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Bartley Bestsellers

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 21, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

We’ve always got a fresh selection of new business bestsellers at Bartley Room 1005.  Stop by and check one out!

The Grand Pursuit Review by Choice Review Robert Heilbroner’s The Worldly Philosophers (1953; 7th ed., 1999) educated generations with its sweeping story of how great economists from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes accounted for the ways of the modern economy. Nasar’s Grand Pursuit is a worthy successor to Heilbroner’s story, but her tale is both more and less ambitious than Heilbroner’s. Her focus is narrower, for one thing, but, as a consequence, it is richer and teaches more about economics. Nasar (Columbia Univ. School of Journalism), a former economics journalist, now gives a grand but not overly generalized story of the ideas of a set of thinkers who transformed economics in the 20th century. Beginning really with Alfred Marshall and the Webbs, Nasar provides a history of the interlocking relationship of ideas among Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, F. A. Hayek, Joan Robinson, and Amartya Sen. Her story tells readers that there is more to the 20th century than the Keynes-Hayek debate (compare to Nicholas Wapshott’s Keynes Hayek, CH, Jan’12, 49-2797). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. R. B. Emmett James Madison College, Michigan State University Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

 

Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint Front Cover Copy During the Great Depression, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes advocated using government money to fill the economic void until consumer spending and business investment recovered. But what happens when governments can’t do that anymore? That’s “The Keynesian Endpoint”: when the money runs out before the economy has been rescued, and investors refuse to accept any more sovereign debt.

That’s where we are. In the United States and worldwide, debt-fueled spending programs devised to cure the global financial crisis have morphed into poison. Exhausted national balance sheets have left policy makers with few viable options to bolster economic growth, pointing leaders and citizens toward brutal choices that were previously unimaginable.

In Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint, PIMCO Executive Vice President, portfolio manager, and market strategist Tony Crescenzi illuminates the frightening new world we now inhabit. Crescenzi dissects each scenario swirling around the mounting global debt crisis and reveals its profound implications for governments, investors, and the global economy.

Car Guys v. Bean Counters Review by Kirkus Book ReviewA former top GM executive and avowed gearhead warns against the advance of soulless number-crunchers clueless about the hands-on details of the car business.To Lutz (Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of Our Time, 2003), it’s not rocket science: Design and build the cars and trucks that customers want, and the rest will fall into place. This was his job as a GM vice chairman from 2001 to 2010. At the tableif not running the meetingwhen most of the big decisions came down, the author, now in his late 70s, was often appalled by youthful bean-counting MBAs with their 4.0 GPAs but no common car sense.What matters, Lutz argues, is having on board at least one automotive artist with the talent to design desirable new cars. The author’s talent, equally rare, was recognizing a good design, or a bad one drawn to bean-counter specs. His frequent criticism of the press is sometimes churlish, as when he alleges that unnecessarily harsh and ill-informed lefty journalism gave the Hummer H2on which he signed offan unjustifiably bad rep. He closes with the recognition that having a media-savvy, talking-head CEO is now a must and in the best interest of the business in which he worked for 47 years. The author also predicts GM’s battery-and-gas-powered Volt will dominate the highways of the future, and he includes close accounts of GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, government bailout and subsequent reemergence as a trimmed-down shadow of its former corporate self.Well worth the rideif not necessarily the car.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

 

The Next Convergence Review by Booklist ReviewCo ntrary to his book’s title, Nobel Prize-winning economist Spence does less prognosticating than one might expect. Indeed, early on he shares a chart showing just how inaccurately economists predicted growth during the 1990s. Instead, he offers a comprehensive summary of the forces at play in today’s global economy: removal of trade barriers, the lightning-fast transfer of knowledge from developed to emerging economies, global demand, resources, the role of national and international governments, and the management (or not) of currency rates, among others. Spence’s style is pretty flat (Where’s John Kenneth Galbraith when we need him?), and he seems to underestimate the looming role of climate change in any economic scenario. Yet his status report could give attentive readers a more empowered role in their own economic future.–Moores, Ala. Copyright 2010 Booklist

 

