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Principles of marketing
By Dr Anders Parment, Philip Kotler and Gary Armstrong

Paperback: 492 pages, £49.99
Publisher: Pearson
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 1292104805

The book looks at the major decisions that marketing managers face in their efforts to balance an organisation's objectives and resources against needs and opportunities in the marketplace. It also focuses on sustainability issues and provides a thorough analysis of branded culture.

Change management
By James Mccalman


Paperback: 336 pages, £35.99
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 144627411X 

In a dynamic and unpredictable world, this text writes the roadmap for managing change. It explains how to lead change; engage with change and survive change. The focus is firmly on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of organisational change – competing resources, politics, conflicts of interest and understanding.

Will Africa feed China?
By Deborah Brautigam


Hardcover: 248 pages, £18.14
Publisher: OUP USA
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 019939685X     

African governments are pushing hard for foreign capital, and China is building a portfolio of tools to allow its agribusiness firms to "go global." This book addresses concerns about Chinese "land grabbing" in Africa. To feed its own growing population, rural Africa must move from subsistence to commercial agriculture, and China will be instrumental in that journey.

Biofuels, food security, and developing economies
By Nazia Mintz-Habib 


Hardcover: 238 pages, £85.00
Publisher: Routledge
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 041572970X 

Mintz-Habib analyses the extent to which biofuels feedstocks fit within the national food security strategy, agro-export orientation, and rural development plans and policies of developing economies. It addresses key issues such as how global initiatives for green growth, energy security and sustainable development incorporate biofuels industry development.

Corporate social responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa
By Stephen Vertigans (Ed.), Samuel O. Idowu (Ed.) and René Schmidpeter (Ed.)


Hardcover: 312 pages, £74.50
Publisher: Springer
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 3319266675 

This handbook demonstrates and provides evidence for the fact that corporate social responsibility contributes significantly to the way sub-Saharan African economies are being transformed. It highlights how progressive and wide-ranging CSR approaches have emerged, and how much they differ from the obsolete approaches of the past, which promulgated negative stereotypes, marginalised communities and positioned them as victims or beneficiaries of development.

The new confessions of an economic hit man
By John Perkins


Papaerback: 385 pages, £8.52
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Published: February 2016
ISBN: 1626566747 

Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. With new material covering the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and the United States, Perkins documents how bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others “con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

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