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World on Fire
Amy Chua
0385721862
Jan 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
A professor at Yale Law School, Chua eloquently fuses expert analysis with personal recollections to assert that globalization has created a volatile concoction of free markets and democracy that has incited economic devastation, ethnic hatred and genocidal violence throughout the developing world. Chua illustrates the disastrous consequences arising when an accumulation of wealth by "market dominant minorities" combines with an increase of political power by a disenfranchised majority. Chua refutes the "powerful assumption that markets and democracy go hand in hand" by citing specific examples of the turbulent conditions within countries such as Indonesia, Russia, Sierra Leone, Bolivia and in the Middle East. In Indonesia, Chua contends, market liberalization policies favoring wealthy Chinese elites instigated a...


Natural Resource Management For Sustainable Development In The Caribbean

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A Poverty of Reason: Sustainable Development and Economic Growth
Wilfred Beckerman
0945999852
September 2002
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Donald H. Stedman, professor of chemistry, University of Denver
"We now have an excellent book which carefully examines [the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of ‘sustainable development.’]"

Bruce Yandle, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics, Clemson University
"Wilfred Beckerman brings wisdom and wit to his examination of major themes found in today’s environmental policy."

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State of the World 2006
Worldwatch Institute
039332771X
Jan 2006
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Book Description
"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries…on the global environment."—Pulitzer Prize winner E. O. WilsonIn State of the World 2006, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team provides concerned citizens and national leaders with comprehensive analysis of the global environmental problems we face, together with detailed descriptions of practical, innovative solutions, like the increased demand for meat production and consumption, growing awareness of corporate social responsibility, the booming industry of ecotourism, and the ethics and application of nanotechnology.Written in clear and concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2006 presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.

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Built to Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)
Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras
0060516402
August 2002
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Book Review
This analysis of what makes great companies great has been hailed everywhere as an instant classic and one of the best business titles since In Search of Excellence. The authors, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, spent six years in research, and they freely admit that their own preconceptions about business success were devastated by their actual findings--along with the preconceptions of virtually everyone else.

Built to Last identifies 18 "visionary" companies and sets out to determine what's special about them. To get on the list, a company had to be world famous, have a stellar brand image, and be at least 50 years old. We're talking about companies that even a layperson knows to be, well, different: the Disneys, the Wal-Marts, the Mercks.

Whatever the key to the success of these companies, the key...



Flipping the Switch...: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ!
John G. Miller
0399152954
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Leadership guru Miller expands on the anti-buck-passing principles of his QBQ: The Question Behind the Question in this winsome volume of business homiletics. The QBQ methodology aims to replace plaintive, querulous thoughts of "Why is this happening to me?" and "When will others do things right?" with more constructive questions like "What can I do to contribute?" This shift in perspective, he contends, short-circuits the unhelpful behaviors of blaming, complaining, procrastinating and "thinking like a victim," and empowers people to solve problems themselves instead of whining about them. The ethos of personal accountability, he continues, reinforces other virtuous habits, including learning, creativity, service and trust, and imbues organizations with a cheerful, cooperative, can-do spirit. The author conveys...


The Six Sigma Way Team Fieldbook: An Implementation Guide for Process Improvement Teams
Peter S. Pande
0071373144
December 2001
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Book Description
This companion guide to the bestselling The Six Sigma Way focuses on the project improvement teams that do the real, in-the-trenches work of Six Sigma-;measuring performance, improving quality and saving millions in the process. The Six Sigma Way Team Fieldbook is a highly practical reference for team leaders and members, outlining both the methods that have made Six Sigma successful and the basic steps a team must follow in an improvement effort. Written by three veteran trainers of Six Sigma Black Belts and teams at GE, Sun Microsystems, and Sears, this hands-on guide helps teams obtain the skills they need to identify a product, service, or process that needs improvement or redesign; gather data on the process and the rate of defects; find ways to improve quality up to a Six Sigma level-;just 3.4 defects per...


Value-Based Safety Process
Terry E. McSween
0471220493
June 2003
Hardcover
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Review
“...application of behavioral science to safety is stressed throughout the text....the overall value the book in promoting behavioral safety.” (Chemical Health & Safety, November/December 2003)

Book Description
Behavior-Based Safety, based on the work of B.F. Skinner, includes identifying critical behaviors, observing actual behaviors and providing feedback that lead to changed and improve behavior. The Values-Based Safety Process: Improving Your Safety Culture with a Behavioral Approach, Second Edition provides a concise and practical guide for implementing a behavior-based safety system within any organization. 

