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Obliquity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 297

Obliquity

If you want to go in one direction, the best route may involve going in another. This is the concept of 'obliquity': paradoxical as it sounds, many goals are more likely to be achieved when pursued indirectly. The richest men and women are not the most materialistic; the happiest people are not necessarily those who focus on happiness, and the most profitable companies are not always the most profit-oriented as the recent financial crisis showed us. Whether overcoming geographical obstacles, winning decisive battles or meeting sales targets, history shows that oblique approaches are the most successful, especially in difficult terrain. John Kay applies his provocative, universal theory to everything from international business to town planning and from football to managing forest fire.

Other People's Money
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 353

Other People's Money

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2016 We all depend on the finance sector. We need it to store our money, manage our payments, finance housing stock, restore infrastructure, fund retirement and support new business. But these roles comprise only a tiny sliver of the sector's activity: the vast majority of lending is within the finance sector. So what is it all for? What is the purpose of this activity? And why is it so profitable? John Kay, a distinguished economist with wide experience of the financial sector, argues that the industry's perceived profitability is partly illusory, and partly an appropriation of wealth created elsewhere - of other people's money. The financial sector, he show...

Foundations of Corporate Success
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Foundations of Corporate Success

A leading business school economist lays bare the complexities of `strategic thinking' in business and offers a lucid and innovative analysis of the source of `competitive advantage'. Kay engages with and develops the work of Michael Porter, who is regarded by many as the pre-eminent authority on business strategy.

The Business of Economics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 228

The Business of Economics

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1996-10-10
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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

John Kay has been described as the `most important business analyst in Britain bar none', and this book shows why. Here he combines common sense and rigorous economic thinking in a number of essays on business and economic issues—-the competitiveness of UK plc, the stakeholder economy, business strategy, and corporate personality. Kay is well known for his incisive and entertaining columns in the Financial Times (some of which are included here), his regular audio and TV broadcasts, and is much in demand as a speaker and consultant. In The Business of Economics he shares his analysis, thoughts and insights on a range of urgent and important issues facing the country and individual firms. His clear and direct writing style will inform, challenge, and entertain; his rigorous and clever analysis of the corporate world will offer insights into the business problems and decisions faced by executives and managers every day. The book confirms the judgement of the Economist - `that John Kay is well on the way to turning himself into a European Michael Porter.'

Memoir of John Kay of Bury
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 252

Memoir of John Kay of Bury

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Capital Caricatures
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 218

Capital Caricatures

Edinburgh at the end of the eighteenth century was a city teeming with life – eminent doctors and scientists, lawyers and clerics, ladies of fashion and their admirers, soldiers and merchants, murderers and criminals. John Kay was an etcher who recorded the living face of the city in hundreds of portraits, providing an engaging and unparalleled chronicle of Edinburgh life and people during this fascinating period.

John Kay (Flying Shuttle)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 96

John Kay (Flying Shuttle)

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-07-30
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. John Kay was the inventor of the flying shuttle, which was a key contribution to the Industrial Revolution. He is often confused with his namesake: fellow Lancastrian textile machinery inventor, the unrelated John Kay who built the first "spinning frame." John Kay was born 1704-07-16 in the Lancashire hamlet of Walmersley, just north of Bury. His yeoman farmer father, Robert, owned the "Park" estate in Walmersley, and John was born there. Robert died before John was born, leaving Park to his eldest son. As Robert's fifth son, John was bequeathed forty pounds and an education until the age of 14. His mother was responsible for educating him until she remarried

A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings
  • Language: en

A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1842
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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John Kay, original portraits
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 24
The Economic Analysis of Accounting Profitability
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 133

The Economic Analysis of Accounting Profitability

An examination of the economic analysis of the principles of accounting, this book shows that there are a number of questions for which appropriately constructed accounting data can give precise answers--whether there should be entry to or exit from an industry by a firm, for example, or whether or not a particular project should be undertaken. It not only highlights the importance of thinking clearly about the questions which are being answered with the use of accounting data; it also shows how accounts should be constructed in order to answer these questions. The authors address in particular two topical issues in accounting--the appropriate way to adjust accounts for inflation, and the appropriate treatment of deferred taxation in accounts--and provide an analysis of the precise corrections required for each.