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SMEs and Electronic Commerce: The Case of Istanbul

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Electronic commerce has been increasingly popular and has become a must tool for the enterprises. Since the Internet had started to be used commonly by all segments of the society, electronic commerce gained a crucial significance as a practical way for people to meet their needs. The main purpose of this study is to examine the perception of and the expectations from electronic commerce by Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to evaluate the effect of the obstacles to e-commerce in the innovation processes and performance. Within this study, the impact of the innovation processes and innovation data sources in the field of electronic commerce on the performance of the enterprises is analyzed. A survey comprising of 50 questions

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Utilization Of Behavioral Nudges As A Tool Of Human Resource Management For Improving Employee Performance In Business Organizations

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The topic of using behavioral nudges in various realms of public policy and administration -such as health, household savings, social services, environmental protection and energy saving – has been debated widely by many scholars, such as Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. However, the potential to make use of similar nudges in corporate administration, especially in the field of human resources in terms of enhancing employee performance, is an issue which has not yet apparently been addressed. In our study, theoretical frameworks for both human resource management and behavioral nudges are drawn upon, and the possibility of using certain nudges as a tool for human resource management to improve employee satisfaction and organizational performance is discussed. We argue that behavioral nudges could be utilized by business organizations as an effective human resource management tool

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Kalash Wedding

Everything was arranged for the ceremony as the girl with whom I would get married, Ghomitta. My mother had put a necklace around her neck by thinking that she would be a good wife for me. That was a promise.

While I was sitting in a great disappointment, her brother and uncle brought Ghomitta to our house, and the ceremony started. Firstly, “s’is’a istongas” (sacrifice) ceremony started. A goat was sacrificed for our happy marriage and the elders prayed for it. I remember that I thought those prayers for my happiness were a waste of time at that moment. Then “ishperi”, a wedding feast, was served to all. Everybody gave their presents to my arranged bride, and almost everybody in the village came to congratulate us. Guests were served meat, cheese and wine. There

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