Includes two new chapters on hot topics in behavioral safety, isolated workers, and the role of leadership in supporting behavorial...



Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
Jr., G. Tyler Miller
0534997295
September 17, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Miller's LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT, 14th Edition is the most comprehensive and up-to-date environmental science text on the market. It has the most balanced approach to environmental science instruction, with bias-free comparative diagrams throughout and a focus on prevention of and solutions to environmental problems. Tyler Miller is the most successful author in academic writing on environmental science because of his attention to currency, trend setting presentation of content, ability to predict student and instructor needs for new and different supplements, and his ability to retain the hallmarks on which instructors have come to depend. The content in the 14th edition of LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT is everything you have come to expect and more. In this edition, the author has added the "How Would You Vote?"...


Ecovillage at Ithaca
Liz Walker
0865715246
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

In a world filled with stories of environmental devastation and social dysfunction, EcoVillage at Ithaca is a refreshing and hopeful look at a modern-day village that is taking an integrated approach to addressing these problems.

This book tells the story of life at EcoVillage at Ithaca, an internationally recognized example of sustainable development. It transports the reader into the midst of a vibrant community that includes co-housing neighborhoods, small-scale organic farming, land preservation, green building, energy alternatives and hands-on education. By integrating proven social and environmental alternatives into a living model, EcoVillage at Ithaca provides a rare glimpse into one possible-and positive-future for the planet.

EcoVillage at Ithaca delves into the heart of the lived...



Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
Paul Hawken
0887307043
August 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
Paul Hawken, the entrepreneur behind the Smith & Hawken gardening supplies empire, is no ordinary capitalist. Drawing as much on Baba Ram Dass and Vaclav Havel as he does on Peter Drucker and WalMart for his case studies, Hawken is on a one-man crusade to reform our economic system by demanding that First World businesses reduce their consumption of energy and resources by 80 percent in the next 50 years. As if that weren't enough, Hawken argues that business goals should be redefined to embrace such fuzzy categories as whether the work is aesthetically pleasing and the employees are having fun; this applies to corporate giants and mom-and-pop operations alike. He proposes a culture of business in which the real world, the natural world, is allowed to flourish as well, and in which the planet's needs are addressed. Wall...


Voices into Choices: Acting on the Voice of the Customer
Gary Burchill, Christina Hepner Brodie
1884731139
July 1, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
A groundbreaking how-to resource that addresses the gap between having your customers' voices, and being able to translate their voices into tangible results. Readers will learn how to engage in a process of getting to know their customers and learning their point of view so they can responsibly take action based on their customers' preferences, align the organization around the new insight they have acquired, gain buy-in for the resulting initiatives, and make the outcome of the initiative more successful. Voices into Choices captures the right balance between being a step-by-step method and offering the theoretical framework to understanding and using customer voices.

Book Info
Offers the FOCUS process - a proven methodology to help you ground your actions using your...


Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development 4v
MacMillan Reference
0028658264
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance
Chris Laszlo
1597260185
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Corporations can indeed do well by doing good, argues this dutiful if not entirely convincing manifesto on responsible capitalism. Laszlo, a consultant and co-author of The Insight Edge: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Evolutionary Management, urges corporations to adopt a "planetary ethics" of environmental and social sustainability, one that cherishes "stakeholder value"-for everyone from employees to environmental activists-as much as shareholder value. He showcases companies whose enlightened policies have enhanced the bottom line in the form of reduced waste and cleanup costs, fewer regulatory hassles, new business opportunities and heightened appeal to socially conscious investors and green consumers. Laszlo endeavors to translate social and environmental concerns into the language of...


Flowcharts: Plain & Simple: Learning & Application Guide
Joiner Associates
1884731031
July 1995
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Book Description
Flowcharts teaches how to create and compare different flowcharts that outline the sequence of steps in a process. The information is presented in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner through a series of exercises and case studies. Users of Plain & Simple Series learn how to select the right tool for the task at hand, collect the right data, interpret the data, and take appropriate action based on their findings.


Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities (American and Comparative Environmental Policy)
Kent E. Portney
0262661322
August 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"The focus on 'communities' in this book is perhaps an important guide to the future." -- Sylvia Karlsson, Environment

Book Description
Today at least twenty-five major U.S. cities have pursued some form of sustainability initiative. Although many case studies and "how-to" manuals have been published, there has been little systematic comparison of these cities' programs and initiatives. In this book Kent Portney lays the theoretical groundwork for research on what works and what does not, and why.

Distinguishing cities on the basis of population characteristics and region for his analysis, Portney shows how cities use the broad rubric of sustainability to achieve particular political ends. Cities that take sustainability seriously, such as Portland, San Francisco, and...


One Makes the Difference
Julia Butterfly Hill
0062517562
Apr 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Environmental activist and writer Hill, whose The Legacy of Luna recorded her attempt to save a redwood forest by living in a tree for two years, now offers practical tips for environmentally sound living. In short, punchy chapters, she suggests steps that readers of all ages can take to reduce waste and pollution. Using nontoxic household products for cleaning, organizing recycling programs and buying locally grown produce are just a few of the measures Hill recommends in this accessible guide. She also gives a crash course in nonviolent protesting and other forms of political action. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Though without formal environmental training, Hill has earned the right to her title; as she described in The Legacy...


Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense
John E. Ikerd
1565492064
August 2005
Paperback
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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
For years, John Ikerd's writings and speeches have provided precious insights into the economics of this nation's food system...

From the Publisher
Over the past half-century, capitalist economics has deviated from its original ethical and social purpose. Recently, capitalism has mutated into an amoral quest for economic growth at any cost. A relentless pursuit of profits and the "bottom line" poses a constant threat to civil society and the natural environment. The sustainability, indeed survival, of earth and the life upon it, is at risk under this brand of unfettered capitalism. In order to maintain a new economics of sustainability, social and ethical values must be reintegrated into capitalist economics, thus restoring a sense of balance into the economic system...


Management of Technology, Sustainable Development and Eco-Efficiency
Louis A. Lefebvre
0080433634
Jan 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is a collection of the best papers presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Management of Technology held in Orlando, Florida, February 16th to 20th 1998. All papers were evaluated by at least two referees and both referees needed to agree on the high quality of a paper for it to be included in these proceedings. The papers cover a vast array of topics and the authors come from the four corners of the globe. This is a strong indication that technology management is a very real preoccupation in many countries.
The book is divided into four major sections. The first section brings together the conceptual papers, papers that deal with the management of technology as a whole, its definition, its evolution, its applications, and some of its specificities. The second section embraces other...


The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift
Andres R. Edwards
0865715319
June 2005
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Book Description

Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex, emerging from a range of different sectors. In practice, it has become the springboard for millions of individuals throughout the world who are forging the fastest and most profound social transformation of our time-the sustainability revolution.

The Sustainability Revolution paints a picture of this largely unrecognized phenomenon from the point of view of five major sectors of society:

Community (government and international institutions)
Commerce (business)
Resource extraction (forestry, farming, fisheries etc.)
Ecological design (architecture, technology)
Biosphere (conservation, biodiversity etc.)

The book analyzes sustainability as defined by each of these sectors in terms of the...



Empowerment for Sustainable Tourism Development
Trevor H. B. Sofield
0080439462
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Text explores the triadic relationship between tourism, sustainable development, and empowerment. Discusses the relevance of political, economic, sociological, anthropological, and development theory to formulate a synthesized construct of empowerment which provides a useful standpoint to consider the community/tourism development relationship.

Book Info
Text explores the triadic relationship between tourism, sustainable development, and empowerment. Discusses the relevance of political, economic, sociological, anthropological, and development theory to formulate a synthesized construct of empowerment which provides a useful standpoint to consider the community/tourism development relationship.


Business and Its Environment (5th Edition)
David P. Baron
0131873555
August 17, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Brings together the disciplines of economics, political science, law, and ethics to address a class of management issues of growing importance to the performance of companies. Provides conceptual frameworks for understanding issues in the environment of business and their development; strategy formulation; analysis of the news media; political analysis; the economics and politics of government intervention in markets (regulation, antitrust, and torts); the economics and politics of international trade; the political economy of countries; and ethical analysis and decision-making. For all business professionals, including managers looking to enhance their knowledge of an ever-changing, increasingly global field. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The publisher,...


