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The leading international authorities bring together in this contributed volume the latest research and current thinking on advanced fiber reinforced cement composites. Under rigorous editorial control, 13 chapters map out the key properties and behaviour of these materials, which promise to extend their applications into many more areas in the coming years.

The WTO is today dealing with an issue that lies at the interface of two major challenges the world faces, trade liberalization and international migration. Greater freedom for the 'temporary movement of individual service suppliers' is being negotiated under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Conditions in many developed economies--ranging from aging populations to shortages of skilled labor--suggest that this may be a propitious time... more...

The Caspian Basin region has boomed since the late 1990s due to new oil discoveries, new pipelines that have diversified countries' transport options and world oil prices that have risen from below $10 in 1998 to $70 in 2006. This book analyzes the experience of the Caspian countries during the oil boom. It is founded on empirical studies, using either macroeconomic tools or an analysis of public budgets, or microeconometric analysis... more...

There has been much recent focus within the business world on concepts such as restructuring, downsizing and re-engineering. These concepts have their value, but they are inherently negative and inward-looking. Companies which wish to succeed in the long term must look forwards and outwards towards growth and new opportunities. Innovation is the key to the future. If every company were like every other, if every leader led his or her company in exactly... more...

With the increasing globalization of the world’s markets and economies, more firms than ever are looking for business information beyond their own national borders. Finding such information on the Web can be so overwhelming it is often hard to know where to start. The sites selected for this Web research guide are specific to the needs of the business researcher, providing rigorously evaluated and carefully annotated listings of... more...


The remarkable success of Japanese industry has frequently been attributed to the inter-corporate alliances and networks that exist in the Japanese economic system. Many commentators argue that is has been these networks that have been key to both the rapid growth and success of Japanese industry. Business Networks in Japan explores the creation of supplier-customer networks through case studies of two of Japan's largest companies: the Toshiba... more...

Provides practical easy-to-implement advice on how to comply with the latest rules and regulations. Shows how to recoup money spent on duty drawbacks. Shows how to get around trade barriers in foreign countries. Shows how to use the internet and other technologies to reduce the cost of exporting. Provides insights into reducing export risk exposures.

The financial crises across Asia in 1997-98 ignited fierce debate about domestic economic weaknesses and flaws in the international financial system. Some analysts blamed Asian governments for inadequate prudential supervision, widespread failures of corporate governance and even "crony capitalism." Others assailed the inherent instability of global financial markets and what they considered to be hasty and ill-conceived liberalization taken at the... more...

From the contents: Globalisation of markets and financial-center competition (I. Walter). - Electronic commerce: its effect on service industries (C. Wymbs). - Determinants of US direct investment in the EU and Japan (R. Narula, K. Wakelin). - Competitive and comparative advantages: the determinants of Japanese direct investment activity in manufacturing (Yui Kimura, T.A. Pugel). - The impact of direct and indirect FDI in Eastern Europe on Austrian... more...

Hardbound. The global economy has undergone some major changes during the last several years. The objective of this book is to examine one particular aspect of the new global economic order, namely international public policy. The power of national governments in determining international public policy is being replaced by the dual extra-national entities of globalism - manifested by the WTO and regionalism - best exemplified by such groupings as the... more...