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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
To find works by UTS authors, refine your search using the menu on the left hand side in the Catalogue by Special Collections > UTS Authors.

Maggie's Kitchen

Caroline Beecham, Master of Arts in Creative Writing, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - When the Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of British Restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during the Second World War, Maggie Johnson is close to realising a long-held dream. But after struggling through government red-tape and triumphantly opening its doors, Maggie's Kitchen soon encounters a most unexpected problem. Her restaurant has become so popular with London's exhausted workers, that Maggie simply can't get enough supplies to keep up with demand for food, without breaking some of the rules.

With the support of locals, and the help of twelve-year-old Robbie, a street urchin, and Janek, a Polish refugee dreaming of returning to his native land, the resourceful Maggie evades the first threats of closure from the Ministry. As she fights to keep her beloved Kitchen open, Maggie also tries desperately to reunite Robbie with his missing father, as well as manage her own family's expectations. Ultimately, she can no longer ignore the unacknowledged hopes of her own heart, and the discovery that some secrets have the power to change everything.

The Golden Child

Wendy James, Master of Arts in Writing, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - "Can bad children happen to good mothers?" -- Cover.

Summary: Blogger Lizzy's life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unravelling. Tensions are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness ...Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth's clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for.

This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?

Other books by Wendy James available in our Catalogue include:

A Guide to Systems Research : Philosophy, Processes and Practice

Mary C Edson, President of the International Federation for Systems Research.
Pamela Buckle Henning, Associate Professor of Management at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University in New York.
Shankar Ankaran, Professor of Organizational Project Management, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - This guide is designed for systems researchers – emerging and seasoned – searching for holistic approaches of inquiry into complexity, which the Systems Sciences provide.

The authors share insight into the foundations of research that are not only systematic in terms of rigor, but systemic in perspective, analysis, design, development, implementation, reporting, and evaluation.

This guide also explores researcher competencies necessary to conduct sound systems research. Researchers using this guide will gain understanding of what distinguishes systems research from other types of research and why it is important in research today.

Language Teachers' Stories from their Professional Knowledge Landscapes

Lesley Harbon, Professor and Head of the School of International Studies, University of Technology Sydney.
Robyn Moloney, Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University.

Description - Language Teachers’ Professional Knowledge Landscapes is a collection of fourteen narratives from teachers of different languages, at different school levels, in different contexts across Australia.

This volume brings together not simply language teacher stories, but also more political stories of the problems associated with school programs and contexts. Highlighted through these stories are some of the major political issues in schools that impact language teachers’ work, and their students’ success in sustained language study. The book is conceptually framed by the work of Clandinin and Connelly (1996) and their notion of ‘levels’ of stories told by teachers about their classrooms: the secret, the sacred and the cover stories. The term ‘professional knowledge landscape’ is used to indicate how teachers can critically situate their work, and thereby understand it better.

Available in PRINT and ONLINE.

Adaptive Enterprise Strategy Journey Management

Asif Qumer Gill, Senior Lecturer, School of Software, University of Technology Sydney.
Robin Livingstone, Casual Academic and Fellow of Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Your journey for building an adaptive business strategy and execution capability in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.

Organisations vulnerable to digital disruptions are facing the challenge of remaining relevant in the face of accelerating change. They will need an adaptive strategic capability that will be responsive to rapid change in order to succeed on their digital journey.

The challenge lies in how best to design this adaptive strategic capability to protect, optimise and grow business value in the face of increasing change and uncertainty.

Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management

Shankar Ankaran, Professor of Organizational Project Management, University of Technology Sydney.
Ralf Müller, BI Norwegian Business School.
Nathalie Drouin, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Description - In recent years, organizational project management (OPM) has emerged as a field focused on how project, program, and portfolio management practices strategically help firms realize organizational goals. There is a compelling need to address the totallity of project-related work at the organizational level, providing a view of organizations as a network of projects to be coordinated among themselves, integrated by the more permanent organization, and to move away from a focus on individual projects.

This comprehensive volume provides views form a wide range of international scholars researching OPM at a cross-disciplinary level. It covers concepts, theories, and practices from disciplines allied to management, such as strategic management, organization science, and behavioral science. It will be a valuable read for scholars and practitioners alike, looking to enrich their understanding of OPM and further investigate this new phenomenon.

The 16th Century Spanish Plan to make Australia the New Holy Land : Pedro Fernández de Quirós and his utopian ideas about terra Australis incognita

George M Roure, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Work examines the Spanish Empire in the late 16th century and the plan to establish a "new holy land" at the antipodes. Centering on the utopian ideas of the time, this study details the motivations of Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernández de Quirós in this pursuit for the Spanish empire. Additionally, this work contains the first English translations of the important document titled "The Fortieth Memorial of Quirós to the King of Spain."

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 2 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.