Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and using the case of the automotive industry as a starting point this volume discusses how industrial companies can remain competitive in spite of the current economic downturn. QI AI is a doctoral student at the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK ALESSIA AMIGHINI is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy GIUSEPPE BERTA is a Professor at the Universitá Bocconi, Milan, Italy ALEXANDER BREM is Assistant Professor of Innovation Management at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany ARNALDO CAMUFFO is a Professor at the Center for Research in Organization and Management, Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy CHIARA CASALINO is a researcher at the Universitá Bocconi, Milan, Italy ALDO ENRIETTI is Associate Professor of Industrial Economics at the School of Political Sciences of the University of Torino, Italy, and member of GERPISA, The International Network of the Automobile ADRIAN E. CORONADO MONDRAGON is lecturer in Technology and Operations Management at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, UK CHRISTIAN E. CORONADO MONDRAGON is the Academic Director of the Master of Technology Management at the Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada PIER PAOLO PATRUCCO is Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Turin, Italy, and Research Fellow of BRICK (Bureau of Research on Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge) at the Collegio Carlo Alberto (Moncalieri, TO) ELENA SCATTOLA is a researcher at the Universitá Ca Foscari, Venice, Italy GERD SCHUSTER is a Management Consultant at one of the worlds largest consulting firms, helping DAX 30 companies address challenges in strategy and technology ANDREA STOCCHETTI is Associate Professor in Business Management and Competitive Analysis at Ca Foscari University Venice, Italy HUI TAN is a Reader in Strategy at the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK SIGRUN M. WAGNER is a Teaching Fellow in Strategy and International Business at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK DAVIDE RICCARDO WEBER is a Professor at the Center for Research in Organization and Management, Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy FRANCESCO ZIRPOLI is Associate Professor at the Department of Management at Università Ca Foscari Venice, Italy and Research Associate of the MIT-International Motor Vehicle Program
In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Fortunately, they have dynamic, innovative models outside U.S. borders. Green Cities of Europe draws on the worlds best examples of sustainability to show how other cities can become greener and more livable. Timothy Beatley has brought together leading experts from Paris, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Venice, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and London to illustrate groundbreaking practices in urban planning. These cities are creating greenways, improving public transit, conserving energy, instituting green audits for government, and strengthening their city centers. With Green Cities of Europe , Beatley offers the U.S. planning community not only a vision of holistic sustainability, but a clear guide to accomplishing it at home. Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last eighteen years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas, including the following recent books: Ethical Land Use ; Habitat Conservation Planning: Endangered Species and Urban Growth ; Natural Hazard Mitigation ; and An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management . In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. He is the author of many books, including Biophilic Cities , Resilient Cities , and Green Urbanism (Island Press).
In the plucky, hilarious, and irreverent spirit of Lansky´s popular ´´Vagabond´´ newspaper column comes Last Trout in Venice, a book of adventurous and wacky travel essays that will have you laughing out loud. In Naples, Italy, Lansky rents a car precisely because of the city´s reputation as one of the worst places to drive in the world. In Berlin he dons a full-body latex suit, preparing for his visit to the notorious erotic KitKatClub. Inspired by Hemingway, he travels to Africa, where he accidentally stumbles upon a foolproof diet - the ´´Deep Sea Fishing off Kenya´s Coast During Rainy Season Weight Loss System´´. And in Venice you´ll hear Lansky as he dries out in the sun after his fall into the Grand Canal (in which he inadvertently took a big drink of water) while taking gondola-driving lessons. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Mercer, Amanda Karr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000716/bk_pnix_000716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
London weather is chilly - and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up. Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn´t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It´s enough to make a lady flee the country. So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she´s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away. Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester´s help - or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alison Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018618/bk_adbl_018618_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A murderous wicked twin. An innocent, law-abiding, and oblivious girl. The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters! Murder, mystery, suspense, and more The Malevolent Twin is the story of a wayward wicked twin with destructive intentions. Avery Tran was ordinary in every way except one: her friend, Venice. Since she was a young girl, Avery was the only one who could see Venice. Avery would describe her as her own alter ego. As Avery got older, Venice began to appear in front of Avery wearing obscene clothing, mocking and harassing her for her frumpy style and average looks Eventually Avery started to wonder what Venice truly was. Usually imaginary friends leave after childhood is over. Her curiosity led her to an abandoned ancient mobile home, where her parents had buried a stillborn, then to a wise, old exorcist who failed to successfully exorcise Venice, then finally to a quirky middle-aged psychic. All the trouble starts when Avery wakes up in a swinger´s club. Having no recollection of how she ended up there, Avery starts to think it is Venice´s doing, after discovering herself dressed and made up to look like Venice. Soon after, a neighbor´s dog goes missing, and a murder scene appears at her workplace. Avery confronts Venice about these heinous acts and learns what she already suspected: It was Venice, controlling her body, who had committed the crimes. Frantic to stop Venice, Avery starts to handcuff herself to the bed and searches for a way to rid herself of Venice entirely. The quirky psychic, Pennie Apples, helps her figure out what is really going on, but it comes too late. Venice murders someone very close to Avery, who feels obliged to turn herself in. In the end Avery learns a lesson about what happens when the imaginary abruptly becomes very real. