by Bob Camp The business improvement topic and quality tool called benchmarking is becoming widely understood and broadly applied. There are now applica- firms that tions in almost all segments of the economy including industrial either produce a product or a service, non-profit organizations such as healthcare, government and education. The approach is starting to spread around the globe with initiatives in Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. This is commendable and reassuring and must show that there is significant interest in the approach and that it works. What is missing, however, are books and reference material that are not solely prepared in the US where benchmarking started. Theses would include examples of applications relevant to the local area and industries. They would include references to articles written about benchmarking appearing in local publications. In this fashion those interested would have near hand case histories of the use of benchmarking and therefore become encouraged to use the technique. Zairi and Leonard have done the benchmarking community a real service by documenting the European view and application of benchmark- ing to a wide range of examples. But they have not stopped there. Their text includes treatment of a number of related facets of benchmarking that makes this a fairly thorough text.
See. Eat. Sleep. Enjoy. A 72-Hour Guide to Tokyo, Japan.City breaks are perfect for those long weekends away. You go to a city and you've got only a short amount of time to see the sights, there's no time to get distracted.But what if you don't know exactly what to do and see? Which places to eat at? When the best time is to visit? An imperial mix of modern and traditional, from its neon signs to its Shinto shrines, Tokyo is the travel destination for anyone who desires anything but the "same old same." Located in the heart of the country's largest island of Honshu, Tokyo pulsates a sense of dynamism with impressive skylines and an ever-present surge of inhabitants. Tokyo is renowned for its Harajuku fashions, technological innovations, and rich cultural traditions. It is a city comprised of small towns and neighborhoods clustered together, each with its own history, flavor and atmosphere. The future home of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo has much to offer anyone who decides to visit this city, where the sun continues to rise.Inside 3-Day Guide to Tokyo: A 72-hour definitive guide on what to see, eat and enjoy in Tokyo, Japan:
While fashion is subject to seasonal change, the wardrobe of the gentleman who dresses in classic style is marked by a distinctive continuity.
Changing trends in fashion have always reflected large-scale social and cultural changes. Changing Fashion presents for the first time a multi-disciplinary approach to examining fashion change, bringing together theory from fashion studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and art history, amongst others. Ideal for the undergraduate student of fashion and cultural studies, the book has a wide range of contemporary and historical case material which provides practical examples of trend analysis and change, from the art deco textile designs of Sonia Delaunay to the chameleonic shifts in Bob Dylan's appearance over time. Key issues in fashion and identity, such as race, gender and consumption are examined from different disciplinary angles to provide a critical overview of the field. Changing Fashion provides a concise guide to the main theories across disciplines that explain how and why media, clothing styles, and cultural practices fall in and out of fashion.
This latest publication in the Straightforward Guides Series, A Guide to Producing Your Own Will, Second Edition, is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of wills and probate, from producing a will to dealing with probate. The book has been updated to include changes in tax laws and also inheritance tax provisions. The areas of probate are more closely examined. The book will enable the layperson to clearly understand this complex area. It is clear and concise and is ideal for anyone who wishes to produce their own will and also for anyone who wishes to understand more about the process and also who wishes to understand more about probate generally. The following areas are covered: - Production of wills-the law - The laws of inheritance - The law and probate - Acting as executor - Wills and income tax - Wills and international assets - The roles of solicitors and other professionals
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