August 2012


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  1. ::  Şiş Dürüm Sarıyer proposes high quality kebaps thanks to a careful selection of products in specialized markets.

  2. :: To give tourists the chance to make an outstanding and unique experience in Istanbul and to explore the city like a true citizen, we want to introduce Spoon In My Pocket. A spoon in your pocket? Yes, because we think there is no gear more suitable to start a culinary walk through Istanbul. Besides that the spoon is the oldest eating utensil that was used in almost every civilization since the Ancient Egyptians. And now enjoy the walk, enjoy your taste…

  3. (Le Pain du Chai) :: A burger restaurant in Bercy Village, the 12th District of Paris, which offers individual & personalized as well as premium & tasty food to its customers. Zlata and Vincent are former Parisian executives who have decided to devote themselves to their common passion: to welcome and feed their guests. Caught in the game, they transformed an old small neighborhood bakery in a Burger and Sandwiches bar, to host big feasts or satisfy little appetites. They will bring you delicious and generous “homeburgers” and “sundwiches” made with love, as if they were hosting a dinner with friends.

  4. :: Bien Mangé Sandwiches in Kavacık, Istanbul saw the gap in the sandwich sector in Turkey that primarily focuses on fresh, quality, home-made sandwich with special breads. The company is synthesed with young workers and a young manager who believes in making mutual trust with their customers.

  5. :: SOS Lounge is a restaurant located in Sarıyer, near to Koç University, on the way and just 1 km away. We will form a business model and then create a website for this restaurant.

  6. (Blog of this website) :: La Sultana İstanbul is a newly established e-commerce website that belongs to a student from Boğaziçi
    University and an entrepreneur, Doğay Beyaz. La Sultana is an online jewelry store which currently has only a pure play e-commerce website.

  7. :: Büyükada Tasarım is a virtual store for hand made felt products. It is a B2C business, two sisters create the products and sell
    them online. The customers are who are interested in arts and fashion. The website creates sincere, warm feeling. It is trustable and professional looking. The
    brand is sincere, creative and artsy. Anyone who is interested in creative art can wander around the website if they want to they can buy products.

  8. :: The GERME (Groupe d’Echange et de Reaction sur le Monde de l’Entreprenariat) gives his group member two complementary tools: First, in the constantly evolving world of business the main concern of potential entrepreneurs is the lack of practical knowledge and experience of business settlement. Created in 2013, the Belgian group GERME seeks to palliate that deficiency. In order to do so, GERME organizes a series of conferences with a focus on entrepreneurship. Held by young motivated businessmen from different backgrounds, those conferences are an opportunity to understand the fundamental of creating a new company in Belgium today.

  9. (“Reigniting History, Reinvigorating Culture through Art") :: We are art exhibitionists, who have set out to support artists from relatively unknown art schools in the heart of Lahore. We provide them with a platform to interact with art lovers, collectors and critics, thereby enabling them to make their mark in the industry and earn their due share. Their focus remains on the unique art forms of Mughal Era and Lahore (popularly dubbed as the cultural hub of Pakistan). Our highly potent and creative young artists convey their thoughts and feelings with finesse of craft.

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Thus far I have taught the following courses at the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics of Koç University:


MGIS.301 Basic concepts of information technology, building information systems for problem solving; implications of information management for competitiveness; future directions in information systems.

MGIS.301 is an area required course for Business Administration majors. Students from other departments and colleges are also allowed to register it as an elective as long as the class quota is not exceeded. I taught MGIS.301 for 10 years in a row, each year in the spring semester. I designed and revamped the course website several times in the past. During the semester while the classes are in session I update it by myself without any support from my teaching assistants. The course website is a substantial facilitator both for the instructor and for the students. Course related announcements and exam schedules are posted on the website.

As a matter of fact, the website of MGIS.301 hosts the entire teaching intelligence accumulated in the past ten years of my teaching history inclusive of self-test exams, previous project topics, websites (if still available), and presentation photographs, project group memberships, quizzes and homework assignments, the histograms and statistics of midterms, final exams and total scores.

Currently registered students can easily look up their grades assigned so far by submitting a query with their ID numbers. This up-to-date grade inquiry helps them to see their standing in the course with respect to their classmates.

MGIS.410:  Technological challenges of conducting business on the World Wide Web; innovative business models in electronic commerce; digital platforms of Business to Customer and Business to Business trade; guidelines for website usability; Internet marketing and advertising; search engine optimization and search engine marketing for profitability; web statistics and analytics; security issues on the Internet.

I designed the ever first electronic commerce related course of the college back in Fall 2004. I have been offering this elective course about once a year; though in 2008 and 2011, I did not teach MGIS.410 since I had already filled up my teaching quota.

My teaching performance in MGIS.410 has been traditionally outstanding. My evaluations in this course have always been above the average evaluations of the courses offered in the Business Administration program and also above the average evaluations across the the College and the University.

I regularly incorporate new material in MGIS.410. In Spring 2011 and 2012 I supervised a number of students teams in the Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC). In Spring 2011 there was one team under my supervision comprised of one CEMS MIM student only. We became one of the GOMC 2011 semi-finalists ranking in the top 100 among 3082 teams from 70 countries (Account ID: 474-542-0366). In Spring 2012, I supervised eight student teams five of which participated in GOMC 2012. None of them made it to the semi-finals. However, two of them became the second and the third best teams among 34 competing teams from Turkey. They were rated as "teams with good campaigns" meaning that their total scores were in the 70th to 89th percentile.

Following the decision by the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Academic Council of the University, MGIS.410 is cross-listed with the elective course MGIS.510 of the MBA/CEMS MIM programs since Spring 2012. The Fall 2012 class list was showing 10 international master students visiting Koç University as part of their MBA or CEMS MIM curriculum.

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MGIS.902:  Basic concepts of information technology, systems analysis and design, competitive implications of information management, information systems and change, future directions in information technology use, managerial issues associated with e-commerce technology.

MGIS.902 is the MIS course listed on the Executive MBA (EMBA) program of the Graduate School of Business. I taught this course for three consecutive years from 2006 through 2008. Each year there were between 41 to 46 students coming from very diverse educational and professional backgrounds.

MGIS.510:  The technological and institutional factors that influence the choice of hardware and software components of a management information system; introduction to systems analysis through teamwork on an actual business systems analysis problem.

I taught MGIS.510 twice, once in Fall 2008 for eight weeks with 6 weekly lecture hours, and once in late Summer 2009 for two weeks containing the same total lecture hours as the previous year. Fall 2008 schedule of MGIS.510 was apparently much more effective that Summer 2009 schedule. Both times the focus of the course subjects was customer relationship management (CRM), electronic commerce, software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing, search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO). The latter two topics were on the rise back in Fall 2008 in the wake of the global financial crisis that had begun to spread across the world in 2008.

The biggest challenge of being an MIS professor at Koç University either at undergraduate or graduate level is to keep up with the latest developments in information and web technologies, consumer electronics, mobile communications, electronic commerce trends and practices. My response to this challenge has been to chase the technology and business news in the online media, and to attend at least one IT-related industrial convention or workshop every year. If knowledge is a dynamic and perishable asset prone to becoming obsolete, then the most dynamic and most rapidly expiring knowledge is that of MIS. I always considered my teaching career with the awareness of this simple fact.

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