The Little Earth Book
James Bruges
0972952926
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Earth is now desperately vulnerable; so are we. This gift-priced-and-sized book contains original, stimulating mini-essays about what is going wrong with our planet and about the greatest challenge of our century: how to save the Earth for us all. It is pithy, yet intellectually credible well-referenced, wry, yet deadly serious. An all-new U.S. edition-the U.K. edition has sold over 40,000 copies!Researched and written by an eminent British architect, James Bruges, The Little Earth Book is a clarion call to action, a mind-boggling collection of mini-essays on today's most important environmental concerns, from global warming and poisoned food to economic growth, Third World debt, genes and "superbugs." Undogmatic but sure-footed, the style is light, explaining complex issues with easy language, illustrations and...


Approaches to Sustainable Development (Global Development and the Environment)
R. M. AUTY
1855674394
August 12, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
A definition of sustainable development is that of the Brundtland Commission - "...development which meets the needs of the current generation without jeopardizing the needs of future generations". This volume seeks to analyze the economic basis for this definition, and to look at the critiques of the economic approach - which have their basis in growing disquiet over the role of the productive normative science driving technological change and economic transformation. The discussion is followed by studies of the application of the criteria of sustainability to rural problems in South Asia, Kenya, Nepal, and Latin America and to urban/industrial problems in Jamaica, Chile and Vietnam.


Management of Technology
Laure Morel- Guimaraes
0080446493
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The 12th International Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) held in March 2002 in Nancy, France, focused on "Innovation and Sustainable Development". These conferences present a unique opportunity to exchange best practice while debating new concepts of managing innovation, technology and R&D. IAMOT remains a major scientific forum where leading researchers and practitioners meet. This book represents a selection of the best contributions presented in Nancy.


Technology, Humans, and Society
Richard C. Dorf
0122210905
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Ron Mascitelli, President of Technology Perspectives and author of the forthcoming book, Building a Project-Driven Enterprise
"... My compliments for your work in developing this book . . . hopefully it will find its way into undergraduate engineering and business curricula. . ."

Review
"... My compliments for your work in developing Technology, Humans, and Society. I am excited to know that some of us on the technology side are willing to help bridge the gap between the demands of business/technology and the vital long term issues of social and environmental responsibility. Hopefully, your text will find its way into undergraduate engineering and business curricula... the next generation is our best hope for establishing a balanced and sustainable world."
--Ron Mascitelli, President of...


The Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
Donella Meadows
193149858X
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Updated for the second time since 1992, this book, by a trio of professors and systems analysts, offers a pessimistic view of the natural resources available for the world's population. Using extensive computer models based on population, food production, pollution and other data, the authors demonstrate why the world is in a potentially dangerous "overshoot" situation. Put simply, overshoot means people have been steadily using up more of the Earth's resources without replenishing its supplies. The consequences, according to the authors, may be catastrophic: "We... believe that if a profound correction is not made soon, a crash of some sort is certain. And it will occur within the lifetimes of many who are alive today." After explaining overshoot, the book discusses population and industrial growth, the limits...


Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change : How the Best Companies Ensure Meaningful Change and Sustainable Leadership (Essential Knowledge Resource)
Louis Carter (Editor), et al
0787976253
December 7, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"The editors did a great job finding, structuring, and presenting an excellent array of case studies. Their collection is guaranteed to teach those new to the field, as well as those ‘who’ve been around the block."
--Beverly Kaye, CEO and founder, Career Systems International, author, Up Is Not the Only Way, and coauthor, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

"The definitive how-to manual for implementing organization change based on some of the best ideas out there in a variety of industries."
--Susan B. Frampton, president, Planetree

"I’ve been waiting for this book. It’s the single best guide to best practices of leadership development."
--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California, and author, On Becoming...



Development as Freedom
Amartya Sen
0385720270
August 15, 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When Sen, an Indian-born Cambridge economist, won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, he was praised by the Nobel Committee for bringing an "ethical dimension" to a field recently dominated by technical specialists. Sen here argues that open dialogue, civil freedoms and political liberties are prerequisites for sustainable development. He tests his theory with examples ranging from the former Soviet bloc to Africa, but he puts special emphasis on China and India. How does one explain the recent gulf in economic progress between authoritarian yet fast-growing China and democratic, economically laggard India? For Sen, the answer is clear: India, with its massive neglect of public education, basic health care and literacy, was poorly prepared for a widely shared economic expansion; China, on the other hand,...

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