Economic analysis of the cultural and creative industries in SloveniaNika Murovec
, Damjan Kavaš
, 2012, original scientific article
Abstract: This paper presents results of the qualitative and quantitative economic analyses of the cultural and creative industries (CCI), which were carried outwithin two projects: "Creative Cities" and "The state of design, with a focus on industrial design, as a part of creative industries, and best international practices as a foundation for fostering this sector in Slovenia." This paper tacked the several methodological issues related to CCI analysis by combining different methodological approaches in order to improve their reliability. The main results of the public sector, industrial, occupational, and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analyses are described. CCI in Slovenia presented as a potential that has not been fully mobilised. In order to further develop CCI and exploit the economic potential, a comprehensive policy support of CCI at the local, national, and EU levels is needed.
Keywords: creativeness, culture, industry, economic analysis, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 06.09.2023; Views: 17; Downloads: 0
The interplay among restaurant SMEs' financial, quality, and managers' perceived business performance : a balanced scorecard approachMarko Kukanja
, Tanja Planinc
, Anja Žnidaršič
, 2023, original scientific article
Abstract: The present study aims to test a simplified version of the balanced scorecard (BSC) model for restaurant industry SMEs. This study aims to determine if (I) restaurant managers' perceived business performance correlates to SMEs' (II) actual financial and (III) quality performance. A new variable, the manager's perceived business performance, was added in light of the unique characteristics of restaurant SMEs. We hypothesized that all three business perspectives are positively correlated since restaurant managers must have realistic perceptions of SMEs' business performance. A total of 266 questionnaires were obtained from restaurant managers, and 1,330 questionnaires were obtained from restaurant guests. SMEs' official financial reports served as the basis for the analysis of financial data. Exploratory factor analysis and correlation analysis were used to investigate the relationships among the three perspectives. Results indicate that managers' perceptions of business performance are not correlated to SMEs' actual financial performance, and managers have realistic perceptions about the quality of what restaurants offer. Interestingly, SMEs' financial performance is not correlated to guests' perceptions of quality. Introducing a new internal perspective indicates the incoherence among the three BSC perspectives. Furthermore, using selected variables highlights the necessity of raising the managerial perspective in future restaurant SME studies.
Keywords: restaurant industry, balanced scorecard, quality, SMEs, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 01.08.2023; Views: 108; Downloads: 11
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Proučitev okoljske sheme Slovenia Green Accommodation in smernice za slovenske turistične kmetije : magistrsko deloMartina Senekovič
, 2022, master's thesis
Abstract: Slovenske turistične kmetije z nastanitvijo so zakoreninjene v tradicionalnosti in kreativnosti in so gradnik avtentične izkušnje na podeželju. Zanimalo nas je, zakaj je v okoljski shemi Slovenia Green Accommodation od ponudnikov zgolj 12 turističnih kmetij. V teoretičnih izhodiščih smo izvedli pregled literature, kjer smo spoznali specifike okoljskih shem, raziskali okoljske sheme na mednarodni, evropski in nacionalnih ravneh. Natančneje smo preučili Zeleno shemo slovenskega turizma za ponudnike nastanitev in značilnosti slovenskih turističnih kmetij. V empiričnem delu smo s kvalitativno in kvantitativno raziskavo ugotavljali, zakaj turistične kmetije številnejše ne pridobijo mednarodnega okoljskega znaka in se posledično vključijo v ZSST Green Accommodation za ponudnike nastanitev. S pridobitvijo stališč strokovnih institucij (odločevalcev) ter predstavnikov certificiranih in necertificiranih turističnih kmetij je bilo ugotovljeno, da razlogi izhajajo iz previsokih stroškov, zapletene administracije vstopa in vzdrževanja okoljskega znaka ter manka napotkov za turistične kmetije. Ti razlogi vodijo, ker politika pri pristopu od »zgoraj navzdol« in »od spodaj navzgor« ni optimalno zastavljena, zato so bile oblikovane smernice za pospešen vstop turističnih kmetij v Zeleno shemo slovenskega turizma za ponudnike.
