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Manfred Davidmann

Manfred Davidmann is an internationally well-known and respected scientist and consultant, and author of a number of books and reports which have had and are having considerable impact. His work usually breaks new ground and opens up new understanding and is written in meaningful and easily understood language. Outstanding is that his work is generally accepted as factual, objective and unbiased.

More than 6 million copies of his reports have been downloaded from the Solhaam website so far.

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  • DIRECTING AND MANAGING CHANGE
    How to plan ahead, find best strategies, decide and implement, agree targets and objectives, monitor and control progress, evaluate performance, carry out appraisal and target-setting interviews. Describes proved, practical and effective techniques. See 'Press Notices'.

  • STYLE OF MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
    Major review and analysis of the style of management and its effect on management effectiveness, decision making and standard of living. Measures of style of management and government. Overcoming problems of size. Management effectiveness can be increased by 20-30 percent. See 'Press Notices'.

  • ROLE OF MANAGERS UNDER DIFFERENT STYLES OF MANAGEMENT
    Short summary of the role of managers under authoritarian and participative styles of management. Also covers decision making and the basic characteristics of each style.

  • THE WILL TO WORK: WHAT PEOPLE STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE
    Major review, analysis and report about motivation and motivating. Covers remuneration and job satisfaction as well as the factors which motivate. Develops a clear definition of 'motivation'. Lists what people are striving and struggling to achieve, and progress made, in corporations, communities, countries.

  • MOTIVATION SUMMARY
    Reviews and summarises past work in Motivation. Provides a clear definition of 'motivation', of the factors which motivate and of what people are striving to achieve. See 'Press Notices'.

  • WORK AND PAY
    Major review and analysis of work and pay in relation to employer, employee and community. Provides the underlying knowledge and understanding for scientific determination and prediction of rates of pay, remuneration and differentials, of National Remuneration Scales and of the National Remuneration Pattern of pay and differentials.

  • INFLATION, BALANCE OF PAYMENTS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES
    Reviews the relationships, how inflation affects currency exchange rates and trade, how interest rates determine share prices and pensions. Discusses multinational operations such as transfer pricing, inflation's burdens and worldwide inequality. Clear diagrams and worked examples. See 'Press Notices'.

  • CREATING, PATENTING AND MARKETING OF NEW FORMS OF LIFE
    Evaluates problems in genetic manipulation, and worldwide consequences of private ownership of new life-forms by multinationals. Contains important conclusions and recommendations about man-made forms of life, the food we eat, the direction in which multinationals are moving and their aims, how to control what is happening and how to improve the trend of events.

  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, PROFITS AND SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
    Incidents, disasters and catastrophes are here put together as individual case studies and reviewed as a whole. We are facing a sequence of events which are increasing in frequency, severity and extent. There are sections about what can be done about this, on community aims and community leadership, on the world-wide struggle for social accountability.

  • CO-OPERATIVES AND CO-OPERATION: CAUSES OF FAILURE, GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS
    This report looks at why members of established co-ops and mutual societies are dissatisfied, why there is little appreciation of what co-operatives aim to achieve. The report is based on eight studies of co-operatives and mutual societies. Its conclusions and recommendations are relevant and cover fundamental and practical problems of co-ops and mutual societies, of members, of direction, management and control.  See 'Press Notices'.

  • USING WORDS TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY
    Shows how to communicate more effectively, covering aspects of thinking, writing, speaking and listening as well as formal and informal communications. Consists of guidelines found useful by university students and practising middle and senior managers.

  • ORGANISING
    Comprehensive review. Outstanding is the section on functional relationships. Shows how to improve co-ordination, teamwork and co-operation. Discusses the role and responsibilities of managers in different circumstances.

  • REORGANISING THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE:
    An Evaluation of the Griffiths Report

    An evaluation of proposed fundamental changes to the National Health Service, to its principles, organisation and funding. The report correctly predicted the devastating effect of the changes. This 1984 report has become a classic study of the application and effect of General Management principles and of ignoring them.

  • TRANSFER PRICING AND TAXATION
    One of the most controversial operations of multinationals, transfer pricing, is clearly described and defined. An easily-followed illustration shows how transfer pricing can be used by multinationals to maximise their profits by tax avoidance and by obtaining tax rebates. Also discussed is the effect of transfer pricing on the tax burden carried by other tax payers.

  • COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
    This report objectively evaluates community ownership and reviews the reasons both for nationalising and for privatising. Performance, control and accountability of community-owned enterprises and industries are discussed. Points made are illustrated by a number of striking case-studies.

  • THE RIGHT TO STRIKE
    Discusses and defines the right to strike, the extent to which people can strike and what this implies. Also discussed are aspects of current problems such as part-time work and home working, Works Councils, uses and misuses of linking pay to a cost-of-living index, participation in decision-taking, upward redistribution of income and wealth.

  • COMMUNITY ECONOMICS: PRINCIPLES
    This statement of the fundamental principles of the free-market economic system is unique and outstanding because it allows for the needs of the community.

  • JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP PLC
    John Lewis Partnership with 23 department stores and 112 supermarkets is successful and expanding. It operates a good profit-sharing scheme combined with a form of open management. This study looks at its profitability, at the extent to which it serves its partners and at its way of managing.

  • MONDRAGON CO-OPERATIVES (Mondragon Corporacion Cooperativa)
    Mondragon co-operatives created for their members a good way of life and a high degree of job and social security. This study looks at the extent to which these co-ops serve their members and co-operate with each other.

  • KIBBUTZIM
    Kibbutzim are successful co-operative communities now experiencing both practical and ideological problems. So the study looks at what is taking place to find reasons for success and causes of problems.

  • THE TRUSTEE SAVINGS BANK GIVE-AWAY
    When this bank was privatised, the buyers received not only ownership of the bank but also the money they bought it with, about GBP 1 billion. This study describes what happened and discusses it.

  • BUILDING SOCIETIES
    Building societies are owned by their members for the benefit of both saving and borrowing members. But building societies have been merging, have been taken over by banks and have turned themselves into banks. This study looks at what is taking place, and why.

  • CREDIT UNIONS
    This study describes what credit unions are and what they can, and cannot, do. It also looks at some which failed.

  • CO-OPERATIVE RETAIL SERVICES LTD
    Co-operative Retail Services Ltd is one of the largest UK consumer co-ops. This study looks at its profitability, at the extent to which it serves its members and its democratic processes.

  • a) CO-OPERATIVE WHOLESALE SOCIETY LTD
    b) CO-OPERATIVE BANK PLC
    c) CO-OPERATIVE INSURANCE SOCIETY LIMITED

    Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd is one of UK's largest consumer co-ops whose founder members were co-ops. It is also one of the largest retailing co-ops and Britain's largest farmer. The study looks at its profitability, at the extent to which it serves its corporate and individual members and its democratic processes.

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