A Guide to Modern Econometrics, 5th edition

Economics and Business

Marno Verbeek, “A Guide to Modern Econometrics, 5th edition”
James F. Grebey, “Operations Due Diligence: An M&A Guide for Investors and Business”
Deborah Cowen, “The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade”
Organic Futures : Struggling for Sustainability on the Small Farm
Rethinking Lean in Healthcare : A Business Novel on How a Hospital
Restored Quality Patient Care and Obtained Financial Stability Using Lean

Marno Verbeek, “A Guide to Modern Econometrics, 5th edition”

2017 | ISBN-10: 1119401151 | 520 pages | PDF | 3,5 MB

A Guide to Modern Econometrics, Fifth Edition has become established as a highly successful textbook. It serves as a guide to alternative techniques in econometrics with an emphasis on intuition and the practical implementation of these approaches. This fifth edition builds upon the success of its predecessors. The text has been carefully checked and updated, taking into account recent developments and insights. It includes new material on causal inference, the use and limitation of p-values, instrumental variables estimation and its implementation, regression discontinuity design, standardized coefficients, and the presentation

James F. Grebey, “Operations Due Diligence: An M&A Guide for Investors and Business”

2011 | ISBN-10: 007177761X | 256 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The missing link to determining a company’s real value
Most people at the M&A table know how to carry out financial and legal due diligence. Only the accomplished investors come prepared with an in-depth understanding of the complete due diligence process. Operations Due Diligence is a game-changing guide for investors who need a fully accurate determination on the sustainability of a business.
Written by a hands-on operations executive who has successfully implemented process improvement programs at large and small businesses, this practical guidebook sets itself apart by providing a step-by-step strategy for analyzing the toughest area of a business to assess: its operations.
Unlike financial and legal due diligence, there were no principles such as law and accounting to guide operations due diligence―until now. This turnkey approach, based on a pragmatic series of almost 400 questions, helps you accurately assess the infrastructures of a business’s customer satisfaction, production, information management, sales and marketing, organization, and personnel, as well as its finances and legal operations. For managers and business owners looking to improve the sustainability of their business, this guided inquiry serves as a thorough operations checklist to next-level performance.
Whether you are an investor trying to capture a new opportunity with minimal risk or an executive struggling to improve your business, Operations Due Diligence gives you a distinct advantage by:
Going a step further than most books and illustrating how to analyze your discoveries
Using historic examples to make the lessons both understandable and memorable
Clearly explaining how and why each sector is an important indicator of the long-term sustainability of a business
Conveniently locating infrastructure summary questions at the end of chapters for quick reference
Providing a document checklist so nothing gets overlooked at the negotiating table
The highest-valued companies and their investors know that producing the best products and services isn’t enough. Survival depends on continually improving infrastructure through Operations Due Diligence.

Deborah Cowen, “The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade”

2014 | ISBN-10: 0816680876, 0816680884 | 328 pages | PDF | 5 MB

In a world in which global trade is at risk, where warehouses and airports, shipping lanes and seaports try to guard against the likes of Al Qaeda and Somali pirates, and natural disaster can disrupt the flow of goods, even our “stuff” has a political life. The high stakes of logistics are not surprising, Deborah Cowen reveals, if we understand its genesis in war.
In The Deadly Life of Logistics, Cowen traces the art and science of logistics over the last sixty years, from the battlefield to the boardroom and back again. Focusing on choke points such as national borders, zones of piracy, blockades, and cities, she tracks contemporary efforts to keep goods circulating and brings to light the collective violence these efforts produce. She investigates how the old military art of logistics played a critical role in the making of the global economic order—not simply the globalization of production, but the invention of the supply chain and the reorganization of national economies into transnational systems. While reshaping the world of production and distribution, logistics is also actively reconfiguring global maps of security and citizenship, a phenomenon Cowen charts through the rise of supply chain security, with its challenge to long-standing notions of state sovereignty and border management.
Though the object of corporate and governmental logistical efforts is commodity supply, The Deadly Life of Logistics demonstrates that they are deeply political—and, considered in the context of the long history of logistics, deeply indebted to the practice of war.

Organic Futures : Struggling for Sustainability on the Small Farm

English | 2016 | ISBN: 0300199457 | 316 Pages | PDF | 8.2 MB

An exploration of the lived experience of small-scale organic farmers in New England that unpacks how they balance their ideals with economic realities.
In recent years, the popularity of organically grown produce has exploded. In 2014, organic fruits and vegetables accounted for 12% of all produce sales in the United States, with $39 billion in consumer sales reported for 2015. As a federally recognized niche market within the agricultural mainstream, organic farming is increasingly on display in American grocery stores. Yet the organic food most Americans consume today is produced by an industrial food system at odds with the practices and ideals of small-scale farmers. Taking an ethnographic approach, the fieldwork by Connor Fitzmaurice and Brian Gareau at a small New England organic farm sheds light on how farmers navigate the difficult terrain between practices of sustainability and the economic realities of contemporary agriculture. Drawing on extensive research, Fitzmaurice and Gareau examine the historical context, complexities, and viability of nonconventional organic farming practices: practices that seek to balance ecology and community with the business of agriculture.

Rethinking Lean in Healthcare : A Business Novel on How a Hospital
Restored Quality Patient Care and Obtained Financial Stability Using Lean

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1498771297 | 199 Pages | True PDF | 4.34 MB

This book deals with a hospital’s struggle to secure and maintain financial stability. In the story, the leadership team of a fictional hospital adopts the tools and principles associated with the Toyota Production System or Lean. The story takes the reader through leadership’s arduous journey from rejecting the methodology to embracing it, to successful implementation. This book is important because many of our nation’s hospitals are besieged with financial difficulties with declining reimbursement and the public is losing confidence in our hospital’s ability to provide quality care without error. Lean can provide relief from these issues but only if it is properly implemented.
“With this book, Tom Zidel expertly outlines the necessary elements and proper execution of process improvement in the form of a fast-paced business novel. Set in a hospital, we follow a senior management team overcoming organizational skepticism and resistance as it moves to rapidly implement a series of improvement initiatives as the core of its financial turnaround plan. Tom brilliantly incorporates descriptions of Lean principles and tools and the historical context of process improvement into this engaging book while demonstrating the power of Lean to dramatically improve patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and business results.” – James P. Hill, Senior Vice President, Administrative Services, MedStar Washington Medical Center