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Kickback - Exposing the Global Corporate Bribery Network (Hardcover): David Montero Kickback - Exposing the Global Corporate Bribery Network (Hardcover)
David Montero
R425 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R96 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days
International Business Marketing in Emerging Country Markets - The Third Wave of Internationalization of Firms (Paperback):... International Business Marketing in Emerging Country Markets - The Third Wave of Internationalization of Firms (Paperback)
Hans Jansson
R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores how multinational corporations solve business marketing problems encountered in large emerging country markets such as China, India, Russia and Poland. These countries are involved in the final stage of the globalization of markets, defined as the third wave of internationalization of firms. Hans Jansson finds that traditional ideas and frameworks used for analyzing, forming and implementing industrial marketing in mature markets are in need of adjustment before they are applied to emerging country markets. Accordingly, he develops the international business marketing model to address the specific challenges afforded by these markets, and explores strategic business marketing issues such as: * the adaptation of European firms' international marketing of products and projects to local networks and institutions in emerging country markets, especially to Chinese and Russian business networks * relationship marketing during the internationalization process and of firms with diverse international experience * the inter-linking of local and regional hubs' external market networks with internal organization networks. International Business Marketing in Emerging Country Markets will strongly appeal to a broad academic audience, including students, lecturers and researchers with an interest in international marketing and business. Marketing and management consultants will also find much to interest them within this unique book.

The Rise of Transnational Corporations from Emerging Markets - Threat or Opportunity? (Paperback, Annotated edition): Karl P.... The Rise of Transnational Corporations from Emerging Markets - Threat or Opportunity? (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Karl P. Sauvant
R891 Discovery Miles 8 910 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This comprehensive analysis deals with the range of issues raised by the rise of transnational corporations from emerging markets. This insightful book shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) from emerging markets has grown from negligible amounts in the early 1980s to $210 billion in 2007, with the stock of investment now being well over $1 trillion. This reflects the rise of firms from these economies to become important players in the world FDI market. The contributors to this book comprehensively analyze the rise of emerging market TNCs, the salient features of the transnational activities of these firms, the relationship of outward FDI and the competitiveness of the firms involved, their impact on host and home countries and implications for the international law and policy system. The subject of this study is both topical and important and poses a number of challenges that will require considerable policy attention in the future. It will appeal to academics interested in FDI as well as emerging markets. Karl P. Sauvant has gathered together a group of leading academics that makes this an informative and valuable read for anyone interested in the subject, including academics, students at all levels and private sector entities, as well as government officials dealing with outward FDI.

Global Luxury Trends - Innovative Strategies for Emerging Markets (Hardcover): Jonas Hoffmann, Ivan Coste-Maniere Global Luxury Trends - Innovative Strategies for Emerging Markets (Hardcover)
Jonas Hoffmann, Ivan Coste-Maniere
R1,083 R965 Discovery Miles 9 650 Save R118 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Luxury is booming. The rise of emerging-market luxury brands and the digital revolution are reshaping the industry, but what's next and what trends will the future bring?
The rise of emerging market luxury brands, digital and online innovations, and growth in consumption globally has opened the doors for seasoned luxury houses and new players to expand their horizons. This book charts the trends that are shaping the luxury industry, particularly the rise of the luxury industry in Asia and emerging markets.

The Wealth of Nations (Paperback, Annotated edition): Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Adam Smith 1
R155 R122 Discovery Miles 1 220 Save R33 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith

It is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations, was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence.

In his book, Smith fervently extolled the simple yet enlightened notion that individuals are fully capable of setting and regulating prices for their own goods and services. He argued passionately in favor of free trade, yet stood up for the little guy. The Wealth of Nations provided the first--and still the most eloquent--integrated description of the workings of a market economy.

The result of Smith’s efforts is a witty, highly readable work of genius filled with prescient theories that form the basis of a thriving capitalist system. This unabridged edition offers the modern reader a fresh look at a timeless and seminal work that revolutionized the way governments and individuals view the creation and dispersion of wealth--and that continues to influence our economy right up to the present day.

