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Sapir College is a college in Israel, located in the northwestern Negev desert near Sderot. It is the largest public college in Israel, with an enrolment of 8,000 students. The college is named after minister Pinchas Sapir. The communities of Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council established the college in 1963 as an evening school for adult higher education. It later became an Academic College affiliated with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sapir was granted independent academic accreditation from the Council for Higher Education in 1998.The college awards Bachelor's degrees in Communication, Cinema and Television, Software Systems, Marketing, Administration and Public Policy, Industrial Management, Law, Human Resources Management, Cultural Studies, Logistics, Economics, and Social Work, as well as a multidisciplinary B.A. in the Humanities and Social science. The college also awards a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Public Policy. The college also offers study in further five subjects , and provides training for engineering technicians. Several annual conferences and events are organized at the college: The Sderot Conference for Society is an annual event bringing together political and economical experts to discuss relevant social issues and conflicts. The Film Festival of the South - an international film festival organized by the department of film and television.↑ ↑ Wikipedia.

Zwikael O.,Australian National University | Unger-Aviram E.,Sapir College
International Journal of Project Management | Year: 2010

The literature has found contradictory results regarding the impact of human resource management on project success. This paper focuses on one important human resource management process - team development - to investigate its importance in the project environment. Results show that most team development practices that work well in the operational business environment do not have a significant influence on project success. However, project duration was found to moderate the relationship between team development and project success: the effectiveness of team development increases in longer projects. The paper identifies and analyzes team development practices that have a positive impact on project success exclusively in long projects. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA. Source

Besser A.,Sapir College | Zeigler-Hill V.,Oakland University
International Journal of Stress Management | Year: 2011

The way individuals use humor is likely to be influenced by how they feel about themselves. The goal of the present studies was to examine the association between the pathological forms of narcissism (grandiose and vulnerable narcissism) and humor styles in Jewish Israeli undergraduate samples as they made the adjustment to being university students. Study 1 (N = 187) found that grandiose narcissism was positively associated with adaptive humor, whereas vulnerable narcissism was negatively associated with adaptive humor and positively associated with maladaptive humor. Study 2 (N = 251) found that humor styles mediated the associations between the pathological forms of narcissism and perceived stress. There was no evidence of any moderating effect of humor styles on the relationship between the pathological forms of narcissism and perceived stress. These findings are discussed in terms of the role that humor may play in explaining the association between the pathological forms of narcissism and perceived stress. © 2011 American Psychological Association. Source

Chaitin J.,Sapir College
The American journal of orthopsychiatry | Year: 2014

This article explores the uses of personal narratives of massive social trauma in conflict, most specifically as they relate to the Palestinian-Israeli context. It is asserted that there are types of narratives, fixated on persecution, hatred, and fear, that can obstruct peace, and different types that encourage peace and reconciliation. The article discusses the impacts of sharing personal narratives on the victims and others in society, the connections between personal and master narratives, and ways in which dialogue that incorporates personal narratives can encourage peace. A theoretical categorization of 4 types of personal narratives of massive social trauma is proposed: narratives of vengeance, victimhood, confusion, and embracing the other. Examples from Israelis and Palestinians that reflect this conceptualization are discussed. It is concluded that a more nuanced understanding of types of personal narratives is needed when engaged in peace-building endeavors in an ongoing conflict. Source

Lahat L.,Sapir College
Policy Sciences | Year: 2011

One of the challenges facing policy analysts is how to improve policy processes in the era of governance. The present article examines how perceptions analysis,i.e. the identification of perceptions of different leaders in a specific policy field, may contribute to policy analysis. The article focuses on two questions: What explains leaders' support for different policy options? Can the examination of leaders' perceptions help in identifying potential bases for collaboration? Based on mixed methodologies, the study includes interviews with 103 people who influence the policy process and policy discourse in Israel. The findings reveal the importance of the perceptions of causes in explaining leaders' policy preferences and suggest that identifying their perceptions may help analysts distinguish bases for promoting collaboration and trust among different actors in the policy process, as well as enhancing the legitimacy of the policy process as a whole. © Springer Science+Business Media,LLC.2010. Source

Nuttman-Shwartz O.,Sapir College
Journal of Loss and Trauma | Year: 2016

Shared traumatic reality (STR) is a situation in which helping professionals and clients are exposed to the same traumatic, life-threatening circumstances in the course of the therapeutic relationship. Based on the findings of studies conducted in a shared traumatic reality, the present article will examine the complex and unique aspects of conducting research in these contexts, and raise questions about the ability of researchers to conduct studies in STR situations. Practical recommendations for dealing with these situations will be offered. 2015 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Source

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