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Usage of Logistics Technologies in Slovak Enterprises

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To survive in a competitive environment, enterprises need to improve their business processes, prosper, make changes and be open to new opportunities. One way to make a business more competitive is to use logistics technologies. By applying and using logistics technologies, the enterprise manages to improve the quality of products, processes and applies a harmonious course of business activities. The main aim of the paper is to introduce selected logistics technologies based on the knowledge base, which consisted of studying domestic and foreign literature and through the survey to find out their application and usage in the Slovak enterprises. In processing and comparing in the theoretical part of the paper, a literature search, analysis and synthesis, induction and deduction, comparison and scientific abstraction are used. In Results, sorting method, elimination method and graphical method are used. The object of the research, which was carried out by a questionnaire survey, were small, medium-sized and large enterprises operating in the Slovak Republic. From selected logistics technologies, respondents use Just in Time more than Kanban. Their use is mainly in large and medium-sized enterprises of a production nature.

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The role of innovation in the business activity of hidden leaders of the Polish economy

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Globalization and internationalization of the economy compelled the implementation of innovative solutions in companies. Only those organizations that regularly implement innovations have a chance to achieve significant market positions and survive in a competitive environment. The exemplification of such highly innovative companies are H. Simon’s hidden champions. In this publication, there was an attempt made to assess the activity of Polish innovative hidden champions. The results obtained confirm that this specific group of companies places a strong emphasis on innovation. This is evidenced by even such aspects as the number of new innovations, very high amounts spent on R&D or continuous observation of the market in order to discover new needs.

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Approach to strategy and enterprise size

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The article describes the subject of approach to strategy based on the current classification differentiating five types of approach specified on the basis of three features relating to business environment, such as predictability (ability to forecast), malleability (ability to shape) and harshness (ability to survive). The research demonstrated the existence of a correlation between the approaches and the size of an enterprise, indicating that small organisations most often apply a classical and renewal strategy. Medium-sized companies, however, are characterised by a low pressure on visionary behaviour and the shaping of the boundaries of the business environment. They therefore select most often a classical and adaptive approach. Large enterprises, according to the assumptions made, most often demonstrate the ability to change the conditions of competitive struggle and create new markets by showing a visionary approach.

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The Predictive Maintenance Concept in the Maintenance Department of the “Industry 4.0” Production Enterprise

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Modern technical environments require a high degree of reliability both in machinery and in equipment. Technological progress has, on the one hand, increased this efficiency but on the other hand, it has changed the way in which this equipment and these machines have traditionally been maintained. The authors have set the following assumptions. In order to survive in the market and develop, modern production enterprises realize the assumptions of Industry 4.0, wherein the optimization of maintenance processes is important because of the financial situation. This includes the profits made by the production company and differs from traditional maintenance, by shifting towards new trends such as predictive maintenance; as such, it is crucial for the development of the company. The article is devoted to the most modern predictive maintenance strategy, in the maintenance department of a manufacturing company. The publication describes the meaning of the method, its potential and the theory of action.

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Is this the end of the OPEC cartel?

References Adelman M. A. (1987), "Economics of International Oil Industry" in J. Rees and P. Odell, (eds.) The International Oil Industry: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, St. Martin's Press, New York Dorraj M. (1993), Will OPEC Survive? , "Arab Studies Quarterly" (ASQ) 15.4. Griffin J. M. and D. J. Teece (1982), OPEC Behavior and World Oil Prices, George and Unwin, London Wilfrid K. L. (2005) "The Perfect Storm: OPEC and the World Oil Market," Harvard

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The Principle of Population for the 21st Century: The Never Coming Stationary State

Calories Do You Need to Survive? LiveStrong.com, 2011. Retrieved September, 05, 2011 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/300423-approximately-how-many-calories-do-youneed-to-survive/. UNITED NATIONS (UN), (2004). World Population to 2300 . Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Retrieved December 05, 2011 from http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/longrange2/WorldPop2300 final.pdf. UNITED NATIONS (UN), (2008). Demographic Yearbook 2008 . United Nations Statistics Division, New York. Retrieved December 05, 2011 from http

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The Impact of Crises on the Intellectual Capital of Companies in the Food Sector

