University of Economics in Katowice
Katowice, Poland

University of Economics in Katowice is a higher education institution in Katowice, Poland. The university was founded as Wyższe Studium Nauk Społeczno-Gospodarczych and first classes started on January 11, 1937. In 1946 the school moved to its current location.Currently it has over 11 thousand students located on two campuses: Katowice and Rybnik. Wikipedia.

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Nowak M.,University of Economics in Katowice
Procedia Engineering | Year: 2017

The success of any project strongly depends on the decisions made at the initial stage of it's life cycle. They define the general formula for project realization, specifying how the main goal of the project is going to be reached. The information available in this phase is usually limited. Moreover, the decisions that must be taken are interconnected-choosing a particular solution concerning one of the considered issues determines the set of options that can be analyzed when consecutive problems are solved. Thus, when project approach is defined we face a dynamic decision making problem under risk. A decision tree is a widely used technique for modelling and solving such problems. The paper presents the way in which a multiple criteria decision tree and quasi-hierarchical approach can be used for determining the project approach.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 76.69K | Year: 2012

This year The Silesian Researchers Night will embrace five most important and renown Universities from the Silesian Region, covering almost all of the scientific activities natural sciences, engineering and technology and social sciences and humanities! Here we go, for the seventh time, in the same strong and experienced team with even greater dose of humour, fun, music, and answers for all the niggling questions of our most demanding public. Over 100 events in five Silesian cities will attract kids, adults and eldery for the seventh time in a row and our well-liked scientists will lead our public by the hand through the mazes of science, patiently explaining all its complexities. This all will be sweetened by activities loved by everyone: workshops, demonstrations, lectures, concerts and shows!

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-NIGHT | Award Amount: 67.12K | Year: 2009

A great dose of humour, comments made by well-known and well-liked scientists, bold experiments carried out hand in hand with scholars, answers to all the questions which have bothered humankind for ages: can a man fly? Is a human voice able to break glass? What affects the size of the Moon? Apart from that, activities loved by everyone: workshops, demonstrations, lectures, tours to places usually closed to ordinary people in the street! There are more attractions of this incredible night The Silesian Researchers Night which for the first time would embrace the whole Silesian community and prove that science and scientists are not boring at all! The programme of this extraordinary event will be exciting and diverse, in order to satisfy even the most discriminating visitors. Great figures of science will be invited to participate, scientists, specialists in the arts and economists. During this Night they will be real actors and give a unique interactive performance for, and with the help of, the whole Silesian community. For only this Night the University will not separate serious professors from the rest of the world. The researchers, usually solemn, are going to show their real faces; they will convince even the greatest doubters that apart form science, they have incredible passions and they are eager and able to talk about them. The success of the Silesian Researchers Night is sure, as three important research centres in Southern Poland have combined their forces. The Silesian University of Technology will back up the event with its broad experience, scientific and research bases, extensive contacts with the industry; the University of Economics and the University of Silesia will be a rich source of marvellous ideas, and their authority will certainly attract the media and great numbers of visitors. The Night will show that a Friday night spent together with the scientists can offer an attractive alternative to popular ways of spending your time off.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-NIGHT | Award Amount: 51.59K | Year: 2010

The 2010 Researchers night coordinated by the Silesian University of Technology (Gliwice, Poland) is actually the continuation of 4 previous similar events. It will take place in the traditional two main Silesian Cities, i.e. Gliwice and Katowice, but also in four smaller towns, being Zabrze, Rybnik, Sosnowiec and Cieszyn. The broad and varied programme of acivities will address all categories of the public at large, regardeless of age and scientific background, and combine in a balanced way serious and fun activities. They all will take place in university campuses or nearby and will notably include: face-to-face meetings with researchers, hands on experiments conducted by researchers, Play scientist (conducting experiments), workshops, live demonstrations, lectures, concerts, shows, contests, disco conducted by one of the vice-rectors in Gliwice. In order to alow young pratiipants to enjoy the activities, they will start early in the afternoon. Worth mentioning is the fact that the coordinator aims in the future at biulding consortium gathering all Silesian universities, which would increase the effectiveness of the communication activities organised in the area counting almost 4,9 million inhabitants.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-NIGHT | Award Amount: 78.50K | Year: 2011

