Peter Bergevin, Michael MacQueen, and Laurel Mitchell
The purpose of Financial Statement Analysis: Content and Context is to teach students how to interpret financial statements and use that knowledge to make economic decisions. We have written this text for the beginning financial statement analyst in a manner that both engages and challenges students. Financial Statement Analysis: Content and Context fosters such learning in a user-friendly environment, one replete with identifiable firms and numerous real-life illustrations.
Pragmatic learning features abound Financial Statement Analysis: Content and
Context. By using this text, students will learn the art, as well as the science, of financial statement analysis. Financial Statement Analysis: Content and Context improves students' analytical perception, creativity, and resourcefulness as well as teaching them the quantitative methods underlying financial statement analysis. This text initially uses a simplistic, fictional set of financial disclosures to demonstrate financial statement analysis. It text then leverages that basic skill set to the analysis of such iconic firms as Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, American Airlines Group, and Hewlett-Packard.
Financial Statement Analysis: Content and Context consists of four parts encompassing fifteen chapters. An overview of the financial statement analysis, financial reporting complexities, historical financial statement analyses, and prospective financial analysis are the four main sections of the text. Chapters within each section of the text develop the topics in depth. For example, the third section of the book devoted to historical financial statement analysis examines the roles that liquidity, profitability, and solvency play in analysis and the information they contain for decision-making purposes.
We present numerous sidebars addressing analytic topics and industry information within each chapter. One type of sidebar that appears at multiple points in every chapter is titled My Analysis. These sidebars require students to think about topical issues and answer stimulating questions about financial statement analysis. The other type of in-chapter feature, called Industry Insights, applies the theoretical chapter constructs to five industries featured throughout the text - discount retail, non-alcoholic beverages, air carriers, franchised restaurants, and airlines.
You will probably concur with the authors' assessment that some students struggle to understand the detailed financial disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles. Knowing the what, how, and why of the financial statements, however, is imperative to sound analysis. Financial Statement Analysis: Content and Context makes extensive use of exhibits and illustrations to help students' master complex financial reporting issues (the thorny details, if you will) in an efficient, effective, and student-oriented manner.
James Pick and Avijit Sarkar
This book analyzes extensive data on the world’s rapidly changing and growing access to, use and geographies of information and communications technologies. It studies not only the spatial differences in technology usage worldwide, but also examines digital differences in the major world nations of China, India, the United States and Japan at the state and provincial levels. At the global level, factors such as education, innovation, judicial independence and investment are important to explaining differences in the adoption and use of technology. The country studies corroborate consistent determinants for technology usage for education, urban location, economic prosperity, and infrastructure, but also reveal unique determinants, such as social capital in the United States and India, exports in China and working age population and patents in Japan. Spatial patterns are revealed that indicate clusters of high and low technology use for various nations around the world, the countries of Africa and for individual states/provinces within nations. Based on theory, novel findings and phenomena that have remained largely unreported, the book considers the future of the worldwide digital divides, the policy role of governments and the challenges of leadership.
Frank Daly and Carl Oliver
Business Ethics: The Path to Certainty shows how companies, work groups and individuals can overcome uncertainty so as to detect and solve business ethics issues at the earliest possible moment. Uncertainty afflicts business ethics today largely because of nine important fallacies, nine ideas people believe that are false or mistaken, nine ideas companies base their well-intentioned ethics programs on that inevitably cause their business ethics to fail.
The authors share real-world solutions garnered from hands-on experience, as well as scholars’ research that explains why these solutions work.
The market includes CSR, business ethics and leadership courses. Business Ethics: The Path to Certainty can also be used as a strategic plan and working reference for business managers and owners.
Business Ethics: The Path to Certainty is unique because it provides process-focused solutions that are practitioners’ real-world best practices. Readers can apply field-tested methods to their personal ethics as well as to their company’s ethics. It is grounded in the scholarship of organizational development, appreciative inquiry, positive psychology and systems theory (rather than the more usual philosophy and law), and draws from social science research in those domains to explain why the practitioner best practices work. It shows how to draw out human strengths so people and their organizations achieve the high ethics they already aspire to. This applies positive psychology and appreciative inquiry to recognize the best that people have to offer so that individuals, their departments, and their companies emerge as superior performers.
Richard P. Greene and James B. Pick
Authored by accomplished urban geographers and GIS experts, Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach leverages the modern geographer’s toolset, employing the latest GIS methodology to the study of urban geography. The Second Edition expands upon this timely, applied approach by incorporating new “internet GIS” Google Earth™ activities, which do not require students to own expensive software or travel to a school lab. New exercises are also provided for ArcGIS 9.3 and 10, the latest version of the industry-dominant software. Coupled with current examples and applications from around the world, including a greater focus on India and China, Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach presents an engaging and uniquely hands-on applied approach to the study of urban geography.