Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Books in the Library

Rewarding Excellence: Pay Strategies for the New Economy. Edward E. Lawler III. Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco. “This book is based on the premise that to capture the full power of a reward’s system in today’s competitive environment, organizations need to focus in rewarding excellence in all areas.” This is the core message of Rewarding Excellence, which is broken into four parts. These four parts seek to reinforce the idea of human capital as the most important part of an organization in the new economy. It also lays out a plan for attracting, selecting, and retaining top talent. This follows with rewarding team and individual excellence. This book is very useful for the employer as well as the employee.

Supporting Work Team Effectiveness: Best Management Practices for Fostering High Performance. Eric Sundstrom and Associates. Jossey-BassPublishers: San Francisco. Working in teams are used more and more in organizations. Though there are many books on the market about how to effectively work in teams, this book takes the vantage point of a manager who is outside the team. Team Effectiveness is about how best to support and encourage work teams to high performance by focusing on nine essential support systems. The intended readers are personnel managers, human resources, operations, organizational development, but also college students taking classes on human resource management, organizational behavior, etc.


Letters from Mississippi. Elizabeth Sutherland, ed. McGraw-Hill Book Co.: New York. The summer of 1964 is etched into the American memory. It was called the Mississippi Summer Project. During this summer 650 people, mostly young white Northerners, came to Mississippi as “volunteers” to assist in registering blacks residents to vote, who had been denied voting rights since the inception of Jim Crow laws. This book represents a small fraction of the “volunteers” letters to family and friends. This is suggested reading for any citizen of the world.


Hoovers. Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies 2008: Profiles of Major U.S. Private Enterprises. Hoovers Inc., Austin, 2008. This is an updated handbook of major businesses in the U.S. including company headquarters, income histories, leadership, products and competitors.


The Career Guide: The Employment Opportunities Directory 2007. Directory of professional employment and career opportunities with detailed information on 10,000 leading employers. This reference guide for employment potential includes the areas of Sales, Marketing, Management, Engineering, Life/Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Planning, Accounting and Finance, Liberal Arts, and other technical and professional institutions.


The Career Guide: The Employment Opportunities Directory 2008. Directory of professional employment and career opportunities. This is a updated version of the reference guide for employment potential includes the areas of Sales, Marketing, Management, Engineering, Life/Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Planning, Accounting and Finance, Liberal Arts, and other technical and professional institutions.


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