Working in the Global Economy - How to Develop and Manage Your Career Across Borders (Hardcover): Roblyn Simeon Working in the Global Economy - How to Develop and Manage Your Career Across Borders (Hardcover)
Roblyn Simeon
R2,014 Discovery Miles 20 140 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It is clear that although the human resource management field has been drastically affected by global competition over the last twenty years, most of the research and publications in the field are geared to providing corporations with an understanding of their business environment. This book takes an entirely different approach by looking at the job and career markets from the point of view of individuals who are searching for new strategies to find, develop and manage their careers in a global environment. Not only does it provide the individual with the tools necessary to evaluate various domestic and international career markets, but it also presents strategies to help them package and market their skills and competencies at home and abroad. With the help of this vital guidebook to the global job market, readers will:

Learn how to research national markets to spot new career opportunities

Find information on dynamic regions and companies where careers are flourishing

Find out about professional & skill certifications that help with global employment

Learn how to build and mobilize personal and professional networks

Learn about international oriented business sectors and career opportunities

Identify education and training opportunities at home and abroad

Create practical strategies for developing and managing their career

As global competition forces firms to adjust rapidly to changing market conditions, affecting the structure and content of jobs, careers and career markets around the world, the need for individuals to be proactive is becoming clear. This book offers readers the tools they need to evaluate and manage their career environment and personal career profiles, and ultimately, to have a rewarding career.

The Rise of Transnational Corporations from Emerging Markets - Threat or Opportunity? (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Karl P.... The Rise of Transnational Corporations from Emerging Markets - Threat or Opportunity? (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Karl P. Sauvant
R2,787 Discovery Miles 27 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This comprehensive analysis deals with the range of issues raised by the rise of transnational corporations from emerging markets. This insightful book shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) from emerging markets has grown from negligible amounts in the early 1980s to $210 billion in 2007, with the stock of investment now being well over $1 trillion. This reflects the rise of firms from these economies to become important players in the world FDI market. The contributors to this book comprehensively analyze the rise of emerging market TNCs, the salient features of the transnational activities of these firms, the relationship of outward FDI and the competitiveness of the firms involved, their impact on host and home countries and implications for the international law and policy system. The subject of this study is both topical and important and poses a number of challenges that will require considerable policy attention in the future. It will appeal to academics interested in FDI as well as emerging markets. Karl P. Sauvant has gathered together a group of leading academics that makes this an informative and valuable read for anyone interested in the subject, including academics, students at all levels and private sector entities, as well as government officials dealing with outward FDI.

Handbook of Research on European Business and Entrepreneurship - Towards a Theory of Internationalization (Hardcover): Leo Paul... Handbook of Research on European Business and Entrepreneurship - Towards a Theory of Internationalization (Hardcover)
Leo Paul Dana, Isabelle M. Welpe, Mary Han, Vanessa Ratten
R5,160 Discovery Miles 51 600 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This unique Handbook illustrates how entrepreneurs across Europe tackle internationalization. This timely and important book identifies patterns and builds a theory of international entrepreneurship in Europe. The contributors discuss the performances of SMEs on the road to internationalization. Each chapter emphasizes how the process of internationalization of SMEs operates, the challenges and opportunities that arise due to each country's specific political and economic situation, and their subsequent internationalization performance. These processes, challenges and performances can be understood through theories of international business and entrepreneurship. Although at times these theories cannot fully explain certain phenomena, nevertheless they help to derive new extensions of thought. Together, they constitute a foundation for a new way of thinking about and understanding the importance and effect of internationalization of SMEs to country-level competitiveness in Europe. The role of theoretically important issues such as cooperation and trust, venture capital, research and development, learning, networks and government policy is also explored and analysed, and will be of great interest to researchers, academics and graduates interested in international business and entrepreneurship.