The Wizard of Lies Front Cover Copy Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? This question has fascinated people ever since the news broke about the New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. And in The Wizard of Lies, Diana B. Henriques of The New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews, including Bernie Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest. Henriques also provides vivid details from the lawsuits and government investigations that explode the myths that have come to surround the story, and in a revised and expanded epilogue she unravels the latest legal developments. A true-life financial thriller, The Wizard of Lies contrasts Madoff’s remarkable rise on Wall Street with dramatic scenes from his accelerating slide toward self-destruction. It is also the most complete account of the heartbreaking personal disasters and landmark legal battles triggered by Madoff’s downfall – the suicides, business failures, fractured families, shuttered charities – and the clear lessons this timeless scandal offers to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street.

In the Plex:  How Google Works, Thinks and Shapes Our Lives Review by Publisher’s Weekly Review The contradictions of the Internet search behemoth are teased apart in this engaging, slightly starry-eyed business history. Wired magazine writer Levy (Hackers) insightfully recaps Google’s groundbreaking search engine and fabulously profitable online ad-brokering business, and elucidates the cutting-edge research and hard-nosed cost-efficiencies underlying them. He also regales readers with the “Googley” corporate culture of hip techno-capitalism: the elitist focus on braininess, the campus game rooms, the countercultural rectitude of billionaire founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (which can read more like puerile arrogance as they roller-blade into meetings with business-suited squares). Levy’s narrative updates a familiar portrait of the company, with breathless accounts of recent innovations. He offers a smart analysis of the tensions between Google’s “‘Don’t Be Evil’” slogan and its censorship of its Chinese Web site and the privacy implications of its drive to sponge up all information-but he accepts Google’s blinkered conception of e-ethics and its demands for huge tax breaks with too much complacency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

Lifeblood Review by Publisher’s Weekly Review Perry (Falling Off the Edge)  examines the struggle to fight malaria, which infects more than 708,000 people a year-mostly children-in his important, clear-eyed study of the epidemic. In his travels in Uganda and throughout Africa, Perry saw the casualties of the mosquito-borne disease firsthand, and his analysis draws on his conversations with doctors and diplomats, grieving parents, and frustrated aid workers. For decades scientists have known that the disease can be virtually eradicated by a combination of insect-killing chemicals and bed nets, costing only $10 a piece. Sadly, malaria is “a genocide of apathy,” in which governmental and aid agencies consistently fall short in their attempts to stop the spread of the disease. Combining business acumen with humanitarian goals, independent activists like Ray Chambers have achieved major advances against the epidemic while global health organizations have fallen short. Malaria costs Africa $30-$40 billion each year, Chambers tells Perry, and points out that his work-distributing 42 million bed nets to Nigeria, “didn’t just save lives. It saved money too.” In this compulsively readable primer on a devastating epidemic, Perry shows how Chambers’s approach-creating economic incentives and emphasizing local action over top-down mandates-offers a daring new model for tackling one of the most intractable crises of our time. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Films on Demand Trial Extended

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: January 11, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Because Films on Demand was experiencing some streaming glitches last Fall, our trial has been extended.  It’s running smoothly now, so give it a try.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Subscription

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: January 3, 2012
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

I’m pleased to announce the addition of online access to the Philadelphia Business Journal.  This is great news as this weekly is a key public source of business intelligence about our region.  The Business Journal publishes 39 additional city business papers and we have access to those as well.   Job Listings and local business directories are handy features that come with the subscription.

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New Human Resource Titles

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 21, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

These are a sampling of recent additions to our collection on Human Resource Development.  Most of them are ebooks to accommodate students balancing work and school and for those in the distance learning program.

Emerging Themes in International Management of Human Resources

 

 

 

 

 

Supervision in Coaching:  Supervision, Ethics and Continuous Professional Development

 

 

 

 

Human Resource Management in Small Business:  Achieving Peak Performance

 

 

 


Socio-Cultural Impacts of Workplace E-Learning:  Epistemology, Ontology and Pedagogy

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Multitasking on Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: November 16, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

We know you do it.  Heck, we do it too.  There is even a host of researchers out there studying and publishing books about it.  The library wants to make it even easier to do…with downloadable audiobooks!

