ABSRC Ljubljana 2020

ABOUT ABSRC Ljubljana 2020

Advances in Business – Related Scientific research Conference (20th ABSRC conference) is an important international gathering of business and business-related sciences scholars and educators.

In addition to scientific papers, the focus is on various best practices and solutions, which are important for business-related policies and activities at the individual, organizational, group, network, local, regional, national, international, and global level.

ABSRC is a global conference. Researchers and practitioners from 50 different countries participated at the past ABSRCs.

IMPORTANT: The ABSRC 2020 will be implemented ONLINE. 



Alexander Christian Bauer 
Senior Lecturer (Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences)



The background of Alexander Bauer is more than a decade of international sales and management experience. Before he joined academia in 2014, he worked as an International Sales Manager – leading international sales teams, negotiations with customers and suppliers on a global level with customers and suppliers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He studied Business Management with a major in Marketing and Sales in Germany and Estonia and holds a PhD degree in International Business Management and – since Alexander believes strongly in the concept of lifelong learning – he studies European Law besides his full-time job.

Originally from Germany, Alexander settled down in Vienna / Austria, but spent many years abroad – US, Belgium, Estonia, UK, Malaysia, Sweden, Mexico, The Netherlands.  After a career as an International Sales Manager, Alexander joined academia and brought his practical sales and management experience into the classroom – first in The Netherlands and later back in Austria. Besides being a lecturer and researcher in Austria, he is also a Visiting Lecturer in The Netherlands and a Trainer for Presentation Skills, Rhetoric and Sales Trainings. His current research focuses on the utilization of sales competitions in sales trainings / sales education and the use of sales labs in sales trainings.

Impact of Sales Competitions on Students´ Sales Competences

Sales is a key element in every company – and its importance has increased globally. An intense worldwide competitive business environment makes it necessary to have not only managers who “just sell”: The challenge for companies – and their sales managers – is to understand their customers more than ever before and to offer them tailor made solutions and added value – faster and better than other companies in the market. Therefore, all companies worldwide look for well-trained students from the sales field with excellent sales skills.

Among students, sales itself still has a relatively negative touch – since sales is often not seen as an academic discipline or a particular management skill. Other “buzz words” such as business development have a much better image among graduates. To get students in touch with sales, sales competition role plays are an instrument to train students for a future career in sales.

As an additional side effect, participation in sales competitions changes a possible negative perspective into a positive attitude towards sales. Sales competitions are a didactical training method which can be incorporated into a business management curriculum. Through sales competitions, competences such as communication skills, cultural sensitivity and the strategic understanding of sales are further developed and form a solid foundation for a successful career in sales.

In the key note it is addressed what impact sales competitions have on the student´s skill set and how sales competitions can be incorporated into a business management curriculum.

Key words: Sales, Sales Competition, Sales Education, Sales Competences


Sotiris Karagiannis 
Graduate Business Programs Director (University of New York in Prague)



Sotiris Karagiannis holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education, with emphasis on the development of human potential (Lesley University, Boston). He also holds a MBA degree (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Currently, he is doing his Doctorate research in Educational Leadership with the University of Bolton, UK. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a corporate trainer and coach, applying the principles of positive psychology and strengths based leadership in his work. He is now living permanently in Prague, where he manages the Graduate Business Programs and the Corporate Training division of the University of New York in Prague.

Sotiris Karagiannis managed the Greek franchise of Dale Carnegie Training and trains people in Leadership, Sales, Customer Service and Presentation Skills. His client portfolio includes companies like Bayer, Boehringer-Ingelheim, 3M, TUI, Danone, Johnson&Johnson, Janssen, Ericsson, Mondelez, Quest Group, Oracle, Apple, New Frontier Group and many more, with which he designs and develops training programs aiming at inspiring people to acquire a positive attitude towards change for personal and organizational development.

Sotiris Karagiannis has also worked in the shipping (4 years) and packaging (5 years) industries, combining market knowledge with coaching and training practices to help people set a hands-on personal development plan, through the use of  tools and techniques they can apply instantly.

His area of interest is employee engagement and has been working with Daniel Pink ‘s Drive program to increase the levels of engagement of people, by fostering a culture at work that builds upon the principles of “autonomy-mastery-purpose”.

Investigating the impact of basic psychological needs satisfaction on engagement and performance among MBA students

The satisfaction of basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness positively affects student engagement and performance. The current research was carried out to investigate the mediating effect of perceived teacher autonomy support on students’ basic psychological needs satisfaction.

A case study was conducted on 25 MBA students attending a single class in an English-speaking university in the Czech Republic. Data were collected by a valid questionnaire and semi-structured interview of the lecturer and were compared with student feedback on their learning experiences from the course.

In total, more than 70% percent of the students perceive the lecturer as being highly supportive of autonomy, which results in positive learning experiences that satisfy their basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness. It was also found that the lecturer’s positive experience of satisfaction of the need for autonomy strongly associates with the provision of an engaging learning environment for students that supports their performance and sense of competence.

The findings confirm earlier studies showing that when lecturers satisfy their need for autonomy, they positively affect engagement and performance of students. The implication for educational leaders is to design and implement appropriate coaching interventions to help lecturers offer autonomy supportive experiences to their students.

Key words: autonomy, competence, relatedness, student engagement, student performance


Conference dates: 12 – 13 NOVEMBER 2020

Deadline for submissions of abstracts: October 1, 2020.

Final decision about abstract submission: October 10, 2020.

Deadline for submissions of papers (non-obligatory): October 15, 2020.

Final registration ends: October 15, 2020.

