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This second edition has been substantially updated and augmented. It incorporates examples drawn from many countries, and it presents empirical methods using contributions that have proved to be milestones in labor economics. The data and codes of these research publications, as well as numerous tables and figures describing the functioning of labor markets, are all available on a dedicated website (www.labor-economics.org), along with slides that can be used as course aids and a discussion forum.
Strategies for family firms, unlike those of other businesses, can and should incorporate family factors. Responsible and disciplined strategic integration of family and business goals, strengths and values produces powerful results. CRAIG E. ARONOFF Co-founder, Principal, and Chairman of the Board of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current Professor Emeritus at Kennesaw State University, USA. He invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education for universities world-wide. JOHN L. WARD Co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc. He is Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, USA, and teaches strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity.
Covering the latest advances in mini dental implant technology , Mini Dental Implants: Principles and Practice makes it easy to incorporate MDIs into your practice. An illustrated, evidence-based approach shows how MDIs can provide successful outcomes in long-term use and also in shorter-term transitional applications. This success is proven by 20 years of clinical trials and research, showing that the Sendax Mini Dental Implant System can benefit your patients with faster surgery, reduced pain, faster healing, and less risk of infection. Written by noted implant dentistry expert Dr. Victor I. Sendax, this text allows you to offer patients a minimally invasive, immediately functional, and lower-cost alternative to traditional dental implants. Easy-to-understand coverage from different perspectives allows you to access information most applicable to your own practice, and to learn more about the other roles involved in achieving successful outcomes, including the general practitioner, periodontist, oral & maxillofacial surgeon, maxillofacial prosthodontist, orthodontist, and laboratory technician. An advanced approach with evidence-based outcomes clearly demonstrates the success of mini dental implant technology and keeps you on the cutting edge of the science of implantology. Well-known author Dr. Victor I. Sendax is a diplomate, past president of The American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and winner of the 2012 AAID Research Foundation Award. Step-by-step instructions show the basic protocol for Sendax MDI insertion and reconstruction. Highly regarded contributors add their expertise to discussions of MDI technology and practice. A discussion of Engineering Assisted Surgery TM (EAS TM ) enhances your care by improving diagnosis and 3-D planning, reducing intervention trauma, and improving the standardization of quality and outcomes. Clinicians MDI Forum includes Q & A sections allowing you to quickly find answers to commonly asked questions.
Internet and social media have become an integral part of life for many people. As the reliance on mobile communication devices increases more and more in the daily routines (e.g. mobile communicating via e-mail and through Social Networking Sites, retrieving the news, navigating with help of GPS, getting support in online forums), it seems natural that people will also rely on this communication form when it comes to crisis situation may it be as a witness, bystander or victim. From the standpoint of First Responders (FRs) and Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) organizations, it is therefore important, not only to be aware of this development, but also to take measure and develop procedures, guidelines and tools to incorporate (mobile) online communication as an additional information and communication channel. Within the project iSAR+ the research and development of a set of guidelines was aimed that, in emergencies or crises, enable citizens using new mobile and online technologies to actively participate in the response effort, through the bi-directional provision, dissemination, sharing and retrieval of information essential for critical PPDR intervention, in search and rescue, and medical assistance. Those guidelines shall among all enable a smooth integration of iSAR+ solutions into the current CONOPS of PPDR (e.g. through technological, organizational, ethical and legal and human perspectives). In order to accomplish this, iSAR+ aimed at demonstrating and validating its main concepts by means of a technological platform presented to end-users in an interactive exercise namely a prototype that was delivered according to a spiral model of system design (i.e. successful iterations). The main results of the ISAR+ project are summarized in the book.
