Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsiblity is based on critical insight gained by analysing four large companies’ experiences of corporate social responsibility. This study highlights the inadequacies of social and ethical reporting by business, both in terms of the ad-hoc nature of the information currently reported, and the absence of internal reporting. It will serve as evidence to companies, that producing a glossy report does not necessarily equal social responsibility. * Explores the problems faced by firms seeking to develop their own social performance strategies * Explores corporate governance issues * Offers a grounded theory approach, involving full taping and transcribing of all interviews

The Truth Is ...

ln the ten years since she burst on to the international music scene, Melissa Etheridge has released six albums that have sold more than 25 million records worldwide, garnering not only public adoration for her uncompromising honesty but numerous critical awards, including two Grammys and the prestigious ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award. She has given the world unforgettable hits such as “Bring Me Some Water,” “Similar Features,” “Come to My Window,” and “I’m the Only One,” with lyrics that touch on a universal nerve and the deeply human side of relationships. Her personal journey has been captured over the years through her music, transforming her voice and musicianship into inspiring messages of love, consciousness, hope, longing, desire, and pure passion. The Truth Is … is a bold and unflinching account of an extraordinary life, described as only Melissa can: from her Kansas roots through her early love of music to her brilliant rise to stardom, becoming a female superstar in a male-dominated rock world. Melissa will openly discuss the massive impact of her public coming-out, a revelation that only increased her popularity and made her a highly visible spokesperson for the gay and lesbian community. The Truth Is … shares Melissa Etheridge’s fascinating storysometimes shocking, always inspiringwith unprecedented candor and insight. Filled with personal insights, the stories behind the music and lyrics, and never-before-seen personal photographs, The Truth Is … is a poignant, thoughtful, sometimes difficult expression of who Melissa Etheridge has been, who she is, and who she hopes to become.

How to Be a Budget Fashionista

Good news: You don’t have to sacrifice style just to pay your electric bill. Kathryn Finney, a.k.a. the Budget Fashionista, is the expert on all things chic and cheap. Now she opens up her Prada bag of shopping and style tips to make you fashionably frugal, with change to spare. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Know your budget: Learn innovative, money-saving ways to increase your clothing funds. 2. Know your style: Get helpful hints from fashion insiders and use them to develop your own mode of self-expression. 3. Know your bargains: Discover the art of scoring exclusive friends-and- family coupons for your favorite department stores Whether you’re a homemaker from Houston, a grandma from Grand Rapids, or an M.D. from Manhattan, you don’t need to break the bank to look your best. With great cost-cutting tips, at-home spa secrets, designer discount websites, and access to exclusive deals, The Budget Fashionista is like having your own personal stylist at your beck and call. So before you go out and commit the eighth deadly sinbuying a fake Louis Vuittonread this must-have guide and learn to be style-smart and budget-wise! From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sufficient Grace

One quiet spring day, Gracie Hollaman hears voices in her head that tell her to get in her car and leave her entire life behind — her home, her husband, her daughter, her very identity. Gracie’s subsequent journey releases her genius for painting and effects profound changes in the lives of everyone around her. Ultimately, her quest leads her into the home of Mama Toot and Mattie, two strong, accomplished women going through life changes of their own. As the bonds between these women grow stronger, and the family Gracie left behind come to terms with their own loss, both worlds slowly and inevitably collide, revealing a long-buried secret that they share. A spellbinding debut novel, Sufficient Grace explores the power of personal transformation and redemption, and the many ordinary and extraordinary ways they come to pass through faith, love, motherhood, art, even food. Even though we sometimes have to leave behind an old identity in order to discover our soul, this poignant, poetic study of the human condition affirms the enduring importance of relationships and the strength we derive from them.