International Business Strategy in Emerging Country Markets - The Institutional Network Approach (Paperback): Hans Jansson International Business Strategy in Emerging Country Markets - The Institutional Network Approach (Paperback)
Hans Jansson
R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Hans Jansson shows how emerging country markets have become increasingly important arenas for the business activities of multinational corporations (MNCs). New key markets such as Asia and Eastern Europe are set to be the main areas for future expansion of most Western MNCs. However, these firms have experienced various strategic problems in these emerging markets, mainly regarding social responsibility and environmental issues, and relations with governments. This book explores business strategies in these markets and how the associated problems are resolved. The book outlines and develops an integrated and pragmatic socio-economic approach towards undertaking effective MNC strategy in emerging country markets. This, labelled the `institutional network approach' (INA), applies a new strategic perspective to international business operations and emphasises the continuous interplay between institutions and networks in designing and executing global strategies. The INA integrates the shareholder and stakeholder viewpoint into a comparative holistic perspective of international business strategy based on a broader societal approach. This book will strongly appeal to postgraduate students, researchers and academics focussing on international business strategy. It will also equip managers and consultants with frameworks and tools to facilitate a deeper understanding of strategic issues.

The Economics of Modern Business Enterprise (Hardcover): Martin Ricketts The Economics of Modern Business Enterprise (Hardcover)
Martin Ricketts
R16,470 Discovery Miles 164 700 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Martin Ricketts, a leading scholar in this field, has selected the seminal papers from a variety of traditions that illustrate the evolution of thinking on `the firm' over a considerable period of time. The firm as a vehicle for entrepreneurial initiative and the exercise of business judgement is contrasted throughout with the firm as a policing mechanism in response to known contractual hazards. The selection is in three volumes that cover respectively the general theoretical background; the ownership and scope of the firm - its degree of vertical and transnational integration; and agency issues relating to employee incentives and the control of managers. This authoritative collection will provide a valuable reference, of interest to students, postgraduates and professional economists seeking an overview of the subject and its evolution.

Narratives of Internationalisation - Legitimacy, Standards and Portfolio Entrepreneurs (Hardcover): Sara L. McGaughey Narratives of Internationalisation - Legitimacy, Standards and Portfolio Entrepreneurs (Hardcover)
Sara L. McGaughey
R2,692 Discovery Miles 26 920 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book makes a rare - but often advocated - contribution to research in entrepreneurship and international business by providing a richly contextualised longitudinal case study of the growth and internationalisation of a cluster of small firms over more than 20 years. Sara McGaughey presents a vivid, ethnographically-inspired narrative using creative forms of writing - including diary extracts, dramas, personal narratives and a cartoon - that draws the reader into the world experienced by the entrepreneurs, and conveys the unfolding context of the research process itself. The author interprets key events and activities such as export market choice, institutional entrepreneurship and portfolio activities in international new venturing through the lens of legitimacy and legitimation processes. The rich empirical and methodological contextualisation invites all readers to reinterpret these events and activities using their own diverse perspectives. This unique book will strongly appeal to practitioners and scholars of international entrepreneurship, international business, business history and organisation studies, as well as those interested in research methods used in these fields.

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility (Paperback): Stephen Tully International Documents on Corporate Responsibility (Paperback)
Stephen Tully
R1,139 Discovery Miles 11 390 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The changing social expectations of corporations within a globalised economic environment are challenging our traditional conception of the proper commercial function. This text delimits their emergent roles and responsibilities under international law. International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material. This comprehensive compilation of materials dating from the 1970s to the present day in one single readily-accessible and fully-indexed volume will be of interest to students and researchers of corporate responsibility, as well as corporate executives, government officials, legal practitioners, tertiary institutions, business associations, trade unions and NGO activists.

