:
…and the forthcoming: Remaking Ourselves, Enterprise and Society: An Indian Approach to Human Values in Management
AN AFRICAN POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE:
…and the forthcoming: An Integral Approach to Development Economics: Islamic Finance in an African Context
A EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE:
…and the forthcoming: Crafting an Integral Enterprise: Towards a Sustainable Telecommunications Sector
AN AMERICAN SPIRITUAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE:
January 15, 2013 in Business Performance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation and Transformation, International Economy, Leadership and Management, Sustainable Business | Tags: Collaboration, Cooperation, Fairness, misleadership, Mismanagement, Sustainability, Sustainable finance | by jonathansnorman | Leave a comment
Gordon Pearson’s interview with Bob Garlick on Business Book Talk is a revelation. Gordon’s one of those academic authors who can talk about issues at a level of global economic theory in a way that gives you a real sense of what the driving forces are in the background behind operational businesses. His ideas on cooperation-based businesses really deserve to be picked up at a policymaker level but in the meantime, it’s open for you and I to explore and aspire to a post-crisis world that is robust and sustainable, rather than lurching from one mess to another. Gordon Pearson is author of The Road to Co-operation and The Rise and Fall of Management.
December 14, 2012 in Business ethics, Business Performance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Project & Programme Mgmt, Sustainability, Sustainable Project Management | Tags: Environmental management, ipma, Project Management, Social responsibility, Sustainability, sustainable, sustainable projects | by jonathansnorman | Leave a comment
The 2012 IPMA Congress made a big thing of sustainability this year, which is very encouraging. The presentations, some of which will be available in the near future on SCOPUS, covered research results and case studies as well as tools and methods, all of which aligned to demonstrate the need, benefits, and practical nature of integrating sustainable methods with project delivery from a social, economic, environmental, process and product/service perspective. They are promising an expanded sustainability stream for 2013 in Dubrovnik. Gower authors, Gilbert Silvius and Ron Schipper (authors of Sustainability in Project Management) were amongst the presenters at this year’s event.
September 7, 2012 in Corporate Social Responsibility, Public sector | Tags: csr; third sector; partnerships; business and charity; | by Gower Publishing | Leave a comment
McDonald’s is about to launch the “biggest” push for its Ronald McDonald House charity that provides accommodation to families whose children are in hospital, while shoe brand Crocs has relaunched its Crocs Cares charity in Europe this summer.
Society today expects employers to do more to engage with both communities and good causes and the business case for doing so can be and is being made. But business also realises that charities do conscience better than they can and so co-working is increasingly being sought. In Partners for Good, Tom Levitt points the way to successful partnerships at local, national and international levels. Here, you can read all of Chapter One - Who do they think they are? where Tom sets the scene for how cross-sector partnerships, particularly those between UK businesses and third sector organisations, have emerged, developed and become sustainable.
August 28, 2012 in Business Performance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Economics, human factors, Sustainability | Tags: Energy reduction, Gower business books, Green engagement, Human Factors | by jonathansnorman | Leave a comment
Kit Oung’s Guardian Professional article The Importance of People in Energy Reduction accurately reflects my own experience. We have done a lot since we moved to our new premises to reduce our energy consumption and pretty much all of that has been motivated by the employee team who make up our green committee. The message is unequivocal: spend time thinking about the human factors, they are far and away more significant than technology-based solutions for most businesses. Kit Oung is author of the forthcoming Energy Management in Business: The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing and Sustaining Energy Reduction.
August 24, 2012 in Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Policy Making | Tags: business ethics, business partnerships, CSR, Focus4good, Gower business book, Third Sector, Tom Levitt, voluntary sector | by Gower Publishing | Leave a comment
It’s not just ‘big society’ advocates that are bigging up volunteering: the whole Olympic experience has put what we do for each other – not just in sport – at the heart of policymaking for some time to come. As the Lords reform marathon stumbles to an early finish who has spotted that volunteering and the future of the composition of any second chamber are linked?…
read the whole of Tom’s article in Progress Online here: http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2012/08/16/medalling-in-lords-reform/
‘An excellent navigation through the fog of private, public and voluntary sector coalescence which highlights the huge mutual benefit of getting cross-sector partnerships right as well as the significant current untapped opportunities.’ – Pam Webb, Head of Zurich Community Trust (UK) Ltd
August 1, 2012 in Business Performance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Fraud and Corruption, Innovation and Transformation, Internal Communication, International Economy, Knowledge Management, Leadership and Management, Policy Making, Project & Programme Mgmt, Risk, Sustainability | Tags: academy of Management, AOM, boston, business academics, business managers, informal economy, management, midway college | by Gower Publishing | Leave a comment
AOM , Boston, Massachusetts, August 3-7.
The 2012 programme theme is The Informal Economy and you will find us at stand number 125 in the Publisher exhibition hall. Commissioning Editor Martin West will be in attendance, he will be happy to chat about our books, your proposals, and your ideas for new subjects…
Eric Bolland, one of the editors of Solutions and others of his author team from Midway College will sign copies of their book; Jonathan Smith (author of Misleadership) is having a paper he co-wrote presented; and Guler Aras, the editor of our CSR series will be there if you wish to discuss a proposal for the series.
We are as usual sponsoring the PTC Awards ceremony.
June 26, 2012 in Business Performance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Economics, Leadership and Management, Risk, Strategy | Tags: business sustainability, CSR, green economics, Plan for the planet, Social responsibility, Sustainability | by jonathansnorman | Leave a comment
There will be plenty who criticize business for lack of social responsibility or simply failing to connect with the lives of people on the planet. Take a look at Ian Chamber’s Planet in a Pickle song; here’s a serious business person who’s not afraid to engage the future generations in the business sustainability message. Hat’s off to you, Ian! Ian Chambers is co-author of Plan for the Planet.
June 8, 2012 in Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation and Transformation, Policy Making | Tags: EURAM., organisational performance, organisational progress, social innovation | by Gower Publishing | Leave a comment
“The emphasis at this year’s EURAM Conference is on the fact that organizational performance and progress is now grounded on social innovation, as much as on technological progress and development. Social innovation is now a prominent feature of Gower’s Business and Management publishing and this is very evident from the titles we have on display at the Conference. These reflect the role of business in society and an emphasis on the interface between the two; the move towards the creation of sustainable businesses; new kinds of entrepreneurship; new understandings of leadership; and integral approaches to research, innovation, collaborative approaches, development and economics.
Conference delegates, mindful of the content of many of the sessions in which they have been involved, are showing great interest in the large number of our titles that so clearly resonate with the conference theme.”
To get a gist of the books we publish in this area see the leadership, innovation and business economics sections, for example, hyperlinked from the contents page of our latest catalogue .