Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An Introduction to Economic Dynamics or Case Studies in Organizational Communication

An Introduction to Economic Dynamics

Author: Ronald Shon

This is an examples-driven treatment of introductory economic dynamics for students with a basic familiarity of spreadsheets. Shone approaches the subject with the belief that true understanding of a subject can only be achieved by students themselves setting out a problem and manipulating it experimentally. Although all economics students now have access to spreadsheets, they are often used for little more than graphing economic data. This book encourages students to go several stages further and set up and investigate simple dynamic models. A web-site for students and instructors is included that contains an additional 100 questions for students and 100 for instructors.

Table of Contents:
List of tables and boxes
2Demand and supply dynamics
3Simple Keynesian dynamics
4Constructing trajectories in the phase plane
5IS-LM dynamics
6Inflation-unemployment dynamics
7Dynamics of the firm
8Saddles and rational expectations
9Fiscal dynamics and the Maastricht Treaty
10A little bit of chaos
Brief answers to selected exercises
Further reading

Interesting textbook: The Politics of Labor in a Global Age or Ethical Issues in Business

Case Studies in Organizational Communication

Author: Beverly Davenport Sypher

Using a descriptive approach to illuminate the topic, this volume presents accounts of how organizational life is accomplished communicatively in a variety of retail, manufacturing, public service, and newspaper organizations. The cases in this book focus on the ways in which communication creates and maintains organizational realities, with some demonstrating how communication can hinder organizational functioning and others highlighting creative and positive uses of different communication practices. Providing a view of organizational life that reflects the experiences of those who have not only observed, but taken part in its functioning, this volume is unique in the breadth of issues covered, the variety of methodological choices used in gathering data, and the focus itself.

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