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angel Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037959/bk_acx0_037959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thousands of copies sold, over a million pages read. Fans love the supernaturals of the Elemental Origins series! Welcome to the world of fire magi, where what doesn’t kill you (literally) makes you stronger. Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position as an au pair in Venice for the summer. It’s her responsibility to take care of two young boys - speak to them in English, make sure they get to their swimming lessons on time. Piece of cake, right? She unexpectedly forms a strong bond with the youngest boy - Isaia. She also meets two Italian men.... Both are smart, successful, and sexy. So far, things are going her way. Who doesn’t like options? When she discovers Isaia is actually dying and his mom is trying to keep it a secret from his dad, things get a violent shove into complicated...and then contagious - she’ll never be the same again. Just when she’s got more on her plate than she can handle, she accidentally gets tangled up with the most powerful crime family in Venice. Will Saxony survive long enough to learn the secrets of her new abilities, or will they kill her? Born of Fire is the second book in the Elemental Origins, a series of captivating YA urban fantasy novels which can be enjoyed in any order. If you like strong female characters, supernatural abilities, and a touch of romance, then you’ll love A. L. Knorr’s fiery teen fantasy adventure series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabra Zackman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102354/bk_acx0_102354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vienna Nocturne is a deeply moving debut novel that brings to life two extraordinary figures - a 30-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a young English soprano, Anna Storace, who was his muse - in prose as spirited, timeless, and touching as Mozart¿s greatest compositions. In late 18th-century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile. Her life is forever changed. Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy¿s greatest opera houses. Only 16, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame. Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follows. Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself. There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer. They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge occurs between the two, despite both being married to others. As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis. During this trying time, her only light is Mozart: his energy, his determination for her, and his art. She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias - music that will live on as his masterworks. Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell, an author who is herself an opera singer, Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman¿s struggle to find love and fame in an 18th-century world that controls and limits her at every turn. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Reading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003785/bk_rand_003785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The often hilarious and sometimes poignant story behind Dal LaMagna´s attempts to create a successful business. By the time LaMagna graduated from the Harvard Business School, his numerous entrepreneurial activities - including operating discotheques in drive-in movie theaters, working with the 1960s musical teen sensations the Cowsills, and opening an ice cream parlor on the Venice Beach boardwalk - had landed him $150,000 in debt. Raising Eyebrows tells the story of how he finally succeeded. After years of failures and living pennilessly, LaMagna finally succeed with tweezers. He started Tweezerman, one of the world´s most respected, innovative and successful beauty tool manufacturers with only $500. Not only was Tweezerman a financial success but is became a model of how to operate a company responsibly. LaMagna wrote this roller-coaster memoir for entrepreneurs who are struggling and disenchanted with the ever changing economic system Packed with business lessons, financial plans, and practical advice, Raising Eyebrows is full of inspiration, conscience, and good ideas for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs everywhere. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dal LaMagna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100270/bk_acx0_100270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a teachers resource book tailor-made for EFL teachers who want to bring Shakespeare into their classes. It includes forty innovative lesson plans with ready-to-use worksheets, hands-on games and student-oriented activities that help EFL learners achieve higher levels of English proficiency and cultural sensitivity. By introducing the plots, characters, and language arts employed in Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice, the book conveys English grammatical rules and aspects like a walk in the garden; complicated rhetorical features such as stress, meter, rhyme, homonymy, irony, simile, metaphor, euphemism, parallelism, unusual word order, etc. are taught through meaning-driven games and exercises. Besides developing EFL learners English language skills, it also includes practical extended tasks that enhance higher-order thinking skills, encouraging reflection on the central themes in Shakespeares plays. Ms. Miriam Lau Leung-che is a lecturer at Hong Kong Community College, Polytechnic University, where she teaches academic English. She has published papers in Shakespeare Review and Nordlit, and she is currently doing her doctoral studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Dr. Anna Tso is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Open University of Hong Kong, where she heads the Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics, leads the English Cultural Literacy team, and directs the Digital Humanities Research Centre. She is currently awarded a government research grant for improving university students academic writing at the Open University of Hong Kong.