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Both the financial crisis of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the deterioration of trade relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation were events that significantly affected the functioning of the largest listed companies on the food market: on the one hand, aggravating the conditions of economic functioning, on the other hand creating a stimulus to seek new innovative solutions to help companies survive on the market. The aim of the work was to present the impact of crises on the intellectual capital of WIG-Food index companies, which is an indirect measure of innovation. The MV/BV and q-Tobin index were used for the study, as well as selected quantitative methods: multiple regression, Ward’s method and seasonal additive decomposition. The results of the work indicate that the companies are divided into two groups, within which similar trends in shaping intellectual capital are observed. In addition, one of the groups clearly noticed the impact of the financial crisis and the introduction of an embargo on the shaping of intellectual capital.

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Examination of Satisfaction Level of Bank Service Customers Using Servqual Model

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Customers, their needs, wishes and expectations have to be in the focus of each market-oriented enterprise, whose aim is to survive and develop in the conditions of continuous changes of environment and pronounced degree of competence. The aim of this paper is to emphasise the importance of customer satisfaction linked to service quality using theoretical survey and empirical research, point to factors that influence its level and present the measurement models in order to provide adequate reaction of the enterprise. Special attention is paid to the examination of relationship between the customer satisfaction, expectations, loyalty and service quality. The establishment and maintenance of long-term relationships based on high level of satisfaction through delivery of superior service quality leads to customer loyalty, whereby loyalty is a precondition for repurchase and realisation of business success of an enterprise. Since banking sector is extremely turbulent and characterised by strong competition, the empirical research conducted by the author using SERVQUAL model is aimed at examination of the satisfaction level of bank service customers and consequently making relevant recommendations and conclusions.

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Offshoring in Business Services Sector Over the Business Cycle: A Case of Growth of the International Cooperation

Offshoring in Business Services Sector Over the Business Cycle: A Case of Growth of the International Cooperation

In this paper I analyze the role of business service offshoring in international cooperation over the recession. In business services - as described in Schumpeterian literature - external restructuring including resource and production relocation is more intensive during recession periods while intensive internal restructuring accompanies expansion periods. As external restructuring encompass business processes fragmentation and offshoring of services, I also argue - taking into account historical evidence - that current economic crisis would result in growing service offshoring in business service sector. I expect that many financial institutions would relocate part of their business processes abroad, where operating costs are lower, as they find that external restructuring via offshoring is the way to survive. This, in turn, will be the most possible result in growth of service offshoring projects located in CEE and Asia, as these two locations were the most attractive ones in recent years for service offshoring. The process is reflected by growth of FDI outflows from developed economies to CEE and Asia as well as growth of business and IT services trade between the mentioned economies. However, I also expect that in short run (one year perspective) we will experience tremendous decrease of FDI flows including investment in service offshoring, nevertheless the share of FDI flows related to service offshoring in total FDI flows will increase.

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Strategic Orientation and Organisational Culture in Polish Public Organisations: Insights from the Miles and Snow Typology

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Polish public organisations are often perceived as having strong bureaucratic orientation, avoiding both change and risk. However, in the last decade a distinct change in the management model of public organisations can be noticed. Public sector becomes an open ground for mergers and partnerships, entrepreneurial leadership, diversified services and commercialization (Golensky and DeRuiter 1999; Zimmerman and Dart, 1998; Pollitt and Bouckaert, 2004; Walker, 2013]. Public organisations embrace these strategies from the for-profit sector in order to manage change and to be effective. Most importantly, public organisations are adopting these frameworks in order to survive the changing operating environment, including changes in the level of government funding. Our paper draws on the Miles and Snow (1978) typology of generic strategies - prospectors, defenders, analysers, and reactors - to identify different organisational strategies within public organisations providing social services in Poland. In order to assess organisational culture we used the most widespread and used in many empirical studies Cameron and Quinn’s model (2003), the Competing Values Framework (CVF), from which four cultures - adhocracy, clan, market and hierarchy - emerge. The choice of these two providers of social services was dictated by our conviction, that these organisations are critical both for the national economy and for mitigating, counteracting and preventing social exclusion.

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