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Out Now! Volume 2, No. 6, December 2013
'Welcome to this final issue of 2013. With this edition we celebrate our first anniversary since the launch of our Journal in November 2012. The stated objective was to encourage the learning and sharing of effective compliance and governance practices and to present a thought leadership platform for ethical and compliant business conduct, across all sectors and borders. In the six issues that have been produced, I believe we have made a start to a project that has enjoyed tremendous success. Backed by an Editorial Board that has brought its expertise and intellectual prowess to bear, and an Editorial Team who have enthusiastically applied themselves to our mission, we have indeed succeeded in bringing learning and knowledge, even guidance from all quarters for the benefit of our readers. Contributions have been received from the political, regulatory, academic, legal, think tank, advisory and industrial environs, from both the EU and the USA. We salute their efforts and example; we thank them for what together makes for an invaluable collection of articles on governance, compliance and ethics. We dedicate all of our efforts in 2014 to ensuring that their example and standards will be continued and built upon. ...' Read more
Out Now! Volume 1, No. 3-4, July 2013
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is currently being used throughout the world in both developed and developing countries. Unfortunately, research on IWRM has lagged behind application especially in developing a comparative understanding of how IWRM works in different counties and contexts. It is of significant value to research and compare IWRM as it is being implemented in different local contexts. A good deal of the existing literature is based on a small number of quantitative or qualitative case studies within a single country. Comparative research on IWRM across countries is just beginning to emerge. While biophysical sciences like civil engineering and hydrology have paid a lot of attention to IWRM, the attention from social science (policy science, political science, public administration, etc.) needs to be strengthened. Social science approaches view IWRM as an experiment in governance and a rethinking of existing coordination processes and institutional arrangements that shape collective action about watershed resources. Hence, it is crucial to understand the political, economic, and social forces that drive decision-making and how those decisions are ultimately linked to the use of water resources over time. This special issue aims to add substantially to comparative cross-country knowledge building. Read more
As Editor-in-Chief of this Journal, it was something of a concern to me that a large part of this double-issue (approximately 40%) is dedicated to the world of anti-bribery and corruption. Whilst there is no doubt that this is an important subject, with significant consequences for public procurement, economic development, international trade and the millennia of businesses engaged in selling their goods and services around the world, this Journal does seek to address a broad variety of governance, compliance and ethical concerns, and there are many developments and topics that deserve coverage. Two things occurred to allay those concerns, however. Read more
Today, economies and economic systems are parts of globally interconnected systems whose sustainability is at risk. When investigating economic policy and decision making in a globalized market environment, economic science is facing new questions and challenges and might even call for a specific “global systems science”. Middle-term issues, whose time-span approximately coincides with the average five years electoral mandate, might be adequately dealt with by neo-classical social science: policy-makers maximize their probability of being reelected by putting in place policies whose efficiency (number of jobs created or quantity of pollution avoided) can be assessed “all other things being equal” using computable general equilibrium models. Read more
Welcome to this 2nd issue of the Journal of Business Compliance, as business returns to normal after the Easter break. The spirit of Spring is upon us and we might all look to the future with hope and optimism. This very human ability has been essential to our survival as a species; and possibly remains so to the careers and aspirations of ethics and governance workers?
During the short interval between our February issue and the time of writing, there have been plenty of events to concern us with. Failures of governance and leadership have beset celebrated, public institutions like the British National Health System where the governing board of Stafford Hospital appeared to have lost all sight of their reason for being. Elsewhere, careers and egos have been broken or bruised at the top of industry. At Swedish TeliaSonera, the simple lack of care and due diligence checks on third party associates led to suspicions of corruption and the resignation of their CEO.
As the storm continues to rage around the link between corporate responsibility, greed and executive pay, EU and Swiss legislators have adjudged the compensation packages offered to captains of industry, for good or bad performance, to be such that greater shareholder scrutiny is required. Read more