The 2011 Researchers Night coordinated by the Silesian University of Technology (Gliwice, Poland) is actually continuation of 5 previous similar events. For the past 3 years we have cooperated with other Silesian Universities acting under the name Silesian Researchers Night. This year in frames of the Silesian Universities Network we managed to build a partnership of 5 Silesian universities taking part in the 2011 event. We aim in future at building a consortium gathering all Silesian universities, which will increase the effectiveness of the communication activities organised in the area counting almost 4,9 million inhabitants. The broad and varied programme of activities will address all categories of public, regardless of age and scientific background, and combine in balanced way serious and fun activities. They will take place at the university campuses (in Gliwice, Katowice, Bielsko - Biala Rybnik and Sosnowiec) situated in the city centres. The activities will notably include: face to face meetings with researchers, experiments conducting by the researchers and the audience (supervised by researchers), workshops, live-demonstrations, lectures, concerts, shows, contest, researchers talking about their passions. In order to allow young participants to enjoy the activities they will start early in the afternoon and last late into the night. As in previous years we plan to engage the whole school groups and families in all the activities taking part in our region. Main goals of th event are: enhancing public recognition of researchers ant their work, attracting as many people as possible to the event, rebuting the stereotype of a scientist as a strange, cold person closed in the four walls of their laboratories, showing that everyone can be a scientist and encouraging young people to choose a scientific career path, stopping the outflow of young scientists from Europe to the USA, showing that European science has a lot to offer (FP7, Marie Curie Actions).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH-2007-2.2-01 | Award Amount: 1.58M | Year: 2009

The FRIDA (Fostering Regional Innovation and Development through Anchors and Networks) project aims to improve regional policy making within the EU, by advancing state of the art understanding of the importance of anchor firms to regional development and cohesion. Anchor firms are known to be increasingly important to regional development as highly entrepreneurial, multi-national firms restructure and relocate in response to the pressures of globalisation. However, there is currently a substantial gap in our understanding of the reasons for their qualitatively different impacts on different regions, how and why they assist the development of networks and capabilities in regions, and what local policies make particular regions attractive, and influence anchor firms to contribute towards more cohesion and even development. By addressing these questions, the FRIDA project aims to both improve understanding and contribute towards the effectiveness of policy making. The outputs of the project are designed to directly help regional policy-making to better anticipate and respond to economic restructuring by helping create regional governance systems that ensure less developed regions level-up to the most developed regions, rather than more developed regions levelling-down in response to the increasing freedom of movement of capital, production and knowledge. In doing so, the project aims to directly address the main points in the call and improve development throughout Europe in a way that is more sustainable, even and socially cohesive.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: REGIONS-2008-1-01 | Award Amount: 648.85K | Year: 2009

Partners in the project represent and focus on the strong industrial sector in the cross-border region of Czech and Slovak Republic nad Poland, which is transport devices sector (automotive and aircraft) with a strong background in material research. The purpose of the project is: - The recognized need of more effective supporting system of the R&D sector, focused on the significant, traditional and developing industrial sector in the Regions, transport devices (automotive and aircraft) and material research available in the CERADA cross-border region. The join needs, capacities and potentials and communication tools have to be institutionalized in an acceptable and effective form, which the submitters concern to be a supporting system for clustering initiatives in R&D. The barriers resulting low involvement of investing industries in the R&D, existing in all sectors scientific, educational, social and business sectors, have to be pulled down, through the projects impulse in the addressed Regions. This also applies to the historical barriers in the cross-border region. - The absent communication and coordination among the regions in planning and supporting large investment in new RTD facilities especially with the respect to the effective use of private, national and European Funds, especially Structural Funds available in the particular Countries and Regions.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-35-2014 | Award Amount: 1.42M | Year: 2015

