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Students’ perception of attributes of independent colleges of business profile in the market of higher education in Poland

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The article examines the general attributes which are in use by clients (students) in the process of evaluation of non-public colleges of business profile in Poland. The evaluations are presented in comparison with other academic institutions having the same profile, both independent and public ones. In the research part, the method of factor analysis was used with the aim of distinguishing the general values which are in students’ use. The most important conclusion resulting from the work is that students of non-public colleges perceive two basic types of attributes regarding a business school, that is practical and academic assets, yet they are most clearly governed by a more pragmatic than academic system of values and choose colleges which – beyond any doubt – offer the model of vocational teaching supported by practice.

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Mystery Shopping Research - Seeing the Company's Performance Through the Eyes of the Customers

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Businesses are thought and seen at first only through the eyes of the owner-manager. But, inevitably, a company that wants to perform must re-evaluate its business from the customer’s point of view. A „Mysterious Client” study is only one of many pragmatic approaches.

This article aims to present the results of a Mystery Shopping research that was conducted in Iasi - one of the most important cities of Romania. We have observed six different stores using fifteen different persons - mysterious clients - in order to analyse the performance of each store. Te results of this qualitative research can be presented to the managers as the exact opinions of some clients that have really benefited from the services provided and are able to evaluate the quality of these services

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Sovereign default and the structure of private external debt

The literature on sovereign default is abundant and uniformly admits that since the government cannot be forced to repay its debts, the explanation of why in spite of this it usually honors its obligations, is not straightforward. The literature that aims to explain this phenomenon points to several factors that affect the probability of sovereign default. A thorough summary of the literature on sovereign default can be found for example in Panizza et al ., (2009); hence, we provide below just a very brief recapitulation of the main arguments, pointing to the

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Towards Entrepreneurship: Reflections Between Theory and Practice

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The paper deals with the pragmatic need of linking theory and practice in the learning process, focusing on vocational education in economics and entrepreneurship education. In connection with selected alternative economic theories is shown the necessity of praxeological educational background and practical work experience in teaching process in entrepreneurship education. Results are based on the research, which was done in the framework of prepared dissertation thesis on the theme of entrepreneurship education from the perspectives of theory and the perspective of vocational school teachers of economics subjects. The results focus on the concept of entrepreneurship education preferred by teachers of the economical subjects at the secondary schools specialised in economics. The main aim of the research was to check, to what degree are the theoretical bases of the education of the entrepreneurship fulfilled in the reality of a secondary school specialised in economics. The results show that in the case of preferred aims of the respondents of our examination we could talk about the combination of creation of knowledge and preparation for the profession. It is confirmed that the teachers rely significantly on a prescribed list of educational topics, but at the same time the results clearly show that the respondents think about their subject and formative aspect of their classes through using of cross-sectional topic.

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The MODUS Approach to Formal Verification

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Background: Software reliability is of great importance for the development of embedded systems that are often used in applications that have requirements for safety. Since the life cycle of embedded products is becoming shorter, productivity and quality simultaneously required and closely in the process of providing competitive products Objectives: In relation to this, MODUS (Method and supporting toolset advancing embedded systems quality) project aims to provide small and medium-sized businesses ways to improve their position in the embedded market through a pragmatic and viable solution Methods/Approach: This paper will describe the MODUS project with focus on the technical methodologies that can assist formal verification and formal model checking. Results: Based on automated analysis of the characteristics of the system and by controlling the choice of the existing opensource model verification engines, model verification producing inputs to be fed into these engines. Conclusions: The MODUS approach is aligned with present market needs; the familiarity with tools, the ease of use and compatibility/interoperability remain among the most important criteria when selecting the development environment for a project

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Enhanced Economic Governance in the EU: Alternative to a Political Union?

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In reaction to the sharp deterioration of fiscal positions and a sovereign debt crisis in the majority of EU member states, EU leaders have been strengthening the EU economic governance framework, in particular for the eurozone member states. This has been reflected mainly through a reinforcement of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) within the so-called six-pack and through the recent adoption of the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (TSCG).

The objective of this paper is to present the main decisions taken to address intensifying problems in the EU and assess them from the point of view of stability of the eurozone. The paper argues that the recent adoption of the six-pack and of the TSCG has created a legal basis for more effective governance structure that is much stronger than previously, and closer fscal coordination among EU member states in order to ensure public fnance sustainability. The practical results will depend, however, on the political willingness of countries to accept the new rules and rigorous enforcement of those rules.

Most of the new solutions continue the previous approach: stricter preventive and punishing rules, and their more rigorous application. TSCG has adopted a new element: parallel to EU rules, there should be enhanced national rules (possibly in the form of constitutional commitments) and national institutions responsible for fscal discipline. This approach implies that international rules are not strong enough for sovereign countries, which agree to be subject to democratically elected national authorities but do not want to follow decisions by “outside” institutions. In addition, reverse voting in the Council encourages for more pragmatic, economically justifed use of the modifed SGP. In view of a lack of political will to move forward into a political union, this seems the only realistic approach to ensure fscal stabilization and keep the eurozone alive in the short and medium run.

Two main research methods have been applied:

  1. (a)Statistical analysis of data on changes of the public fnances in the EU member states (budgetary defcit and public debt),
  2. (b)comparative analysis of successive EU documents on strengthening economic governance and identifcation of strong and weak aspects of the new documents from the point of view of stability of the eurozone.

The main conclusion is that in a situation of a lack of political will to move forward into a political union, the only realistic approach to ensure fscal stabilization and keep the eurozone alive in the short and medium term seems to be to enforce rigorously the recently adopted new commitments aiming at better fscal control of euro area members.

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Assessing students’ entrepreneurial skills needed in the Knowledge Economy

classroom”, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 171-186. Bejinaru, R. (2018), “Factorial analysis perspectives upon students’ skills in the knowledge economy”, Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 265-284. Bejinaru, R. (2017a), “Universities in the knowledge economy”, Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy, Vol. 5, No.2, pp. 251-271. Bejinaru, R. (2017b),”Knowledge strategies aiming to improve the intellectual capital of universities”, Management & Marketing. Challenges for the Knowledge

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Reconsidering the rigour-relevance gap: the need for contextualised research in risk societies

. One attempt to move the theory towards a method of investigation is provided by MacLean et al. (2002) with the first comprehensive articulation of the five key features of mode 2 enquiry in what they call their 5mode2 framework and it is from this point that we try to take up the challenge to transcend Mode 1 in our teaching and research ( Kelliher et al., 2010 ). Whether we have reached mode 1.5, Mode 2, Mode 3, Hodgkinson’s Pragmatic Science ( Hodgkinson et al., 2001: S42 ) or Pettigrew’s double hurdle (2001) is unclear. The intention of our paper is not to

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Management – from Epistemology by Methodology to Social Practice of Academia Cognitive Challenges in Management Science 2

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The aim of the article is to present cognitive challenges in the area of management. Researchers and reflective managers still work on the identity of management belonging to the social sciences. The paper depicts the connections between cognitive problems (from the epistemological point of view), management methodology and social practice. Management sciences are parts of historical discourse and because of that epistemological and methodological levels have an impact on social practice. The main concern of this paper is the role of the management scientist, consultant and teacher. The analysis suggests that academic teacher and researcher are social roles with a character that can be called universal. Practitioner is associated rather with pragmatic aspect of management science. Practitioners are often regarded as managers, but their roles in the organisation might as well be non-managerial.

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Knowledge strategies aiming to improve the intellectual capital of universities

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