This book finally gives innovators an alternative to the painful writing of business plans. Not only an alternative but also a more effective, faster and easier way to convince investors and decision-makers: the Opportunity Case is a more user-friendly way of analyzing and presenting a project, which has been quickly adopted by many multinational corporations, public sector organizations as well as start-ups. It also addresses a central problem in existing businesses: many people have good ideas but very few of these innovations are actually implemented. The content of this book proposes the first practical process that has been demonstrated to boost innovation by up to 56%. "Winning Opportunities" presents the IpOp Model that outlines in a very concrete and down-to-earth way, the core process of innovation that successful entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs use, even unconsciously. The model acts as a simple hands-on guide for innovators who want to increase their chances of success. This structured and user-friendly roadmap helps innovators turn an idea into a tangible opportunity, outline measurable deliverables, learn how to address all the key issues critical to the success of their project, and identify early in the process whether an opportunity is worth pursuing. To illustrate its concepts, a large number of real-life examples are included as inspiration to the reader. Nespresso's strategy is used throughout the book to demonstrate each key step of the IpOp Model. It is the first time in print one can read about the strategy that shaped the fascinating success story of Nespresso, a $3 billion business with double-digit annual growth. Both Nespresso and the IpOp Model were developed in Switzerland, which was recently ranked No. 1 in innovation worldwide. Besides helping start-up initiators, the IpOp Model, as best practice for innovation, improves and complements the existing selection of innovation processes used by large organizations (staged gate, six sigma, etc.). Since learning is easier when emotions are included in the process, each chapter is preceded by a joke illustrating its serious content. The author, Prof. Raphael H Cohen took advantage of his 30+ years experience as serial entrepreneur, active CEO and business angel to write this book to encapsulate some of the key messages he has been teaching in top business schools and corporate environments since 2001. He is a keynote speaker and an expert in both professional agility and "weapons of mass innovation." Besides his responsibility as academic director of MBA programs, he provides executive education, mentoring, consulting and management services for senior executives, bankers, directors and entrepreneurs. He serves on the board of directors of several companies, including a Swiss bank, and is a regular contributor to several business publications. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics in 1982 "
Praise for Investment Banking & Investment Opportunities in China<br> <br> "I first met Tom Liaw when my company was exploring potential opportunities in Taiwan. He clearly knew the market and proved invaluable in explaining the financial landscape and in arranging meetings with potential clients, other market participants, and senior government officials. Investment Banking and Investment Opportunities in China should prove equally valuable as we now look to further expand our activities to mainland China."<br> -Douglas Reinfeld-Miller, EVP, Ambac Assurance, and Chairman/CEO, Ambac Assurance UK Ltd<br> <br> "There is no more important market than China today. Dr. Liaw's book provides an overview of the current situation and recommendations as to how investors can profit from China's amazing growth."<br> -Donald Tang, Chairman, Bear, Stearns Asia Ltd, and Vice Chairman, Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc.<br> <br> "Professor Liaw's book takes you on a quick walk through the major milestones in China's economic development over the past two decades. It shows a clear understanding of the environment for doing business in China and explains hot topics in the marketplace. This book is simple, easy to read, and yet highly informative."<br> -Jesse Wang, Vice Chairman, China Central SAFE Investments Ltd, and Chairman, China International Capital Corporation Ltd<br> <br> "Provides a clear map of China's financial system, investment banking business, and investment opportunities. It should be read by all who are interested in China."<br> -Mao-Wei Hung, Dean, College of Management, National Taiwan University<br> <br> "Dr. Liaw's book is a comprehensive professional reference work for those of us involved in the global investment arena. I highly recommend it."<br> -Charles P. Menges, Jr., CFA, Principal, Business Global Wealth Management, a Unit of Alliance Bernstein LP<br> <br> "China's development has a unique track, including the financial market. People who want to profit from China should have a clear view of this market. Dr. Liaw's book, explaining China's market opening and foreign participation, is the one necessary for them to read."<br> -Wei Xing, Director of Rules and Regulations, China Insurance Regulatory Commission
Pollution prevention technologies are experiencing great growth as organizations seek the economies and benefits of their implementation. Environmental audits, anticipation of International Standards Organization (ISO) 9000, the desire to avoid future liabilities, costs, and accidental chemical releases, as well as to promote worker safety and a "green" image in the United States and internationally, combine to encourage businesses to adopt pollution prevention programs.<br> <br> The implementation of pollution prevention requires diverse engineering and management practices that reduce or preclude the pollution that reaches the air, water, or soil. Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessments, along with its accompanying software, provides business and technical managers with straightforward guidance on how to perform pollution prevention. The compiled software, HOW2DOP2, is industry- and process-tailored and will run on virtually any machine equipped with a Web browser.<br> <br> Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessments is geared for small businesses that do not have large environmental staffs trained in pollution prevention principles or the time to learn thoroughly all of the background information necessary to develop a specific pollution prevention plan. Concentrating on the technical and practical subjects associated with performing pollution prevention, this book, with the accompanying software, provides practitioners with the tools to develop pollution prevention plans and to enable their businesses to benefit from their implementation.
This volume approaches the history of Japanese-German relations from a business history perspective. Starting with an overview of Japanese-German relations which focuses on the environment, strategies and forms of inter-firm relations, Akira Kudo then uses case studies to provide a broader picture, before finally considering strategy, organisational strategy and technology and management transfer in the light of problems identified earlier.
Each spring millions of teenagers-and their parents -start thinking about what they'll do over the summer. Many need to earn money for school or a car, while others want to gain experience through internships, volunteer opportunities, or travel. But finding summer work in a tight job market isn't as easy as it used to be. Teenagers with little or no experience need all the help they can get to find work that meets their needs."Summer Jobs and Opportunities for Teenagers" is the one-stop resource for teenagers thinking about getting work. From figuring out what kind of job or opportunity they want to targeting and applying for a position and managing a paycheck, this book is chock full of useful tools and tips: a work personality quiz, interview and networking advice, and even a handy worksheet for calculating taxes. Complete with a resource list of related Web sites, "Summer Jobs and Opportunities for Teenagers" is an invaluable step-by-step guide to the job-search process.
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