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Climate changes and its influence in the predominant paradigm in economic and business science and in Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.02.01  Social sciences  Economics  Economy sciences 

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

Code Science Field
5.02  Social Sciences  Economics and Business 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (29)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  32242  Barbara Benčič    Technical associate  2015 - 2017 
2.  29834  PhD Jaka Cepec  Social sciences  Researcher  2014 - 2017  230 
3.  18305  PhD Andreja Cirman  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  562 
4.  24101  PhD Barbara Čater  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  352 
5.  19761  PhD Tomaž Čater  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  444 
6.  36386  Maja Dolinar  Sociology  Junior researcher  2014 - 2015  62 
7.  18940  PhD Polona Domadenik Muren  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  483 
8.  30715  PhD Daša Farčnik  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  165 
9.  38141  PhD Ada Guštin Habuš  Economics  Junior researcher  2015 - 2017  26 
10.  33181  PhD Maja Hosta  Economics  Junior researcher  2014 - 2017  13 
11.  28922  PhD Marko Jakšič  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  154 
12.  26020  PhD Ljubica Knežević Cvelbar  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  328 
13.  18441  PhD Matjaž Koman  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  237 
14.  24395  PhD Mateja Kos Koklič  Economics  Researcher  2015 - 2017  362 
15.  31591  PhD Mitja Kovač  Law  Researcher  2014 - 2017  486 
16.  36389  Ana Oblak  Law  Junior researcher  2014 - 2017  28 
17.  16157  PhD Irena Ograjenšek  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  662 
18.  19248  PhD Marko Pahor  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  539 
19.  02413  PhD Janez Prašnikar  Economics  Head  2014 - 2017  772 
20.  33182  PhD Kaja Primc  Economics  Junior researcher  2014 - 2015  92 
21.  23031  PhD Tjaša Redek  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  786 
22.  18980  PhD Adriana Rejc Buhovac  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  511 
23.  23017  PhD Jože Sambt  Economics  Researcher  2016 - 2017  370 
24.  36911  PhD Rok Spruk  Economics  Researcher  2017  491 
25.  30717  PhD Domen Trobec  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  50 
26.  11462  PhD Irena Vida  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  661 
27.  50573  PhD Mila Zečević  Economics  Junior researcher  2017  40 
28.  13681  PhD Nada Zupan  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  1,120 
29.  15495  PhD Vesna Žabkar  Economics  Researcher  2014 - 2017  931 
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  43,228 
Goals. To analyse: effects of external and internal environment on Slovenian companies’ performance in times of crisis and achieving sustainable development objectives (economic, social, environmental). Consequences of Slovenian companies’ indebtedness in comparison to neighbouring countries (the Balkans, Mediterranean, Central Europe). Sector differences. The role of intangible (with eco) capital in the crisis. Differences in intangible capital in private and public sector. Tourism (because of specific sustainability aspects). Consumer attitudes towards sustainable development factors and reverse effects on creation of sustainable business models. Specific aspects of consumer behaviour (ethnocentrism). Sustainable development of Slovenian cities and life quality. Sustainability of pension reform in light of intergenerational relations and population aging (social component of sustainability).  Methodology. Analysis of firm behaviour and performance based on econometric methods. Methods of quantitative analysis for survey data. Microeconomic simulations (agent based simulation models). Data. AJPES, SORS, GVIN, AMADEUS databases, annual reports, survey data. Project management. Group of Faculty of Economics University of Ljubljana, external partners from analyzed countries (EIPF; Svejnar, Columbia University; Miyagawa, Gakushuin University; Epstein, Rice University; Lucey, Trinity College; Pastore, University of Napoli; representatives of Western Balkan institutions). The network enables data access, holistic coverage of problem analysis with local experts and quality interpretation of findings. Expected results. 1) To determine (comparative) importance of firms’ competitiveness and efficiency factors 2) To analyze public sector efficiency and determine comparative role of intangible capital in relation to private sector. To determine the role of: 3) internal factors (intangible capital, ownership, indebtedness) in overcoming the crisis 4) sustainable development as a competitiveness factor 5) importance of tourism in the economy (preserving the countryside, development of support activities, tourism sustainability) 6) To evaluate pension reform models from sustainability perspective 7) To identify problems in sustainable development of Slovenian cities 8) To propose improvements.  Original contribution. 1) Comparison of internal factors and firms’ export orientation as a competitiveness factor 2) Demonstration of the impact of stakeholder relations, capital and labour market frictions on firms’ behaviour as the basis for more realistic macroeconomic modelling. Analysis of 3) consumers’ sustainability 4) sustainability of intergenerational relations and adequacy of pension reform 5) Evaluation of life quality in Slovenian cities. The main changes in relation to 2008-12 program: 1) extension to entire sustainable growth 2) economy analysis in view of the crisis 3) analysis of key economy sectors from the viewpoints of competitiveness and sustainability.