Wouldn’t you like to download an audio book for one of your classes and listen to it while on a long run this evening?  Or how about listening while eating breakfast or driving home for the weekend?  We know that busy graduate students are downloading audio books and “reading” during commutes, because they tell us so.

EBSCOhost one of the library’s vendors is now offering downloadable audio books.  The audio books can be downloaded to your computer and transferred to either your ipod or MP3 player after installing a EBSCOhost download manager application and creating an EBSCOhost account.  Access to the audio file would vary by check out time.  Our trial only includes a few titles, but the titles available via a library subscription would be much expanded.   For instance the business collection includes classic titles such as The Wealth of Nations and recent bestsellers such as Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail or Jeffrey Sach’s End of Poverty Let us know what you think!


 

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Philadelphia Business Journal Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 12, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Think globally, act locally has been used in a wide variety of contexts.  For students and faculty at VSB it could be translated into keeping abreast of business developments in our town and around the world.  Reading the Philadelphia Business Journal ,the WSJ and Financial Times, the other national and international campus wide business papers, may be one way to do just that.  And it may get easier….

We have a month long trial to the Philadelphia Business Journal and  its 39 sister publications from the American City Business Journals.  The Philadelphia Business Journal is the only business paper in our region.   A subscription would provide full text searchable access to 10 years worth of archives, digital replicas of the print publications, and the rankings found in Book of Lists.  At present the library provides access to Regional BusinessNews via EBSCO, but unfortunately bizjournals and are not included there.

Please let me know if you think we should invest in a site license.

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Educational Films on Demand Trial

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 3, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Using films in class to present complex issues in a masterful way or to simply spark discussion in a reserved classroom are nothing new.   YouTube and the attendant expansion of availability of  streaming video clips from well respected news outlets have certainly made it easier and less expensive.  But barriers to incorporating multimedia in the class room persist.  Finding well done educational videos can be exceedingly time consuming and many still carry  high price tags.  One 26 minute video recently requested by a faculty member cost over $1000.00!

The  library is offering a trial to a service aimed at addressing the cost and convenience impediments to bringing high quality educational videos to the classroom:  Films on Demand Business & Economics collection.  The high quality videos in this collection cover a range of topics from technology to biography to case studies to globalization, entrepreneurship, advertising, diversity training, business communication and negotiation.  The films are produced by well known British and US educational and news organizations such as The Open University, The BBC, Films for the Humanities & Sciences and Bill Moyers Journal.  Finding relevant videos is as easy as browsing the subject lists or searching by keyword.  Many of the films are brief enough and segmented to facilitate in class viewing.  There are no restrictions on simultaneous views, eliminating bottlenecks to out of class assigned viewing.

Please explore and test the Films on Demand, Business & Economics collection before October 31 and let us know if you think the library should subscribe!

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E-Books for Business

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: September 19, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

According to The Economist, “Digitization may have come late to book publishing, but it is transforming the business in short order.” (Business: Great digital expectations; the books business. (2011, Sep 10). The Economist, 400(8750), 69. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/888378749?accountid=14853)

The prices of e-readers are falling, the range of e-readers and tablets on the market is expanding,  the formats for reading digital books has stabalized around PDF and EPUB, while the cost of buying e-books remains in flux.  So where does this leave academic business library collections?  Not on the sidelines, but in the thick of it!

As the availability of scholarly e-books has increased, so has our spending on e-books for economics, management, accounting, marketing, finance and business in general.  While I’ve never embraced the notion that “if it isn’t online it doesn’t exist“, I do recognize that the anywhere, anytime convenience of e-books fits the needs of both VSB undergraduates and MBA candidates.    And now faculty are increasingly asking for digital books!

Most of our e-books are discoverable via the library catalog.  However the catalog only allows searching by metadata items such as author, title, publisher, subject and when available chapter titles.  Since valuable information may only be discoverable in the  full text of e-books, searching in the native interface may be what’s needed.

