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Professional languages alone do not suffice for successful and socially responsible internal communication between different cultures
Darja Kukovec, Matjaž Mulej, Simona Šarotar Žižek, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: Successful internal communication in an intercultural environment depends on the organizational culture, business environment, social responsibility, and leaders’ skills. Thus, internal communication and employee adaptation to changing business environments ask what a successful socially responsible internal communication requires. This contribution discusses theoretical foundations of qualitative research, how the organizational culture can define which direction the organization should chose to attain social responsibility, and how internal communication can improve understanding of professional language and be decisive in a working environment. The generated model offers insights into understanding social responsibility and organizational culture to improve internal communication.
Keywords: organizational culture, social responsibility, communication, internal communication, business languages
Published: 10.10.2018; Views: 849; Downloads: 280
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Determinants of subjective emotional well-being and self-determination of employees
Simona Šarotar Žižek, Matjaž Mulej, Borut Milfelner, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Work is a crucial part of human life. One should attain employees’ well-being (WB) to support organisational success. In the first phase, the confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was employed to assess the dimensionality, reliability, and validity of the reflective latent constructs. In the second phase, structural equation modelling was performed to test the research hypotheses. By structural equation modelling we found that physical health (PH) statistically significant negatively affects subjective emotional well-being (SEWB). Positive PH and SEWB were negatively connected. Emotional intelligence (EI) has a statistically significant impact on SEWB. The last relationship in the model—between spiritual intelligence (SI) and self-determination (SD)—was negative, but statistically significant. Therefore, human resource management’s activities (HRM) must concentrate on optimal physical/mental health, emotional (EI) and spiritual (SI) intelligence. Employees’ good health supports their emotional WB. Their emotional balance, based on their EI, enhances their subjective emotional WB and SD. The employees’ SI affects their SD.
Keywords: subjective emotional well-being, selfdetermination, spiritual and emotional inteligence, physical health
Published: 03.05.2018; Views: 583; Downloads: 129
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Building an Entrepreneurial Society
Miroslav Rebernik, Barbara Bradač Hojnik, Katja Crnogaj, Jožica Knez-Riedl, Tadej Krošlin, Dijana Močnik, Matjaž Mulej, Ksenja Pušnik, Matej Rus, Karin Širec, Polona Tominc, 2018, scientific monograph

Abstract: The present scientific monograph was formed on the occasion of the anniversary celebrated in the academic year 2017/2018 by current and former members of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Economics, and the members of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the University of Maribor. Twenty-five years – a quarter of a century – is a period after which it is worth looking back on the past and summing up the memories of the achievements and milestones that have marked it. The monograph is also an acknowledgment and tribute to the initiator and founder of the first study track for entrepreneurship education, and the head of the Department and Institute, Professor Doctor Miroslav Rebernik. The collection of selected scientific contributions is thus put together in such a way that he is the co-author of all of them, with individual members of the Department. A collection was created that chronologically presents some of the most visible contributions of the 25-year period. We would like to thank all publishing houses that approved the reprint of the contributions.
Published: 18.04.2018; Views: 825; Downloads: 27
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Knowledge-cum-values management belongs to the way out from global crisis
Zdenka Ženko, Matjaž Mulej, Vojko Potočan, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Background: The contemporary world-wide socio-economic crisis tends to escalate and contribute to the global crisis. Limitation of education to one-sided ‘knowledge management’ rather than socially responsible ‘knowledge-cum-values-management’ is one of the crisis’s causes. Objectives: The limitations to current knowledge management should be analyzed with systemic thinking. Which values are prevailing in it now and which values will enable the survival of humankind? Methods/Approach: In the first part, literature is reviewed for analysis and conceptual generalization of knowledge management. The theoretical framework based on ‘system theory’, ‘knowledge management’ and ‘knowledge-cum-values management’, and ‘values of social responsibility’ is introduced. In the second part a new theoretical concept “A potential methodological support for human transition from one-sided to requisitely holistic behavior via social responsibility” is discussed. Results: Knowledge management is a too narrow concept, it tends to leave aside human values, an impact on the natural environment, and extremely growing differences. Humankind needs consideration of responsibility, interdependence and holism in order to minimize detrimental impact of individual behaviour on society, i.e. humans and nature. Conclusions: The research indicates that individuals should attain more requisite holism, and should not be irrational by trying to attain only rationalism in human decision-making and action.
Keywords: knowledge-cum-values management, Dialectical Systems Theory, corporate social responsibility
Published: 31.08.2017; Views: 642; Downloads: 291
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Organizational innovation in health care - as a process
Matjaž Mulej, Tatjana Mlakar, 2008, review article

Abstract: Slovenia, like most countries of the modern world, spends too much on its public health care and supplies too little public health care services for the government, economists, politicians, and citizens to be happy. The many reforms of the public health care, e.g. in Slovenia, seem to be inefficient, one after the other, in solving this problem. Reforms have been conceived with a too poor consideration of the law of the requisite holism in decision preparation, decisions making and decision implementation. The article tackles procedure of implementation of reforms as inventions are supposed to become innovations in the public health care organization and management, rather than reforms' content. Combination of the absorption capacity, innovation promotion and diffusion is suggested for the requisite holism of implementation.
Keywords: dialectical system, diffusion of novelties, government, innovation, the public health care, requisite holism, systems thinking
Published: 07.08.2017; Views: 702; Downloads: 71
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The role of small-sided games in modern soccer and the issue of their holism
Miloš Tul, Zdenko Verdenik, Matija Maršič, Matjaž Mulej, 2016, original scientific article

