Research projects

ONGOING PROJECTS

EASIP COMP - Increasing en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­pe­tences of students through a practical approach

Lead partner: Volda University College

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Tina Bratkovič Kregar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship

Duration: 20. 10. 2019–19. 4. 2022

Official project web site

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Project outputs will be strongly practical oriented, offering comprehensive support for long-term impacts on experiential teaching of entrepreneurship. Specifically, the outcomes are the following:

  1. An online entrepreneurship course and digital character (software). A set of tools, games and activities will be built in order to make lessons more experiential and the whole approach will be built on great user experience.The first part is a long process of research and analysis about entrepreneurship competences among university students. The second part consists in developing the entrepreneurship course: it will include activities for students, description of activities, material needed, recommendations for teachers, user-friendly explanations of theory, as necessary for students.
  2. Video-compendium of prototypes of business ideas created by students. The video-compendium will collect all students’ workplace business projects developed. It will present all projects prepared by students in a business environment, showing prototypes developed by students and a short presentation of all involved local companies.

In addition, the project will produce also intangible results such as:

  • Increasing knowledge of university students about entrepreneurship, improving their employability
  • Training university teachers in a new approach of working with entrepreneurship competences and with the world of business
  • Increasing skills of entrepreneurship trainers by working with university teachers and supporting students in workplace learning
  • Increasing cooperation between universities and local businesses in work-based projects
  • Increasing internalization of the partner organizations

The project will have effective impacts such as:

  • increased entrepreneurial mindset and employability of university students;
  • increased ability of teachers in mentoring students for training courses on entrepreneurship; reinforced cooperation between universities and local companies in implementing work-based project for students;
  • increased knowledge among higher education institutions and policy makers of practical approach in teaching entrepreneurship.

The EASIP COMP project results will be sustainable; methodological approach and intellectual outputs are flexible and adaptable and can be easily implemented in higher education organizations across Europe.

 

POW BRIDGE - Bridging the gap between legislation and practice in the posting of workers

Lead partner: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Austria

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Elizabeta Zirnstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Law

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2021

Official project web site

Founded by the European Union

The posting of workers is a dynamic form of labour mobility, which has received considerable political and policy attention principally in terms of preventing social dumping reflected in the revised Directive passed in 2018. The main aim of the project is to strengthen the efforts for the implementation and enforcement of the Directive in an inclusive, participatory and transparent form.

The strategic objectives of the action are:

  • To promote and enhance effective and transparent application of EU rules on posting;
  • To promote a more active participation of employers in the process of evidence-based policy-making;
  • To establish, consolidate and expand multi-stakeholder cross-border collaboration among EU Member States and candidate countries.

 

SOCIALNEET - From civil society organizations to social entrepreneurship - Combating youth unemployment and addressing the needs of NEETs

Lead partner: Institute of Social Economy Studies Greece

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Armand Faganel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for Marketing/ Senior Lecturer in Management 

Duration: 12. 4. 2019–30. 9. 2021

Official project web site

The SOCIALNEET project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

The main challenge that the project SOCIALNEET addresses is the reintegration of young people, which are not in Employment and not in Education or Training (NEETs), into the labor market. Core objective of the project is the establishment social innovative business solutions and the finding of employment in social enterprises by young unemployed people aged between 18-29 and 25-29 years old.

 

INSHIP -   Teaching Practice Partnership Model in Pre-Service Teacher Education

Lead partner: University of Ljubljana Faculty of Education

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Anita Trnavčević, Ph.D., Full Professor of Economics/Full Research Professor 

Duration: 1. 9. 2019–31. 8. 2022; UP FM joined May 25th 2020.

Official project web site

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The project follows four main objectives:

  • Provision of appropriate educational opportunities for student teachers in the course of teaching practice (INSHIP-model).
  • Enhancement of the professional competencies of academic staff (INSHIP-course).
  • Operationalization of tools and guidance materials for implementation of teaching practice.
  • Development of Professional Learning Network in teaching practice.

