Research Essentials

About the Collection

IGI Global's Research Essentials line debuted in the 2013 copyright year. Research Essentials aim to pack the same high-level research our audiences have come to expect from our more comprehensive publications, only in a smaller reference format.

Publications released as Research Essentials will offer a succinct discussion on niche topics in a wide variety of subjects. Sized and priced appropriately, these concise, advanced, and timely resources will be perfect for supplementary course usage, targeted towards instructors and students, as well as the independent researcher looking for the most recent and innovative research in their field.

Areas of Interest

Research Essentials present the most cutting-edge research on niche topics within the diverse fields of information science and technology, engineering, medical technologies and administration, business and management. Areas of interest include specialized topic focus in the areas of:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Business and Organizational Research
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Data Mining and Databases
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Educational Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Government
  • Electronic Services
  • Environmental Technologies and Engineering
  • Health Information Systems
  • High Performance Computing
  • Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Resources Development and Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Resources Management
  • IT Policy and Standardization
  • IT Research and Ethics
  • IT Security and Ethics
  • Knowledge Management
  • Library Science
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Mobile and Wireless Computing
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Public and Sector Management
  • Social Computing
  • Software and Systems Engineering
  • Web Technologies

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Research Essentials Publications:

Pattern Recognition and Classification in Time Series Data
Eva Volna (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic), Martin Kotyrba (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic), Michal Janosek (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
Copyright © 2017. 282 pages. Starting at $185.00.
Patterns can be any number of items that occur repeatedly, whether in the behaviour of animals, humans, traffic, or even in the appearance of a design. As technologi...
Decision Support for Construction Cost Control in Developing Countries
Chrispin Pettang (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon), Marcelline Blanche Manjia (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon), F. Henry Abanda (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Copyright © 2016. 384 pages. Starting at $165.00.
The continued growth of emerging nations depends largely on the development of their built infrastructures and communities. Roads, dams, bridges, hospitals, schools,...
Business Development Opportunities and Market Entry Challenges in Latin America
Mauricio Garita (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala), Jose Godinez (Merrimack College, USA)
Copyright © 2016. 352 pages. Starting at $205.00.
Latin America has long held an important role in international economics and continues to attract attention as the region faces restructuration and implements new bu...
Gender and Diversity Issues in Religious-Based Institutions and Organizations
Blanche Jackson Glimps (Tennessee State University, USA), Theron Ford (John Carroll University, USA)
Copyright © 2016. 353 pages. Starting at $175.00.
As religions grow and evolve, they adapt to their current circumstances, with new ideologies often deviating dramatically from their roots. The variety of religious...
Wideband, Multiband, and Smart Reconfigurable Antennas for Modern Wireless Communications
Mohammad A. Matin (Institut Teknologi Brunei, Brunei Darussalam)
Copyright © 2016. 421 pages. Starting at $205.00.
Modern society thrives on communication that is instant and available at all times, a constant exchange of information that encompasses everything from video streami...
Exploring Psychedelic Trance and Electronic Dance Music in Modern Culture
Emília Simão (Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal), Armando Malheiro da Silva (University of Porto, Portugal), Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães (Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal)
Copyright © 2015. 379 pages. Starting at $185.00.
The popularization and cult-like following of electronic music has provoked new relations between men and machines, art and technology, and modern shamans and disc j...
Mission Adaptive Display Technologies and Operational Decision Making in Aviation
Kevin M. Smith (U.S. Navy (Ret.), USA), Stéphane Larrieu (Aero Research, LLC, France)
Copyright © 2015. 355 pages. Starting at $205.00.
Avionics often serves as the tip of the spear for research into user-interface and systems usability in aviation. However, this emphasis on flashy, technology-driven...
Information Acquisitions and Sharing through Inter-Organizational Collaboration: Impacts of Business Performance in China
