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Strategic Hospitality Leadership: The Asian Initiative

Editors: Russell Arthur Smith and Judy Siguaw

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

DOING business in the tourism and hospitality scene in Asia can be interesting but it has its challenges. Not many books have been written on this subject in Asia. This is the first specialised approach to the busines of hospitality in Asia.

It is an an invaluable resource of reference by contributors who are the Cornell School of Hotel Administration's alumni, the Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management faculty and members of its joint advisory board.

Topics include brand management, strategic direction, service and marketing, crisis management, growth, leadership, best practices and development. This book will help current and future entrants into Asia.

The World That Changes the World: How philanthropy, innovation, and entrepreneurship are transforming the social ecosystem

Editors: Willie Cheng and Sharifah Mohamed

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

THERE are several million social groups in the world driven by a common vision to change the world for the better. To accomplish their mission, this social ecosystem employs a myriad of tools and approaches with each player having its own defined and continually evolving role to play.

There are those who need help (beneficiaries), those who help (social purpose organisations) and those who help those helping (the capacity builders). These core players depend on the wider community, the media, and the government for support. For as much as the social ecosystem is about change, it is also beset by the forces of change.

The Little Book of Commodity Investing

Author: John Stephenson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

AS the world's population increases, there is a greater need for resources. It could be water, grains, palm oil, copper and other natural forms of earth's produce. All these are lumped under one word commodities. But these resources are limited. As demand increases, short supply result in price increases.

There is a powerful rallying cry for commodities around the world today. In simple, easy-to-understand language, John Stephenson shines the spotlight on commodities, exposing a world that is fascinating and crucial to global economic progress. He explains why commodities matter and how to profit from them. He looks at oil investments, natural gas, gold, and agriculture produce.

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