 

FINISHED PROJECTS

AISAB - Applied Innovation for Students and Business

Lead partner: University of Gloucestershire, UK

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Borut Likar, Ph.D., Full Professor in Management

Duration: 1. 9. 2017 – 31. 5. 2020

Official project web site

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The AISAB Project will address the need within the EU to improve the level of innovation and its impact, particularly in SMEs. Building on the work of other innovation projects and materials, it will develop approaches to develop the skills that support SME innovation from an HEI context and through VET. These complementary streams of work will see implementation of initiatives to drive innovation, both during the project and also on a sustainable basis, by embedding the outcomes in the day-to-day activities of HEIs and organisations delivering VET to SMEs.

The project objectives are to develop learning materials aimed at enhancing student skills in assessing and implementing innovation, and build tools that students can use to facilitate their impact when consulting in SMEs. It will also develop a toolkit for SMEs to self-diagnose their innovation practice, as well as putting in place business intervention approaches that can be used to enhance innovation practices in SMEs.

Objectives:

  • Develop a series of tools and techniques that leverage the work of previous projects, and established good practice, into a HE context for use with students to enhance their knowledge of innovation;
  • Create a handbook/process guide enabling HE students to work within SMEs to assess and develop innovation practice to enhance their skills in assessing and implementing innovation;
  • Design and develop a toolkit for SMEs to self-diagnose innovation practice and identify weaknesses;
  • Develop business intervention approaches to enhance innovation practices in SMEs;
  • Create case studies for use in a VET and HE context to support dissemination and exploitation of project results;

Write and present a research paper exploring reasons for weaknesses in the underlying culture and support infrastructure relating to innovation in SMEs.

 

NUVOLAK 2 - Innovative marketing tools for global competitiveness and use of synergies in SMEs in the cross border area 

Lead partner: University of Primorska Faculty of Management

Contact for UP FM: Mitja Ruzzier, Ph.D., Full Professor of Entrepreneurship

Duration: 1. 10. 2017–30. 6. 2020

Official project web site

Co-funded by the Interreg Crossborder Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union

The main project results are:

1) Modernization, upgrading of existing platform Mikrobiz (developed in the framework of the Nuvolak project) with a web-based tool for assisting in the planning and implementation of marketing activities, additional materials, good practices, up-to-date information for setting up and running companies on both sides of the border and a network of mentors and support institutions from both sides and

2) a set of innovative marketing practices of SMEs in the border area, the exchange of idenfied good practices, the identification of key patterns and a proposal for a new or updated existing tool that will be implemented and promoted through pilot projects, workshops, consultations, meetings, seminars, joint student projects , competitions, exchanges of researchers, experts and organization of innovation festivals.

These project results will increase the level of cross-border cooperation between the key players in the program area by: presenting good practices; exchanges of researchers, entrepreneurs and experts and their inclusion in the pedagogical processes of the participating academic institutions; new cooperation agreements between cross-border actors in the innovation environment / faculties / SMEs; joint student projects on both sides of the border within the program area; networking and networking between mentors, researchers, students and institutions in the context of personal meetings and the online microbiz platform; competition for the most innovative projects / ideas / marketing approaches.

 

CAB - A cross-border business accelerator for Smart Specialisation Strategies

Lead partner: Friuli innovazione, Italy

Contact for UP FM: Mitja Ruzzier, Ph.D., Full Professor of Entrepreneurship

Duration: 2. 10. 2017–31. 3. 2020

Official project web site

Co-funded by the Interreg Crossborder Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union

The main project objectives:

To improve overall opportunities for innovation, which will increase the competitiveness of the programme area through a network of Italian and Slovenian key entities, who will jointly design, test and establish a new cross-border business promotion service capable of stimulating investment in the development of new, innovative products and services and technology transfer from R&D centers to businesses, especially SMEs.

