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SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE SLOVENIAN ECONOMY IN EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.02.00  Social sciences  Economics   

Code Science Field
S180  Social sciences  Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy 

Code Science Field
5.02  Social Sciences  Economics and Business 
Keywords
Sustainable competitiveness, firm performance, innovation, wage inequality, macroeconomic inequality, sustainable use and management of resources, tourist destination, quality of life, energy efficiency, cost efficiency, healthcare expenditures, incentive-based payments
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
7,678.57
A''
2,461.88
A'
3,835.18
A1/2
4,168.14
CI10
9,629
CImax
1,113
h10
46
A1
27.43
A3
1.6
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on May 25, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  227  7,347  7,132  31.42 
Scopus  255  10,844  10,599  41.56 
Researchers (24)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  14119  PhD Boštjan Antončič  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  547 
2.  37436  MSc Miha Bratec  Economics  Junior researcher  2018 - 2019  74 
3.  11975  PhD Tanja Dmitrović  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  362 
4.  39178  PhD Janez Dolšak  Economics  Junior researcher  2018 - 2020  45 
5.  23012  PhD Petra Došenović Bonča  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  490 
6.  18306  PhD Mateja Drnovšek  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  433 
7.  37928  Erna Emrić    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
8.  08652  PhD Nevenka Hrovatin  Economics  Head  2018 - 2024  739 
9.  10414  PhD Marko Jaklič  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  773 
10.  51893  PhD Ivana Jovović  Economics  Junior researcher  2018 - 2023  12 
11.  25241  PhD Branko Korže  Law  Researcher  2018 - 2023  227 
12.  19080  PhD Patricia Kotnik  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  168 
13.  30080  PhD Kir Kuščer  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  145 
14.  06912  PhD Tanja Mihalič  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  910 
15.  37927  Martina Petan    Technical associate  2019 - 2020  15 
16.  23027  PhD Nina Ponikvar  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  273 
17.  55734  Jakob Stemberger  Economics  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024 
18.  21243  PhD Matej Švigelj  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  179 
19.  09678  PhD Maks Tajnikar  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2022  1,073 
20.  55136  Tomaž Ulčakar    Technical associate  2021 - 2023  45 
21.  38583  Maja Urh    Technical associate  2018 
22.  22247  PhD Jaka Vadnjal  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2020  720 
23.  19766  PhD Katja Zajc Kejžar  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  341 
24.  23026  PhD Jelena Zorić  Economics  Researcher  2018 - 2024  234 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0584  University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (SEB)  Ljubljana  1626922  43,113 
Abstract
Our research programme focuses on sustainable competitiveness which goes beyond mere economic outcomes to include other important elements that make societies sustainably prosperous by ensuring high-quality and inclusive growth. By placing the Slovenian economy at the core of our research interests, we continue the research group’s long tradition which has already succeeded in contributing to world knowledge by examining national phenomena at all levels and combining interdisciplinary approaches.   We will investigate three pillars of sustainable competitiveness and inclusive growth: 1) firm competitiveness and performance; 2) equality; and 3) sustainable use and management of resources. Each pillar will be considered from multiple perspectives building on the group’s interdisciplinary background, entailing different levels of analysis – macro, industry, firm and individual – and encompassing the WEF’s (2016) modern approach to the structural factors of competitiveness.   The first pillar encompasses several lines of inquiry. The first line builds on firm-level data to examine the impact of labour, internationalisation, innovation and entrepreneurial finance on firm performance. The second line concerns innovation capacity, with a focus on SMEs. The third line extends the analysis of sustainable development from firm to industry level by assessing different sustainability issues in three sectors: tourism, energy and electronic communications.   In the second pillar, we aim to: 1) study the impact of firms’ internationalisation strategy and innovation activity on the evolution of intra- and inter-firm wage inequality; 2) establish the outcomes of size-based inequality among firms on their competitiveness, business performance, and survival; 3) develop and empirically validate a new model of macroeconomic inequality among Eurozone countries that builds on the economic exploitation concept, and which tries to explain the effects of economic policies on the changes in the structure of economic sectors.   In pillar three, we will determine the drivers and barriers of energy efficiency at the level of households and firms. Tourist industry studies will identify indicators of tourist destinations’ sustainable development and quality of life and establish links between resident support for tourism and quality of life. In healthcare, first, the dynamics of various healthcare expenditure categories will be established and growth in spending decomposed into its elements; second, the indirect costs of selected chronic diseases will be studied focussing on the indirect economic costs due to economic inactivity, absenteeism and presenteeism and, finally, stakeholders’ responses to the incentive-based payment mechanisms will be examined.
