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Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China

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Enze Han, "Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China"
2013 | ISBN-10: 0199936293 | 240 pages | PDF | 13 MB

Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China
Contestation and Adaptation unravels the complexities of national-identity contestation among various ethnic minority groups in China. It focuses on the interactions between domestic and international forces that inform ethnic groups' national-identity contestation, positing a theoretical framework where international factors play a significant role in determining why and when ethnic groups will contest the national identities imposed on them by central governments as part of the nation-building process.

Simmering grievances and occasional outbursts of social unrest among ethnic minority populations in China challenge not only the ruling party's legitimacy and governance, but also contemporary Chinese national identity and the territorial integrity of the Chinese state. But, as Enze Han points out, of the fifty-five ethnic minority groups in China, only the Tibetans and Uyghurs have forcefully contested the idea of a Chinese national identity. He argues that whether ethnic groups contest those national identities depends on whether they perceive a better, achievable alternative. In particular, Han argues that ethnic groups with extensive external kinship networks are most likely to perceive a capacity to achieve better circumstances and are, therefore, more likely to politically mobilize to contest national identity. In the absence of such alternatives ethnic groups are more likely to cope with their situation through emigration, political ambivalence, or assimilation. Using this theoretical framework, the book compares the way that five major ethnic minority groups in China negotiate their national identities with the Chinese nation-state: Uyghurs, Chinese Koreans, Dai, Mongols, and Tibetans. Overall, Contestation and Adaptation sheds light on the nation-building processes in China over the past six decades and the ways that different groups have resisted or acquiesced in their dealings with the Chinese state and majority Han Chinese society.
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Nonlocal Continuum Field Theories

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Nonlocal Continuum Field Theories
English | Physics, Mechanics | 1. Jule 2002 | ISBN-10: 0387952756 | 376 pages | pdf | 2 mb
Nonlocal continuum field theories are concerned with material bodies whose behavior at any interior point depends on the state of all other points in the body — rather than only on an effective field resulting from these points — in addition to its own state and the state of some calculable external field.

Nonlocal Continuum Field Theories
nonlocal continuum field theories are concerned with material bodies whose behavior at any interior point depends on the state of all other points in the body — rather than only on an effective field resulting from these points — in addition to its own state and the state of some calculable external field. Nonlocal field theory extends classical field theory by describing the responses of points within the medium by functionals rather than functions (the "constitutive relations" of classical field theory). Such considerations are already well known in solid-state physics, where the nonlocal interactions between the atoms are prevalent in determining the properties of the material. The tools developed for crystalline materials, however, do not lend themselves to analyzing amorphous materials, or materials in which imperfections are a major part of the structure. Nonlocal continuum theories, by contrast, can describe these materials faithfully at scales down to the lattice parameter. This book presents a unified approach to field theories for elastic solids, viscous fluids, and heat-conducting electromagnetic solids and fluids that include nonlocal effects in both space and time (memory effects). The solutions to the field equations agree remarkably well with atomic theories and experimental observations.
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Operations Strategy (3rd Edition)

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Nigel Slack, Mike Lewis, "Operations Strategy (3rd Edition)"
2011 | ISBN-10: 027374044X | 464 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Operations Strategy (3rd Edition)
Operations Strategy is focused on the interaction between operational resources and external requirements. Companies such as Apple, Google and Tesco have transformed their prospects through the way they manage their operations resources strategically, turning their operations capabilities into a formidable asset. These and other examples in this book illustrate the broad and long-term issues of Operations Strategy that complement the more operational, immediate, tangible and specific issues that define Operations Management. Building on concepts from strategic management, operations management, marketing and HRM, this text offers a clear, well-structured and interesting insight into the more advanced topic of Operations Strategy in a variety of business organisations.
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Managing Supply Chain Risk

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Managing Supply Chain Risk (International Series in Operations Research & Management Science) by ManMohan S. Sodhi and Christopher S. Tang
English | ISBN: 1461432375 | 2012 | 351 pages | PDF | 5,3 MB

Managing Supply Chain Risk
"Supply Chain Risk Management is an issue that many companies face and yet few companies know how to deal with it in a systematic and pragmatic manner. While avoiding and reducing supply chain risks are certainly preferable, developing ways to restore and stabilize supply chain operations rapidly after a major disruption is critical for managing global supply chains. Sodhi and Tang present important concepts, frameworks, strategies, and analyses that are essential for managing supply chain risks. Not only does this book suggest some practical ways to work with different partners to manage the risks that are present in a global supply chain, it creates a framework that would enable practitioners to engage researchers to work on this important area." -Thomas A. Debrowski, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Mattel, Inc. "When a firm outsources its operations to external suppliers, the firm is vulnerable to major and rare disruptions that can occur at any link in the global supply chain. Because these disruptions rarely occur, few firms take commensurable actions to identify, assess, mitigate and respond to various types of supply chain risks. By introducing frameworks and concepts along with several case studies and a review of academic literature, Sodhi and Tang treat this important subject with practical relevance and academic rigor. This book will bring practitioners and researchers to develop effective and efficient ways to manage supply chain risks." -Marshall L. Fisher, UPS Professor, Professor of Operations and Information Management and Co-Director of Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "This book ties observations in practice to methodologies and research. The rich case examples motivated the approaches and methodologies used to mitigate risks, and in the course of doing so, Sodhi and Tang provided insights on existing and new research opportunities. As a result, this book is highly relevant to both practitioners and academics. Also, the book is also written with management lessons on how risks can be mitigated, and how risks can be contained once disruptions have occurred. As such, it is also a book for management to gain insights and to develop management skills." -Hau L. Lee, Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology and Director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University "As companies have extended their supply chains globally and as the face increasing resource issues, they face a number of new risk challenges. While there are various case studies written about supply chain risks, this book gives a comprehensive treatment of the subject with clarity. The concepts and frameworks developed by Sodhi and Tang in this book would create awareness of this important and yet not well understood subject, and strategies described in this book would stimulate practitioners to develop a holistic approach for identifying, assessing, mitigating, and responding to different types of supply chain risks." -Nick Wildgoose, Global Supply Chain Proposition Manager, Zurich Insurance
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Course 20485C: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

