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Organizational Behavior Book Management Book Review

… ¶ … Organizational Behavior

Book review of a management topic of your choice

The book chosen for review in this paper is 'Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations' published in 2011 and written by Ricky W. Griffin, Gregory Moorhead. A number of definitions have been given for the term organizational behavior. The most important definition argues that organizational behavior deals with the effects and impacts that the groups and individuals within the organizations have on overall behaviors within an organization. Thereby, it can be argued here that organizational behavior is a multifactorial dimension of a workplace. The book deals with important aspects of organizational behavior, how overall environment of an organization affects behaviors in an organization and how interpersonal relationships affect the behaviors within the…. [read more]

Policy Issues in Education Settings Research Paper

… Mupinga, D.M., Nora, R.T. & Yaw, D. (2006). The Learning Styles, Expectations, and Needs of Online Students. College Teaching, 54(1), 185-189.

This is an article which summarizes the challenges and limitations of web-based learning vs. The specific needs and expectations of students who utilize this type of learning. "Online learning environments lend themselves to a less hierarchical approach to instruction, meeting the learning needs of people who do not approach new information in a systematic or linear fashion. Online learning is also most suitable for independent learners. However, the majority of students who take Web classes do so not necessarily because the format suits their learning styles, but because they are attracted by the convenience, availability"

Navarro, P., and J. Shoemaker. 1999. Economics in cyberspace:…. [read more]

American Foreign Policy Theories Essay

… However, even as American foreign policy became more "idealistic" over time, it maintained an underlying "realism" which believes that the "American way' is a model that all others would do well to emulate." (Scott, 1998, p.4) In this way, Scott asserts that liberal Americans have, in their attempt to create a more "idealistic" foreign policy, have in reality maintained the traditional "realistic" view. In other words, by promoting American culture and values, Americans have continued to promote a realistic foreign policy that maintains American interests first. The only difference is that the American interests promoted by the more liberal idealists are liberal democratic ones.

Finally, a third book which details the first three years of current President Barack Obama's foreign policy and its philosophical basis,…. [read more]

Public Policy Processes and Analytical Approaches Critical Book Report

… Public Policy Processes and Analytical Approaches

Critical Book Review- David E. Lewis, the Politics of Presidential Appointments:

Lewis, David. 2008. The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control Public Policy Processes and Analytical Approaches

Critical Book Review:

The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (2008)

PAPA 6214 Public Policy Processes and Analytical Approaches - Professor Patrick Roberts

Stacey Shindelar

David E. Lewis' book on political appointment in the United States has been considered to be one of the most important writings in the field of public policies of the last years. This is largely due to the fact that the book in itself represents a comprehensive view and analysis on the way in which appointments are achieved at the high level of local…. [read more]

Policy Making at Csu, Monterey Bay California Term Paper

… Policy Making at Csu, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay is situated on the Monterey Peninsula, in Seaside, California. It is a part of the CSU system. At CSUMB, the stress and focus is towards multi-cultural diversity and learning, in contrast to the approach of the more traditional higher education centers in the U.S. It was founded on September 25, 1994. CSUMB boasts a rich and diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. A characteristic which makes CSUMB different from many other educational institutions is their focus on the post-studies phase of a student's life. It is called an outcome-based approach, where students are prepared for the rigors of professional life, by making them go through a comprehensive curriculum. The students are required to contribute…. [read more]

Policy Statement for Early Childhood Business Plan

… Remember that children are unpredictable and can dart in front of vehicles, trust our teachers but always look before pulling away from the drop off zone and driving through the parking lot

Drop Off Policy After Drop Off Hours

We understand that there are days and circumstances with children that limit your ability to drop off your students during drop-off hours. If you arrive after 8 am we ask that you observe the following rules:

Please Initial Beside Each Policy Below

Students must be physically checked into the facility at the front desk with a caregiver if dropped off after 8 am.