Keywords: okoljske sheme, zeleni znaki, Zelena shema slovenskega turizma, Slovenia Green Accommodation, turistične kmetije z nastanitvijo, smernice, priporočila
Published in DKUM: 03.11.2022; Views: 613; Downloads: 257
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Cultural Tourism as a Tool for Sustainable Development of Rural Areas
Abstract: The monograph represents one of the results of the joint University of Maribor and University of Montenegro research groups in the frame of the bilateral project BI-ME_21-22-020, partially funded by Slovenian Research Agency ARRS and Montenegrin Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. In 6 chapters, it addresses the problem of uneven tourism development, which could be reduced by further development of cultural tourism. Both, Slovenia nad Montenegro, have rich and diverse cultural heritage, which represents an important tourism resource. Research conclusions show that the key to the future successful development of sustainable tourism in both countries lies in the design and upgrading of cultural tourism experiences. The monograph combines a range of authors, disciplines, approaches and methods, thus, proving once again that tourism is a very rich and diverse interdisciplinary field.
Keywords: cultural tourism, heritage tourism, literay tourism, wine tourism, rural areas, Slovenia and Montenegro
Published in DKUM: 20.09.2022; Views: 278; Downloads: 38
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Evolutionary content knowledge, religiosity and educational background of Slovene preschool and primary school pre-service teachersGregor Torkar
, Andrej Šorgo
, 2020, original scientific article
Abstract: Evolution by natural selection is the fundamental backbone of the life sciences. Therefore, it is important for teacher education programs to ensure graduates possess a strong knowledge of evolution in order to teach at all levels of biology education. The main aim was to investigate the impacts of the Slovene pre-service preschool and primary school teachers' religiosity and educational background on their evolutionary content knowledge. In the present study, understanding of five evolutionary topics, religiosity and educational background of 269 students was studied. Results show that students have a very poor understanding of evolution. They very often use teleological reasoning. Although many pieces of research have shown that religiosity can be in conflict with evolutionary theory, our findings show that religiosity does not significantly correlate with evolutionary knowledge nor to the educational background of students. However, for students' understanding of evolution, it is important how many years of biology lessons they had in secondary school. This should be better taken into account by educational policymakers because evolutionary principles are becoming increasingly relevant in medicine, agriculture and other socio-scientific topics.
Keywords: vzgoja in izobraževanje, bodoči učitelji, religija, Slovenija, educational background, evolution knowledge, pre-service teachers, religion, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 02.09.2022; Views: 357; Downloads: 14
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Building a Brand: A Multimodal Analysis of the Brand I Feel SloveniaEma Ivanuša
, 2021, master's thesis
Abstract: This master’s thesis aims to analyse how the brand I Feel Slovenia uses verbal and visual texts to present its brand identity to the audience on its official website. Specifically, it aims to investigate how this brand uses multimodal texts to convey its core values (“Slovenian green”, “pleasant excitement” and “the elemental”); how it builds a relationship with its audience; and how verbal and visual texts contribute to the overall meaning-making in the presentation of the brand. The study uses multimodal discourse analysis to analyse five multimodal texts, which consist of verbal texts and visual texts, taken from the official website of the brand I Feel Slovenia. Both verbal and visual texts were analysed in terms of register variables (field, tenor and mode) and their intermodal connections. The analysis has shown that both verbal and visual texts convey the core values of the brand differently but are equally important in their presentation. Both types of texts build a positive relationship with the audience through the use friendly-neutral language, positive aesthetic appreciation of nature and bright, saturated colours. Both verbal and visual texts are important in the meaning-making in the presentation of the brand, although the latter draw more attention to themselves due to their size and are thus the dominant components.
