Peer-To-Peer Lending and Equity Crowdfunding

Written by an industry pioneer who has hands-on experience in the brave new world of peer-to-peer lending and equity crowdfunding, this book serves as a resource for investors and entrepreneurs alike and investigates how these alternative mechanisms will increase the financial and operational capacity of borrowers, lenders, buyers, and sellers in the private markets.

Completing Capitalism

In this analytically rigorous and eminently practical book, Bruno Roche and Jay Jakub offer a vision of capitalism that focuses on measuring and managing multiple forms of capital, not just money. It's a book for businesses that want to thrive over the long term, not just into the next quarter. There are, Roche and Jakub say, three essential elements for economic growth: the planet that provides resources, people who transform resources and add value, and profit generated by the sale of transformed resources to provide liquidity in the system. To be sustainably successful, a business needs to pay attention to all three. What Roche and Jakub advocate is far more than mitigating the negative effects of capitalism via CSR-style practices or philanthropic initiatives. They propose a more complete model of capitalism that delivers superior financial performance precisely because it mobilizes and generates human, social, and natural capital along with financial capital. Because what gets measured gets managed, a huge part of Roche and Jakub's pioneering project is providing innovative metrics for evaluating businesses' human, social, and natural capital. And this is not just theory: they describe how the model has already delivered superior results in live business pilots in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. Recent high-profile books like Capital in the Twenty-First Century have exposed shortcomings in today's financial capitalism model, but this book goes far beyond by describing a well-developed, field-tested alternative.

Scenario Thinking

What if? Two of the most powerful - and frightening - words in business. Almost as bad as "I didn't see that coming." Some things that transform the marketplace overnight come from nowhere. Some things that create potentially critical under-performance are genuinely unforeseeable. Sometimes it is impossible to predict how a change in an organizational strategy will play out. Decision makers in organizations face more-and-more complex and ambiguous problems that need to be addressed under time pressure - and the need for practical decision support has become essential. The range of methods in this book will enable you to be prepared, proactive and resilient no matter what the future brings. Based on up-to-date academic research and years of application and iteration in the real world, this book, illustrated with examples of the value delivered in Europe, Australia and the Middle East, will transfer practical skills in scenario thinking using step-by-step instructions. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition introduces these new approaches in detail, with clear guidelines and examples to enable the reader to select and implement the most appropriate scenario method to suit the issue at hand - considering the timeframe for its investigation, the resources available and the outcomes expected.

The Golden Passport

A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm. With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulting giant McKinsey & Company. In The Golden Passport, he reveals the inner workings of a singular nexus of power, ambition, and influence: Harvard Business School. Harvard University occupies a unique place in the public's imagination, but HBS has arguably eclipsed its parent in terms of its influence on modern society. A Harvard degree guarantees respect. An HBS degree is, as the New York Times proclaimed in 1978, "the golden passport to life in the upper class." Those holding Harvard MBAs are near-guaranteed entrance into Western capitalism's most powerful realm--the corner office. Most people have a vague knowledge of the power of the HBS network, but few understand the dynamics that have made HBS an indestructible and powerful force for almost a century. As McDonald explores these dynamics, he also reveals how, despite HBS's enormous success, it has failed with respect to the stated goal of its founders: "the multiplication of men who will handle their current business problems in socially constructive ways." While HBS graduates tend to be very good at whatever they do, that is rarely the doing of good. At a time of pronounced economic disparity and political unrest, this hard-hitting yet fair portrait offers a much-needed look at an institution that has a profound influence on the shape of our society and all our lives.

Values-Based Innovation Management: innovating by what we care about

This concise guide shows how to renew business by focusing on its essential values. The book combines theoretical insights with a strong practical element, featuring a wealth of case studies and tools to help innovators solve societal problems and realise their ideals. This textbook is the ideal companion for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students studying innovation management or entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs, innovation managers and consultants will learn to expand into new markets.

Product Roadmapping

A good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish, and continuously update. In fact, this one document can steer an entire organization when it comes to delivering on company strategy. This practical guide teaches you how to create an effective product roadmap, and demonstrates how to use the roadmap to align stakeholders and prioritize ideas and requests. With it, you'll learn to communicate how your products will make your customers and organization successful. Whether you're a product manager, product owner, business analyst, program manager, project manager, scrum master, lead developer, designer, development manager, entrepreneur, or business owner, this book will show you how to: Articulate an inspiring vision and goals for your product, Prioritize ruthlessly and scientifically, Protect against pursuing seemingly good ideas without evaluation and prioritization, Ensure alignment with stakeholders, Inspire loyalty and over-delivery from your team, Get your sales team working with you instead of against you Bring a user and buyer-centric approach to planning and decision-making, Anticipate opportunities and stay ahead of the game, Publish a comprehensive roadmap without over committing.

