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This book is about efficient communication. The role of communication, as a means for the transmission of information among people, is one of the key factors driving the development of our civilization. There are numerous examples where new achievements in the communi cations area had a crucial impact on our society. The human language can be considered as one of the first steps for the efficient delivery of informa tion between people. Similarly, the influence of other milestones like written communication, bookprinting, telegraphy and the telephone and television system was essential. Facilities for quickly accessing existing information and for the fast delivery of information have become one of the most important economical factors nowadays. Clearly, fulfilling the ever-increasing demand for fast, cheap and reliable communications represents itself an important industry, leading to substan tial technical achievements in this area. After only being used by an "infor mation elite" in the beginning, developments like the telephone system and the Internet quickly spread and are now widely accepted, as witnessed by the ubiquitous presence of mobile phones and Internet applications like the World Wide Web."
This book provides an integrated, technical exposition of key concepts in agency theory, with particular emphasis on analyses of the economic consequences of the characteristics of contractible performance measures, such as accounting reports. It is not a survey of the literature, but provides a succinct source for learning the fundamentals of the economics of incentives. While there is an emphasis on information issues of interest to accounting researchers, it is also relevant to researchers in economics, finance, management science, and other disciplines who are interested in the economics of management incentives.
What is 'performance'? What are the boundaries of Performance Studies? How do we talk about contemporary performance practices today in simple but probing terms? What kinds of practices represent the field and how can we interpret them? Combining the voices of academics, artists, cultural critics and teachers, Performance Perspectives answers these questions and provides a critical introduction to Performance Studies. Presenting an accessible way into key terminology and context, it offers a new model for analyzing contemporary performance based on six frames or perspectives: * Body * Space * Time * Technology * Interactivity * Organization. Drawing on examples from a wide range of practices across site specific performance, virtual reality, dance, applied theatre and everyday performance, Performance Perspectives addresses the binary of theory and practice and highlights the many meeting points between studio and seminar room. Each chapter takes the innovative form of a three-way conversation, bringing together theoretical introductions with artist interviews and practitioner statements. The book is supported by activities for discussion and practical devising work, as well as clear guidance for further reading and an extensive reference list across media Performance Perspectives is essential reading for anyone studying, interpreting or making performance.
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