Keywords: branding, brand I Feel Slovenia, multimodal discourse analysis, register variables
Published in DKUM: 27.07.2021; Views: 1097; Downloads: 94
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The importance and effectiveness assessment of internal control in the Slovenian policeBranko Lobnikar
, Kiara Ropoša
, 2020, original scientific article
Abstract: Purpose: The paper presents the findings of a study conducted on a sample of internal control providers within the Slovenian police as part of the target research project "Effectiveness of Systemic Control of the Police in Regard to Human Rights as well as the Statutory and Professional Standards of Police Work (V5-1942)". The purpose of the study was to analyse the control activity in the Slovenian police from the viewpoint of those carrying out control procedures. We were interested in their view of the control process and, through the interviews, we analysed the opportunities and shortcomings of the control activity within the Slovenian police in relation to systemic control conducted by external stakeholders. Design/Methods/Approach: We examined the regulatory framework of control activities in the public sector and in the police and presented the approaches used across Europe. In the empirical part, we conducted structured interviews with employees at the state level, namely with the employees tasked with carrying out control procedures in the General Police Directorate, the Criminal Police Directorate and the Uniformed Police Directorate, and we also conducted interviews with two superintendents at the Police Directorate level. We conducted a total of seven interviews. Findings: The research found that audits, whether carried out by the Ministry of the Interior or by the Police auditors, are seen as a vital element of the management of a police organization. The interview subjects emphasized the role of the heads of police units - both from the point of view of planning internal control activities and translating the findings of the audits into police practice. The dissemination of audit findings can be ensured through the digitization of police work processes; interviewees expressed the need for a systematic solution that would allow them to test the competencies of police officers. Research Limitations/Implications: The article presents the findings from the point of view of the employees responsible for carrying out control activities within the Slovenian police. For a more complete overview of the matter, our findings should be compared with the perspective of those who are the subjects of the control activities, i.e. the police officers who have undergone the control process. The findings of the research are useful primarily for the purposes of planning the processes related to the management and administration of police work and from the point of view of improving the quality of police work. Originality/Value: The paper examines how the employees responsible for carrying out the control activities perceive their own work and how the processes involved in the control of police work are organized, how they function and how effective they are.
Keywords: audit, internal control, police, police powers, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 11.06.2021; Views: 685; Downloads: 13
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Systemic direction and supervision of police work in the Republic of Slovenia : current situation analysisMaja Modic
, 2020, original scientific article
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of the target research project "Effectiveness of Systemic Supervision of the Police in Regard to Human Rights as well as the Statutory and Professional Standards of Police Work (V5-1942)". We focused on the implementation of systemic supervision of police work, more precisely, on the operations of the Division for System Guidelines and Supervision of the Police, which operates within the Police and Security Directorate. Design/Methods/Approach: We examined how systemic supervisory activity of the work of the police is regulated by Slovenian law, limiting ourselves to the work of the Division for System Guidelines and Supervision of the Police. Based on the findings and an additional review of anonymised supervision reports, we prepared a questionnaire and conducted a structured written interview as well as oral interviews with the Division's employees. Findings: Systemic supervision efforts are contributing significantly to the quality of policing, but challenges and opportunities for improvement still remain. One of the main challenges is keeping police officers informed about supervision reports and effectively implementing inspection findings. Research Limitations/Implication: In the part of the study described, we focus exclusively on the work of the Division for System Guidelines and Supervision of the Police and take a look at systemic supervision activities solely from the Division's point of view. For a more complete overview of the matter, our findings should be compared with the perspective of those being supervised, i.e. the police officers who have undergone supervision. Originality/Value: The main added value of the paper is that it examines how supervisors perceive their own work and the organisation, operation and effectiveness of systemic supervisions of police work.
Keywords: systemic supervision of police work, Division for System Guidelines and Supervision of the Police, Police and Security Directorate, Slovenia
Published in DKUM: 11.06.2021; Views: 769; Downloads: 19
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