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In Situ Monitoring of Aquatic Systems

 

Author: Buffle

This outstanding volume enables researchers to develop robust sensors and instruments for automatic ‘on site’ measurement of water quality. The need for an efficient multi-parameter monitoring system is ever-increasing, given that human activity is impacting so greatly on ecosystems and the increased need to develop our understanding of the underlying environmental processes.

Edited by two renowned experts, this book evaluates developments over the last 10-20 years which will form the basis of future sophisticated in situ monitoring systems. The emphasis is on micro-analytical monitoring techniques and microtechnology.

* Critically discusses the state of the art of existing techniques and devices
* Overviews what can be expected in terms of performance
* Outlines possible improvements in the future
This book will be invaluable to both researchers interested in the development of environmental monitoring systems and laboratories in charge of water quality assessment by providing them with a critical evaluation of existing and possible future options.

The Oxford Companion to Architecture 1

Author: Goode

The Oxford Companion to Architecture is a unique and indispensable two-volume resource for all who wish to enrich their passion and knowledge of architecture. 1,500 A-Z entries cover all aspects of architecture, from architects, building types, and movements and styles to materials, aspects of design, and definitions. High-quality illustrations complement and enhance the text, and in-depth cross-referencing and a thematic table of contents enable readers to find information easily.

Embracing the world of architecture in all its variety, the Companion offers complete coverage of architecture from around the world, giving equal weight to architecture in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America as to the more familiar examples from Western Europe and the United States, and of both modern and vernacular architecture. It covers all periods, from the beginnings of architecture in ancient Egypt to the present day, and yet is strongly rooted in an approach to architecture that looks at its social, technical, and practical aspects, beyond an art-historical perspective. Written by a team of over 150 distinguished contributors, The Oxford Companion to Architecture is one of the most authoritative, up-to-date and accessible architecture reference books available.

HRM Strategic Integration and Organizational Performance

Author:  Chanda

 

Human Resources Management (HRM) has a very important facilitative and strategic role in organisational success. Several financial and non-financial performance measures of an organisation are positively related to its levels of HRM Strategic Integration (HRMSI). This book develops a better understanding of strategic HRM and its impact on organisational performance.

HRM Strategic Integration and Organizational Performance proposes a framework for HRMSI that helps formulate and implement the integration of strategic HRM in organisations for enhanced organisational performance.

The key features of the book are:

” A detailed analysis of strategic integration practices like recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development, rewards and recognitions and employees relations.

” A thorough literature review on the relationship between HRM, strategic HRM and performance.

” New research data from a huge cross section of the industry and high-end statistical research analysis using structural equation modelling.

” A template of step-by-step HRMSI methodology to help future academics and professionals.

The book will serve as an ideal reference material for scholars of human resources and business strategy. It will also be an invaluable guide for implementers of strategic HRM and students of management and business.

International Business Strategy

 

Author: Alain Verbeke

 

Verbeke provides a new perspective on international business strategy by combining analytical rigor and true managerial insight on the functioning of large multinational enterprises (MNEs). With unique commentary on 48 seminal articles published in the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review and the California Management Review over the past three decades, Verbeke shows how these can be applied to real businesses engaged in international expansion programs, especially as they venture into high-distance markets. The second edition has been thoroughly updated and features greater coverage of emerging markets with a new chapter and seven new cases. Suited for advanced undergraduates and graduate courses, students will benefit from updated case studies and improved learning features, including ‘management takeaways’, key lessons that can be applied to MNEs and a wide range of online resources.

