Few titles could be timelier than the second edition of Crisis Management in the Food and Drinks Industry - A Practical Approach. The world is worrying about a human pandemic arising from the avian flu epidemic that is spreading from the Far East, the implications of which could be as great for the food industry as were the outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and BSE.
This practical and greatly expanded edition by media and public relations veteran Colin Doeg focuses on the communications aspects of dealing with a crisis. It is global in its coverage of the subject, reviewing practices and requirements in countries ranging from the USA and the UK to Australia and New Zealand.
Doeg offers advice ranging from preparing for the unthinkable to the dramatic expansion of the Internet, avoiding being caught off-guard by a situation, the ramifications of product tampering and managing an actual crisis.
Advice is also offered on dealing with extremist organizations and terrorist threats as well as bioterrorism - "a clear and present danger" - and a number of problems facing the food industry, including the practice of selling meat unfit for human consumption and the threat posed by the increasing toxicity of fish due to the rising pollution of the world's oceans.
In a special late chapter - written only three months before publication - the author looks ahead to events which he believes will shape the world of crisis management in the future, including the empowering influence of the Internet during the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the discovery of the illegal dye Sudan 1 (Red) in millions of food products and the fears of a pandemic arising from the spreading outbreak of avian flu.
Examples of typical documents like a crisis plan for a business, a crisis checklist, a press release announcing a product recall, an announcement to employees and a checklist for anyone dealing with a threatening phone call are provided. Also included is a list of sources of information and assistance in the event of a product crisis.
Crisis Management in the Food and Drinks Industry is the only title dealing specifically with this crucial subject in relation to the food industry. As such, it is relevant not only to those in the food industry, but also to marketing and senior management in general in the fields of agriculture, public health and law enforcement.
This history of Ferranti during the last six years of its long existence provides a detailed exposition of the merger with an American firm that would bring it to its knees. Although only covering six years, this builds on the previous two volumes of the Ferranti history that has outlined how the firm grew into one of the UK's leading defence electronics operations. Having survived a major liquidity crisis in 1974-75, Ferranti recovered robustly under new management, only to flounder under the same leadership as a result of a major foray into the American defence electronics industry. The case-study outlines the inherent dangers in international mergers, as well as the acute problems associated with City and corporate governance practices which resulted in decisions that undermined Ferranti fatally.
This book identifies the key factors that explain differing degrees of coherence in EU crisis management, and offers a comparative analysis of its peace operations in Africa. How does the European Union (EU) bridge the member states' varying interests and norms to play its desired role as a comprehensive international security actor? The past decades have shown that the degree to which the Union succeeds in this endeavour varies. This book identifies the key factors that explain differing degrees of coherence in EU crisis management. 'Coherence' is understood here as the absence of contradiction and existence of synergies between various EU and national crisis management policies, instruments, and activities geared towards a set of overarching objectives; it thus constitutes an essential precondition for EU security actorness. The analysis starts from the assumption that coherence is a function of competing and conflicting interests and norms. Overall, the book argues that the EU represents a rather unpredictable security actor, whose multi-level coherence depends on the context-specific balance between domestically defined economic and electoral interests and stakes on the one hand, and salient, embedded norms on the other. The influence and interaction of these factors across governance levels are viewed through two theoretical lenses: liberal intergovernmentalism and sociological institutionalism. The lenses are applied to three post-Lisbon cases of EU crisis management in Africa, namely Libya (2011), Somalia (2011-2012), and Mali (2012-13). The analysis traces the activities and interaction of EU institutional actors and member states, with a focus on France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. It shows that the degree of coherence in EU crisis management is contingent on the congruence of domestic economic and electoral interests, as well as national threat perceptions. But it also depends on the extent to which EU-level coherence norms resonate with national norms on the use of force and preferred modes of multilateral cooperation. In sum, this book offers systematic insight into EU crisis management and clarifies the conceptual and empirical boundaries of the comprehensive approach. Finally, the study of the micro-foundations of coherence allows for policy-relevant suggestions on the state of the art and future prospects of the Union's security actorness. This book will be of much interest to students of EU policy, European Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, African Politics and IR in general.
The Savings and Loan Crisis: Lessons from a Regulatory Failure sets the record straight about what actually happened to our banking institutions in the 1980s. As is documented by the highly respected and diverse group of former regulators, scholars and practitioners contributing to this book, the collapse of this industry was caused by a confluence of adverse economic conditions and misguided regulatory decisions. Poorly designed deposit insurance, faulty supervision, and restrictions on investments prevented savings and loans from adapting to a changing financial marketplace. Unable to use financial innovations, savings and loans could not hedge interest rate and credit risks. These factors blocked portfolio diversification and lay at the root of the crisis. The savings and loan crisis was an accident, but it was an avoidable one. Most of the factors responsible for causing and exacerbating the industry's problems were preventable, as is made clear in this volume. This book also provides an insider's view of the transformation of the financial services industry in the United States since the 1980s: how the managers and owners make decisions about product offerings and investments; how the regulators monitor performance and enforce the rules; and how Congress and the Administration influence and are influenced by the financial services industry. Lastly, it focuses attention on the lessons that should have been learned from this difficult period in the history of U.S. banking, and that should help prevent future banking crises everywhere.
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