Wu Lu (Zhejiang University City College, China)
Copyright © 2015. 332 pages. Starting at $195.00.
Interorganizational cooperation between partners, markets, and business leaders is an important facet of business and maintaining organizational competitiveness. Und...
Innovative Solutions in Fluid-Particle Systems and Renewable Energy Management
Katia Tannous (University of Campinas, Brazil)
Copyright © 2015. 397 pages. Starting at $205.00.
The threat of natural resource depletion due to high energy demands has become a key concern in both the developed and developing worlds. To alleviate these concerns...
Extreme Weather and Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Dobrogea Region
Carmen Maftei (“Ovidius” University of Constanta, Romania)
Copyright © 2015. 480 pages. Starting at $215.00.
New technologies and assessment methods create improved opportunities to monitor and predict the onset of natural disasters in the era of global warming. Researchers...
Formalized Probability Theory and Applications Using Theorem Proving
Osman Hasan (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan), Sofiène Tahar (Concordia University, Canada)
Copyright © 2015. 298 pages. Starting at $195.00.
Scientists and engineers often have to deal with systems that exhibit random or unpredictable elements and must effectively evaluate probabilities in each situation....
Islamic Perspectives on Marketing and Consumer Behavior: Planning, Implementation, and Control
Bikramjit Rishi (Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, India)
Copyright © 2015. 389 pages. Starting at $215.00.
In today’s increasingly connected business world, there is new pressure for local brands to go global, and a need for already global corporations to cater to new aud...
Protecting the Genetic Self from Biometric Threats: Autonomy, Identity, and Genetic Privacy
Christina M. Akrivopoulou (Hellenic Open University, Greece)
Copyright © 2015. 301 pages. Starting at $225.00.
Privacy is a fundamental concern of all individuals in the modern information-driven society, but information security goes beyond digital and data-oriented approach...
Modern Societal Impacts of the Model Minority Stereotype
Nicholas Daniel Hartlep (Illinois State University, USA)
Copyright © 2015. 403 pages. Starting at $175.00.
The model minority stereotype is a form of racism that targets Asians and Asian-Americans, portraying this group as consistently hard-working and academically succes...
Thermal Sprayed Coatings and their Tribological Performances
Manish Roy (Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, India), J. Paulo Davim (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright © 2015. 420 pages. Starting at $215.00.
Thermal spraying is a dynamic process and a rapidly changing field which is used in a variety of industries to solve a number of challenging problems including perfo...
From Manufacture to Mindfacture: A Relational Viable Systems Theory
Leonardo Lavanderos (Sintesys, Chile), Kenneth Massey (Process Edge Consulting Group, Chile)
Copyright © 2015. 308 pages. Starting at $205.00.
One of the most powerful tools available to an organization is its ability to create, maintain, and share knowledge and information vital to the success of the organ...
Lean Six Sigma Approaches in Manufacturing, Services, and Production
Edem G. Tetteh (Potomac State College of West Virginia University, USA), Benedict M. Uzochukwu (Virginia State University, USA)
Copyright © 2015. 343 pages. Starting at $215.00.
Lean Six Sigma has evolved progressively over time from quality efforts within an enterprise that are independent, to complex systems changing the concept from a sim...
Optical Transmission and Networks for Next Generation Internet Traffic Highways
Fouad Mohammed Abbou (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco), Hiew Chee Choong (Kasatria, Malaysia)
Copyright © 2015. 353 pages. Starting at $195.00.
Data services, especially those involving multimedia applications, can often be bandwidth intensive and accessed simultaneously by a large number of users. As such,...
Impacts of Climate Change on Food Security in Small Island Developing States
Wayne G. Ganpat (The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago), Wendy-Ann P. Isaac (The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)
Copyright © 2015. 439 pages. Starting at $215.00.
With the potential to impact weather patterns, agriculture, and habitability of certain regions, global warming is a topic of interest to environmentalists, scientis...
Emerging Research on Islamic Marketing and Tourism in the Global Economy
Hatem El-Gohary (Birmingham City University Business School, UK & Cairo University Business School, Egypt), Riyad Eid (United Arab Emirates University - School of Business and Economics, UAE & Tanta University Business School, Egypt)
Copyright © 2015. 311 pages. Starting at $205.00.
As the Middle East continues to grow as a predominant force within the international marketplace, research into Islamic practices and culture is necessary to promote...
Developing Churn Models Using Data Mining Techniques and Social Network Analysis
