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Studies on Balkan and Near Eastern Social Sciences

Edited By Rasim Yilmaz and Günther Löschnigg

This volume is a collection of empirical and theoretical research papers in the social sciences regarding the Balkans and the Near East written by researchers from several different universities and institutions. The studies include a wide range of topics from economic, financial, political, agricultural, sociological, international relations to historical, cultural, and feminist issues in the region of the Balkan and Near East. The book is aimed at educators, researchers, and students interested in the Balkan and Near Eastern countries.

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Examination of Project Preparation Tendencies of the Academic Staff in Social Sciences: The Case of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Çanakkale Province (Sibel Tan / Bengü Everest)

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Sibel Tan1 and Bengü Everest2 Examination of Project Preparation Tendencies of the Academic Staff in Social Sciences: The Case of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Çanakkale Province Introduction All local actors, in particular universities, develop strategies contributing to na- tional development by mobilizing regional dynamics to adapt to competitive conditions in the world and in the globalization process and to succeed. In this process, it is expected that universities produce knowledge, share and commer- cialize it and support their units with additional income resources. Universities having the qualifications mentioned above are defined as entrepreneurial uni- versities (Özer, 2011). Both this development process in the world and the European Union (EU) harmonization process gain speed with Turkey’s Helsinki Summit in 1999 having increased the importance of investments based on projects in order to achieve de- velopment goals. Therefore, Turkey’s science and technology policies determined in accordance with competition conditions in the world have adopted a project-based development model in the framework of modern management understanding (İncekara et al., 2008). As a concept, a project is defined as finding a solution to a problem, or initia- tion, execution, control and finalization process of a specific plan in accordance with proper goals and objectives described to manage potential risks by using a set of resources within the scope of a certain time and limited funding by a team towards taking advantage of an opportunity (Acun, 2010). As a result of the failure of the projects implemented for many years, the “Pro-...

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