Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history. Finance has become America's dominant industry, while manufacturing, even for high technology industries, has nearly disappeared. The financial sector has become increasingly criminalized, with the widespread fraud that caused the housing bubble going completely unpunished. Federal tax collections as a share of GDP are at their lowest level in 60 years, with the wealthy and highly profitable corporations enjoying the greatest tax reductions. Most shockingly, the United States, so long the beacon of opportunity for the ambitious poor, has become one of the world's most unequal and unfair societies. If you're smart and a hard worker, but your parents aren't rich, you're now better off being born in Munich, Germany, or in Singapore than in Cleveland, Ohio, or New York. This radical shift did not happen by accident. Ferguson shows how, since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, both major political parties have become captives of the moneyed elite. It was the Clinton administration that dismantled the regulatory controls that protected the average citizen from avaricious financiers. It was the Bush team that destroyed the federal revenue base with its grotesquely skewed tax cuts for the rich. And it is the Obama White House that has allowed financial criminals to continue to operate unchecked, even after supposed "reforms" installed after the collapse of 2008. Predator Nation reveals how once-revered figures like 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003086/bk_rand_003086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Want Market Share? Google It! You know you've hit it big when your name becomes a verb - and no one knows that better than Google. In just over 10 years, Google has become the world's most valuable brand, consistently dominating its category and generating $6 billion in revenue per quarter. How does Google do it? In a word: marketing. You may not think Google does much marketing. Indeed, it doesn't do a lot of what has traditionally been viewed as marketing. But in today's digital world, marketing has taken new shape - and Google is at the cutting edge. In Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned from Google, digital marketing expert Aaron Goldman offers 20 powerful lessons straight from Google's playbook. Taking you deep into the inner workings of the Googleplex (which are simpler than you think), Goldman provides the knowledge and tools you need to build and grow your brand (which is also simpler than you think). Along the way, he shows how Google's tactics are being used by a wide range of successful corporations, from Apple to Zappos. Key principles include: Tap into the Wisdom of Crowds: Get the signals you need directly from your customers Keep It Simple, Stupid: Craft messages people can grasp in a nanosecond and pass along Don't Interrupt: Join the conversation - but avoid disrupting it Act Like Content: Provide value, not sales pitches Test Everything: Take no detail of your program for granted; you can always improve Show Off Your Assets: Distribute your brand everywhere The beauty of it all is that these Googley lessons can be applied to every aspect of marketing, in organizations of any size. Whether you run a PR department in a multinational corporation or serve as the sole marketer in a small business, these tactics work. In its mission to "organize the world's information 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000104/bk_graw_000104_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Agriculture is the backbone of Nepal having its one-third share in GDP and employs two-third population. Nepal is adopting most liberal trade policies among South Asian countries but facing decade long trade stress in lieu of that almost one-third population living in two-third of districts are food deficit. This study has been quantifying impacts of trade liberalization by using extended form of multi-market model for rice, wheat, maize and potato markets in 2010. Altogether ten policy scenarios under five broad categories are simulated and respective results are compared with base period. Impact indicators of food self-sufficiency, economic surplus, GDP growth, food trade balance, self-reliance, and government revenue are expected to be far better in partial policy reforms even world price increases,supply shock happens or global food demand increases but net-food consumption and net-welfare improvement are far better under moderate to full trade policy reforms. Study recommends tetra-track policies for reducing food insecurity trade stress in the WTO regime.
The question on how to allocate revenue to the different tiers of government has always been and will continue to be a cause for consent to many countries and scholars. To meet the objective of a better sharing mechanism, countries ascribe to different forms of government. Cameroon favors a decentralized system of government wherein the different tiers of government concern are: State, Regional and Local governments. This work looks at the various principles of revenue allocation, on how to share revenue among the tiers of government and how to allocate revenue among the components of a particular tier. It equally examines the concept, pillars, and reasons for fiscal decentralization. The research also looks at the advantages and disadvantages of decentralization, making an overview of revenue allocation in Cameroon and putting forward recommendations.
This case study focuses on the company Let's Gowex SA and the accounting fraud committed by its CEO. By analysing the company's financial statements from 2009 to 2013 with popular fraud ratios as well as examining several qualitative factors, it seeks to find recommendations on how to better protect investors and other stakeholders in the future. The objective of the analysis is to find a valid manipulation detection strategy that could prevent big-scale fraud scandals by detecting manipulations earlier. On the basis of these findings, we recommend to automatize the comparison among the performance measures of different publically listed companies. The use of the Beneish M-Score as well as the Z-value developed by Bladu et al. to assess the general risk that a company could be a manipulator is recommended. In addition to that, general performance measures of the industry should be collected and publically traded companies should be compared to their peer group regarding revenue growth, depreciation rate and share price development in a standardized way. If that analysis gives reason for concern, an in-depth analysis of qualitative signals should be conducted.