Goran Klepac (Raiffeisenbank Austria Zagreb, Croatia), Robert Kopal (University College for Law and Finance Effectus Zagreb, Croatia & University College for Applied Computer Engineering Algebra Zagreb, Croatia), Leo Mršić (University College for Law and Finance Effectus Zagreb, Croatia & University College for Applied Computer Engineering Algebra Zagreb, Croatia)
Copyright © 2015. 308 pages. Starting at $185.00.
Churn prediction, recognition, and mitigation have become essential topics in various industries. As a means for forecasting and managing risk, further research in t...
Nanotechnology Applications for Improvements in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management
M. A. Shah (National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, India), M. A. Bhat (Department of Bio-Medical Engineering, Sathyabama University, India), J. Paulo Davim (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright © 2015. 478 pages. Starting at $215.00.
As nanoscale research continues to advance, scientists and engineers are developing new applications for many different disciplines, including environmental remediat...
Medical Diagnosis Using Artificial Neural Networks
Sara Moein (Washington University in Saint Louis, USA)
Copyright © 2014. 310 pages. Starting at $215.00.
Advanced conceptual modeling techniques serve as a powerful tool for those in the medical field by increasing the accuracy and efficiency of the diagnostic process....
Geo-Regional Competitiveness in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic Countries, and Russia
Anatoly Zhuplev (Loyola Marymount University, USA), Kari Liuhto (University of Turku, Finland)
Copyright © 2014. 458 pages. Starting at $205.00.
The changing dynamics in the European region and beyond, the unfolding political-economic challenges across the European Union, and the rising global power of emergi...
Emerging Trends in Smart Banking: Risk Management Under Basel II and III
Siqiwen Li (James Cook University, Australia)
Copyright © 2014. 290 pages. Starting at $195.00.
The 2008 global financial crisis has illustrated the need for tighter regulations and management of banking institutions, approaching banking and money lending in a...
Post-Keynesian Empirical Research and the Debate on Financial Market Development
Taha Chaiechi (James Cook University, Australia)
Copyright © 2014. 331 pages. Starting at $195.00.
Current research often highlights the importance of financial markets as well as financial system development. However, the current literature in this field still fa...
Judiciary-Friendly Forensics of Software Copyright Infringement
Vinod Polpaya Bhattathiripad (G J Software Forensics, India)
Copyright © 2014. 273 pages. Starting at $195.00.
The software industry continues to expand as new products enter into the technological marketplace in order to meet increasing demand. As a result of the popularity...
Bridging the Gap Between Growth Theory and Policy in Asia: An Extension of the Solow Growth Model
Rup Singh (University of the South Pacific, Fiji)
Copyright © 2014. 312 pages. Starting at $195.00.
Although economic growth is amongst the oldest of debates in Economics, there has been little advancement in growth theory since the classic works of Solow. As such,...
X-Ray Line Profile Analysis in Materials Science
Jenő Gubicza (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Copyright © 2014. 359 pages. Starting at $215.00.
X-ray line profile analysis is an effective and non-destructive method for the characterization of the microstructure in crystalline materials. Supporting research i...
Surface Engineering Techniques and Applications: Research Advancements
Loredana Santo (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy), J. Paulo Davim (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright © 2014. 347 pages. Starting at $215.00.
Surface engineering includes many facets of materials science that help regulate the function, quality, and safety of products such as automotive, textile, and elect...
Governometrics and Technological Innovation for Public Policy Design and Precision
Sangeeta Sharma (University of Rajasthan, India), Pankaj Nagar (University of Rajasthan, India), Inderjeet Singh Sodhi (University of Dodoma, Tanzania)
Copyright © 2014. 311 pages. Starting at $205.00.
In recent years, government officials have been able to formulate more accurate policies through statistical application. By utilizing quantitative and statistical m...
Authors, Copyright, and Publishing in the Digital Era
Francina Cantatore (Bond University, Australia)
Copyright © 2014. 262 pages. Starting at $195.00.
Basic copyright laws and enforcements have been in effect for hundreds of years. However, laws with such extensive histories can often make understanding them compli...
International Cross-Listing of Chinese Firms
Lixian Liu (University of Canberra, Australia)
Copyright © 2014. 380 pages. Starting at $165.00.
While many nations are still struggling from the global financial crisis and regaining their financial security, investors are considering alternative options for in...
Socio-Cybernetic Study of God and the World-System
Masudul Alam Choudhury (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
Copyright © 2014. 298 pages. Starting at $165.00.
In any field—whether scientific, business, or social—ethics plays a critical role in determining what is acceptable in a particular community and what is considered...
