Biodiversity, sometimes simply understood as "diversity of species", is a specific quality of life on our planet, the dimensions and importance of which have just lately been fully realized. Today we know that "biological diversity is a global asset of incalculable value to present and future generations" (Kofi Annan). Biodiversity is spread unequally over the world: in fact, the main share of biological resources worldwide is harboured predominantly by the so-called developing countries in the tropics and sub tropics. Therefore, Biodiversity - A Challenge for Development Research and Policy was chosen as the title for an international conference which was held in Bonn in 1997 as one of the first major events organized by the then newly established North-South Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (Germany). Since the ZEF, founded by the Senate of the University of Bonn in 1995, has played a central role in turning Bonn into a centre for international cooperation and North-South dialogue. The Centre is a product of the Bonn Berlin agreement of July 1994 which was adopted to offset the effects caused by the Parliament and much of the Government moving to Berlin. It fits in well with the double strategy to strengthen Bonn's position as an interna tional science arena and as an eminent place for development policy and the national and supranational agencies dealing with this issue.
In smart grids the formerly separated worlds of energy and telecommunication converge to an interactive and automated energy supply system. Driven by social, legal, and economic pressures, energy systems around the globe are updated with information and communication technology. These investments aim at enhancing energy efficiency, securing affordable energy supply, and mitigate climate change. In Broadband Networks, Smart Grids and Climate Change, renowned scholars and managers from the fields of energy and telecommunication address key questions related to technological, strategic, and regulatory issues revealing consequences and opportunities for businesses evolving with smart grids. IT has transformed many industries now it is energy s turn! This important book will guide readers through smart grids, the interconnection of broadband and energy systems and its implications: more efficient, greener and more responsive to consumers/producers. Leonard Waverman, Dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and Fellow of the London Business School The energy supply system will change dramatically in the years to come, and information and communication technologies will play a pivotal role in this transition. If you wish to understand in-depth how policy, regulation and businesses can leverage and harness this transition for sustainable economic growth this book offers an excellent starting point. Dr. Ingo Vogelsang, Professor of Economics, Boston University A persuasive linking of three major policy inquiries through the advanced technologies for each. Celebration of technology is fine, but perspective about it is still better. Makes for a timely course all in one collection. Douglas N. Jones, Professor (emeritus) of Regulatory Economics, The John Glenn School of Public Affairs and Director (emeritus), The National Regulatory Research Institute, The Ohio State University. To developed countries smart grids offer an enormous opportunity to decarbonize their energy supply systems. But also for emerging countries the synergies between information and communication technologies and the energy system establish opportunities for economic growth without wasting resources and environmental degradation. For both initial situations this book offers valuable insights for scholars, policy makers and practitioners. Dr. Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF Bonn) and Professor of Economics and Technological Change, University of Bonn