Project specific objectives

  • Increase the contribution of universities to a cross-border innovative ecosystem through research projects carried out in collaboration with other key entities on promoting entrepreneurship.
  • Increase the accessibility of SMEs in the programme area to research results through greater collaboration with R&D institutions
  • Increase the competitiveness of companies in the programme area through new cross-border promotion services used by 10 start-ups and 10 mature SMEs

 

iBLUE - Investing in sustainable blue growth and competitiveness through 3-Pillar Business Model (3-PBM)

Lead partner: University of Udine - Department of Electrical, Mechanical and Management Engineering, Italy

Contact for UP FM: Roberto Biloslavo, Ph.D., Full Professor of Entrepreneurship

Duration: 1. 2. 2017 – 31. 1. 2020

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Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through Interreg Mediterranean Programme 2014-2020

The main objective of iBlue project is to improve Med area yachting sector competitiveness by:

  • creating an integrated and transnational network of yachting sector of the MED area;
  • developing and applying a methodology for BMI of its actors, based the 3-pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environmental);
  • providing a critical mass of knowledge about the sector.
  • Through an integrated approach, we will involve actors of the whole nautical supply chain, from the production SMEs to the nautical service providers and the maritime sector tourists. 

Furthermore, the cluster will merge competences of research experts, SMEs and local authorities, creating a critical mass of knowledge that will be able to influence policy makers through an impact indicator system. The concrete actions will increase transnational activities in three ways:

  •  by developing international cooperation and networking;
  • by sharing knowledge helping the intelligence data management;
  • by capacity building thanks to training and coaching actions. 
  • The innovative cluster, composed by actors with different capabilities in research and operations, though sharing the same innovation objective, will concentrate the efforts to support a key sector of the whole Med area: the maritime tourism and in particular the yachting.

 

SMeART - Knowledge Alliance for Upskilling Europe's SMEs to meet the challenges of Smart Engineering

Lead partner: Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM) Nemčija

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Borut Likar, Ph.D., Full Professor in Management

Duration: 1. 1. 2017–31. 12. 2019 

Official project web site

Project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The SMeART project seeks to support engineering SMEs in Europe in becoming ‘smart’.

We want to bring together the recent research findings in the field of Smart Engineering and the practical know-how of small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises to jointly tackle the related challenges.

Benefits for europe’s engineering smes from smeart:

  • Information about funding opportunities on smart technologies for SMEs in your country
  • Insights into the needs and demands of engineering SMEs in the field of Smart Industry
  • Access to the supporting online-tools and practical guidelines on how to become a ‘smart company’
  • Exchange and networking via the SMeART online-platform

 

LAURDS - Latin American University Research and Doctoral Support

Lead partner: Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), UK

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Roberto Biloslavo, Ph.D., Full Professor in Management

Duration: 15. 10. 2015 – 14. 10. 2018 

Official project web site

Project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The LAURDS project aims at supporting university research and doctoral provision by developing resources for deployment at Latin American universities. The resources draw upon original research and best practices of the consortium of four Latin American and four European universities. The collaboration between the partner universities facilitates a rich transfer of knowledge. Therefore, the developed resources draw upon a diverse base of perspectives, experiences and practices that gives them a truly international and interdisciplinary nature.

 

ENOVA - Developing Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Programs in European Research Area

Lead partner: Yasar University, Turkey

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Roberto Biloslavo, Ph.D., Full Professor in Management

Duration: 1. 9. 2014 – 30. 8. 2017 

Official project web site

Project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The main aim of this project is to develop a minor course module on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (EIM) which targets higher education students from different departments such faculties or departments of engineering, fine arts, and architecture who have career-plans as entrepreneurs. The duration of programme is 42 hours (14 weeks) which will be designed as one semester course. The course will be developed on a needs analysis report conducted in cooperation with university and business world. It is going to be tested through the organization of an Intensive Programme for 14 days (42 hours of workload)

This project departs from the question that how an effective Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management course for a multi-disciplinary study target group can be developed without falling into clichés and educational inertia? If EIM is to produce entrepreneurial and innovative founders capable of generating real enterprise growth and wealth, the challenge to educators is to craft courses and programs that meet the rigors of academia while keeping a reality-based focus and entrepreneurial climate in the learning experience environment. In many universities, especially in business schools, standardized education materials, static teaching techniques, creativity killing classroom settings are epitomizing crucial need for well-designed entrepreneurship education for diverse expectations. In addition to this, the existing courses are designed without taking into consideration the needs of the business world and expected qualifications of university graduates. Consequently, the existing courses did not provide the market the graduates that are equipped with relevant entrepreneurial skills and competences with successful performance results.

