Crisis Management Strategy, first published in 1993, is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of crisis management in modern enterprises. Simon Booth examines the conventional approaches followed by many firms in the face of change and crisis. He warns of the dangers of theories which oversimplify the causes of crisis and their possible solutions, and which overlook the individual nature of each firm and its environment. Instead, a dynamic new vision of crisis management is offered, which takes into account different kinds of crisis demanding diverse solutions. The key role of leadership is also evaluated in relation to both internally and externally generated crises.
Drawing on case studies of leading firms facing crisis solutions in a variety of environments, this truly international volume will provide valuable insight into the experience of crisis, risk and uncertainty. This title will be of interest to students of business.
The collapse of major corporations during the global financial crisis, major accidents, and strategic mistakes resulting from mismanagement, have highlighted the crucial role that bad decision making has in creating disasters.Â People are at the core of corporate success and failure.Â Researchers in behavioral psychology have discovered that individual persons and groups are not good at making decisions as they fall prey to human biases, giving rise to the term "people risk."Â
Risk management experts Keith Blacker and Patrick McConnell provide a business-friendly introduction to behavioral psychology, explaining how biases, illusions, and conflicts of interest can lead board members, managers, and employees to make potentially disastrous decisions.Â Using case studies and examples, the authors demonstrate how crucial people risk management is and how ineffective risk management can create crises.Â They also offer practical tips and tools for changing the culture and structure of organizations to better align people risks with corporate values and provide advice on managing the roles and responsibilities of those directly involved in overseeing risk and people management.
This book identifies the key factors that explain differing degrees of coherence in EU crisis management, and offers a comparative analysis of its peace operations in Africa. How does the European Union (EU) bridge the member states' varying interests and norms to play its desired role as a comprehensive international security actor? The past decades have shown that the degree to which the Union succeeds in this endeavour varies. This book identifies the key factors that explain differing degrees of coherence in EU crisis management. 'Coherence' is understood here as the absence of contradiction and existence of synergies between various EU and national crisis management policies, instruments, and activities geared towards a set of overarching objectives; it thus constitutes an essential precondition for EU security actorness. The analysis starts from the assumption that coherence is a function of competing and conflicting interests and norms. Overall, the book argues that the EU represents a rather unpredictable security actor, whose multi-level coherence depends on the context-specific balance between domestically defined economic and electoral interests and stakes on the one hand, and salient, embedded norms on the other. The influence and interaction of these factors across governance levels are viewed through two theoretical lenses: liberal intergovernmentalism and sociological institutionalism. The lenses are applied to three post-Lisbon cases of EU crisis management in Africa, namely Libya (2011), Somalia (2011-2012), and Mali (2012-13). The analysis traces the activities and interaction of EU institutional actors and member states, with a focus on France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. It shows that the degree of coherence in EU crisis management is contingent on the congruence of domestic economic and electoral interests, as well as national threat perceptions. But it also depends on the extent to which EU-level coherence norms resonate with national norms on the use of force and preferred modes of multilateral cooperation. In sum, this book offers systematic insight into EU crisis management and clarifies the conceptual and empirical boundaries of the comprehensive approach. Finally, the study of the micro-foundations of coherence allows for policy-relevant suggestions on the state of the art and future prospects of the Union's security actorness. This book will be of much interest to students of EU policy, European Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, African Politics and IR in general.
Management has lost the art of strategic thinking. Most strategy models were established 10/20 years ago and are now redundant. Without the appropriate strategy tools, management attention has turned inward on issues such as reengineering and tended to shorter term market perspectives. But the industrial world is evolving at break-neck pace and a new approach is urgently required to help Business develop the long term competitive strategies. This book provides that framework in the form of The Market Commitment Model. This places commitment to future success as central, supported by exceptional service, emotion and total immersion in the market place: knowing your customers so well you can anticipate their future needs. This new strategy model will help companies lift themselves to a new level of advantage, growth and profitability in the late 1990s and beyond.
The management of South Africa's elephants is a lightning-rod for a whole range of associated values-based policy issues pertaining to elephant in South Africa. The results of this comprehensive work will pave a way to better resolution of these controversial issues. The research has been thoroughly peer-, stakeholder- and publicity reviewed. It contains contributions from an expert author team comprised of many of the world's leading specialists, including biologists, environmentalists, ethicists, economists and lawyers. This title explores a range of topics: synthsising, evaluating and summarizing knowledge on the biology and ecology of elephants, elephant effects on trees, other herbivores, birds and ecosystem function, management techniques and the social, economic and ethical implications various options. Elephant management is the first of its kind and topical both nationally and internationally. The anticipated readership is broad, including not only conservation policymakers and practitioners in South Africa and Africa, but also postgraduate students in many parts of the world, researchers and academics, conservation NGO's, and members of the public. The title is likely to become required reading for university courses on related topics.