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2007 im Fachbereich BWL - Personal und Organisation, Note: keine, Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin, Veranstaltung: Schwerpunktfach Personalmanagement, 23 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Im Zeitalter der Globalisierung haben wir es mit einer zunehmenden Leistungsdichte und immer schneller ablaufenden Entscheidungsprozessen zu tun. Da alles komplexer und schneller wird, muss der Mensch bereit sein sich permanent zu verändern und neu auszurichten, um den steigenden Anforderungen gerecht zu werden. Organisationen brauchen Mitarbeiter, die ihrer beruflichen und persönlichen Weiterentwicklung oberste Priorität beimessen. Coaching gehört mittlerweile zum zentralen Thema der Personalentwicklung und ist eine Kombination aus individueller Beratung, persönlichem Feedback und praxisorientiertem Training in Fragestellungen, die Beruf und Persönlichkeit betreffen. Lernprogramme im Rahmen der Human Resources gehen meist von einem externen Trainer oder Coach aus, der den Coaching-Prozess mit dem Coachee durchläuft. Die Problematik der Coaching-Programme besteht darin, dass selbst qualitativ hochwertige Programme scheitern, wenn sie nicht an die Interessen, Bedürfnisse, Ziele und die Persönlichkeit ihrer Adressaten gekoppelt sind.' Als Ergänzung zu professionellen Entwicklungsmassnahmen ist Self-Coaching ein effektives Instrument, bei dem die Verbesserung der sozialen Kompetenzen und die Persönlichkeitsentwicklung im Vordergrund stehen und ohne die Hilfe eines externen Beraters durchgeführt werden. Im ersten Teil der Arbeit wird auf den allgemeinen Ansatz des Self-Coachings eingegangen, um einen Überblick über die inhaltliche Abgrenzung, die Voraussetzungen und die Grenzen des Self-Coaching zu geben. Anschliessend werden drei in der Praxis verwendete Methoden kurz skizziert, die eine bewusste und pragmatische Selbstführung generieren. Im letzten Teil wird die Met
Master's Thesis from the year 2004 in the subject Health Science, grade: sehr gut, University of Bonn (Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät), 116 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Malaria as a disease of the poorest in the world is on the global agenda. Many different groups take efforts in order to tackle malaria. Facing the fact that mainly children and pregnant women present the biggest problems it is difficult to maintain a logical way in order to improve the malaria situation. Therefore, organization and coordination of the efforts is an area of improvement. For example, various Public Private Partnerships have partly identical missions (e.g. GAVI and MVI), and there is good reason for combining their efforts and save administrative resources. The first step in a logic chain should be to provide better diagnostic features for the correct detection of malaria with the consequence of an adequate treatment. Country surveillance programs need to be set up in order follow resistance patterns, treatment effects, demographic patterns etc. In parallel better therapeutic and preventive measures need to be developed in order to win the race against resistance of vectors as well as parasites. All these efforts need to be planned, coordinated, managed and regulated. This requests one global coordinator with an 'umbrella function' that defines rules for all partners involved and manages the cooperation. The umbrella function should sit within a non-profit organization with long-term experience in the field, in other words the UN and more precisely the WHO. Cooperating partners can be of very different origins like industry, governments, private and public foundations, NGOs, etc. Many of these organizations already exist, but their efforts are partly the same, some themes are left out the scope. Therefore, the general recommendation would be to better streamline existing initiatives, partly redefine their mission and vision and make optimal use of existing resources.
Master's Thesis from the year 2012 in the subject Computer Science - Commercial Information Technology, grade: 2.0, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg ; Rheinbach, language: English, abstract: Cloud computing is gaining importance in the industry and specially within small and medium-sized companies due to the many benefits in terms of cost savings, faster time to market, scalability, cost flexibility and optimization of resources. Today, cloud computing is considered as the next IT revolution and the number of articles, books, papers and technical reports flood the literature. Within the scope of this master thesis, relevant cloud computing applications for small- and medium- sized companies are identified and the key success factors for adoption of cloud computing services are analyzed based on the empirical investigation performed as part of this work. Finally, the benefits and constraints of the different cloud computing service models are presented including also the state-of-the-art research in the cloud computing area and a summary of the most important results.