EDGE for Mobile Internet

This ground-breaking resource offers you a detailed treatment of EDGE and its critical role in the development of the mobile Internet. The book explains how this global radio based high-speed mobile data standard can be introduced into GSM/GPRS networks, improving data transmission speeds to support multimedia services. It enables you to become thoroughly knowledgeable of EDGE specifications and covers concepts pertaining to several domains, including RF, signal processing, digital communications and communication networks.

Handbook of Adhesion

This second edition of the successful Handbook of Adhesion provides concise and authoritative articles covering many aspects of the science and technology associated with adhesion and adhesives. It is intended to fill a gap between the necessarily simplified treatment of the student textbook and the full and thorough treatment of the research monograph and review article. The articles are structured in such a way, with internal cross-referencing and external literature references, that the reader can build up a broader and deeper understanding, as their needs require. This second edition includes many new articles covering developments which have risen in prominence in the intervening years, such as scanning probe techniques, the surface forces apparatus and the relation between adhesion and fractal surfaces. Advances in understanding polymer – polymer interdiffusion are reflected in articles drawing out the implications for adhesive bonding. In addition, articles derived from the earlier edition have been revised and updated where needed. Throughout the book there is a renewed emphasis on environmental implications of the use of adhesives and sealants. The scope of the Handbook, which features nearly 250 articles from over 60 authors, includes the background science – physics, chemistry and material science – and engineering, and also aspects of adhesion relevant to the use of adhesives, including topics such as: * Sealants and mastics * Paints and coatings * Printing and composite materials * Welding and autohesion * Engineering design The Handbook of Adhesion is intended for scientists and engineers in both academia and industry, requiring an understanding of the various facets of adhesion.

Henry James and the Abuse of the Past

Henry James and the Abuse of the Past explores the complex uses to which James puts his oblique experience of the American Civil War. Why does James use and abuse the past by fabricating and distorting people and events in his autobiographical work? The study integrates four elements: history, the past and problems of narration and representation; the homoerotics of the Civil war tales and other soldiering fiction; a life-long pre-occupation with Shakespeare as a historical figure; and theories of time as they come under the pressure of trauma and war. This well-written, insightful and persuasive study is an important contribution to James scholarship and will be of interest to any students and scholars of James

Being the Shopper

Take a Tour Through the Mind of a Shopper “What’s my test of a book I’ve been asked to review? Pure selfishness. How intense are the underlinings? How many quotes can I add to my presentations? How often are the things I believe ‘for sure’ effectively challenged? Phil Lempert’s Being the Shopper is off the charts on all three counts. And not-so-incidentally, though Phil is a ‘supermarket guru,’ this book will inform anyone who markets anything.” — Tom Peters , coauthor, In Search of Excellence “Being the Shopper is gourmet reading . . . a delicious and healthy resource for the smart shopper and forward-thinking marketer. Set your taste buds for Lempert’s cutting-edge insights and pragmatic advice on the one experience we all share!” — Chip Bell , author, Customer Love and Customers as Partners “Phil Lempert convinces me I’m something called a consumer. It seems I’m obtuse, savvy, sensual, and picky– and that my dynamics and demographics are constantly changing. So if you want me to buy something, you ought to try and understand me. reading Being the Shopper seems (to me) a real good place to start.” — Barry Gibbons , former Chairman/CEO of Burger King author and entrepreneur “Rarely do you come across a book that’s as meaningful to students and 25-year marketers alike. Being the Shopper delivers to both audiences by enlightening the reader on how to approach critical issues if you want to succeed in today’s incredibly demanding environment. It’s easy to talk about listening to the voice of your customer, but Mr. Lempert provides a refreshing guide as to how you really can do it.” — Brian Perkins , Worldwide Chairman, Consumer Pharmaceuticals and Nutritionals Group, Johnson & Johnson “Is there anything more American than choice? We expect it, we demand it, we revel in it. Phil Lempert understands what your customers really want, and how you can help them find it.” — Steve Rivkin , President, Rivkin & Associates coauthor, IdeaWise and Differentiate or Die