Assessment and Evaluation of Time Factors in Online Teaching and Learning
Elena Barbera (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain), Peter Reimann (University of Sydney, Australia)
Copyright © 2014. 359 pages. Starting at $165.00.
For online learning and other forms of distance learning, time management is vital. As a recognized social asset, time constitutes a consistent and complete new appr...
Emerging Business Opportunities in Africa: Market Entry, Competitive Strategy, and the Promotion of Foreign Direct Investments
Christopher O. Gekonge (Doing Business in Africa Inc., USA)
Copyright © 2014. 391 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Despite its often mismanaged economy, Africa remains the third largest continent in land mass and population. It continues to offer unexploited business opportunitie...
Technology versus Ecology: Human Superiority and the Ongoing Conflict with Nature
Robert A. Schultz (Woodbury University, USA)
Copyright © 2014. 347 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Although human beings are technically part of the ecosystem, there still remains a conceptual conflict between technology and nature. These concerns highlight the id...
Research Developments in Wood Engineering and Technology
Alfredo Aguilera (Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile), J. Paulo Davim (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright © 2014. 410 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Wood material has acquired great importance due to its short supply and increasing environmental awareness amongst users and manufacturers. However, its use as an en...
Dynamics of Competitive Advantage and Consumer Perception in Social Marketing
Avinash Kapoor (Management Development Institute (MDI), India), Chinmaya Kulshrestha (Management Development Institute (MDI), India)
Copyright © 2014. 429 pages. Starting at $175.00.
Although social marketing is generally associated with communication activities and mass media, there exists a broader scope of social marketing that utilizes a syst...
Infonomics and the Business of Free: Modern Value Creation for Information Services
John J. Regazzi (Long Island University, USA)
Copyright © 2014. 198 pages. Starting at $175.00.
The term infonomics has been coined to convey the underlying value of information in terms of its production, market demand, and economic impact. All consumers have...
Formal Languages for Computer Simulation: Transdisciplinary Models and Applications
Pau Fonseca i Casas (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, Spain)
Copyright © 2014. 458 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Models and simulations are an important first step in developing computer applications to solve real-world problems. However, in order to be truly effective, compute...
MAX Phases and Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics for Extreme Environments
I. M. Low (Curtin University, Perth, Australia), Y. Sakka (National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan), C. F. Hu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Copyright © 2013. 679 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Ceramics are a versatile material, more so than is widely known. They are thermal resistant, poor electrical conductors, insulators against nuclear radiation, and no...
Hybrid Electric Power Train Engineering and Technology: Modeling, Control, and Simulation
Antoni Szumanowski (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
Copyright © 2013. 314 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Hybridization is an increasingly popular paradigm in the auto industry, but one that is not fully understood by car manufacturers. In general, hybrid electric vehicl...
Enhancing Mathematics Understanding through Visualization: The Role of Dynamical Software
Samer Habre (Lebanese American University, Lebanon)
Copyright © 2013. 298 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Mathematics is, by its very nature, an abstract discipline. However, many students learn best by thinking in terms of tangible constructs. Enhancing Mathematics Unde...
Intelligent Image and Video Interpretation: Algorithms and Applications
Jing Tian (Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China), Li Chen (Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China)
Copyright © 2013. 277 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Due to increasing potential in real-world applications such as visual communications, computer assisted biomedical imaging, and video surveillance, image and video i...
Consumption Culture in Europe: Insight into the Beverage Industry
Carmen R. Santos (University of Leon, Spain), Stéphane Ganassali (University of Savoie, France), Francesco Casarin (University of Venice, Italy), Pirjo Laaksonen (University of Vaasa, Finland), Hans-Ruediger Kaufmann (University of Nicosia, Cyprus & International Business School at Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Copyright © 2013. 414 pages. Starting at $165.00.
Although studies indicate the assumption of one single European market, other research emphasizes European countries have distinct market identities. Meanwhile, as i...