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MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

Course director: Janez Prašnikar PhD Full Professor

This course emphasizes the synthesis of economic theory, decision sciences, and the various fields of business administration studies. It examines how they interact with one another as the firm attempts to reach optimal managerial decisions in the face of constraints. A special emphasis will be made on how managerial decisions are actually made in the real world. The course will increase the effectiveness of decision making by expanding and sharpening the analytical framework used by managers to make decisions. Students will be able to apply economic principles to managerial decision making. They will learn to consider the influence of economic forces in making decisions and in understanding the consequences of those decisions.

RESEARCH METHODS AND TECHNIQUES

Course director: Marko Pahor, PhD Associate Professor

The course is aimed to develop the skills needed to produce and understand the results of the analysis of data in the business environment. Although relatively short the course covers a broad range of techniques from data collection and preparation, data presentation, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and regression analysis.

ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

Course director: Vlado Dimovski Ph.D. Full Professor

The course demonstrates and explains the system of relations and events taking place among people in organisations, which guarantee purposeful achievement of goals. It exposes students to an indepth look at the established organisational theory, structures and processes.

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (ADVANCED LEVEL)

Course director: Matej Lahovnik Ph.D. Associate Professor

The course combines core strategic management topics and intermediate/ advanced topics. It covers certain aspects of corporate-level strategy (diversification, mergers and acquisitions, core competences), business-level strategy (the sources and forms of competitive advantage), strategy implementation and strategic control (contemporary approaches to performance measurement) as well as some specifics in nonprofit organisations.

THEORY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Course director: Tea Petrin Ph.D. Full Professor

To gain understanding of entrepreneurship concept of different schools of thought, to learn the current issues and trends of the theory of entrepreneurship.To learn about the behavioral aspects and personal traits of entrepreneurs. To gain understanding of the role of entreprenneurs for business success and the role of entrepreneurship for economic development. To gain understanding of the key entrepreneurship concepts, the relationships between them and approches in developing entrepreneurship theory.

FINANCING GROWING VENTURES

Course director: Aleš Vahčič Ph.D. Full Professor

The course covers themes such as business valuation (framework for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of new business opportunities, venture capital methods, real options method), structuring investments (understanding, evaluating and negotiating deal terms), venture capital funds (structure of partnership compensation, corporate/international capital venture funds), joining start-ups, sale, liquidation etc.

STRATEGIC MARKETING MANAGEMENT FOR SMES

Course director: Tomaž Kolar Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Maja Konečnik Ph.D. Assistant Professor

This course aims to provide understanding of the strategic marketing management role in the SME’s and entrepreneurial domain(s). Students will learn about key concepts, processes and techniques that are relevant in development, implementation and control of marketing strategy. Exemplary topics include strategic market segmentation and positioning, evolution of marketing mix (4P) elements, novel trends and examples of “disruptive”, “co-creative” and “lean” approaches which are useful for added value and validation of marketing strategy.

ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT

Course director: Aleš Vahčič Ph.D. Full Professor

The course provides knowledge about the rapid growing companies, the development of new products and services in the time of global markets and competition (design thinking). Students will learn about a five step approach to the development of new products and services, business anthropology, prototyping and role of different disciplines to the creation of new products.

CLUSTER DYNAMICS

Course director: Tea Petrin Ph.D. Full Professor

The course equips students with the knowledge about networked business models of innovation. It provides cases of cluster as inter-firm networks in relation to technological change and growth.Students also develop capacities for initiating inter-firms networks and clusters in practice.

COUNSELING TO SMEs

Course director: Jaka Vadnjal Ph.D. Assistant Professor

There has been no doubt any more about the importance of entrepreneurship and SMEs for economic growth and social renewal of a country. Unfortunately, several people who have courage to start their own ventures have never had chance to have any training or education for skills needed to run a successful business that will be sustainable for a long time and may even grow, creating additional employment and contributing to economic growth of the country. Although business consulting has been a discipline with several decades of tradition, not enough attention has been so far put to the specifics of small companies and their management style which is often very hands-on with a great deal of a personal attachment by the owner, his/her family etc.

The course is designed to provide insight and understanding the specifics of small business counseling which differs a lot from the way consulting is done to larger organizations. Students will learn about consulting skills but also about some personal characteristics of small business consultant that a consultant can work in and improve. They will get insights about organization of support environment for SMEs on a regional or national level.

ACCOUNTING FOR SME

Course director: Metka Tekavčič, Ph.D.

After completing the course, participants will be able to read and analyse financial statements; distinguish between various types of costs; know the traditional and activity-based costing systems and compute costs by using different costing systems; understand and compute the break-even point; perform the cost-volume-profit (i.e. CVP) analysis, and understand the impact of entrepreneurial strategy on management accounting, including contemporary management tools related to performance management.

“A successful Kosovo can only be a land of dynamic, entrepreneurial economic entities that demand entrepreneurial knowledge and developmental visions.”

Programme Director, Tea Petrin, Ph.D.

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