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Encyclopedia of busine$$ and finance
Kaliski, Burton S.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan Reference USA, [2001]

Physical Description:
2 volumes [xxiii, 928 pages] : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HF1001 .E467 2001 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
HF1001 .E467 2001 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional expertise as well as that of noted scholars, the contributors include executives, government administrators and scholars from leading business programs from around the United States.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The goal of this new encyclopedia is to "summarize the body of knowledge that we know as business in a single place and in language accessible to the layperson." This treasury of information is collected in 300 entries arranged alphabetically. More than 150 contributors wrote the signed articles, which vary in length and depth, bibliographic support, and writing style. Entries are signed. Careers and ethics were singled out for special treatment. For each, a lead entry is accompanied by articles about that topic in each functional area of business, including accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, management, and marketing. Organizations are also emphasized, and Web sites are generally provided for more detailed information on them. Relevant federal legislation is also included. Among other topics receiving coverage are Consumer behavior, Integrated software, Management/leadership styles, Monetary policy, and Product mix. See references are used to refer readers to an entry by another name, and see also references are used to refer to related articles. Finally, bibliographies are included at the end of many articles; these references are very current, and sometimes quite extensive. Some black-and-white photographs, charts, graphs, and flow charts are included. An extensive index listing individuals mentioned, legislation, concepts, and business equipment enables readers to access data from many more points. Accessible to high-school and college students, laypersons, businesspeople, and researchers, this outstanding reference work will quickly become a classic and will be well used in all types of libraries.

Library Journal Review

Covering accounting, management, marketing, law, finance, and economics, this set aims "to summarize the body of knowledge that we know as business in a single place and in language accessible to the layperson." Special emphasis is placed on careers and ethics in various areas of business, such as "Careers in Finance" and "Ethics in Finance." The 300-plus alphabetically arranged entries do more than simply define a term; for example, the entry for accounting also describes its history, principles, and agencies, shows how students can enter the profession, and provides cross references to related topics such as "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles." All the entries are in fact cross-referenced and include bibliographies offering print resources and web sites. In addition to business terms, legislation such as "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977" and agencies, including the "General Accounting Office," have featured entries. An alphabetical index is included, with numbers in bold face indicating main entries. Many of the entries are illustrated with photographs, tables, and figures. Designed for a wide audience ranging from high school students to lay readers to practitioners, this work is highly recommended for school, academic, and public libraries. Lucy Heckman St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Kaliski's encyclopedia contains more than 300 entries covering "major functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, management and marketing." The entries are well written, informative, and provide cogent introductions to complex business topics without being overly simplistic. Contributors include some 100 academics and business professionals, and the quality of the entries is uniformly high. Careers and ethics are a major focus, with separate entries for each in the major functional business areas. Entries are cross-referenced, and the index is thorough. Many entries list references that point readers to additional print or electronic sources of information. The set provides accessible articles on business topics for general readers, high school and technical school students, and lower-division undergraduates. Upper-division undergraduates and above may find other Macmillan/Gale publications, such as Encyclopedia of Business (CH, Sep'96; 2nd ed., 2000), more useful. As an introductory source, Kaliski's encyclopedia hits the mark and is a welcome addition to existing business encyclopedias. Highly recommended. J. D. Kushkowski; Iowa State University