International Business Marketing in Emerging Country Markets - The Third Wave of Internationalization of Firms (Hardcover,... International Business Marketing in Emerging Country Markets - The Third Wave of Internationalization of Firms (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Hans Jansson
R2,278 Discovery Miles 22 780 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores how multinational corporations solve business marketing problems encountered in large emerging country markets such as China, India, Russia and Poland. These countries are involved in the final stage of the globalization of markets, defined as the third wave of internationalization of firms. Hans Jansson finds that traditional ideas and frameworks used for analyzing, forming and implementing industrial marketing in mature markets are in need of adjustment before they are applied to emerging country markets. Accordingly, he develops the international business marketing model to address the specific challenges afforded by these markets, and explores strategic business marketing issues such as: * the adaptation of European firms' international marketing of products and projects to local networks and institutions in emerging country markets, especially to Chinese and Russian business networks * relationship marketing during the internationalization process and of firms with diverse international experience * the inter-linking of local and regional hubs' external market networks with internal organization networks. International Business Marketing in Emerging Country Markets will strongly appeal to a broad academic audience, including students, lecturers and researchers with an interest in international marketing and business. Marketing and management consultants will also find much to interest them within this unique book.

A New Generation in International Strategic Management (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Stephen Tallman A New Generation in International Strategic Management (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Stephen Tallman
R2,546 Discovery Miles 25 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book comprises eighteen cutting edge chapters by emerging scholars in international strategy, offering a variety of fresh perspectives on critical issues that the field will face in the near future. These young scholars have unique and innovative thoughts about international strategy, which are well ahead of the mainstream of international business academics. Various topics are addressed, including the rise of outsourcing and the global spread of research and development activities; structural innovations by multinational firms, with particular attention to organizing for the efficient transfer of knowledge resources within networks of alliances; and new ways of considering the effects of location, focusing on the relative importance of regional clusters and countries and the impact of geographical and cultural distance on international strategies. Stephen Tallman has geared the book to an academic audience, specifically faculty and graduate students in international business, international management, and global strategy. Sophisticated international business practitioners will also find it an interesting read.

Diversity Competence - Cultures Don't Meet, People Do (Paperback): Edwin Hoffman, Arjan Verdooren Diversity Competence - Cultures Don't Meet, People Do (Paperback)
Edwin Hoffman, Arjan Verdooren
R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Regulating Development - Evidence from Africa and Latin America (Paperback): Edmund Amann Regulating Development - Evidence from Africa and Latin America (Paperback)
Edmund Amann
R885 Discovery Miles 8 850 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Regulating Development examines the impact that regulation - good or bad - can have on the development of poorer societies. It opens with a succinct review of critical issues, including the implications of the spread of intellectual property rights legislation and the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The volume examines the regulatory experiences of three important developing economies: Brazil, Ghana and South Africa. Key regulatory themes are analysed, most notably capital markets and corporate governance regulation, the regulation of the telecommunications sector and the use of regulatory reforms to promote the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Within each chapter policy lessons are drawn, the relevance of which extend well beyond national or even regional boundaries. The principal aim of the book is to show the extent to which regulation is moving increasingly to centre stage as a driver of development in Africa and Latin America. The book also demonstrates how thoughtful, well-planned regulation can make a real contribution to the emergence of supply-side competitiveness. This book will be invaluable reading for academics, researchers and students with an interest in economics and development studies, as well as for regulators and policymakers in developing countries.

International Business (Paperback, European Edition): Michael R. Czinkota, Ilkka A. Ronkainen, Michael H. Moffett, Svetla... International Business (Paperback, European Edition)
Michael R. Czinkota, Ilkka A. Ronkainen, Michael H. Moffett, Svetla Marinova, Marin Marinov
R1,312 R1,022 Discovery Miles 10 220 Save R290 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Essential reading for students studying International Business at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, this text is based on the US book 'International Business' 7 th Edition by Michael R. Czinkota, Ilkka A. Ronkainen, and Michael H. Moffett. Presenting an up-to-date and complete exploration of international business issues and practice, the text is built upon a strong foundation of theory and includes current examples, cases and insights showing how global businesses apply these concepts. The text examines the role and impact of culture and also includes numerous current world maps, helping learners develop and refine a global perspective. Building on the strengths of the original work, the new text covers topics that are included in European International Business courses, eg, The Nature of International Business, Economic Integration, International Financial Markets and Emerging Issues in International Business. The new text will provide a more critical approach and will be condensed into 15 chapters.