Please park in visitor parking and escort your student into the center to the main desk to sign them into their classroom for…. [read more]

Hezbollah Augustus Richard Norton's Book Book Report

… This is not discussed by the authors reviewed here, however, though the resistance to Israel generally as a source of tension in the region and with Hezbollah specifically is certainly exploited by the organization, and truly creating a fear or "terror" of the Jewish state is a definite part of Hezbollah's ultimate goals in certain of its actions and policies.

The Reviews Are In

Understanding the true legitimacy of Norton's claims is difficult for the novice student in the area, and a reliance on other critical views of Hezbollah: A Short History does much to question a work that otherwise comes across as quit definitive. Many others express a great deal of approval for the book, though even those with generally positive comments tend to…. [read more]

Finances Critical Book Reviews "America's Oligarchy" Johnson Book Review

… Finances

Critical Book Reviews

"America's Oligarchy"

Johnson, Simon., & Kwak, James. (2010). The wall street takeover and the next financial Meltdown. New York: Pantheon Books.

Paperback: $15.95

ISBN: 030747660X

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Simon Johnson is one of the most frequently cited economists of the 21st century and was considered a "go to guy" during the recent economic meltdown. Simon Johnson, previously the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT, and author of the controversial "The Quiet Coup."

Johnson and Kwak's, "The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown" asserts that Washington has and will accede to the vested interests of an unbridled financial sector that runs up profits in good years and dumps its losses on taxpayers in…. [read more]

Policy Making I Explore Essay

… ' Various pro and anti-gun control groups offered proposals, spanning from banning assault rifles to doing nothing. The value of these proposals varied in terms of their likely efficacy and the groups that supported them all had their own agendas, based upon their missions and bases of support. The extent to which politicians were influenced depended upon everything from the elected official's personal convictions; his contingency; funding sources for his political activities; and the policy dynamic of Washington. Gun violence is a frequently-articulated concern in the American political discourse, but events such as the shooting and systemic factors such as increasingly expensive and partisan election campaigns influenced the recent defeat of gun control legislation in the Congress. The NRA has a major influence upon elections…. [read more]

Policy Making Process Welfare Reform Term Paper

… Certain tools are developed to organize these actors and their influences so that reforms are made more effective and each point adds beneficial value in it (Rossetti and Bossert, 1999).

Politics and Healthcare Reforms

The modern world is focusing on the efficacy of healthcare systems and modern politicians are also paying much attention to it. The subject enjoys so much importance that need of reforms is realized at national level and a niche of government officers is dedicated to it. Most probably these officials belong to ministry of health and they are skilled in the field of policy analysis. They may have special technical skills in the field of health sciences but their exposure to relationship between policy formwork and healthcare setting is relatively poor.…. [read more]

Health Care Reform Policies Essay

… On the 13th of October the year 2009, the finance committee voted on the America's Healthy Future Act, approving it also in March 2010, the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act together with the Health Care Reform Improvements Bill was passed by the House of Representatives (Stolberg & Pear, 2010).

Implementation Stage

This stage is materialized when a policy, which is authorized, is overseen and enforced. This is accomplished by the appropriate agency of the government (Howard, 2005). In this stage, the agency charged with administering and enforcing the policy, is in all probability, required to make available the missing elements in addition to providing judgement over the objectives, schedules, program design, goals and reporting structures of the policy. In the case of the United…. [read more]

Policy Analysis on the Oregon Death With Dignity Act Term Paper

… Policy Analysis of Oregon's Death With Dignity Act

David Gil's writings have helped the public understand the true scope of the new Oregon Assisted Suicide law, and as a result, the percentage of Americans who say that doctors should be allowed to help with suicide when the patient and the patient's family request it has doubled to 70%.

The fact that Oregon's law was a citizen's initiative that passed and other facts concerning physician-assisted suicides that have surfaced recently signal a renaissance of activism on the part of citizens who wish to change existing law on that topic. Even with the new Oregon law, it is not easy to participate, as there are requirements that make it difficult to obtain permission.

