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Welcome to Middle East Technical University Library subject guide for Business Administration. This guide was created for assiting your researches in this area. 

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This guide is created for giving you some startpoints for your research in economics area. 

About Business Administration Tab, has the general information about business administration.

Access Books Tab, has four sub-tabs including print books, e-books, free e-books and forms. Print books, will help you with catalog search and there is  also a tutorial about it. You can find Library New-arrivals Section, aswell. E-books sub-tab includes informations about e-book and e-book databases. Free e-books, will help you to find free online resources for fulltext e-books. And Forms has various forms for METU Library services.

Access Journals Tab, will help you to find articles via e-journals and online databases. There is also two sub-tabs under here. Under Print Journals, there is a whole list of METU Library print journals about economics. Print journals search engine ready to use. E-Journals includes links to online databases and e-journals. It is also possible to use METUnique Search. 

Access Reference Tab, will help you to find reference resources and tools for writing a paper. There are also some print reference materials, aswell.

Access Dissertations Tab, has a whole list of METU Thesis in Business Administration area. You can also search ProQuest database and retrieve the open-access thesis. 

Access Web Sites Tab, will inform you which sites are lead in the fields of Business Administration. There are also links for METU Business Administration Department and the research groups.

Open Access Tab, is giving the general idea of open access. There are two sub-tabs explaining benefits of open-access and author rights. 




The single biggest reason why startups succeed by Bill Gross

Definition of Business Administration

Administration can be defined as the process of organizing resources efficiently to accomplish a goal. Business administration is the application of this process to a formal organization. A business manager may have a wide variety of responsibilities depending on the organization they are employed with. However, there are some universal functions all business administrators engage in. These include planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and budgeting.


A business manager is responsible for looking down the road and preparing the organization for what lies ahead. This can involve many tasks such as budget projections, market research or strategic planning. Essentially, this function maps where the organization is, where it needs to be and how resources will be used to get there.


Once goals are defined a business administrator identifies responsibilities to be performed, analyzes the human resources and tools needed and delegates the responsibilities. This may involve reorganizing or developing new departments or creating new roles. The purpose is to create the optimal environment for work flow efficiency and results.


Finding the right people to fill roles is a large part of any business administrator’s job. Determining staffing needs, preparing job descriptions, interviewing and training are all important parts of managing any business. An effective manager understands issues such as diversity, ethics, politics and other dynamics that play a role in every work environment.


The “sweet spot” of directing is finding the balance between staff needs and economic production. This involves allocating resources properly and providing a support system that responds to problems quickly. A business administrator must motivate employees and lead staff towards a common goal with strong interpersonal skills.


Controlling involves evaluating quality at all levels of the organization. By tracking work and comparing it to the strategic plan, a business manager can minimize deviations from the plan. Controlling tasks include analysis of business expenses, information management, performance measurement and taking corrective actions.


Projecting, tracking and reviewing the budget is critical to any business manager’s success.

Other important areas of knowledge for a business administrator include statistics, marketing, human resources and economics. Decision-making, logic, problem-solving and interpersonal skills also play an important role in running a business professionally.