Business Expert Press download options

The three e-book platforms that allow downloading books to your computer, tablet or reader enabled with a  Adobe Digital Editions application are EBSCOHost e-books, Business Expert Press, and OECD iLibrary.  Business Expert Press books are practical, brief, written by scholars and for undergraduate and graduate students.  To download a book  from a Business Expert Press title, choose InfoTools and Global Express Options.  The entire text is downloadable without any restrictions on how many users can access the title or limitations on duration of use.

Books on the EBSCOHost e-books platform come from a wide range of publishers.  They are the same books you are likely to find in print in books stores or on library shelves.  Some are scholarly and some are professional.  Some can only be read online, but an ever increasing number of them can be downloaded and checkout for up to three days and renewed.  Unless we have purchased a multi-user copy, when an EBSCOHost e-book is downloaded and checked out, it is unavailable to other potential users.  To download a book you need to create an EBSCOHost account and sign in.

EBSCOHost eBook online reading launch and download options

OECD iLibrary includes almost all of the books, articles and annuals published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development.  Multiple users can download books simultaneously about topics ranging from agriculture to economics, industry, education, technology, trade, finance, governance, urbanization and taxation.  If you see a PDF, you can simply download it.

Additional business e-book platforms are listed on the Bartley Business Information Center home page under Resources, E-books.

 

 

 


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Industry Reports Trials

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 9, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Industry reports come in a bewildering array of  shapes and sizes.  Some industry reports are written primarily for the investor class, others for management strategists and yet others for marketing professionals.  Some reports focus on small enterprises and others on multinationals.  The scope of industry reports vary significantly, with many corresponding to NAICs or SIC codes, others surveying broad industries from a macro perspective and yet others focusing on emerging niches or sectors not easily categorized.  What they all have in common is that they can bring their users up to date fast on the economic, demographic, regulatory and technological impacts on an industry.  The career conscious senior proceeds at her own peril if she chooses not to take advantage of the research and analysis in industry reports before interview season.

The library currently subscribes to the broad scoped S&P Industry Reports in NetAdvantage, Datamonitor,  BMI, and Freedonia reports via ReferenceUSA, BIZMiner especially for small start ups,  and Mintel for consumer goods & services sectors.  One would think these would adequately meet any serious student’s needs, but there are occasions when they don’t.  Hence we are offering campus wide trials for two additional industry report databases:  IBISWorld and Frost & Sullivan.

The library currently has trial access to IBIS World until March 7th.  “IBISWorld’s unrivalled range of industry analysis is available online [on campus] whenever you need it. Whether your company requires a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts; whether you need a clearer picture of a supply chain, or whether you need to keep abreast of competitor activity in your industry, IBISWorld’s comprehensive reports will keep you informed.”

Additionally we have a trial to Frost & Sullivan’s research.  Go to Member Logon and enter email address: user@villanova.edu and password:  password.   “Frost & Sullivan provides in-depth research coverage of these industries: Aerospace & Defense; Automotive & Transportation; Chemicals, Materials and Food; Electronics & Security; Energy & Power Supplies; Environment & Building Technologies; Healthcare; Industrial Automation & Process Control; Information & Communication Technologies; Measurement & Instrumentation.”

Let me know what you think, by taking this very short survey.

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Audit Analytics for Accounting Research

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: February 2, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Audit Analytics has made precise searching of the audit and compliance aspects of SEC filings a reality.  Accounting, finance and management faculty from top rated and international business schools have used Audit Analytics as source data to publish on a wide variety of topics.  A sampling includes evaluations of SOX, auditor fee trends, auditor industry expertise, gender diversity in audit committees, the interplay between restatements and disclosures or consequences and the impact of internal control weaknesses    Now VSB faculty and students have access to this specialized research tool as well!

Audit Analytics data is available for students and faculty on the Accounting and Management Company and Industry pages.  The search interface is characterized by expandable catagories with drop down menus. All searches can be limited by industry, geographic location, market capitalization, revenue and date.   Reports may be downloaded into Excel files.  The Data Dictionary for each search category provides  field definitions and sources the SEC filing types.  WRDS platform access is also available for faculty and graduate students.

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