An innovative training structure focused on addressing the limited capability of young European ICT future entrepreneurs is needed. This is a challenging task, since existing European ICT entrepreneurship training initiatives are characterised by a general fragmentation and a lack of a learning-by-doing training approach. STARTIFY7 is an innovative and ambitious project aiming to go beyond the state-of-the-art and create strong synergies with existing initiatives and projects. It suggests a unique approach to ICT entrepreneurial education for the youth, with the following objectives: 1) Perform a thorough Training Needs Analysis for the future ICT entrepreneurs. 2) Embed a team-building process within a lean-training structure. 3) Establish an effective network of trainers. 4) Create innovative lean-training curricula with thematic ICT focus. 5) Ignite competition and strong synergies with existing initiatives. 6) Disseminate, exploit and ensure long-term sustainability. The innovative outcomes of the project are the following: 1) Seven Summer Academies in 7 different European cities within a timeframe of two sequential summers (i.e. 2015 and 2016). 2) Seven lean-training and thematically-focused training curricula, embedding a strong team-building process. 3) An integrated network of trainers focused on hands-on and real-world knowledge transfer. 4) A competition based on the best performing teams after the completion of each round of summer academies. 5) Complement, extend and enrich similar existing actions. 6) A centralized social networking service. 7) ECTS credits provision. 8) An integrated exploitation and sustainability plan with the aim of making STARTIFY7 a long-term viable Summer Academy. STARTIFY7 will aim for 1.400 applications from potential entrepreneurs, 280 student participants, 90 produced demos, 70 engaged teachers/coaches/mentors, 2 boot-camps with 63 participants, 10 VC/angels investors engaged, and, 16 investment-ready proposals.

wierczek A.,University of Economics in Katowice
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2014

Supply chains are now more than ever exposed to the disruptions which may be propagated and amplified, and thus manifest the phenomenon of the "snowball effect". One of its major drivers are integrated relationships between supply chain partners. This is a very striking observation, as integration determines the supply chain efficiency, and is often promoted as somewhat of a Silver Bullet of supply chains, the essence or pillar of the concept. Yet, it may lead to an excessive mutual dependence of companies in a supply chain. Consequently, over-dependence may cause the "snowball effect" in the transmission of disruptions in part of or in the whole supply chain. There are two dimensions of supply chain integration considered in the paper. The first one is the intensity while the latter one is the span of supply chain integration. The intensity of supply chain integration reflects the relationship quality between partners and may take a form of non-integrated, through partially, and finally, to fully integrated relationships. The span of supply chain integration refers to the network perspective of supply chains and, regarding the type of supply chain members, one may distinguish between basic, extended and ultimate supply chain structures. The purpose of the study is to empirically evaluate a model for the "snowball effect" linking intensity and span of supply chain integration to the amplification of transmitted disruptions. In order to achieve a research goal of the paper, statistical analysis has been performed. The partial least square (PLS) approach for the "snowball effect" in the transmission of disruptions was employed. The PLS Path Model of this study consists of the inner (structural) model and the outer (measurement) model. First, the reliability and validity of the measurement model was assessed, followed by the assessment of the structural model. In order to evaluate the model a survey data obtained from 117 manufacturing and trading companies being major links in their supply chains was used. The general findings show that the intensity of supply chain integration may contribute the 'snowball effect' in the transmission of disruptions in the material and information flow, while the span of integration may weaken the strength of disruptions in both types of flow in supply chains. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Kisperska-Moron D.,University of Economics in Katowice | Swierczek A.,College of Applied Management
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2011

Modern supply chains focus on an ultimate consumer satisfaction and often require essential dynamic reconfiguration. Manufacturing companies constitute important central nodes in supply chains, where almost all physical flows are concentrated. Postponement is the operating concept, which aims at delaying activities until a customer's order has been received. The growth of interest in the postponement concept partially results from the increased demand for customized products. Data for the analysis has been collected through the survey carried out by researchers in several countries. The main research instrument used for this research was a questionnaire developed by the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG). The conclusions formulated on the basis of data analysis proved that market and demand characteristics do not seem to be important for the choice between postponement and speculation strategy. The research showed that assembly postponement depends mostly on managerial decisions about the goals of company and the level of acceptance of an assembly postponement strategy on the market. Full postponement strategy is dictated mainly by the level of product customization and capacities of manufacturing and logistics systems. Production postponement has to be accepted on the market and should be associated with excellent forecasting techniques. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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