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This book is based on A Trading Desk s View of Market Quality, a conference hosted by the Zicklin School of Business on April 30, 2002. The text includes the edited transcripts of each panel as well as separate presentations by two distinguished industry officials, Joel Steinmetz, who at the time was Senior Vice President, Equities, Instinet Corporation, and Laura Unger, formerly Acting Chairperson and Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This book is not simply a historical record of the conference. It is also an exposition of the complex issues raised by the industry experts and speakers in attendance. Therefore, we introduced new material from foll- up interviews with many of the panelists so that the final result would be a more valuable document. Our intention was to examine the discussions with a critical eye, then modify or expand various sections to reflect contemporary conditions. In addition, we have included a paper by Ozenbas, Schwartz and Wood (see Chapter 8, page 151) that provides further analysis on the connection between market quality and intra-day 1 volatility that was noted several times during the conference. During the production process, we worked with the panelists, and took pains not to put words in their mouths. They have all approved the final draft of the manuscript, and we thank them for their assistance and patience."
The next decade will be transformative for the higher education sector. Government funding is decreasing. Through their marketing activities universities have created the 'student consumer.' The student consumer is prepared to shop around, compare prices and value, and once purchased expects a return on their investment. Disruptive innovations are challenging traditional forms of learning and in many cases are viewed as better alternatives to traditional learning in the classroom. Competition from private educational providers is increasing. Their cost base is lower, and their customer focus is superior. In short, universities around the world are facing a perfect storm. While experts don't expect the higher education sector to collapse under these challenges, they do believe that for some institutions the future looks bleak. If universities are to avoid closures or mergers, they will need to adopt a market-oriented approach. This timely book urges readers to view students as customers and focuses on how universities need to reinvent themselves in order to stay relevant. Striking a difference between market-oriented and marketing, the authors provide various examples of institutions around the world that are making efforts to reposition themselves. Additionally, this book delves into the issue of undervalued faculty, arguing that education practices are in desperate need of being reimagined due to the abundance of MOOCs and adaptive and experiential learning practices within universities these days. Both university and academic leaders alike, including presidents, provosts, deans, and faculty will find value in the instructional aspects of this book as they relate to their involvement with institutional advancement agendas as well as providing insight into the changing nature of higher education and the evolving definition of what an academic career now entails.
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What meaning has a life when a man would wake early into the morning working till late night with nothing to show for it? What is the meaning of working like an elephant, whilst chopping like ant? What is the meaning of near-success syndrome that is the hallmark of some lives? I fail to understand. Surely, I never believed that life could be so ridiculed; I never agreed that man's superlative efforts could yield nothingness in result. I found no reason to explain away such a state of helplessness, until somehow I became a victim. But God was there to comfort my soul. He turned my tears to inspirational rainbow pieces that represent this book of motivational poems. These works are products of deep inspiration in times of helplessness and hopelessness; they are products of experience of many years of wandering in the desert. The whole truth can be easily appreciated when viewed from the background of the fact that I am not schooled in the area of poetry, or even the arts. In any case, I still believe that having passed through harsh times for years, and having read countless inspirational works, and having had contact with many inspirational speakers, I naturally stand in a good position to inspire others to greatness: more so when the lord has since lifted me to greater heights, and has continually blessed me. The works in this book are not different, in effect, from the Psalms of the Holy Bible, and other similar inspirational verses that serve to revive our souls in times of depression: lifting us up from doldrums to stardom! The expression contained in the works serve good materials for SMS to encourage friends as they daily battle with activities of this life. The whole thing presents a proper arrangement to give the desired effect: the book harps on the importance of the following (in the whole success process): learning, vision, courage, wisdom, hard work, faith, prayer and the belief in yourself to succeed. It is all about poeticizing positive thoughts, it's all about transforming subjects on morality into poetry. Those who would like to move higher in life should consider helping others get to some levels equally. The poems are arranged, taking these key areas in mind. The pieces of advice from learned individuals have also been considered in the making of this masterpiece. Surely, this book makes a wonderful possession.
Zambia's economy is one of the worst performing in Africa. Despite fortuitous beginnings in 1964, the country's GDP per capita has grown slower than that of any other peaceful African nation. This study examines the contribution of institutional quality to Zambia's economic performance, specifically how institutional exclusivity has restrained economic growth by discouraging foreign investment.
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