The Internationalisation Strategies of Small-Country Firms - The Australian Experience of Globalisation (Hardcover): Howard... The Internationalisation Strategies of Small-Country Firms - The Australian Experience of Globalisation (Hardcover)
Howard Dick, David Merrett
R2,787 Discovery Miles 27 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The international business literature often struggles to depict a universal experience of internationalisation from the perspective of large countries. This book seeks to enrich the literature by providing a nuanced overview of the little-known Australian experience, being an atypical case of a small- to medium-sized economy which liberalised rapidly from the 1980s outside any trading bloc. Six data-rich survey chapters explore Australia's mixed success in founding its own multinationals. The experience of Australian firms is set in historical and comparative perspective, including interactions with inward and specifically American FDI. Five industry studies next consider why firms in retail, wine and professional services were more successful than in financial services and shipping. Nine detailed case studies of firms then identify the elements of administrative heritage, strategy and learning that have been the key to success or failure. The book concludes by outlining what can be learned from Australia's example and presenting implications for future research. The Internationalisation Strategies of Small-Country Firms will appeal to scholars, researchers and postgraduate students in international business and international economics.

Globalisation of Accounting Standards (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Jayne M. Godfrey, Keryn Chalmers Globalisation of Accounting Standards (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Jayne M. Godfrey, Keryn Chalmers
R2,425 Discovery Miles 24 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this book, Jayne Godfrey and Keryn Chalmers explore the intricacies of the globalisation of accounting standards - arguably one of the most significant business developments of the wider globalisation process during the past two decades. They examine the key issues and implications of this harmonisation of accounting standards from the perspectives of a diverse range of worldwide stakeholders. Globalisation of Accounting Standards shows that globalisation approaches differ significantly because countries seek to maintain varying degrees of sovereignty over their regulations. International differences in economic, political, legal, religious and social characteristics also affect globalisation approaches and, in turn, influence national accounting standard-setting agendas. The book explores why countries relinquish their existing national accounting standard-setting regimes to join the global movement. It also seeks to resolve questions such as: To what extent are national incentives altruistic, economic, political or social? Who are the winners and losers in the process? This authoritative book is thoroughly researched and expertly informed. Written by both academics and regulators, it tackles a critical and controversial issue in the globalisation movement. As such, it will be of great interest to a wide-ranging audience including: international, national, private and public sector standard-setters, economic regulators, accounting academics and political economists and strategists.

International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2007 (Hardcover, Revised edition): Unido International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2007 (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Unido
R4,948 Discovery Miles 49 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A unique and comprehensive source of information, this book is the only international publication providing economists, planners, policymakers and business people with worldwide statistics on current performance and trends in the manufacturing sector. The Yearbook is designed to facilitate international comparisons relating to manufacturing activity and industrial development and performance. It provides data which can be used to analyse patterns of growth and related long term trends, structural change and industrial performance in individual industries. Statistics on employment patterns, wages, consumption and gross output and other key indicators are also presented.l

Pioneers in Marketing - A Collection of Biographical Essays (Hardcover): D. G. Brian Jones Pioneers in Marketing - A Collection of Biographical Essays (Hardcover)
D. G. Brian Jones
R2,537 Discovery Miles 25 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Pioneers in Marketing presents a collection of eight biographical essays about seminal marketing scholars of the twentieth century, focusing on the careers and contributions of those who contributed most to the development of the marketing discipline. Five of the eight biographies rely extensively on archival materials which allow for a much more detailed examination of the subject's life and career than earlier published sketches, and two of the biographies in this collection are drawn from from extensive interviews with the subject. The careers of most of the scholars included in this volume were centered on the first half of the twentieth century, during which time marketing emerged as a university discipline. Introduced with a chapter that discusses biography as a form of historical writing in marketing, author Ian Dennis offers a rationale for biography as an approach to studying marketing history, outlines methodology for doing biographical research, and explores sources of biographical material. The final chapter delves into common themes of the biographies, lessons that can be learned from this collection, and offers suggestions for further biographical research.

Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management (Paperback, New edition): Gunter K. Stahl, Ingmar Bjorkman Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management (Paperback, New edition)
Gunter K. Stahl, Ingmar Bjorkman
R1,026 Discovery Miles 10 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In providing an insightful overview of a wide range of global human resource issues facing MNCs, this pathbreaking Handbook highlights emergent topics and new research findings that could shape the field of future IHRM research. Theoretical discussion of the variables and processes that affect IHRM policies and practices is provided by renowned contributors with widely differing academic backgrounds, paradigmatic orientations, and theoretical and methodological approaches. They explore extensive subject matter including: * the importance of linking IHRM policies and activities to organizational strategy * staffing, performance management, leadership development, and diversity management * international assignment and mobility issues * the role of IHRM in the management of global teams and cross-border joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. Illustrating that IHRM research is theoretically eclectic, and drawing upon a range of paradigms and perspectives, this cutting-edge Handbook will be invaluable to academics and practitioners with an interest in human resource management, industrial and employment relations, management and international business.

Chinese Leadership (Hardcover): Barbara Xiaoyu Wang, Harold Chee Chinese Leadership (Hardcover)
Barbara Xiaoyu Wang, Harold Chee
R1,120 R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Save R180 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With the accelerating integration of China into the global economy, there is a thirst to understand how Chinese managers like to lead and how Chinese employees like to be managed. There is no doubt that China can be a difficult and risky market for foreign businesses. The authors show managers how to succeed when doing business in China.

Managing the Embedded Multinational - A Business Network View (Paperback, New edition): Mats Forsgren, Ulf Holm, Jan Johanson Managing the Embedded Multinational - A Business Network View (Paperback, New edition)
Mats Forsgren, Ulf Holm, Jan Johanson
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book expands the business network view on managerial issues in multinational corporations. Specifically, it scrutinises the importance of a subsidiary's external and internal business network for its strategic and organizational role within the corporation. The internationalisation of firms in terms of management issues and headquarters control, the influence of subsidiaries on decisions and learning processes within multinational corporations are examined in detail. It is argued that to understand these issues, it is necessary to analyse the context of the multinational corporation in terms of the subsidiaries' external and internal business networks. The authors also explore the extent to which subsidiaries are embedded in close relationships with other business partners and the ability of headquarters to retain control if their subsidiaries are given the opportunity to influence decisions concerning strategic investments. The theoretical elements of the book are underpinned by illustrative cases from an extensive database of 20 multinational corporations. Grounding its analyses and conclusions on unique and extensive data on specific business relationships at the subsidiary level in multinational corporations, this book will be invaluable to students, researchers and lecturers focusing on management and international business.

The Diffusion of E-commerce in Developing Economies - A Resource-Based Approach (Hardcover): Zeinab Karake, Sheikha Lubna Al... The Diffusion of E-commerce in Developing Economies - A Resource-Based Approach (Hardcover)
Zeinab Karake, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
R2,144 Discovery Miles 21 440 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The authors of this unique volume provide a timely and valuable perspective on how technology and the Internet revolution are changing business and spurring development across the world, especially in emerging countries. Utilizing a framework grounded in rigorous theory, they provide a fine-grained understanding of electronic commerce adoption processes by public and private sector entities in developing countries. In so doing, they consider how each exchange encounter is shaped by, and in turn shapes, relational characteristics that form the basis for growth and development. Using a resource-based view of economies, the authors hypothesize that differences in the adoption of electronic commerce technologies in developing economies can be attributed to a sense-and-respond capability of governments with respect to new technologies, which they term `technological opportunism'. One of their main objectives is to establish the distinctiveness of technology opportunities from related constructs, such as innovativeness, and show that it offers a significantly better explanation of technology adoption and diffusion than do existing constructs. The book examines a number of developing countries' experiences with electronic government, bringing real life experience to the adoption of an e-government model by looking at the issue from strategic as well as operational perspectives. The volume's ground-breaking research and conclusions will be of great interest to professionals, researchers and students in the areas of e-commerce and economic development; government officials of developing and newly industrialized countries contemplating e-government initiatives; and information technology managers.

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