Winner of The Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award!Align your leadership team to deliver the highest possible value to your customersToo many organizations today suffer from silo-centric behavior and intra-organizational conflict. Yet most don't understand what's holding them back from achieving outstanding performance.Value stream mapping--an essential but underusedmethodology--is a proven approach to help you visualize and resolve disconnects, redundancies, and gaps in your value delivery system. More than merely a tool to eliminateoperational waste, value stream mapping is a highly effective means to transform leadership thinking, define strategy and priorities, and create customer-centric work flow.In this detailed guide, business performance improvement experts Karen Martin and Mike Osterling present a practical way to deeply understand how work gets done--in any environment--and how to design improvedwork systems.You'll learn how to:Prepare and engage your leadership team in the transformation processGain a deep understanding about your current work systems and the related barriers to delivering valueDesign a future state that enables outstanding performance on all frontsAdopt the new design and lay the foundation for continued improvementWhether you are a novice, an experienced improvement practitioner, or a leader, Value Stream Mapping will help you design and operate your business more effectively. And if your organization already uses value stream mapping, this book will help you improve yourtransformation efforts.In today's rapid-fire business environment, there are too many problems to be solved and too many opportunities to be leveraged to operate without a highly effective means for accomplishing the important work to be done.Value stream mapping is the missing link in business management and, properly executed, has the power to address many business woes.PRAISE FOR VALUE STREAM MAPPING "Value stream mapping has evolved from its roots as a tool used by geeks to reimagine and reconfigure manufacturing operations to a process to enable deep organizational intervention and transformation. With Value Stream Mapping , Karen Martin and MikeOsterling provide an outstanding guide for practitioners engaged in the challenging work of improving the horizontal flow of value across organizations." -- John Shook, Chairman and CEO, Lean Enterprise Institute, and author, Learning to See"Despite decades of viewing value stream mapping as the core tool of Lean transformations, there is still confusion. Karen and Mike put mapping in its proper perspective as a methodology for getting high-performing teams to see waste, share a future state vision, and build meaningful actions that are carried out with passion and purpose." -- Jeffrey Liker, author, The Toyota Way"In Value Stream Mapping , Karen and Mike not only provide a great how-to book for transforming value streams, they also demonstrate the benefits that taking a holistic view can have on an organization's culture and commitment to customer value. There is something to learn for the novice and expert on every page." -- Jeff Chester, Chief Revenue Officer & Senior Vice President, Availity"Martin and Osterling have written an excellent book that shows you how to do value stream mapping and do it right. Follow their advice and your organization will get the profoundly radical change required to better serve your customers and create unprecedented profits and agility." -- Brian Maskell , author, Practical Lean Accounting"VSM is often misunderstood and underutilized. Strategically, it can be a Rosetta Stone to help bring disparate organizational silos together and a catalyst for stimulating and prioritizing enterprise-wide transformation. Karen and Mike h
Combine the best parts of your personal and professional life to live the life you really want Balance is BS is an unflinching and honest look at the challenges that today's working woman faces in balancing her professional and personal lives. In the United States, women comprise over 40% of household income. Increased gender diversity in the modern business landscape continues to have a positive impact on bottom lines and revenue reports across the economy and offers significant benefits for ambitious women in the workplace. This increase of women in the workforce does present a serious problem--women are working longer and harder outside of the home, but their workload has not lessened inside of the home. While their career prospects rise, expectations of our family and personal lives remain flat. Women pursue the mythical 'work-life' balance and feel guilty for not reaching it. There is a better way.This insightful book provides working women with real-world advice, enabling them to blend your personal and professional life, avoid burning out, and raise expectations of themselves and those around them. Every chapter presents practical exercises to identify values and focus on what matters most. Following the path laid out by this essential guide allows you to: Blend business and personal lives together without compromising your values Adjust expectations of yourself and others around you Use practical exercises and effective techniques to combine work, social, family, and parenting lives Stop feeling guilty about your work-life balance and embrace the best parts of both Balance is BS is an invaluable resource for working women regardless of profession, experience, and status. Author Tamara Loehr draws on her years of entrepreneurial success to share her proven methods of merging work, play, and family to map out and reach the life you actually want to live.
Get proven guidance to build a market-driven supply chain management system Supply chain management processes have gradually shifted from a supply-driven focus to a demand-driven one in order to better synchronize demand and supply signals. Bricks Matter shows you how you can identify market risks and opportunities and translate these into winning tactics. Business cases highlight how business leaders are winning through market-driven approaches. * Helps you understand how to apply the emerging world of predictive analytics for the better management of value networks * Includes business cases illustrating the market-driven approach * Reveals how businesses can identify market risks and translate these into supply-side tactics As companies transition from demand-driven to market-driven approach, the focus in organizations shifts from one of vertical excellence to building strong market-to-market horizontal processes. Improve revenue by increasing market share, improve profit margins, and maintain high levels of customer service with the indispensable guidance found in Bricks Matter.
In the last decade, medical group practices have been hit hard by reduced reimbursement, increased regulatory requirements, and rising staffing costs, not to mention a host of other challenges. As a result, virtually all medical group practices are seeking ways to enhance their performance. In this practical guide, leading experts from The Camden Group share their proven methods for group practice success through improved strategic planning, better organizational structures, new physician compensation plans, additional sources of revenue, benchmarking, dynamic information systems, enhanced patient satisfaction, and more. Whether you want to completely restructure your practice for success or simply sharpen performance, Medical Group Management has the tools and strategies you need to lead your group toward positive change.