ISO 9000 Quality Systems Handbook

Completely revised to align with ISO 9001:2015, this handbook has been the bible for users of ISO 9001 since 1994, helping organizations get certified and increase the quality of their outputs. The various ways in which requirements are interpreted and applied are discussed using published definitions, reasoned arguments and practical examples. Packed with insights into how the standard has been used, misused and misunderstood, ISO 9000 Quality Systems Handbook will help you to decide if ISO 9001 certification is right for your company and will gently guide you through the terminology, requirements and implementation of practices to enhance performance.

Navigating Through Changing Times

Complexity theory including the concepts of chaos and emergence has been considered one of the most revolutionary products of the 20th century having influence on science, technology and economics among others. The theory rejects the idea of organizations seen as machines and a planned approach to organizational change. Instead, the theory underlines understanding on how organizations adapt to their environments. Complexity theory suggests that organizations tend to self-organize themselves to a state where they regulate themselves. Complexity theory would advocate for approaches that focus on flatter, more flexible organizations. It shifts focus from management control to self-organization and individual interrelations between different people. The aim of Navigating through Changing Times: Knowledge Work in Complex Environment is to give insights on how complexity has changed the environment of many business organizations. The book aims at identifying and discussing special features of business organizations performing knowledge work in a knowledge-oriented economy. Navigating through Changing Times: Knowledge Work in Complex Environment will be vital reading for those scholar and researchers in the fields of knowledge and wisdom management as well as organizational behavior and communication, HRM, strategy, culture, change and development and other related disciplines.

Machiavellian Intelligence

Machiavellian Intelligence argues that many intelligent and hard-working professionals with good leadership skills fail to maximize their career potential because of a number of instinctive 'good' habits - things that make them highly effective executives, well-liked and respected by their colleagues, but which are not best designed to take them to the very top of their chosen career.

Econometric Analysis

Bridging the gap between social science studies and econometric analysis Designed to bridge the gap between social science studies and field-econometrics, Econometric Analysis, 8th Edition presents this ever-growing area at an accessible level. The book first introduces readers to basic techniques, a rich variety of models, and underlying theory that is easy to put into practice. It then presents readers with a sufficient theoretical background to understand advanced techniques and to recognize new variants of established models. This focus, along with hundreds of worked numerical examples, ensures that readers can apply the theory to real-world application and are prepared to be successful economists in the field.

Boss Lady

Too often, depictions of women's rise in corporate America leave out the first generation of breakthrough women entrepreneurs. Here, Edith Sparks restores the careers of three pioneering businesswomen--Tillie Lewis (founder of Flotill Products), Olive Ann Beech (cofounder of Beech Aircraft), and Margaret Rudkin (founder of Pepperidge Farm)--who started their own manufacturing companies in the 1930s, sold them to major corporations in the 1960s and 1970s, and became members of their corporate boards.

Signs of Life

Signs of Life: Why Brands Matter is a new polemic from renowned design guru and author Stephen Bayley. Drawing on colorful examples, Bayley offers a detailed look at the evolution of the design industry, celebrating the rich history behind recognizable brands and lamenting their possible decline.Brands and branding have permeated our lives at every level, from the corporate, with the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola or FedEx logos, to the cultural, when the city of New York became synonymous with the 1977 'I heart New York' graphic design. At its peak, advertising and branding expertly portrayed a world of value and desires.However, as conventional advertising becomes redundant, and younger affluent buyers suffer from consumer fatigue, brands are becoming more vulnerable and are under more pressure to adapt. Distinctive presentation on cigarette packaging has already been banned in the UK and some other countries, with a question mark over whether alcohol and other 'sin' products, such as sugar and fast food, will logically follow.In Signs of Life, Bayley explores what makes a great brand, and unpicks some catastrophic failures along the way. He argues the case that far from being pernicious, manipulative voodoo, brands and branding should be regarded as the contemporary equivalent of folk art. Brands aren't just about the logo, but about culture and creativity, and they make an enormous contribution to our economy. If brands are under threat, in turn both culture and economy would suffer.

Authentic Leadership (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)

This book explains the role of authenticity in emotionally intelligent leadership. You'll learn how to discover your authentic self, when emotional responses are appropriate, how conforming to specific standards can hurt you, and when you need to feel like a fake. This volume includes the work of: Bill George Herminia Ibarra Rob Goffee Gareth Jones This collection of articles includes: "Discovering Your Authentic Leadership" by Bill George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. McLean, and Diana Mayer; "The Authenticity Paradox" by Herminia Ibarra; "What Bosses Gain by Being Vulnerable" by Emma Seppala; "Practice Tough Empathy" by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones; "Cracking the Code That Stalls People of Color" by Sylvia Ann Hewitt; "For a Corporate Apology to Work, the CEO Should Look Sad" by Sarah Green Carmichael; and "Are Leaders Getting Too Emotional?" an interview with Gautam Mukunda and Gianpiero Petriglieri by Adi Ignatius and Sarah Green Carmichael. How to be human at work. The HBR Emotional Intelligence Series features smart, essential reading on the human side of professional life from the pages of Harvard Business Review.