" Management control is a process that enables an organisation to clarify its performance objectives and guide their achievement while ensuring that the actions undertaken by its various units are coherent. " With that definition, this book places the control process at the heart of the managers role within the organisation. It offers a refreshing vision of management control by organising its discourse around the fundamental challenges involved in the control process. Understanding these challenges will enable managers to enrich the way they create the tools that support the process.
The law on administrative procedure regulates the processes through which administrative decisions and administrative projects are elaborated. It is more and more regarded as essential in administrative laws: it is really considered as the central part of it in some systems. In many jurisdictions, rules concerning administrative procedure are codified, gathered in a single piece of general legislation: in a few, it remains non codified. The book is made of the different contributions presented on the topic to the last congress of the International Academy of International Law (Taipei, 2012): national reports on twenty countries and a general report. These contributions examine the way administrative procedure became codified, the obstacles which had to be overcome, the main orientations of the codes, their evolution in time; alternatively, they explain why administrative procedure is not codified. Providing extensive materials on an issue which is a concern in many administrative laws and many administrative systems, the book is intended for all searchers and experts in administrative law and public management, whether academics or practitioners.
The Art of Management Control : Issues and Practices explores the field of management control in greater depth by addressing advanced issues. This book offers analytical frameworks for studying real-world situations as well as certain "normative" discourses on the tools and methods of enterprise performance management with a view to helping senior executives, operational managers and controllers to find suit-able solutions to the complex issues that they are faced with in this field. The authors reject a very widespread, though simplistic approach where `turnkey solutions' or `best practices' are offered without putting them into perspective. Nor do they adopt the opposite, purely theoretical approach which overlooks or neglects operational constraints. On the contrary, this book is the product of a team of professors, researchers and practitioners who share one ambition : to build a balanced dialogue between theory and practice. It is also the fruit of an original creative approach: all of the chapters are co-authored and have been the subject of a great deal of discussion and debate among the team of writers. Four areas for further exploration are presented : Broadening of the traditional framework of management control: the book highlights the diversity of possible control systems' that exist beyond the dominant method of guiding behaviour that is at the core of management control: results control. Management control systems and tools are also compared and contrasted with the broader set of performance improvement programmes that are used in companies. Enrichment of the presentation and analysis of management control systems through the study of complementary issues and other unes of questioning : How should transfer prices be set? Should budgeting be abolished? How can companies foster horizontal coordination and cross-functional management? Extension of the investigation of the issues involved in designing performance management tools to include that of their implementation: how can organisations ensure that management control systems and tools are appropriated by managers? How does the ongoing evolution of information systems support the performance manage-ment process? Analysis of how traditional performance management approaches are adapted to specific contexts, in particular, support and service departments, the public sector and different national cultures. Devoting significant attention to the principles that guide the construction of performance management systems, this book sheds light on an often neglected dimension of manage-ment control: the subtle art of balancing multiple, potentially conflicting and complementary managerial perspectives.
Your child's emotional health
Author: Jack Maguire, Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, Philip Lief Group
Publisher: Macmillan General Reference
A comprehensive, jargon-free guide to raising psychologically healthy children from birth to age six covers eating, sleeping, discipline, shyness, day care and many more topics. Original.
The Mystery of Orcival
Author: Émile Gaboriau
A classic detective story, the second one in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series.
The Widow Lerouge
Author: Émile Gaboriau
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
This early work by Émile Gaboriau was originally published in 1866 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The Widow Lerouge' is one of Gaboriau's novels of crime and mystery. Émile Gaboriau was born in the small town of Saujon, Charente-Maritime, France. During his twenties, he became a secretary to Paul Féval – a an author now regarded as one of the fathers of modern crime fiction, whose Jean Diable (1862) is seen as the world's first modern detective novel.
Ensuring efficiency and integrity throughout the public procurement cycle is essential to a sound allocation of taxpayers' money. Yet public contracts are plagued by corruption, collusion, favoritism and conflicts of interest. This book addresses these problems from sophisticated, academic, institutional and practical perspectives. The book's ambition is to shape the public debate in the procurement community by highlighting how corruption implies violations of fundamental rights and undermines the fiduciary relationship between citizens and public institutions. The analysis underlines how corruption may stem from - and yet be resolved - through the exercise of discretion in the public procurement system. Focusing on the effects of public corruption and private collusion on procurement integrity, the book marks the features of misconduct and suggests needed counter-measures. The work also emphasizes that the pursuit of efficiency and integrity in public contracts must be rooted in professional skills, and in ethical regulations and training for public officers. The research reflected in these pieces cornes from sources around the world, and offers an excellent foundation for further development of these topics. Expanding on prior research, this volume builds on a more active transnational academic cooperation and exchanges of ideas on integrity in public contracts for the benefit of citizens.