Studies In Europragmatics

Author: Joachim Grzega
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz
ISBN: 9783447069168
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While European languages have been quite frequently studied with respect to cultural-historical, sociopolitical and word-form-oriented issues, the study by Joachim Grzega is the first monograph that deals intensively with the search for commonalities of European languages with respect to the use of word-forms, i.e. pragmalinguistic aspects. The book addresses basic general definitory questions (e.g. what is "European," what is "Eurolinguistic"?), it discusses and creates methodological approaches of qualitative and quantitative research, it compares working with naturally gathered (spoken and written) language data (e.g. Wikipedia, EU minutes, Facebook) and working with language data artificially elicited by questionnaires, and it makes suggestions on how the results of analyses on speech-acts, address terms, word-connotations and other communicative patterns could be interpreted. Grzega's volume includes numerous case studies related to synchronic, historical and applied europragmatics, transferring results into numerous figures (among them the map of the flight of the Europragmatic bumblebee, showing the distribution of 36 Europragmatic features).

Opposing Europe The Comparative Party Politics Of Euroscepticism

Author: Aleks Szczerbiak
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199258309
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This text provides a review of Euroscepticism in contemporary European politics. Scholars address the strength & breadth of Euroscepticism across a range of EU member & candidate states, & draw out comparative lessons on the nature of political parties, party systems, & the domestic politics of European integration.

Civil Society And Activism In Europe

Author: William A. Maloney
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136996982
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This book examines the role of civil society organizations in several advanced European democracies: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Specifically the book focuses on how voluntary organizations contribute to civic and democratic health and assesses the impact of different organizational types on social capital.

Best Practices Are Stupid

Author: Stephen M. Shapiro
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101544465
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What if almost everything you know about creating a culture of innovation is wrong? What if the way you are measuring innovation is choking it? What if your market research is asking all of the wrong questions? It's time to innovate the way you innovate. Stephen Shapiro is one of America's foremost innovation advisrrs, whose methods have helped organizations like Staples, GE, Telefónica, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and USAA. He teaches his clients that innovation isn't just about generating occasional new ideas; it's about staying consistently one step ahead of the competition. Hire people you don't like. Bring in the right mix of people to unleash your team's full potential. Asking for ideas is a bad idea. Define challenges more clearly. If you ask better questions, you will get better answers. Don't think outside the box; find a better box. Instead of giving your employees a blank slate, provide them with well-defined parameters that will increase their creative output. Failure is always an option. Looking at innovation as a series of experiments allows you to redefine failure and learn from your results. Shapiro shows that nonstop innovation is attainable and vital to building a high-performing team, improving the bottom line, and staying ahead of the pack.

Understanding Euroscepticism

Author: Cécile Leconte
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
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"This timely text provides a concise and readable assessment of the dynamics, character and consequences of opposition to European integration at all levels from elites and governments through parties and the media to voters and grass roots organizations"--Provided by publisher.

Women Policy And Politics

Author: Carol Lee Bacchi
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761956754
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Drawing on recent perspectives from social constructionism, discourse analysis, feminism and the sociology of social problems, this volume reviews a range of policy problems relating to women's inequality.

24 7 Innovation

Author: Stephen Shapiro
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071423427
Size: 76.68 MB
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Techniques for Awakening Your Organization's Innovative Potential in a Global Marketplace That Never Sleeps Praise for Stephen Shapiro's 24/7 Innovation... "Shapiro's ideas provide just enough structure for innovation to grow, but never so much as to stifle it." Thomas H. Davenport, Director of the Accenture Institute for Strategic Change, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Babson College "24/7 Innovation weaves a compelling picture of what will be needed to win in the new millennium." Steve Stanton, Coauthor, The Reengineering Revolution "Steve's book provides a timely focus on innovation as competitive advantage, and it is well worth your time." Charles Koch, CEO and President, Koch Industries "Steve offers a pragmatic, global, business savvy realism as well as artistic flair to anyone who needs to be an innovator in business." Peter Keen, CEO, Keen Innovations, Coauthor, The eProcess Edge "Steve shows how companies can be innovative everywhere, everyday, by everyone. This is a must read book for anyone who is serious about 24/7 innovation." Dr. Trevor G. Gibbs, Head of Global Clinical Safety and Pharmacovigilance, GlaxoSmithKline In one of the great paradoxes of twenty-first-century business, market leaders must continuously pursue the obsolescence of their own bestselling products. Why? Because they know that beyond their own corporate walls, hungry competitors are "borrowing"and improving on the strengths of those products in order to take their hard-won customer base to the next level of satisfaction. And if they plan to stay on top, leaders know it is up to them to reach that next level first. Whether you are a leader or a pursuer, 24-7 Innovation takes you beyond the rigid policies, prescriptive processes, and fragmented organizational structures that have stifled true innovation for too long. This step-by-step book shows you how to instill a mind-set of continuous innovation at every level of your organization, one that will allow you to achieve and sustain a leadership position in any market. It outlines a lean, action-based framework designed to put your organization in the state of "perpetual innovation" that is necessary for creating sustainable business success. Look to 24/7 Innovation for the latest techniques and strategies to: Create a culture of innovation and inject innovation continuously throughout the execution of each process Implement the Capabilities approach at every level of your organization, and coordinate its five essential components-Strategy, Measurements, Processes, People, and Technology-to consistently interrelate with each other and deliver measurable results Align all stakeholders from customers to shareholders to employees at all levels of an organization Moving far beyond theory, 24/7 Innovation reveals what today's most innovative companies are actually doing right now and provides guidelines to help you replicate these successes in your own organization. It offers a blueprint for creating a truly flexible organization, one that builds upon current successes even as it promotes rapid change and adaptability for maximizing those successes. In today's age of unprecedented access and unlimited competition, constant change is the prerequisite for survival. Let 24/7 Innovation show you how to introduce constant change throughout every level of your organization revolutionary change that is strategic, pervasive, and ultimately overwhelming to your competitors.

Social Movements And Europeanization

Author: Donatella della Porta
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191619698
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Are social movement organizations euro-sceptical, euro-pragmatic, or euro-opportunist? Or do they accept the EU as a new level of governance to place pressure on? Do they provide a critical capital, necessary for the political structuring of the EU, or do they disrupt the process of EU integration? This book includes surveys of activists at international protest events targeting the European Union (for a total of about 5000 interviews); a discourse analysis of documents and transcripts of debates on European politics and policies conducted during the four European social forums held between 2002 and 2006 and involving hundreds of social movement organizations and tens of thousands of activists from all European countries; about 320 interviews with representatives of civil society organizations in six EU countries (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy) and one non-member state (Switzerland), and a systematic claims analysis of the daily press in selected years between 1990 and 2003. The empirical research shows the different paths of Europeanization taken by social movements and civil society organizations.

Personality Poker

Author: Stephen M. Shapiro
Publisher: Portfolio (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781591843603
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Compares business environments to a poker game in order to show how to use winning card strategies to promote group and individual performance.