By Bill Martin, Xuemei Tian
How are companies responding to worldwide alterations in markets pushed by means of alterations in know-how? regardless of the undefined, the tendencies are general: globalization and the increase of commercial conglomerates, mergers and acquisitions, the networking of companies and markets, outsourcing and shifts within the distribution of assets and construction, all mirrored within the emergence of latest avid gamers, new services and new kinds of pageant. As arguably the 1st knowledge-based company, publication publishing offers an awesome environment for the examine of problem and chance. The is at the moment experiencing fierce degrees of festival, severe monetary pressures, restructuring and the specter of technology-induced obsolescence. further to those are the demanding situations posed by means of new and capability entrants to the industry, the emergence of latest services, new methods of doing enterprise, together with buying and selling in digital markets, and the vulnerability of conventional enterprise types. The suitability of booklet publishing as a context for studying the emergence of knowledge-based company turns into all too obvious. via combining basic examine with secondary research drawn from the suitable literatures, "Books, Bytes and enterprise" is either a readable and informative account of industrial within the knowledge-based economic climate.
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