Significance for science
Research focus on the firms’ behaviour enables us to: 1. analyse the development and competitiveness of firms through prism of internal/external factors (ownership, indebtedness, institutional characteristics, structural reforms and transition); 2. comparatively analyse indebtedness and capital structure at the EU level which is the first such analysis of its kind and should help us to explain situation in Slovenia along with differences among firms, sectors, and countries; 3. reveal the comparative efficiency of the anti-crisis measures in EU and effects of institutional characteristics of countries; 4. reveal the importance of internal characteristics, restructuring, investment in tangible/intangible capital and relations in firms. These results will be important from the competitiveness and future development perspective; 5. contribute to the development of economic theory and empirical research in the areas of the role of stakeholders in firms; 6. emphasise extreme relevance and importance of strategic firms’ behaviour in current applied economic science due to its international aspects. Consumer analysis in tourism and quality of life from the perspective of sustainable development will enable us to: 7. contribute to integration of several levels of responsible consumption (environmental, social), observe predecessors of individual behaviour and enable insight into importance of each dimension to develop strategies and impact on consumer behaviour; 8. based on the literature review and consistent use of two dimensions of firms’ responsibility to contribute to a more coherent understanding of ethical, sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible consumption; 9. position the analysis into transitional environment expands the context beyond the traditional studied western cultural backgrounds; 10. deal with the problem of indebtedness of Slovenian firms and society from the perspective of sustainable development, in context of aging, pension reform and intergenerational relations; 11. analyse specific characteristics of Slovenian towns and their residents in light of sustainable urban development, which is one of only a few such analyses in Slovenia, and the first based on the economics of happiness. Research approaches used in the analysis will be either new or applied in Slovenia for the first time: 12. development of methodology for measurement of intangible capital in the public sector; 13. preparation of database for intangible capital assessment using data provided by the SORS; 14. development of methodology for measurement of individual’s satisfaction with the quality of life in Slovenian cities with special focus on sustainable element; 15. use of annual reports at EU level, allowing for accurate comparative analysis of firms in the EU and Slovenia; 16. preparation of the first database of intangible capital in all sectors for a developing country, which allows for private/public comparison and analysis of the implications for productivity.
Significance for the country
Firm level analysis will facilitate: 1. better understanding of Slovenian companies’ characteristics; provide insights for businesses/ national economy on the adequacy of existing practices and propose relevant changes. 2. comparative international analysis to contribute to the understanding of Slovenian firms’ competitiveness.  3. study of the ownership problem, its transformation and (types of) investments and productivity, that is important for policy implication and guidance for management and owners. 4. gathering of information based on identified problems for policy measures targeted at an increase in efficiency and competitiveness. 5. analysis of intangible capital in public sector, revelation of its weaknesses; it will contribute to increased investments in intangible capital, their efficiency, reduction of the public sector and stabilization of public finances. Through the analysis of sustainable development the research group will: 6. continue the work in the field of environmental and sustainable elements and intangible capital since the literature and evidence on this topic for developing and transition countries is still quite limited and it is important to continue the work. 7. help to define the importance of tourism for regional development, contribute to the development of appropriate measures and activities to maintain the countryside and development of eco-agriculture. 8. analyse aging and its effects on sustainable development with respect to intergenerational relations that will contribute to the pensions funding analysis. 9. identify sustainable impulses of residents and their satisfaction with life in cities, which will be important input for design of appropriate measures and enhancing life quality. 10. provide insights into consumer behaviour and decision making with respect to environmentally and socially responsible corporate strategies. Other effects: 11. results will be available to researchers, businesses, public institutions, governments, students and other interested public for different purposes; they will be presented at the Portorož Business Conference, and contribute to the problem awareness among businessmen. 12. many aspects of the analysis will be a novelty in the field, especially for developing countries, which will allow for greater recognition of researchers and Faculty of Economics; integrative collaboration with prominent researchers, and improved quality of future research outputs 13. due to wide research group international collaboration will be strengthened. 14. results will not only be communicated through scientific but also professional channels and will serve as a platform for fundamental decisions in Slovenian economic development and development of Slovenian companies; the results will also be disseminated via mass media. 15. results may positively affect Slovenian economic climate and growth; they may trigger necessary reforms of business environment and changes in the behaviour of key decision-makers.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2014, 2015, 2016, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2014, 2015, 2016, final report
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