The 12th ABSRC was held in Rome from 14th till 16th October 2015.
For me, the conference was a special event, a three-days meeting with 37 participants from 23 countries worldwide. Different academic and professional background, different interest – this made the experience so valuable to me and I am sure to many of us. It was wonderful to see some longtime friends and meet new ones. I also have to point out that the discussions during the conference were open and significant. We all have learned a lot and got a good sense of the latest developments.
Thanks to all for making the conference a success!
Prof. Dr. Ajda Fošner, Conference Chair
Authors: Francesco Guidi, Edna Solomon, Eshref Trushin, Mehmet Ugur
Mehmet Ugur, Professor of Economics and Institutions, University of Greenwich Business School, UK
This is the first time I have attended one of the Advances in Business-Related Scientific Conference (ABSRC) series. I would like to thank the organisers for their hard work and dedication. From the time of application until arrival at the conference, the flow of information was smooth and timely. The mix of papers reflected plurality of methods and issue areas. The discussion was engaged, reflecting genuine interest in what others are doing in terms of method and research questions. I was touched by the organisers’ decision to give the best paper award to one of our papers on subsidies and privately-funded R&D effort among UK firms — even though it was one of very few papers written by economists.
Best wishes for future conferences.
Authors: José G. Vargas-Hernández, Karina Edith Flores Valenzuela
José G. Vargas-Hernández, Research Profesor, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
Thanks to the organizers and GEA College for this one of a life time academic experience. The conference of Advances in Business-Related Scientific Research has been an opportunity other scholars of around the world to share our research results and experiences. ABSRC is a unique Forum to achieve one step in our World-class success.
Author: Blaženka Knežević
Blazenka Knezević, PhD. from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Croatia
In the paper the data on household consumption available in the official statistics in Croatia are discussed together with the available data on the structure of personal consumption. Both indicators undoubtedly show that in times of crisis majority of population is oriented to satisfaction of basic needs. On the other hand, paper pointed out that retail is an industry that responds to the economic crisis faster than other industries because it is directly linked to personal consumption. Thus, due to the reduced consumption in households, indicators of business activity in the retail trade shows a negative effect not only through the reduction of generated income, but also through changed way of behaviour of the majority of consumers, which consequently leads to further economic deprivation. From data presented in the paper it is obvious that the sales formats with the lowest margins occupy an increasing share of the market which results in the change of the retail sector structure as well.
As this research was a part of the project funded by Croatian Science Foundation “Potentials and obstacles of Social Supermarkets Development in Central and Eastern Europe”, I’m feeling very proud and honoured because this award is the appreciation to research efforts done at the first stage of our research project. Also, it encourages me and my team to maintain efforts to address the project topic on a high professional and scientific standards and to address this issue in the context of CEE and SEE region.
ABSRC 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 2015 – organized by GEA College – Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Dunajska cesta 156, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia; GEA College Conference Administrator: tel. +386 1 5881 327.