Significance for science
Our research programme focuses on sustainable competitiveness which goes beyond mere economic outcomes to include other important elements that make societies sustainably prosperous by ensuring high-quality and inclusive growth. By placing the Slovenian economy at the core of our research interests, we continue the research group’s long tradition which has already succeeded in contributing to world knowledge by examining national phenomena at all levels and combining interdisciplinary approaches. We will investigate three pillars of sustainable competitiveness and inclusive growth: 1) firm competitiveness and performance; 2) equality; and 3) sustainable use and management of resources. Each pillar will be considered from multiple perspectives building on the group’s interdisciplinary background, entailing different levels of analysis – macro, industry, firm and individual – and encompassing the WEF’s (2016) modern approach to the structural factors of competitiveness. The first pillar encompasses several lines of inquiry. The first line builds on firm-level data to examine the impact of labour, internationalisation, innovation and entrepreneurial finance on firm performance. The second line concerns innovation capacity, with a focus on SMEs. The third line extends the analysis of sustainable development from firm to industry level by assessing different sustainability issues in three sectors: tourism, energy and electronic communications. In the second pillar, we aim to: 1) study the impact of firms’ internationalisation strategy and innovation activity on the evolution of intra- and inter-firm wage inequality; 2) establish the outcomes of size-based inequality among firms on their competitiveness, business performance, and survival; 3) develop and empirically validate a new model of macroeconomic inequality among Eurozone countries that builds on the economic exploitation concept, and which tries to explain the effects of economic policies on the changes in the structure of economic sectors. In pillar three, we will determine the drivers and barriers of energy efficiency at the level of households and firms. Tourist industry studies will identify indicators of tourist destinations’ sustainable development and quality of life and establish links between resident support for tourism and quality of life. In healthcare, first, the dynamics of various healthcare expenditure categories will be established and growth in spending decomposed into its elements; second, the indirect costs of selected chronic diseases will be studied focussing on the indirect economic costs due to economic inactivity, absenteeism and presenteeism and, finally, stakeholders’ responses to the incentive-based payment mechanisms will be examined. The proposed research programme connects economic and business issues with topics in law, ecology and sociology. We expect to make theoretical contributions by addressing research gaps in all fields of inquiry: in economics: by connecting labour market issues to the performance of firms by addressing sociological issues of inequality and diversity from the economic viewpoint; in entrepreneurship: we will add to better understanding the so far unexplained: 1) relationships between characteristics of an entrepreneur and the firm's outcomes like creativity, market orientation, social networks, different types of knowledge, improvisation and so on; 2) interplay of various sources of finance (especially acquisitions) in fostering young firms’ growth and innovation; in tourism: we expect the findings to initiate a new research agenda for destination competitiveness studies linking productivity, destination competitiveness and quality of life; in energy efficiency: we will establish and empirically verify the barriers and drivers of energy-efficient investments in firms, with a stress on behavioural and organisational factors, and establish determinants of energy-efficient renovations together with the role of
Significance for the country
Achieving the research goals in all suggested research areas will help ensure and maintain sustainable competitiveness at the level of individuals (entrepreneurs), companies and the country. The results could be used by companies to shape their strategic responses to constantly evolving competitive pressures in their respective markets by enhancing their ability to anticipate changes in market competition in domestic and global markets, acquiring alternative financial sources, and seizing opportunities emerging from ICT advances and new innovation sources. The findings will also provide guidelines for governments and regulators for the efficient decision-making of institutions and shaping the sustainable development and inclusive growth policy agenda by: devising the optimal policy mix of employment, industrial, R&D and competition policies based on analysis of the relation between labour dynamics, technological change and firm performance and taking account of the explicit considerations of firm and worker heterogeneity; designing the internationalisation promotion policy together with the skilled migrant worker regime; developing economic policy measures for the fair distribution of the economic benefits stemming from technology and trade developments; elaborating economic policy measures that promote energy-efficient behaviour and investments at household and firm levels; considering measures to broaden and deepen the range of financing options available to young innovative firms; setting a regulatory pricing policy for utilities which provides incentives for their efficient operation; accelerating the growth of mobile broadband in Slovenia following the EU Digital Agenda goals and objectives of the Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society strategy; and responding to the challenge of evaluating healthcare programmes and policy measures from the economic perspective and thus addressing the problem of the healthcare system’s increasing unresponsiveness to patients’ new needs and to the new technological opportunities and provider ambitions.     The results of the research programme will be disseminated among various communities: Research community and academia: members’ active attendance at the international scientific conferences; organisation of international scientific conferences (e.g. European IAEE 2019 conference, annual EBR conference), domestic scientific conferences intended to disseminate research results among wider business and other stakeholders' community(biannual scientific conference on energy economics by SAEE); regular weekly scientific research seminars at the FELU organised through the wide network of partner universities and social media channels (e.g. Research gate profiles of the research group members);   Students: inclusion of the proposed programme’s research design and critical reflection on the research outcome in the curricula of postgraduate and doctoral programmes (in particular double/triple degree international graduate programs EMTM (European Master in Tourism Management) and JMPSE (Joint Master's in Public Sector and Environmental Economics); AMBA accredited MBA programme, organised by the CPOEF and the FELU's Doctorate Program in Economics and Business);   Business sphere and public institutions: 1) dissemination of the managerial implications in business education (via business academies, in-company courses, seminars, workshops and roundtables organised by the CPOEF and other external institutions (Energetika.NET, SAEE, Slovenian Energy Chamber, WEC, Slovenian Tourist Organisation (WTO), Slovenian Energy Agency, Slovenian marketing association, etc.); 2) public presentations of scientific and professional monographies, 3) application of the research findings in consulting work of researchers conducted for the Slovenian government, ministries, other institutions, companies etc.; 4) transfer of research-based knowledge to business accelerators (e.g. ABC Accelerator);   Promotion of
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