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Breznik K.,International School for Social and Business Studies
Global Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2017

The Erasmus programme is synonymous with academic mobility in Europe. It has supported over three million student exchanges between over 5,000 higher education (HE) institutions. Engineering education represents a powerful force in the Erasmus as HE engineering institutions represent 37% of all HE institutions in this process. In this study, the author has analysed the mobility of engineering students. The focus was mainly at the institutional level rather than the country level. With the use of some standard statistical methods and some advanced ones, such as social network analysis, the author identified the more significant HE engineering institutions. The institutional network of engineering student exchanges consists of 1,943 HE engineering institutions and 29,711 direct links between them. Spanish HE institutions were recognised as those with the highest mobility of engineering students. Among institutions, the Polytechnic Universities in Valencia and Barcelona were at the top followed by the Technical University of Madrid. Turkey was recognised as a rapidly developing country in terms of student exchanges. © WIETE 2017.


Breznik K.,International School for Social and Business Studies | Batagelj V.,University of Ljubljana
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine | Year: 2012

The aim of this study was to explore the effect of characteristics of various games and players on the proportion of retired tennis matches in the Open Era of tennis. The data included over 420,000 matches played among 17,553 tennis players in the period from 1968 to the end of 2010. The influence of the surface type was clearly confirmed, with the proportion of retired matches being higher on hard and clay courts compared to grass and carpet surfaces. Similarly, more retired matches were observed in outdoor venues than in indoor ones. The impact of other variables, tournament types, rounds at which the game was played and both players' ranks, is more ambiguous. Our interpretation of the obtained results is presented in the paper. Network analytic methods were applied to extract players with the most retired matches in their careers. Eventually, we defined a group of top tennis players and gave a more precise insight into retired matches in that group. Correspondence analysis was used to visually display the two-mode network of top players and the proportion of retired matches by surface type. © Journal of Sports Science and Medicine.


Vukasovic T.,International School for Social and Business Studies | Vukasovic T.,University of Primorska
World's Poultry Science Journal | Year: 2014

The meat industry is one of the most competitive international branches and is currently in its mature stage of development. This paper concentrates on the prospects for European meat market trends and on results from primary quantitative research which was carried out using a method of individual personal interviews in a sample of 800 poultry meat consumers, aged between 18 and 65 years and in Slovenia. The aim of this paper is to present trends and projections on production and consumption of poultry meat, regardless of the fluctuations in the previous years, and to enable a better understanding of consumers' attitude and perception towards poultry meat. Taking into account that research has been conducted in the poultry sector in Slovenia generally and on consumer perceptions specifically, the results of this research may be used for planning further marketing activities. © 2014 World's Poultry Science Association.


Sirca N.T.,International School for Social and Business Studies | Babnik K.,University of Primorska | Breznik K.,Mathematics and Statistics
Industrial Management and Data Systems | Year: 2013

Purpose - HRM climate is the intervening variable that relates implemented HRM practices to individual reactions. The purpose of the study is to contribute to the understanding of HRM climate construct, through the study of the role of HRM climate in employees' attitudes. Design/methodology/approach - Based on the literature review a model is proposed that links HRM climate perceptions to job satisfaction, job involvement and perceived organisational performance. The model was tested on a sample of 574 Slovenian employees from the manufacturing sector. The model of HRM-attitudes relationship was tested with partial least squares approach to structural equation modelling. Findings - Two HRM climate dimensions (collaboration and structure) have an indirect (through job satisfaction and job involvement) and direct effect on perceived organisational performance, although dimension 'collaboration' has a much stronger effect on employees' job satisfaction, and perceived organisational performance factor, than the 'structure' dimension. Originality/value - The HRM climate as a construct has not been studied intensively, although perceptions of HRM practices have been at the centre of attention since the beginning of the study of HRM-performance relations. The study shows that the meaning assigned to the experienced HRM practices, has a strong effect on employees' reactions toward the job and work environment, and so offers a new approach to the understanding of the individual's role in HRM-performance relation. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Vukasovic T.,International School for Social and Business Studies
Revista Brasileira de Ciencia Avicola | Year: 2014

Agricultural market developments have attracted considerable attention recently, due to increasing consumer food prices and sharp short term price fluctuations of agricultural commodity prices. This medium term outlook provides a projection for major EU agricultural commodity markets and agricultural income until the year 2022, based on a set of coherent assumptions. Under these assumptions, agricultural commodity prices are expected to stay firm over the medium term, supported by factors such as the growth in global food demand, the development of the biofuel sector and a prolongation of the long-term decline in food crop productivity growth. EU commodity markets are projected to remain balanced on average over the outlook period, without the need for market intervention. Prospects for agricultural income grow at EU level during the outlook period, resulting from continuing decline in labor input rather than from income increases at sector level (European Commission, 2012). The article concentrates on the prospects for European meat market trends and on results of the primary quantitative research which was carried out in four countries EU member state. © 2014, Fundacao APINCO de Ciencia e Tecnologia Avicolas. All rights reserved.