Abstract: In the modern soccer, small-sided games (SSG) present a significant proportion of the whole training process. SSG are introduced regularly and with different emphases, depending on the players' basic technical skills and on the training objectives, but also according to different (sports) cultural contexts. SSG immersed into the wider soccer area at different speeds and with different emphases, often with rather modified designs. Due to their extraordinary adaptability and efficiency, SSG as a working method have undergone a great expansion. Their design and (possible) versatility are explained in this paper from a somewhat unusual perspective of the systemic theories as the theories of achieving the greatest possible holism of our reflections and actions. In the foreground of this paper there is the question of SSG integrity (as the prevailing practical methods of work in modern football practice), through the analysis of the conditions required in order to classify the use and further development of SSG in practice as an innovation, taking into account the laws of requisite holism and innovation.
Keywords: soccer, small-sided games, requisite holism, innovation, innovative working, systemic theories
Published: 21.07.2017; Views: 976; Downloads: 101
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HRM model in tourism, based on Dialectical systems theory
Simona Šarotar Žižek, Sonja Treven, Matjaž Mulej, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: A human resources management (HRM) model integrating trends in HRM with trends in tourism into a dialectical system by the Dialectical Systems Theory (DST). HRM strategy, integrated within the tourism organization´s (TO´S) strategy is implemented through functional strategies helping their users to achieve a requisitely holistic (RH) HRM strategy replacing the prevailing one-sided ones. TO´S strategy covers: employees (1) planning, (2) acquisition and selection, (3) development and training, (4) diversity management, (5) teamwork and creativity, (6) motivation and rewarding, (7) stress reduction and health, (8) relationships, (9) personal holism, (10) well-being, (11) work and results assessment; etc. Everyone matters; their synergy is crucial. An innovated HRM model for TOs, which applies employees´, organizations´ RH and integrates new knowledge about HRM. HRM belongs to central managers´ tools. Their HRM must be adapted for TOs, where employees are crucial.
Keywords: tourism, human resources management, well-being, Dialectical Systems Theory, social responsibility, organizational cybernetics
Published: 13.07.2017; Views: 662; Downloads: 68
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Preschool teaching staff 's opinions on the importance of preschool curricular fields of activities, art genres and visual arts fields
Tomaž Zupančič, Matjaž Mulej, Branka Čagran, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: This article presents preschool teachers’ and assistant teachers’ opinions on the importance of selected fields of educational work in kindergartens. The article first highlights the importance of activities expressing artistic creativity within modern curriculums. Then, it presents an empirical study that examines the preschool teachers’ and assistant teachers’ opinions on the importance of the educational fields, art genres, and visual arts fields. In research hypotheses, we presumed that preschool teachers find individual educational fields, individual art genres, and individual visual arts activities to be of different importance; consequently, education in kindergarten does not achieve the requisite holism. The study is based on the descriptive and causal-non-experimental method. We have determined that the greatest importance is attributed to movement and language, followed by nature, society, art and mathematics. Within art genres, the greatest importance is attributed to visual arts and music and the least to audio-visual activities. Within visual arts, drawing and painting are considered to be the most important and sculpting the least. These findings can support future studies and deliberation on the possible effects on practice in terms of requisitely holistically planned preschool education.
Keywords: curriculum, preschool education, preschool teachers, requisite holism, visual arts activities
Published: 13.07.2017; Views: 623; Downloads: 92
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Innovation of enterprise vision toward social responsibility
Tjaša Štrukelj, Matjaž Mulej, Simona Sternad Zabukovšek, 2012, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: Businesses need new bases and methods taking in account new values, culture, ethics, and norms (VCEN) of humans, leading both humans and businesses to their own requisite holism. This covers also enterprise governance and management and their predisposition to (responsible) enterprise vision (and resulting enterprise policy) we studied. Thus we are researching the formation and development of enterprise vision, the period and wholeness of which are relative. In our discussion we originated in different definitions of vision and we showed a possible development path for it, in order to direct vision towards social responsibility (SR) in enterprise behaviour.
Keywords: enterprise vision, enterprise values, enterprise culture, enterprise ethics, strategic management
Published: 07.07.2017; Views: 724; Downloads: 88
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Modeling the quality of life - economic growth fuelled by technology research, innovation and knowledge
Katja Rašič, Matjaž Mulej, Vesna Čančer, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: The paper attempts to integrate indicators of economic growth based on innovation, technology research, and knowledge with the indicators of quality of life. The research collected data at the macro-economic level from the Republic of Slovenia between 1990 and 2011 and empirically verified individual variables based on the quality of life and economic growth. The main purpose of the research was to conceptualize and empirically verify individual variables based on the quality of life and company success, using a sample of 288 economic companies at the micro-economic level. Their innovation-government mechanisms and innovation-innovative process show a strong correlation, while technology research, innovation, knowledge, and company´s success show a medium-strong correlation with the quality of life at the micro-economic level. Technology research, knowledge, and economic growth also show a strong correlation with the quality of life at the macro-economic level in the Republic of Slovenia. Company´s success and economic growth in the Republic of Slovenia have a positive effect on the quality of life. The scientific contribution is based on the application of the new QL-TRIK model that investigates how economic growth fuels quality of life through technology research, innovation, and knowledge.
Keywords: economic growth, innovation, research, quality of life
Published: 06.07.2017; Views: 684; Downloads: 295
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