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Vermiculture Technology in Tribal Social Systems

Author: G. P. D. Vyas

 

Organic agriculture is not new to Indian agriculture community. Several forms of organic agriculture are being successfully practiced in diverse climate, particularly in rain fed, tribal, mountains and hill areas of the country. Among all agriculture systems, organic agriculture is gaining wide attention among farmers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and agricultural scientists for varied reasons such as it minimizes the dependence on chemical inputs (fertilizers pesticides, herbicides and other agro- chemicals). Thus, safeguards/ improve quality of resources and it is labour intensive and provides an opportunity to increase rural employment and achieve long term improvements in quality of resource base. But the need of the hour is the chalking out of a definite nationwide strategy on this issue and the linking of the sources of production to the market for the same. Organic agriculture is becoming more popular because consumers are demanding healthful and environmentally-friendly food. Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, eco-systems and people if relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. On the contrast non-availability of good quality culture at the time of sowing was a major problem faced by 75 per cent farmers, While, non-availability of Vermicompost in adequate quantity was also a problem expressed by 44 per cent farmers in use of organic farming techniques as observed by (Saxena and Singh, 2000). Kaur (2002) revealed that lack of technical guidance, scarcity of water, too much care and maintenance as some of the common problems faced by the respondents in adoption of vermicompost technology. Requirement of extra land holding, lack of knowledge, lack of technical guidance and scarcity of water were the main problems reported by 21-34 per cent respondents in adoption of green manure (Kalawati, 2003).

Apparel Merchandising

Author: Te Line 

Apparel Merchandising: The Line Starts Here analyzes the evolution and development of the merchandising function in branded apparel companies and retail private label apparel. It describes today’s challenges for both apparel manufacturers and retailers in meeting the consumer’s demands for the right products at the right prices – and at the right times. Approached from the perspective of the apparel product manager, Rosenau and Wilson cover men’s and women’s sportswear and activewear and children’s wear in both domestic and international markets.

The text follows the evolution of the merchandising function with emphasis on product development and production efficiency, highlighting the philosophies of industry executives and the effective integration of the merchandising, marketing, and manufacturing functions along the way. The third edition emphasizes the increased importance of retailer’s private brands, explores how companies apply technology to all facets of product development and supply chain management, and addresses the impact of social media on both retailers and apparel manufacturers.

Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Temperate Agriculture

Edited by K Evans, Rothamsted Experimental Station, UK, D Trudgill, Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK, J Webster, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Nematodes are major pests of a number of temperate crops and can cause significant economic losses to farmers. This book provides a comprehensive account of such parasites, with chapters focusing on nematode pests of the main crops of importance in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. Written by leading authorities from the USA, UK, Canada, France, Netherlands, Australia, Bolivia and New Zealand this book is a definitive reference work for plant pathologists in general, and nematologists in particular.

The Economics of Sustainable Development

The Case of India

Authors: Kumar, Surender, Managi, Shunsuke

This book provides a look at the current status and future potential of sustainable development in India. Macroeconomic developments, regional disparity and poverty situation, the trend in natural resource depletion and environmental degradation, trajectory of economic development, and conventional wealth are discussed. A history of environmental regulations and the current state of the environment in India are provided along with the possible reasons for non-compliance of environmental standards in the country. This book studies many different aspects of industries in India from supply and demand sides and efficiency and productivity analyses are provided in detail. Before the liberalization of its economy began in 1991, India had been one of the most over-regulated and closed economies in the world. Market productivity is examined and tests whether the post-reform period shows any improvement in productivity and efficiency in comparison to the pre-reform period. Other subjects are discussed, including the economic value that the urban population of India places on improving the air quality, the cost of sustainable industrial development, industrial water use and analysis of the relationship between the price of oil and the macro economy as it applies to India.

Technological change is vital to maintaining standards of living in modern economies with finite resources and increasingly stringent environmental goals. Successful environmental policies can contribute to efficiency by encouraging, rather than inhibiting, technological innovation. However, little research to date has focused on the design and implementation of environmental regulations that ensure productivity improvements in the face of increasing stringency of environmental regulations. This study models and measures productivity change, which is critical because energy resources are central to sustaining an economy. The traditional issues of measuring productivity change were recast by recognizing that production activity implicitly embodies joint production of market and environmental outputs. Furthermore, the Porter Hypothesis, which states that well designed environmental regulations can potentially contribute to productive efficiency in the long run by encouraging innovation, is tested using firm level data.