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Crisis Management in a Complex World

Dawn R. Gilpin and Priscilla J. Murphy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195328721
eISBN:
9780199869930
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328721.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

Managers, business owners, public relations practitioners, and others grapple daily with issues that have the potential to radically redefine the reputation of a person, company, or industry. They ... More


Example of Model Building: Electoral Volatility

Rein Taagepera

in Making Social Sciences More Scientific: The Need for Predictive Models

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199534661
eISBN:
9780191715921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534661.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

The foremost mental roadblocks in predictive model building are refusal to make outrageous simplifications and reluctance to play with means of extreme cases. “Ignorance-based” models focus on ... More


From building blocks to computers: Models and modeling

Iwo Białynicki-Birula and Iwona Białynicka-Birula

in Modeling Reality: How Computers Mirror Life

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198531005
eISBN:
9780191713033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198531005.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The aim of science is to describe, explain, and predict the behaviour of the world that surrounds us. Modeling the real world with the use of simple constructs is one of the basic tools used by ... More


Introduction

Matthew Gill

in Accountants' Truth: Knowledge and Ethics in the Financial World

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199547142
eISBN:
9780191720017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Corporate Governance and Accountability, Finance, Accounting, and Banking

Accountancy tends to capture the public imagination only when something goes spectacularly wrong. This chapter illustrates how such spectacles, rather than being isolated incidents, can be understood ... More


English: The “Irritation” of Nuance

John McWhorter

in Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195309805
eISBN:
9780199788378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309805.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter explores the difference between English and its sister languages. It shows that in the emergence of Modern English, simplification dominated complexification to a greater extent than in ... More


Make it Simple?

Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider

in More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161709
eISBN:
9781400850389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161709.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter argues that simplification helps only sporadically and feebly in terms of addressing the various criticisms leveled against mandated disclosure. For disclosurites, faites simple is ... More


The Politics of Disclosure

Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider

in More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161709
eISBN:
9781400850389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161709.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter argues that even if simplification worked better, it would often be defeated by the political dynamics of regulation. First, mandates expand, exacerbating the overload problem. Second, ... More


Producing Disclosures

Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider

in More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161709
eISBN:
9781400850389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161709.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

This chapter considers another reason why simplification cannot save mandated disclosure: regulatory method depends on disclosers, but the core problem of complexity makes it hard for lawmakers to ... More


The Grammars of Bilinguals in New York

Ricardo Otheguy and Ana Celia Zentella

in Spanish in New York: Language Contact, Dialectal Leveling, and Structural Continuity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199737406
eISBN:
9780199918621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737406.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Pronoun rates are especially high among those born in New York, those who came as young children, and those who have lived in the city for a long time. Popular and scholarly assumptions regarding ... More


The Pros and Cons of Standardization — An Epilogue

Nils Brunsson and Bengt Jacobsson

in A World of Standards

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199256952
eISBN:
9780191716508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256952.003.0012
Subject:
Business and Management, Knowledge Management

There is no lack of standardizers in the world, and there are plenty of people who know what is best for everyone else by invoking their expertise. Some arguments used to support standards are that ... More


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