International Research Projects

Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

 
COMPETE 

International Comparisons of Product Supply Chains in the Agro-food Sectors: Determinants of Their Competitiveness and Performance on EU and International Markets

Lead partner: Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Štefan Bojnec, Ph.D., Full Professor of Economics/Full Research Professor 

Duration: 1. 10. 2012–30. 9. 2015

Official project web site

Crossborder Cooperation Programme Italy Slovenia 20072013

Co-generation of Competitive Knowledge among Universities and Smes (KNOW-US)

Lead partner: Direzione sviluppo economico, ricerca ed innovazione – Regione Veneto 

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Roberto Biloslavo, Ph.D., Full Professor of Management

Duration: 1. 7. 2010–19. 9. 2014

Official project web site

 

Bilingual entrepreneurial web-based platform aimed at supporting the realization of cross-border entrepreneurial opportunities (NUVOLAK)

Lead partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Mitja Ruzzier, Ph.D., Full Professor of Entrepreneurship

Duration: 1. 10. 2012–31. 12. 2014

Official project web site

 

Shared innovative production technologies in border regions (SHARTEC)

Lead partner: Soča Valley Development Centre, Slovenia 

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Borut Likar, Ph.D., Full Professor of Management

Duration: 1. 9. 2012–31. 3. 2015

Official project web site

  

Factor Markets Comparative Analysis of Factor Markets for Agriculture Across the Member States

Lead partner: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Bruxelles, Belgium

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Štefan Bojnec, Ph.D., Full Professor of Economics/Full Research Professor
Duration: 1. 9. 2010–31. 8. 2013

Official project web site

 

TRANSFOP Transparency of Food Pricing

Lead partner: The University of Exeter, Research &Knowledge Transfer Innovation Centre, United Kingdom  

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Štefan Bojnec, Ph.D., Full Professor of Economics/Full Research Professor

Duration: 1. 1. 2011–31. 12. 2013

Official project web site 

Central Europe Programme CEE

This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

CEBBIS – Central Europe Branch Based Innovation Support

Lead partner: AREA Science Park, Trieste, Italy  

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: Mitja Ruzzier, Ph.D., Full Professor of Entrepreneurship

Duration: 1. 10. 2010–14. 10. 2013

Official project web site

Erasmus multilateral projects

CSF - Creative Strategic Foresight - study programme

Lead partner: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Finland)  

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: mag. Armand Faganel

Duration: 1. 10. 2011–30. 9. 2013

Official project web site

Leonardo da Vinci Projects

Innovation on Forest Companies: Training tool for implementing innovation process in Forest Companies
I- FOREST

Lead partner: ASENFO INVESLAN (SPAIN)

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: mag. Peter Fatur

Duration: 1. 10. 2010–30. 9. 2012

TEMPUS

Enhancing the quality of distance learning at Western Balkan higher education institutions (DL@WEB)

Leading institution: University of Kragujevac

Conatct for UP FM: izr. prof. dr. Viktorija Florjančič

Duration: 15. 10. 2010–14. 10. 2013

Bilateral Projects

Living and doing business online – challenges and opportunities

Contact UP FM: izr. prof. dr. Viktorija Sulčič

Duration: 1. 1. 2010–31. 12. 2011

Grundntvig Thematic Network

Volunteering And Lifelong Learning in Universities in Europe VALUE

Lead partner: University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Project partner: Faculty of Management (University of Primorska)

Contact for UP FM: asist. Katarina Košmrlj

Duration: 1. 10. 2008–30. 9. 2011

 

 

 

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