Vukasovic T.,International School for Social and Business Studies
International Journal of Value Chain Management | Year: 2016

The chapter presents results of consumer perception towards quality and safety domestic produced food with special emphasis on characteristics of urban consumers in Slovenia. The relationship between food safety and quality is addressed, and is discussed in the context of research on consumer's perception. The method used in the survey was a face-to-face interview. In total, 200 respondents participated in the survey. Consumers express a positive attitude towards quality and safety food. Quality and safety perception is linked to food choice and consumer demand, addressing questions of price perception and the validity of willingness-to-pay measurements. Food quality and safety became a most important consumers' concern. It is concluded that food quality and safety are central issues in today's food economics, though many research questions remain to be addressed. © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


Vukasovic T.,International School for Social and Business Studies
World's Poultry Science Journal | Year: 2012

The main aim of this paper is to create an original model of correlations between the country of origin (COO), marketing mix elements and the brand name value from an external point of view of perception of the Croatian consumers. Based on the quantitative research we note the relationship between the origin of the poultry product, marketing mix elements, and the brand name value. Emphasis is placed on establishing how the origin of the product and marketing mix elements impact on the brand name value. It has been found that the origin of the product has at least such a statistically significant influence on the brand name value as the marketing mix elements. This article presents the model of conceptual relationships between the origin of the poultry product, marketing mix elements and brand name value, which was tested with a structural model of written relationships. Furthermore it presents a measuring instrument and procedures for checking the reliability and validity of the structural model of brand name value of product. © 2012 World's Poultry Science Association.


Natek S.,International School for Social and Business Studies | Zwilling M.,Netanya Academic College
Expert Systems with Applications | Year: 2014

Higher education institutions (HEIs) are often curious whether students will be successful or not during their study. Before or during their courses the academic institutions try to estimate the percentage of successful students. But is it possible to predict the success rate of students enrolled in their courses? Are there any specific student characteristics, which can be associated with the student success rate? Is there any relevant student data available to HEIs on the basis of which they could predict the student success rate? The answers to the above research questions can generally be obtained using data mining tools. Unfortunately, data mining algorithms work best with large data sets, while student data, available to HEIs, related to courses are limited and falls into the category of small data sets. Thus, the study focuses on data mining for small student data sets and aims to answer the above research questions by comparing two different data mining tools. The conclusions of this study are very promising and will encourage HEIs to incorporate data mining tools as an important part of their higher education knowledge management systems. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Vukasovic T.,International School for Social and Business Studies
Journal of Product and Brand Management | Year: 2012

Purpose: The main purpose of this article is to present a research study of brand extension with developing an innovative product in a new product category. Design/methodology/approach: A case study is presented by one of the leading Slovenian brands in the market of fast moving consumer goods. More specifically, the paper deals with the market of chicken pariser sausages products and the brand called Poli. Poli is the first chicken pariser sausage on the European market and the best-selling sausage in its category. The challenge that the Perutnina Ptuj d.d. company faced, as the owner of the abovementioned brand, was how to fully utilize the strength of the Poli brand. The article concentrates on the results of the quantitative research in a sample of n=800 chicken products consumers in Slovenia. Findings: Results show the positive influence of the parent brand on the brand extension to the new product category. With launching a new product brand Poli is entered into a new category, namely the group pate. Originality/value: The article shows that a combination of steps with the competition analysis, brand analysis, analysis of the purchase decision-making process and analysis of brand perception represents an efficient tool for the brand extension. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Breznik K.,International School for Social and Business Studies
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine | Year: 2013

The aim of this study was to explore the effects of the gender variable in relation to other player and match characteristics on the advantage possessed by left-handed professional tennis players over their right-handed rivals. The data include 16 732 male tennis players and 16 432 female tennis players who played 438 937 and 415 346 matches, respectively, in the period from 1968 to the end of 2011. The results revealed that the advantage of left-handed professional tennis players is higher in males compared to females. The inverse impact of player and match quality on the left-handers' advantage was clearly confirmed. On the contrary, it seems that the type of court surface does not directly imply this advantage. To obtain an overview on the individual level, directed and weighted networks of tennis matches in both gender categories were constructed. Applying network analytic methods and the PageRank algorithm, the best left and right-handed players in the Open Era of tennis were identified. The top three ranked left-handed players in the male and female categories were found to be far more consistent in their ranks achieved against left and right-handed opponents compared to their right-handed counterparts. © Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2013).

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