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As a matter of information ... The third edition of Paul Pedley's ever-so-useful Essential Law for Information Professionals, published by Facet, came out not so long ago but the IPKat has only just begun to catch up with himself and get something posted about this useful UK-with-a-somewhat-European-flavoured tome. Let's start with what the publisher says:
"A brand new edition of this best-selling text offering up-to-date and easy-to-follow practical advice on the law as it affects information management and the fundamental principles underlying practice. Using individual cases to illustrate underlying principles and contextualize regulations it manages to cut through the legalese and provide exactly what’s needed in an easily digestible format [the style helps here; lucid English, helpful boxes and tables and positively no footnotes]. This gives you the tools to quickly assess legal hazards and identify solutions. New and up-to-date coverage includes:
• the Digital Economy Act 2010 and its implications for libraries
• the Open Government License and the re-use of public sector information
• patents and trade marks
• CILIP’s guidelines on user privacy in libraries [bet that's a new one for many readers of this weblog!]
• the move to extend legal deposit to electronic content
• recent changes in libel law
• the Data Protection Act and new penalties for infringement
• digital content and platforms
• open access and social networking.
This is an essential guide for anyone working in the information professions. It is also the ideal legal textbook for students of information studies and librarianship.The book's website is here. Incidentally, the range of publications on the publisher's website which relate to information-related subjects with significant legal angles is quite remarkable. While law books which are written for lawyers will generally tell you what the law is, and are invaluable when litigating or deciding how to respond to commercial developments, books like Paul Pedley's are invaluable for another reason: they help you predict how information managers will behave when, by training and habit of thought they are risk-averse and not generally armed with a purse with which to bring test cases. In other words, there's plenty of food for thought here ...
Martin Heidenreich. It's part of a series called New Horizons in International Business, a series which does embrace innovation and competition issues though it does so in a context with which most readers of this weblog, together with this blogger, may not be particularly familiar. So what does the publisher have to say about this work? According to the web-blurb:
"Multinational companies are crucial actors in a global knowledge-based economy, combining the advantages of global and locally coordinated production and innovation strategies with specific regional and national factors. This book questions how MNCs can best exploit institutionally embedded knowledge, explores the utilization of external institutionally embedded knowledge in corporate innovation processes, and addresses the challenges of embeddedness.This blogger was half-hoping to read more about open innovation, a subject which is mentioned on several occasions within the work and which struck him as an excellent antidote to institutional embeddedness -- and a far more effective one than outsourcing, which is given more space. To be fair, though, there is now the best part of two decades-worth of solid writing and data concerning outsourcing, while much of the literature on open innovation, if not persuasive or polemic, is still short of serious empirical data which will endear it to scholars.
The expert contributors draw on managerial, economic, geographic and sociological perspectives to explore the essential roles of regional and national knowledge infrastructures and the cultural and political environment of MNCs. They build upon, update, and extend the discussion on the regional and national embeddedness of MNCs with new country case studies and comparative analyses, focusing on the relationship between innovation in companies and regional studies. Significantly, the book also establishes a link between two important debates that have hitherto been largely disconnected: regional studies and international business studies separately address issues that fall within the scope of the book, but do not provide an integrated analysis of the embeddedness of MNCs.
This pathbreaking [whatever happened to the much-loved cliche 'groundbreaking'?] book goes some way to fill this gap in the literature and as such, will prove invaluable to academics, R&D managers, regional policy makers and students with an interest in international business, business economics, regional studies and organization studies".
The book's web page is here.