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The Handbook of 21st Century Management provides authoritative insight into the key issues for students in college or corporate courses with a particular emphasis on the current structure of the topic in the literature, key threads of discussion and research on the topic, and emerging trends. This resource is useful in structuring exciting and meaningful papers and presentations and assists readers in deciding on management areas to take elective coursework in or to orient themselves towards for a career. Indeed, familiarity with many of the topics in this Handbook would be very useful in job interviews for positions in business.

Poverty Alleviation as a Corporate Issue
Poverty alleviation as a corporate issue

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the potential contribution of corporations to a large number of societal issues has received increasing attention and has been the subject of much controversy. This also applies to arguably the biggest global challenge of the moment: alleviating poverty. Until recently, the issue of poverty was largely ignored in management theory and practice (Jain & Vachani, 2006). First, poor people generally do not operate on “markets” and have limited buying power. Second, the issue of poverty itself is complex. For instance, do we consider absolute or relative poverty? What about the “working poor”? Third, the issue of poverty has many “issue owners,” and it is extremely hard to ...

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