David Gil's Policy Analysis…. [read more]

Policy Formulation in a World of Digital Information Term Paper

… Policy Formulation in a world of digital information

Some view involvement in information policy, particularly in the government or public sector, as a means of asserting control over information. Describe the subtle, but important differences between "control of information" and its "management" or "organization."

The dichotomy that exists in the control of information on the one hand and the pervasive availability of it on the other is at the center of the debate between the "control of information" on the one hand and its "management" or "organization" on the other. Nowhere is this dichotomy more visible than in the area of compliance, specifically the tensions that are mounting between the government's many initiatives at compliance being more focused on the control of information vs. being…. [read more]

America 1945-1960 the Book Book Review

… Further complicating this division between fact and opinion is the lack of citation of historical facts.

The reason for this disparity in writing style is due to the fact that part of the book was written as the events transpired or soon after, and then the book was edited and re-written ten years later. Our perspective of events often changes with time and this is exactly what happened in this book. It is easy for an attentive reader to distinguish the two sections of the book. Abrupt switches in thought and grammatical style signal the reader that they are entering a different section, although no formal signal is given.

The intention of Eric Goldman was to give a highly detailed account of the processes that…. [read more]

Panama Canal Controversy Book Report

… Panama Canal Controversy

The book by Paul B. Ryan is a very thorough and very detailed look at how the Panama Canal deal was made -- and built -- by the United States. As the book explains, it was not an easy task for the U.S. To broker a deal to build the canal, and on top of that, many controversies were to emerge in the coming years. This paper reviews the book and provides analysis as well.

The Backdrop in an Historical Context

It is interesting to read in this book that American interest in Panama was initially stirred because of the California gold rush in 1849. Miners anxious to find their fortunes needed to get from the east coast to the west coast…. [read more]

Policy Analysis -- Gang Activity Research Paper

… Researchers reached to three conclusions at the end of this exercise. Firstly, approximately 8 out of each 10 cities had been noted to experience gang homicide cases on a frequent basis. Secondly, the pattern of gang homicide cases in these cities was experiencing an increasing curve allowing the problem to grow further and getting into the roots of the city. Thirdly, around 20-40% of all homicide cases pertained to gang killing in the two largest cities. These cities comprised 70% of the total population selected for the analysis (Howell et al., 2011).

The study revealed that gang activity has prevailed throughout the nation. It was not just confined to the State of New York. The presence of gangs in these regions raises doubts over the…. [read more]

Management Book Review Author Profile Abrashoff Book Review

… Management Book Review

Author Profile

Abrashoff, Michael D. it's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy. New York: Warner Books. 2002.

Michael Abrashoff is the a Navy captain who took over as the commander of a ship (the U.S.S. Benfold) that had a poor reputation for the delivery of critical military tasks in the dangerous Persian Gulf region and famously turned it into a cutting edge ship with outstanding personnel. Abrashoff graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He became a military assistant to then Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry (in the Bill Clinton Administration). Later he took command of the U.S.S. Benfold and transformed it into a model for other Navy ships.

Executive Summary

Captain…. [read more]

Risk Management Book Review Brungardt, Cl Book Review

… Risk Management Book Review

Brungardt, CL & Crawford, CB (1999). Risk Leadership: The Courage to Confront and Challenge. Longmont, CO: Rocky Mountain Press.

Summary of book and basic concepts

What makes a good business leader? When asked this question rhetorically, one can almost hear the familiar strains of a popular NBC sitcom in the background, followed with the resounding stentorian tones of 'you're fired.' However, according to Risk Leadership: The Courage to Confront and Challenge by Curtis l. Brungardt & C.B. Crawford, true business leadership has little to do with swaggering and posturing. Rather, quite often, true leadership less do with domination than it does with understanding what must be done.