Der zweite Band der neuen Reihe &#8222;Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Mediation und Konfliktmanagement&#8220; ist dem sich rasant entfaltenden Feld des Konfliktmanagements in der Wirtschaft gewidmet. Die Darstellung und kritische Reflexion unterschiedlicher Formen des Konfliktmanagements in der Wirtschaft gliedert sich in fünf Abschnitte: Den Auftakt des Bandes bildet eine überblicksartige Bestandsaufnahme der Entwicklungen in Wissenschaft und Praxis bis zum heutigen Status Quo (Abschnitt 1). Anschliessend folgen empirische Untersuchungen und Praxisberichte zu verschiedenen Komponenten von Konfliktmanagement (Konfliktanlaufstellen, Systematik der Verfahrenswahl, Konfliktbearbeiter, Verfahrensstandards, Dokumentation und Innen-/Aussendarstellung), die am Viadrina-Komponentenmodell orientiert sind (Abschnitt 2). Im dritten Abschnitt werden mögliche Entwicklungspfade und Etablierungsstrategien von Konfliktmanagement-Strukturen beschrieben. Anschliessend bieten mehrere Beiträge Anschauungsmaterial in Form von bereichsspezifischen Ansätzen und Fallbeispielen (Abschnitt 4). Zum Schluss (Abschnitt 5) werden Entwicklungsperspektiven und Zukunftsfragen von Konfliktmanagement in der Wirtschaft beleuchtet. Die mehr als 20 Einzelbeiträge wurden von Wissenschaftlern und Praktikern mit unterschiedlichen disziplinären Hintergründen verfasst, so dass in den Band eine Vielzahl von Perspektiven und Konfliktmanagement-Praxiserfahrungen einfliessen. Der Kreis der Autorinnen und Autoren setzt sich zusammen aus Wissenschaftlern, Praxisakteuren aus grossen und mittelständischen Unternehmen sowie Vertretern von institutionellen Streitbeilegungsanbietern, die u.a. über den Round Table Mediation und Konfliktmanagement der deutschen Wirtschaft (www.rtmkm.de) in intensivem Austausch miteinander stehen. Mit Beiträgen von: Juliane Ade, Rechtsanwältin & Mediatorin, Berlin Nicole Becker, Psychologin & Mediatorin, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Christof Berlin, Rechtsanwalt, Schlichter & Mediator, Berlin Kathrin Bischoff, Wirtschaftsingenieurin & Mediatorin, Berlin Holger Dahl, Jurist, Schlichter & Mediator, Frankfurt (Main) Prof. Dr. Renate Dendorfer-Ditges, Rechtsanwältin, München Victoria Gerards, Head of Human Resources Management, Krefeld Prof. Dr. Ulla Glässer, Juristin & Mediatorin, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Helmuth Gramm, Diplom-Ingenieur, Konfliktmanager & Mediator, Hamburg Nils Goltermann, Rechtsanwalt & Mediator, Frankfurt (Main) Christiane Händel, Diplomkauffrau & Mediatorin, Potsdam Dr. Ulrich Hagel, Rechtsanwalt, Senior Expert Dispute Resolution & Mediator, Berlin Edgar Isermann, Präsident des OLG Braunschweig a.D., Leiter der Schlichtungsstelle für den öffentlichen Personenverkehr (söp), Hannover Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff, Jurist & Mediator, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Dr. Jürgen Klowait, Leiter Recht und Compliance Officer, Rechtsanwalt, Business Coach & Mediator, Gelsenkirchen Prof. Dr. Thomas Knobloch, Hochschullehrer, Steuerberater & Wirtschaftsmediator, Paderborn Prof. Dr. Nicola Neuvians, Rechtsanwältin & Mediatorin, Berlin Dr. Jürgen von Oertzen, Mediator, Karlsruhe Julia Ortmann, Rechtsanwältin & Mediatorin, München Dr. Katarina Röpke, Rechtsanwältin & Mediatorin, Zürich Kristin Röschmann, Rechtsanwältin & Mediatorin, Berlin Volker Schlehe, Rechtsanwalt, München Christiane Schumann, Leiterin Abteilung Transport Schadenmanagement, Hamburg Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Hansjörg Schwartz, Mediator & Verhandlungsberater, Oldenburg Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher, Rechtsanwalt & Syndikus, Berlin Dr. Holger Thomas, Rechtsanwalt & Mediator, Frankfurt (Main) Hannah Tümpel, Rechtsanwältin & Mediatorin, Paris Dr. Felix Wendenburg, Jurist & Mediator, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Daniela Wulf, Syndikus-Anwältin & Mediatorin, Bonn.
Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject Business economics - Investment and Finance, grade: 1,3, International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef - Bonn, course: Current Issues in Accounting and Finance, language: English, abstract: In a time, where globalization and global prosperity foster a continuous chasing after outstanding business success, environmental and social aspects are more and more taking a back seat in the decision-making processes of organizations. With a world population of nearly seven billion people and an expected growth to more than nine billion people by the year 2050 (UN, 2008), the urgency to preserve the resources of the world is now greater than ever. Due to this global situation, the importance of corporate sustainability as an integral part of organizations' strategic directions is increasing gradually. Additionally, customers' growing awareness for environmentally friendly products and actions is further boosting the pressure on companies to act in a sustainable manner. Although first steps towards an eco-friendly future have been done in the fields of mobility and efficient consumption of energy and materials, continuous improvements in environmental and social aspects are crucial. Responding to external pressure, corporations have started to implement sustainability in their businesses. However, some firms are being accused of pursuing a sustainability strategy only, to satisfy expectations of the public society. Although the real intentions for a company's business actions are difficult to determine, at least the number of organizations that have integrated sustainability into their business has increased, according to a study of PwC (2010). Referring to this research, which took only German firms into account, about 75% of the participants have connected sustainability at least to some of their core business areas. Furthermore, every fourth of the surveyed companies has increased its sustainability engagement. The main driver for that is seen in the pressure of society, media and NGOs, which reflects the high public awareness for topics related to environmental, social and economic aspects. Despite many companies are showing the will to work on their sustainability performance, many of those fail because they are not communicating their strategic direction internally and are lacking adequate measures to report the impacts of respective actions. According to the study of PwC, only half of the surveyed companies analyze the impacts of their sustainability initiatives from an efficiency and productivity point of view.
The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is an international and interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Bonn, Germany. This book focuses on how various social actors influence the planning process for Se San River Basin's management in response to the effect of Vietnamese Yali-Falls dam on Cambodian local communities' livelihoods. The author examined why responses employed by dam development agencies produce a particular outcome. He attempted to demonstrate their strategies and cultural means in taking control over negotiation process to win the battle for expanding hydropower exploitation in the Se San River for maximum economic gain. The organizing responses by local communities and their distant supporters are constrained and resisted by politics, resources and strategies of dam promoting agencies.
Magisterial in scope and scrupulous in its investigation and attribution of sources, Church and Ethical Responsibility in the Midst of World Economy will take its place as an important document that contributes much in terms of prophetic praxis--it challenges those who are comfortably complacent and unwilling to be disturbed. ''This book is minjung theology gone global! It is wise, rich, complex, amazingly learned, and passionate in its call for a prophetic Christian approach to global economics.'' --Stephen Bevans, Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union ''Chung provides the reader not only with an overview of Christian thought on capitalism, but also with a lively explication of and conversation with more than a century of secular political and economic perspectives on capitalism. Helpfully, Chung also broadens the religious contributions beyond Christianity, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism in the conversation. Students of social ethics, pastors, teachers, and laypeople will all benefit from this informed and timely book.'' --Heidi Hadsel, President and Professor of Social Ethics, Hartford Seminary ''Chung creatively constructs a usable theological tradition to challenge the assumption of the economic status quo as our inevitable future, integrating interreligious and cross-disciplinary resources in the struggle. How can the ecumenical church serve as leaven for imagining and implementing alternatives to global business as usual?'' --Craig L. Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology, Wartburg Theological Seminary ''In a situation characterized by global crisis and increasing injustice of the world economy, Chung analyzes the responsibility of the church in the development of modern capitalism. At the same time he describes critical potential within the biblical tradition to enable the church's protest against an unjust world economy. The book represents an important and well-informed contribution to a critique of global capitalism from the perspective of postcolonial theology and economic theory.'' --Andreas Pangritz, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Ecumenical Institute, University of Bonn, Germany ''Challenging shallow sloganeering and simplistic and superficial analysis, Chung offers in this thoughtful and thought-provoking work a serious and sustained investigation of the underpinning and overarching economic structures that are an indispensable part of the world in which we live, a world in which we are constantly impacted by these realities. This is a work that is addressed not only to those who are part of the institution that is called the church, but to all those who are willing to pay heed to, and be transformed by, a movement that was called into being by one who paid with his life for his stance against greed, dominion, and the lack of justice.'' --Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian Dean of the Seminary and H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Paul S. Chung is Associate Professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. His books related to a prophetic theology of God's mission, transcultural hermeneutics, and justice in the public sphere include The Cave and the Butterfly (2010) and Liberating Lutheran Theology (together with Ulrich Duchrow and Craig L. Nessan, 2011), among others.