Can Islamic finance save the global system? Islamic Finance and the New Financial System describes how the adoption of Islamic finance principles in future regulatory decisions could help prevent future shocks in the global financial system. Using illustrations and examples to highlight key points in recent history, this book discusses the causes of financial crises, why they are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe, and how the new financial system will incorporate elements of Islamic finance - whether deliberately or not. With an introspective look at the system and an examination of the misconceptions and deficiencies in theory vs. practice, readers will learn why Islamic finance has not been as influential as it should be on the larger global system. Solutions to these crises are thoroughly detailed, and the author puts forth a compelling argument about what can be expected in the future. Despite international intervention and global policy changes, the financial system remains in a fragile state. There is an argument to be made about integrating Islamic finance into the new system to facilitate stronger resilience, and this book explains the nuts and bolts of the idea while providing the reader with a general understanding of Islamic finance. Understand the key principles of Islamic finance Examine the history of the current financial system Discover how Islamic finance can help build a new debt-free economy Learn how Islamic finance theory doesnt always dictate practice Although Islamic finance is a growing market, it is still a foreign concept to many. Those within the Islamic finance circles wonder why the system has yet to gain broader appeal despite its ability to create a strong and well-balanced economy. Islamic Finance and the New Financial System provides clever analysis and historical background to put the issues into perspective. TARIQ ALRIFAI has been involved in Islamic finance for more than 18 years. He is an active public speaker on Islamic finance around the world and a leading authority on Islamic funds and investment products. He has written for publications such as Euromoney Books and the Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, and was a contributing author of Contemporary Islamic Finance: Innovations, Applications and Best Practices , published in 2013. He is often quoted in print and electronic media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, and CNBC Arabia. Tariq was previously the Global Director of Islamic Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He also served as Vice President of UIB Capital, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Prior to this, he was Vice President and Manager of HSBC Banks Islamic Finance Program in the United States. In 1996 Tariq founded Failaka Advisors, which was the first-ever organization to monitor and publish research on Islamic funds. Tariq holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelors degree in international business from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
The Five Technological Forces Disrupting Security: How Cloud, Social, Mobile, Big Data and IoT are Transforming Physical Security in the Digital Age explores the major technological forces currently driving digital disruption in the security industry, and what they foretell for the future. The book provides a high-level perspective on how the industry is changing as a whole, as well as practical guidance on how to incorporate these new technologies to create better security solutions. It also examines key questions on how these new technologies have lowered barriers for new entrants in the field and how they are likely to change market dynamics and affect customer choices. Set in the context of one of the early dot.com companies to enter physical security, the narrative is written for professionals from Chief Security Officers and systems integrators to product managers and investors. Explores the five major technological forces driving digital change in commercial security Shows practitioners how to align security strategies with these inevitable changes Examines how the consumerization of security will change the vendor playing field Illustrates how security professionals can leverage these changes in their own careers Provides an adoption scorecard that ranks trends and timeline for impact Steven Van Till is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Brivo, Inc. a pioneering cloud services provider of access control, video surveillance, mobile, and identity solutions delivered as a SaaS offering. He also serves as Chairman of the SIA Standards Committee, and is a frequent author and speaker for numerous security publications and forums, and the inventor of several patents in the field of physical security. In 2009, Steve was honored by Security Magazine as one of The Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry. Mr. Van Till was previously Director of Internet Consulting for Sapient Corporation, where he lead client strategy engagements for the first wave of the dot.com era. At the healthcare informatics company HCIA, Steve was responsible for Internet strategy for data analytics services. Steve also has more than 10 years of experience in wireless communications as Vice President of Software Development at Geostar, and as Director of Systems Engineering at Communications Satellite Corporation.
This book offers a compendium of best practices in game dynamics. It covers a wide range of dynamic game elements ranging from player behavior over artificial intelligence to procedural content generation. Such dynamics make virtual worlds more lively and realistic and they also create the potential for moments of amazement and surprise. In many cases, game dynamics are driven by a combination of random seeds, player records and procedural algorithms. Games can even incorporate the players real-world behavior to create dynamic responses. The best practices illustrate how dynamic elements improve the user experience and increase the replay value. The book draws upon interdisciplinary approaches; researchers and practitioners from Game Studies, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology and other disciplines will find this book to be an exceptional resource of both creative inspiration and hands-on process knowledge. Oliver Korn is a full professor for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at Offenburg University in Germany. He also is a certified project manager (German Chamber of Commerce, DIHK), professional member of the ACM and the IEEE and an evaluator for the European Commission. After completing his master focusing on Computational Linguistics, he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and the Stuttgart Media University (HdM). He focused on HCI, especially simulations, gaming and gamification. In 2003, he co-founded KORION, a Fraunhofer spin-off developing simulations and games. As CEO, he was in charge of several national research projects and gained experience in countless industrial software development projects, both in the area of entertainment and business intelligence. In 2014, he received his PhD in computer science at the SimTech Excellence Cluster of the University of Stuttgart. His research is published in numerous international publications. Newton Lee is CEO of Newton Lee Laboratories LLC, president of the Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS), adjunct professor at Woodbury University School of Media, Culture & Design (MCD), editor-in-chief of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computers in Entertainment, and education and media advisor for the United States Transhumanist Party. Previously, Lee was a computer scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior producer and engineer at The Walt Disney Company where he led the in-house Games Group in developing over 100 online games for Disney.com and DisneyBlast.com. He was the founder of Disney Online Technology Forum, creator of Bell Labs first-ever commercial AI tool, and inventor of the worlds first annotated multimedia OPAC for the U.S. National Agricultural Library. Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science, and he earned a perfect GPA from Vincennes University with an A.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate in Computer Science. He has been honored with a Michigan Leading Edge Technologies Award, two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four volunteer project leadership awards from The Walt Disney Company.