It is the lower level employees of a company whom often have a clearer…. [read more]

George Orwell's Last Novel, 1984 Book Review

… Thus, despite the constant threat of being caught and the horrible repercussions, Orwell believes that people would still assert their individuality and freedom. Winston does so through a variety of ways. At first, merely thinking about the history he has to rewrite for the Ministry of Truth is rebellion enough, form merely doubting the party makes him guilty of crimethink. He then takes his crime one step further by recording his thoughts in a diary.

Finally, Winston and Julia assert one of the strongest forms of party defiance possible - they fall in love and make love. Contrary to the Party's pronouncement that sex was solely to beget children for the purpose of the Party, Julia and Winston find joy in being together. A large…. [read more]

Elliot's Book Nobody Left Book Report

… In this way, each student is made to feel special, each student is compelled to collaborate and involve himself (shirking is disallowed), and each student is forced to listen closely to insight of others and to direction of group leader. The technique not only shows a three-decade track record of successfully increasing educational results, but also of reducing racial conflict (since the groups are deliberately commingled). It also builds empathy and the tolerant environment that the contemporary school so dearly lacks as well as "cooperation by design."

"Friendship coaching" for unpopular students is another method where unpopular students receive coaching on social skills. This is the intervention that Steven Asher of Duke used who taught unpopular students in the third and fourth grades to act…. [read more]

Nobodies in the Conclusion Book Report

… Herein lies the problem with the libertarian, free trade argument. Its advocates do not live in the reality that they trumpet about. Rather, it is a fantasy world with no basis in reality. However, this is what is being sold to justify the tremendous human suffering and slavery that is a part of the system of globalization. Somehow, if we are just patient, things will get better.

Bowe is absolutely right about a global minimum wage. There has to be a way alleviate the sufferings of the common people of the world and halt the falling of real wages. Otherwise, America will become just another third world country and slum once all of the jobs are outsourced and Americans are forced to accept the full…. [read more]

Money and Banks. The Book Essay

… ¶ … money and banks. The book gets to the point and states that money is the framework and "currency" of a market economy and how it works. For example, money has to be present for the author of this chapter view in the form of paying home bills, paying for take-out food, and so forth. The chapter than segues to the larger types of money and the disparate forms that money takes on including physical and account/investment-based forms. For example, the balance of a 401(k) account the author of this report may have is just much money as a five dollar bill in a wallet. The difference is the liquidity of the money.

The forms of payment have changed in recent years. However, checks…. [read more]

Nazi Policies Following Their Dramatic Essay

… In the country of Germany, between the elections of September 1930 and then July 1932, the Nazi party began to take control and, subsequently, a larger percentage of the votes of the German people. This saturation campaign made Hitler the most famous man throughout the country and the person to whom the majority population was devoted. In less than two years time, the Nazi party was able to improve their popularity from receiving 18% of the popular vote to the 1932 election where they received more than a third of the popular vote. Hitler himself became a symbol of German nationalism. In 1936, Joseph Goebbels, head of Nazi's propaganda machine, wrote: "The entirely nation not only honors him, it loves him deeply and fervently, for…. [read more]

Covert Action: Review Book Review

… Callahan offers a very detailed description as well, using three means of labeling operations: offensive, defensive and preventative. For instance, the Bay of Pigs invasion was considered offensive, and actions taken in Italy during the 1940s were considered defensive. On the other hand the coup in Iran in the early 1950s was considered preventative. Countries like Vietnam and Laos are dealt with by Callahan with distinction. There's also a strong emphasis on the political ramifications of such operations, along with their needs in general terms. One strength of the book is that while Callahan is able to treat each incident with precision, but without getting too hung up on highly technical details.

