SPEA Faculty in Print

Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth

Edward Elgar Publishing
2013

Although competitiveness is typically associated with firms, they are not the only organizational body whose performance is dependent upon competitiveness. This poignant, insightful book focuses on how the varied economic performance of cities and regions, both within nations as well as across nations, during the era of the “Great Recession” also highlights the need for competitiveness. Competitive cities and regions enjoy a superior economic performance, while their less competitive counterparts experience poorer economic growth and increasing unemployment. Using leading frameworks, this study provides applications and case studies about what shapes the competitiveness of places in an international context. Specific policies that enhance local competitiveness are identified and analyzed.


Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise

Oxford University Press
2013

Entrepreneurs generally lack the marketing capabilities necessary to bring their new product to market. To engage the resources required to do this, they must somehow place a value on the enterprise. However, all of the methods of valuation currently available are based on the use of historical or current revenues, and therefore are not applicable to an entrepreneurial enterprise with a first-time product. Audretsch and Link present a valuation method uniquely tailored to emerging technology-based ventures that have no revenue history to lean on. Unlike many traditional methods, theirs does not take into account the track record of companies and products similar to that being valuated. Instead, it draws on economic theory to formulate a solution to the problem.


Business Law: The Ethical, Global and E-Commerce Environment
 (15th Edition)

McGraw-Hill
2012

This edition is appropriate for the two-term business law course. The cases in the 15th edition are excerpted and edited by the authors. The syntax is not altered, therefore retains the language of the courts. As in recent previous editions, this one includes a mix of actual and hypothetical cases. This text is their most research-based business law text.


Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Jossey-Bass
2012

Bielefeld and Tschirhart consider both the practice and theory of nonprofit management in their book, which will be used by practitioners, educators, and students. The book includes the basics of creating and structuring nonprofits, then describes how to allocate financial and human resources to make an organization run effectively. A large section of the book is devoted to boards, governance, and leadership as well as how to motivate and evaluate employees, volunteers, donors, service recipients, and others. Collaborating with other entities is discussed, followed by how a nonprofit changes and innovates, and the book ends with a discussion of the future of nonprofit management.

Property in Land and Other Resources

Lincoln Institute
2012

Over the past several years, much has been written about property rights in land and natural resources by scholars in many disciplines, including economics, political science, history, and law. This book, based on a 2010 Lincoln Institute conference, addresses the tendency in social science literature to oversimplify the concept of property rights by assuming that only two or three forms of property rights are appropriate for the effective use and conservation of resources. Instead, it focuses on recent developments in our understanding of how various property systems are applied to and affect the use of scarce natural resources.


Prisoner Reentry Programs: Penetrating the Black Box for Better Theory and Practice

LFB Scholarly Publishing
2013

Upon release from prison, individuals must manage a complex mix of interrelated challenges. Housing, employment, and substance abuse treatment have been identified as three of the most pressing dimensions of prisoner reentry. Grommon explores how these challenges interact and affect levels of relapse and recidivism. Housing and employment are important antecedents that shape participation in substance abuse treatment and relapse. In turn, these initial effects directly or indirectly influence recidivism. The findings highlight the need to further explore reentry challenges and lead to a number of theoretical, methodological, and policy implications.

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Indiana University Press
2011

A living jazz legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career – as player (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. In this richly illustrated volume, Herzig explores Baker’s artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term gig as distinguished professor and chairman of the Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University. Baker’s credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of George Russell’s “out there” sextet and orchestra; by the 1980s he was in the Jazz Educator’s Hall of Fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet, and the Czech Philharmonic. Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this book brings a jazz legend into clear view.

Elements of Environmental Chemistry (2nd Edition)

John Wiley & Sons
2012

Tutorial in style, this book fully incorporates real-world problems and extensive end-of-chapter problem sets to immerse the reader in the field. Chapters cover mass balance, chemical kinetics, carbon dioxide equilibria, pesticide structures, and much more. Extensively revised, updated, and expanded, this edition includes new chapters on atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins, and brominated flame retardants. In addition, new practice problems and a helpful tutorial on organic chemistry names and structures have been added to improve both the scope and accessibility of the book.


Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy

Jossey-Bass
2013

Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy is a groundbreaking book that includes a proven set of tools for making sense of mountains of sometimes inconsistent conclusions from original research. The tools of meta-analysis can help to improve scholarship, ensure more accurate tests of theories, provide clearer and more authoritative advice for policy and management, and ultimately contribute to the wider knowledge base of public management and policy and the social sciences more broadly.

Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development

Brookings Institution Press
2013

Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decisionmakers are increasingly focused on what makes places “livable.” Many factors are involved, including the arts and culture, which make a crucial contribution to community development. But knowledge about arts and culture as a development tool and what works at various urban and regional levels is lacking. What art forms or types of arts-related employment matter the most, and in what neighborhoods? How does a city ensure that “the arts” is not defined simply by a core of long-established major arts institutions? What state and local policies best foster the development of strong local arts scenes? Creative Communities offers answers and provides an understanding of “how art works.”

America’s Poor and the Great Recession

Indiana University Press
2013

Millions have entered poverty as a result of the Great Recession’s terrible toll of long-term unemployment. Kristin S. Seefeldt and John D. Graham examine recent trends in poverty and assess the performance of America’s “safety net” programs. They consider likely scenarios for future developments and conclude that the well-being of low-income Americans, particularly the working poor, the near poor, and the new poor, is at substantial risk despite economic recovery.