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Course 20485C: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# By Microsoft
2014 | 480 Pages | ISBN: n/a | PDF | 21 MB

Course 20485C: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#
About this Course
This course you will learn advanced programming practices and techniques that will help you develop Windows Store apps. In this course, you will learn how design and develop Windows Store apps, as well as implement advanced features, such as using location information, streaming media to external devices, and integrating with online services. You will also learn how to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and Expression Blend tools.

This course maps to the 70-485 exam.

Windows Azure is required or used as part of the lab for this course, which may not be available in all countries. Please check with your Microsoft training provider that this cloud service is available in your area. Training Providers please reference the course setup guide for more details.
Audience Profile
This course is intended for professional developers who have one or more years of experience creating applications for a production environment and who are comfortable programming in C# and XAML to create Windows Store apps.
At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Review basic Windows Store app concepts and how Windows Store apps integrate with the Windows 8.1 ecosystem.
Explore the built-in WinRT animation library and storyboards, and apply transitions and transformations.
Localize the Windows Store app UI and apply language-specific formatting to a multi-lingual app.
Create and present a successful splash screen, and differentiate your app with branding.
Use various storage mechanisms, choose a suitable caching strategy for their app, and use advanced file access methods.
Work with custom and template controls, and create and consume a WinRT component.
Print using the Printing API and explore the Play To API.
Explore the Push Notification Service (WNS), and work with push notifications.
Use the CameraCaptureUI API and the MediaCapture API.
Create and consume background tasks.
Discover sensors, test their availability, and handle sensor events and device availability, and enumerate devices and their capabilities and properties and use the capabilities.

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The Profitable Supply Chain: A Practitioner’s Guide

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The Profitable Supply Chain: A Practitioner's Guide by Ramnath Ganesan
2014 | ISBN: 1484205278 | English | 296 pages | PDF | 7 MB

The Profitable Supply Chain: A Practitioner’s Guide
provides a first-principles approach to understanding the drivers of today’s successful supply chains, covering everything from inventory and demand management to network planning to technology-driven improvements in efficient supply chain management.

Apart from introducing the latest concepts and methods, supply chain expert and consultant Ramnath Ganesan provides numerous real-world examples and cases to clarify how his process-oriented approach can be applied to specific situations, together with spreadsheet functions when appropriate. Practitioners will be especially interested, for example, in the sections on assessing external factors for demand, modifying network routings in response to rising fuel prices, designing a framework for identifying issues and tracking actions, and instituting financial measures to track performance.

The book addresses situations found in such industries as consumer electronics, healthcare, telecommunications, consumer goods, industrial equipment, building materials, and many others. No matter the industry, all firms trading products face operational challenges in producing and/or moving goods in a geographically dispersed global network while fulfilling customer demand in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Such demands can only be supported by a rigorous approach that aligns supply with demand, an approach this book outlines clearly and simply.

The Profitable Supply Chain will prove a valuable reference for production schedulers, plant managers, material managers, demand planners, and supply chain executives. Among other things, it covers the following topics in great depth:

How to design and implement an efficient, scalable supply chain management process from the ground up—or improve the one you have.
How to maintain adequate inventory levels while reducing the cost of supplying products.
How to implement specific metrics that help improve supply chain performance and forecast accuracy.
How to gain competitive advantages through the latest advances in IT architecture and software.
This book will also be of immense value to information technology professionals. That includes enterprise application developers charged with designing and implementing a supply chain IT architecture, as well as those administering and maintaining an enterprise resource planning or advance planning system.

There are few areas in business more ripe for cost reductions than in the supply chain. The Profitable Supply Chain is therefore your go-to resource for making supply chain operations leaner, more efficient, and ultimately far more profitable than they are now.

What youll learn

How to maintain and move inventory optimally in the supply chain.
How to create an inventory strategy for your company.
How to increase the accuracy of your demand forecast.
How to create a sales and operations plan and then improve it on a daily basis.
How to analyze and deal with information distortion when dealing with channel partners.
How to involve company executives in the supply chain management process.
How to manage the evolution of supply chain practices, especially as technology improves and imperatives to "go green" gather force.