Certain subjects that Callahan covers force him to engage in a certain amount…. [read more]

Public Policy in Local Government Essay

… At the level of the positive impacts, these include the following:

Increased operational efficiency within the institution as the people are more focused to complete their core operations

Increased cost efficiency since the IT operations are now completed by a specialized tertiary party, resulting in lower internal costs with IT operations

Improved management and operations of the personnel, who come to focus on agency centric operations, rather than require training (and the adjacent investments) in order to operate the technologic innovations introduced

The generation of cost efficiencies as a result of elimination of redundancies. Specifically, as the IT services are outsourced, the federal institution has to employee fewer staffs, generating as such cost savings at this level.

Improved allocation of the resources, including people, technologies…. [read more]

Game / Outside Game David Book Review

… One of the most valuable contributions of Rusk's book is his use of census statistics to illustrate many of his concepts. This adds a great deal of credence to his theories, and is a profound addition to the anecdotal evidence. Despite this, many of his statistical claims are based on correlational, rather than causational, data.

In addition to his scholarly focus on the presentation of data and theory, Rusk is also careful to focus his book closely on personal and human costs of urban malaise. Rusk writes, "successful political reform movements are not about data. They are about real people in real situations: inspired legislators, courageous city and county officials, determined citizen activists. I hope that the success stories told here will inspire some readers…. [read more]

Sick: The Untold Story Book Report

… There will be many benefits.

Conclusions that impact or healthcare system and/or the pharmaceutical industry

Indeed, recent years have revealed an overall detrimental decline in many areas of the health care system. Most organizations and state legislatures have been challenged to support health programs at the required level while contending with declining revenues (Goodman, 1991). There are tough questions about how insurers, pharmaceutical organizations, and the government can collaborate and work in harmony with shifting agendas and strategies (Gardner, 2012). The most important part of the equation, however, is how to truly meet the health care needs of the country's most vulnerable and needy. Hopefully, the Affordable Care Act and other reforms will prove sustainable.

Proficient healthcare leaders know that at the crux of the…. [read more]

Fifteen of His Book Arsenal of Democracy Journal

… ¶ … fifteen of his book Arsenal of Democracy, Julian Zelizer discusses the United States' national security decisions following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War (Zelizer 355). One line in particular stands out for the way it demonstrates how Zelizer's own political interests creep into his analysis. Following his observation that "the end of the Cold War stimulated debates within both parties over whether to reduce defense spending, limit military interventions, or make use of the 'peace dividend' for domestic programs or tax cuts," Zelizer goes on to single out Republicans, saying "but the basic instinct of most Republicans was to remain hawkish" (Zelizer 356-357). While it is undoubtedly true that Republicans largely opted to continue the United…. [read more]

Impacts of U.S. Foreign Policies and Actions on Latin America Essay

… ¶ … U.S. foreign policies and actions on Latin America

Foreign Policy in the Cold War

The Cold War was a particularly turbulent time period for many parts of the world. Spanning from the conclusion of World War II in which the United States and Russia -- soon forming the Soviet Union -- emerged as the world's sole super powers, the Cold War pitted the ideological differences of a capitalistic, free market enterprise and a communist counterpart. What is significant about this fact is that within each of these two countries, and throughout the vast majority of Europe (parts of which were communist and parts of which remained capitalist) this clash remained ideological and was largely enacted by the amassing of nuclear weapons of destruction.…. [read more]

Fiscal and Monetary Policy Essay

… Q4- Fiscal policy, monetary policy, or neither fiscal or monetary policy a-First lady Michelle Obama has stressed fighting childhood obesity.

This is a government policy that can have economic repercussions (on farmers, schools, and consumers) but it is not a tool of either fiscal or monetary policy, as it is not primarily intended to affect the economy in a direct fashion but rather to improve Americans' health.

b-Some members of Congress have proposed abolishing the Department of Education and its budget.

This is a tool of fiscal policy. Cutting government spending is one way to influence the money supply of the overall economy, as it enables the government to potentially cut taxes.

c- President Obama, through the EPA, and with the agreement of the automobile…. [read more]

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