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Journal Cover   European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences
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   ISSN (Print) 1805-3602
   Published by European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences Homepage  [1 journal]
  • The Practice of Strategic Human Resource Management in a Developing

    • Authors: Mourad Mansour
      Abstract: Firms are continuously improving their human resource management (HRM) practices in order to achieve sustainable competitive advantage and increase their profitability. These practices include employee involvement, training, empowerment, compensation and rewards, etc. The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between human resource practices and firm performance. Using companies in Saudi Arabia, this study tests the proposition that HR practices (including training, job design, employee skills, employee attitudes, employee motivation, etc) has an impact on the performance of the different business units in this group.
      PubDate: 2015-07-15
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
  • Improvement of Starting Transient State in a Fixed Speed Wind Turbine
           using STATCOM

    • Authors: Nima Khosravi, Hassan Barati, Morteza Beiranvand
      Abstract: Nowadays, the effects of wind generators have become an important issue in power quality due to impressionability in the lack of uniformity in adjusting frequency and power systems’ voltage. Wind turbine generators during commissioning even when they use a soft starter and connect to a power network transient and oscillatory flow have reactive power and effective voltage. With the presence FACTS devices (especially parallel devices) and reactive power injection, reactive power changes and effective voltage can be reduced. In this paper, the studied system consists of Thévenin equivalent circuit of a power network, which connects to a wind generator through transformers and transmission lines. Dynamic modeling of transient wind turbine and also, commissioning condition of power system model and simulation of computer were done in PSCAD / EMTDC software. At the end, simulation results of the desired system show that the presence of STATCOM in network improves the initial transient state of some parameters such as voltage, reactive power output of generators and etc.
      PubDate: 2015-07-11
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
  • The Relationship between Self-Directed Learning and the Parameters
           affecting Adult Education

    • Authors: Somayeh Ranvar
      Abstract: The main purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between “self-directed learning” and “the parameters affecting adult education”. The parameters studied in this paper include performance, assessment, motivation, anxiety, and academic engagement. The research has been conducted on employees of Insurance Company who attend specialized courses. The research population consists of 550 employees who work in Insurance Company and attend specialized training. The statistical sample consists of 214 people who have been selected from the population. Data have been collected through questionnaires which are related to the variables. In addition to descriptive statistics, inferential statistics have been also used to analyze data. The results of this study show that there is a positive and significant relationship between self-directed learning and academic parameters in adults including performance, assessment, motivation, anxiety, and academic engagement. Considering the results of this study, it seems that teachers and education professionals, due to being aware of self-directed learning functions and academic parameters of adults, can use their experiences in this regard to enhance learning outcomes.

      PubDate: 2015-07-11
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
  • Explaining the Relationship between Parenting Styles, Identity Styles and
           Spiritual Health in Adolescents

    • Authors: Zahra Abbaspour, Noor Ali Farrokhi, Ahmad Borj Ali
      Abstract: This research aimed to explain the structural relationship between parenting styles, identity styles and spiritual health of adolescents. The descriptive and causal correlation methods were used in this study and 628 subjects (311 females and 317 males) among high school students in Karaj, Iran were selected by multi-stage sampling method. For this purpose, the parenting style questionnaire of Baumrind, identity styles of Berzonsky (ISI-6G) and spiritual health that were designed by researchers and were used after evaluating their reliability and validity. Data were analyzed after preparation by using structural equation model. The results showed that the identity, informational and normative styles have significant and positive relation with spiritual health and have no significant relationship with avoiding identity. Authoritative style of parenting practices has a significant and positive correlation with the spiritual health and authoritative style has a significant and negative relation with spiritual health. However, easy-going method has a significant and positive correlation only with the dimensions of self-consciousness and transcendental-esoteric experiences and has a significant and negative relation with other dimensions of spiritual health. The results obtained on the relation between parenting practices and identity styles indicate that authoritative parenting practices has a positive relation with normative identity and negative relationship with avoidant identity. Also, authoritarian parenting style has a negative relation with informational and normative identity and significant and positive correlation with avoidant identity and only easy-going parenting style has a significant and negative correlation with informational identity. Also, in this research, informational and normative identity styles mediate only the relationship between authoritative parenting style and spiritual health of adolescents.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
  • How has Outsourcing Human Resource (HR) Services within National Health
           Services (NHS) Impacted upon Staff Turnover and Wider Local Economy in

    • Authors: Muhammad Usman, Summaira Malik, Asma Imran
      Abstract: This paper critically investigates how outsourcing human resource (HR) services within National Health Services (NHS) have affected staff turnover and wider local economy of UK. Interviews were structured with the view to investigate this issue. The research shows that despite the pressure of outsourcing by Department of Health (DoH), NHS acute trusts are reluctant to outsource their HR functions. Those who outsourced have done this with some strategic planning. Reverse trend of outsourcing has also been observed. Outsourcing HR functions have not lost as many jobs as it was expected. No direct relationship was observed in the wider local economy and outsourcing in NHS trusts. According to findings of the research HR outsourcing has not drastic effects on wider local economy if observed on small scale.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
  • The Concept of Calmness and its Reason at Rumi’s Thought

    • Authors: Seyed Karam Ebadi Jokandan
      Abstract: Welfare and calmness are very important for humans to achieve comprehensive development in different fields, and overcome distress and anxiety. Now it should be noticed that what the real meaning of calmness in life is and how we can achieve it. Therefore, this research is going to explain the concept of calmness and its reason through the inspiration of illuminated thought of Rumi that rooted in education and noble tradition. The results show that Rumi knew calmness as an internal thing not external one, as the origin of beauty exists inside world, not outside of it. Therefore, belief, politeness, family, children, honesty, trust, companionship, contentment, honesty, good imagination, sleep, travel, dance, love and kindness are its most important factors.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
  • Providing Design Solutions for Children's Centers based on the
           Factors that Improve Creativity

    • Authors: Marzieh Ghasemi Eshkaftaki
      Abstract: The world needs more and more creativity to solve difficult problems. Psychologists believe that improving creativity related to childhood. Therefore, communities should focus on fostering creativity in children. Children spend most of their time in schools, kindergartens and children centers. So in this paper, the architectural principles of children's center in order to enhance children's creativity have been extracted. To achieve this goal, the definition of creativity, characteristics of creativity and creativity factors have been studied. The influence of environment on creativity was also studied. Architectural solutions and design principles were expressed according to definition of creativity and factors needed to develop creativity such as Imagination, Initiative. These principles related to issues such as brightness of the space, colors of the walls, height of the furniture, movable furniture, the view and exposure to natural environment, security and protection of place, form of the building, dimensions and shapes of windows and plant species. These solutions can help architects to enhance children's creativity and create a creative generation.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2015)
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