Who this book is for

Supply chain managers and professionals at manufacturing and distribution companies, information technology professionals, and software developers who need to better understand supply chain issues to help clients gain new efficiencies.

Chapter 1: Supply Chain Management: An Overview

Chapter 2: Inventory Planning

Chapter 3: Demand Planning

Chapter 4: Supply Planning

Chapter 5: Sales & Operations Planning

Chapter 6: Network Planning

Chapter 7: Supply Chain Performance Review

Chapter 8: The Evolving Supply Chain

Appendix A: An Introduction to Managerial Cost Accounting

Appendix B: Inventory Margin Analysis
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Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies

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Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies by E. Phil Haley
For Dummies | Aug 07 2006 | ISBN: 0471784036 | Pages: 364 | PDF | 10.72 MB
Do you roam the road making a living, or are you enjoying the nomadic life of a retiree with a motor home? Either way, life goes on no matter where you're hanging your hat tonight. Bills still need to be paid, grandchildren grow up way too fast, and you've gotten pretty dependent on your e-mail.

Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies
How do you stay connected to the rest of the world while you're on the road?
For a growing number of over-the-road drivers, business travelers, and RV enthusiasts, the answer is a wireless Internet connection. With a laptop and wireless access, you can

Pay bills, check accounts, and handle banking online
Send and receive e-mail
Surf the Web
Access your home PC
Make inexpensive phone calls with VoIP
Watch TV, download movies, and listen to satellite radio
"So," you say, "I see people in movies popping open their laptops and getting online wherever they happen to be. It looks awfully easy-why do I need a book?" Well, lots of things are easy once you know how. Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies tells you how in plain English, so you can take advantage of all those cool opportunities safely and easily. You'll discover how to

Choose the best Wi-Fi access service for your needs and locate hotspots
Assess cellular data services and satellite access to make informed choices about service
Adapt your laptop or PDA for wireless, set up an external antenna, and install an external amplifier
Use your cell phone as a modem
Identify security threats, protect your data with strong passwords and encryption, and set up a personal firewall
Install and use Skype and make phone calls with your laptop
Make your truck or RV your office with online freight-finding services, a GPS receiver, a travel printer, and software to keep logs and expense records
Access streaming TV and radio on the road
With Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies to help, you can send online birthday cards, watch video of the grandchildren, do your banking, pay bills, keep records, connect to your home PC, and even file your taxes, no matter how far away you roam!
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China’s Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change

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China's Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change by Gregory Veeck and Clifton W. Pannell
English | 2011-06-17 | ISBN: 0742567826, 0742567834 | PDF | 400 pages | 11,8 MB

China’s Geography: Globalization and the Dynamics of Political, Economic, and Social Change
Despite China's obvious and growing importance on the world stage, it is often and easily misunderstood. Indeed, there are many Chinas, as this comprehensive survey of contemporary China vividly illustrates. Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition that offers the only sustained geography of the reform era, this book traces the changes occurring in this powerful and ancient nation across both time and space. Beginning with China's diverse landscapes and environments, and continuing through its formative history and tumultuous recent past, the authors present contemporary China as a product of both internal and external forces of past and present. They trace current and future successes and challenges while placing China in its international context as a massive, still-developing nation that must meet the needs of its 1.3 billion citizens while becoming a major regional and global player. Through clear prose and new, dynamic maps and photos, China's Geography illustrates and explains the great differences in economy and culture found throughout China's many regions.
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French Mediaeval Armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms Series 231)

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David Nicolle, Angus McBride – French Mediaeval Armies 1000-1300
Osprey Publishing | 1991 | ISBN: 1855321270 | English | 51 pages | PDF | 36.69 MB
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French Mediaeval Armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms Series 231)
By the 11th century the French King had lost control of border regions, while local warfare had grown alarmingly frequent. In fact the energies of the French military élite were now focused on petty internal squabbles and external adventures like the Norman conquest of England. Nevertheless, the population and economy both expanded, although it was not until the 12th century that the crown rebuilt its power-base. Despite its slow start when compared with neighbours like England, the Kingdom of France had, by the 13th century, risen to become the most powerful state in Western Europe. This title describes the organisation, history and tactics of French medieval armies.
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French Mediaeval Armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms Series 231)

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David Nicolle, Angus McBride – French Mediaeval Armies 1000-1300
Osprey Publishing | 1991 | ISBN: 1855321270 | English | 51 pages | PDF | 36.69 MB
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French Mediaeval Armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms Series 231)
By the 11th century the French King had lost control of border regions, while local warfare had grown alarmingly frequent. In fact the energies of the French military élite were now focused on petty internal squabbles and external adventures like the Norman conquest of England. Nevertheless, the population and economy both expanded, although it was not until the 12th century that the crown rebuilt its power-base. Despite its slow start when compared with neighbours like England, the Kingdom of France had, by the 13th century, risen to become the most powerful state in Western Europe. This title describes the organisation, history and tactics of French medieval armies.
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