The conference will be held online. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Entrepreneurship, creativity, innovativeness and competitiveness (intrapreneurship, social entrepreneurship, high-tech entrepreneurship, dynamic entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, family entrepreneurship)
  • Qualitative and quantitative comparative analysis in business
  • Knowledge management and business model innovation – economic, social, cultural and environmental perspectives
  • Crisis management
  • Human resource management for entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and incubation
  • Digital marketing


Publishing opportunities

All selected abstracts/papers will be published in the ABSRC Ljubljana 2020 Proceedings.

The best papers will have the opportunity to be published in one of the following journals which are indexed/abstracted in several databases:

  • Business Systems Research Journal
  • Management: Journal of Contemporary Management Issues
  • Managing Global Transitions
  • Advances in Business-Related Scientific Research Journal


Conference Chair: prof. dr. Ajda Fošner

Prof. dr. Ajda Fošner is employed as a full professor (subject area Mathematics) at GEA College. The primary research fields of dr. Ajda Fošner are noncommutative rings, linear algebra, and functional analyses. It should be mentioned that prof. dr. Ajda Fošner also focuses on the mathematical problems in quantum mechanics. Furthermore, she is involved in research on the field of quantitative methodology in social sciences. Prof. dr. Ajda Fošner participated with the original scientific contributions in numerous international conferences. She has worked as a researcher on several scientific projects on the field of mathematics, which is her primary research area, as well as on projects on other fields. Prof. dr. Ajda Fošner published many original scientific papers in prestigious international journals. This shows her productive and high quality research work. Visibility of her work is shown also with the total number of citations. She received several awards, such as Chancellor Award of University of Maribor and Award for scientific excellence of the University of Primorska.

COMITTEE ABSRC Ljubljana 2020

  • Suavi Ahipasaoglu, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bostjan Antoncic, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Niksa Alfirevic, Faculty of Economics, University of Split, Croatia
  • Darion Berginc, GEA College, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Heri Bezic, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Ionel Bostan, University “Stefan cel Mare” of Suceava, Suceava, Romania
  • Kresimir Buntak, University North, Koprivnica, Croatia
  • Patrycja Chodnicka, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  • Alex F. DeNoble, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
  • Ajda Fosner, GEA College, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Ana Globocnik Zunac, University North, Koprivnica, Croatia
  • Klodiana Gorica, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Dietmar Grichnik, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Katherine Gundolf, GSCM – Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France
  • Robert D. Hisrich, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Mitja Jeraj, GEA College, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Nicholas S. Jewczyn, Ashford University, San Diego, California, U. S. A.
  • Ronald C. Johnson, American Public University, Charles Town, West Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Valentina Jost Lesar, GEA College, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Renata Karkowska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  • Claudine Kearney, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Imen Khanchel, University of Manouba, Tunisia
  • Alzbeta Kiralova, College of Business, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ekaterina Kostina, Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Abey Kuruvilla, University of Wisconsin Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  • Leonard H. Lynn, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Marjana Merkac Skok, GEA College, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Stephen O. Migiro, Graduate School of Business Leadership, Midrand, South Africa
  • Celina M. Olszak, University of Economics, Katowice, Poland
  • Mirjana Pejic Bach, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Cezar Scarlat, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
  • Seval Selіmoglu, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey
  • Gangaram Singh, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
  • Seweryn Spalek, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland
  • Stanislav Stofko, University of Zilina, Zilina, Slovakia
  • Dindayal Swain, International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar, India
  • Igor Todorovic, University of Banja Luka, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina



110.00 EUR

For paper authors/presenters, VAT excluded.



60.00 EUR

Fee for listeners, VAT excluded.


Conference fees can be paid also via Bank Wire Transfer Details:
Bank: UniCredit banka Slovenija d.d., Šmartinska cesta 141, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Recipient: GEA College – Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Dunajska cesta 156, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Account no.: 2900 0005 2423 798
IBAN: SI56 02900 0005 2423 798
Subject: ABSRC Ljubljana 2020 – the first name and the last name of the registered person

Important Note: Bank wire transfer fees are not covered by conference organizers.

At least one author per paper should register. Registration is completed when the conference fee payment is received. 

Conference fees cover ABSRC Ljubljana 2020 Proceedings, registrations and the conference program preparation. Authors and other conference participants will receive the ABSRC 2020 Proceedings and the proof of participation.  Drinks and snacks during session breaks and the awards prize giving will be prepared and sponsored by conference organizers and sponsors. All other expenses of the conference paper authors and other participants are not covered by conference fees and conference organizers and sponsors. Conference fees are non-refundable. Travel and lodging arrangements are done by conference participants on their own account. 

Conference Invitation Letter can be issued after the conference fee payment is received.


To be announced!


dr. Alexander Christian Bauer


dr. Brane Bertoncelj


dr. Dario Berginc


Maja Blažeka


dr. Krešimir Buntak


dr. Janez Fabijan


dr. Ajda Fošner


dr. Ana Globočnik Žunac


dr. Mitja Jeraj


dr. Valentina Jošt Lešer


Katja Kerin Rozman


Matija Kovačić


mag. Katja Kraškovic


Maja Mutavidžija


Sotiris Karagiannis

Czech Republic

dr. Jaka Vadnjal


dr. Saša Zupan Korže


NOTIFICATION: In the case of insufficient number of paid registrations the conference can be canceled one moth prior to the conference. Already paid registrations can either be used for a forthcoming ABSRC Conference or reimbursed upon request (reimbursement does not include additional bank transfer fees, travel and accommodation costs or any other costs).