Review of Patent Ready by Gregory Kavounas

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As advanced economies move increasingly towards the knowledge-based economy as a means of further economic growth, their need to protect the intellectual property (IP) that they are able to produce increases in importance. In capitalist societies, the willingness of people and firms to invest their resources in innovation depends to a considerable extent upon their ability to retain the benefits of that innovation for their personal benefit.

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Review of Jagersma’s On Becoming Extraordinary

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As capitalism continues to evolve and spread itself over more and more aspects of human life, it is inevitable that commercial organizations will find ways to profit from those different activities. One such area is the provision of advice – management consultancy, in other words. What previously might have been sought through social networks and personal contacts is now dominated by what author Pieter Klaas Jagersma calls professional service firms.

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Review of William F Brandt Jr.’s COMPASS: Creating Exceptional Organizations

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One of the principal reasons why this management guide (which I was invited to review) is superior to most of the others I have read is that the author demonstrates he has read widely and learned from what he has read – that is, after all, always going to be a feature that pleases a teacher. From as early as p.28, when author William F. Brandt Jr. shows how an article in the Harvard Business Review helped him reshape the strategy for his company at a time of impending doom, the text is usefully informed by lessons learned from a wide range of reading.

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Sino-Thai Relations in Historical Perspective: The Implications for Contemporary Organizational Management

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This paper, by Sirirat Ngamsang and myself, has been accepted for publication at the forthcoming ICGBE Conference to be held in Bangkok in June this year.

Abstract:

Thailand and China have had a relationship for many centuries, initially as a result of Siam (now Thailand) joining the tributary system that permitted participation in the designated Chinese markets. The relationship has also taken place at an individual level as the result of untold thousands of Chinese migrants who have travelled to the south in search of a better life. On various occasions in history, the presence of Chinese migrants has provoked a discourse of conflict, in which the migrants were considered to present a ‘problem’ and, infamously, ‘the Jews of the East.’ National relations were halted during the Japanese invasion of China and then the Civil War that led to the Communist Revolution. Thailand’s presence in the American-led capitalist world prevented formal communications and this remained the case until the normalization of relations after the Open Door Policy was announced. During that period, many Chinese migrants and their family members were suspected of collusion with a potential Communist insurgency in Thailand and this encourage further integration into Thai society while, also, inhibiting the creation of a political party aiming to represent ethnic Chinese interests. Normalization of relations has been followed by rapid increase in trade and investment on a bilateral basis and the signing of various international agreements have deepened and broadened the forms of cooperation that have been possible. Chinese corporations have been accompanied by Confucius Institutes, which are non-governmental organizations promoting Chinese language teaching and cultural exchange. This paper explores the changing nature of Sino-Thai relations through history and uses this analysis to discuss the implications for organizational management in the present.

Keywords: China, historical relations, migration, organizational management, Thailand

Review of B.L. Brown’s Halo-Orangees Published at Bookideas

Halo-Orangees is an acronym standing for Helping Advocate Longevity of Organizations by Obtaining Objectives through Redefining Above-Board New Generational Guidelines for Employer Employee Standards. It is intended, it seems, as a combination of self-help book for employees and a recommended means of action for employers.

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What Is a Case Study?

A case study is a method of studying phenomena, particularly complex phenomena in the world of society and the social  sciences which can only rarely be modeled accurately by quantitative  means. The purpose of the case study is, therefore, to investigate  through the lens of a single unit the impact of larger changes and effects.

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Business Research Methods: Hypothesis Formation

In business research, progress is made by testing hypotheses and, specifically, in the form of null hypotheses. What, then, is a hypothesis? In formal terms, it is the suggestion that there is a relationship between two variables. The relationship is not specified and could take one or more than one of a number of different forms.

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