• Innovative forms for certificating graduates of professional retraining programs: a comparative analysis of the performance

    pg(s) 60-62

    The demand of the industry and employees for training forms and the content of educational programs is being transformed. Upto-date and advanced knowledge is required, as well as flexible skills, and quick ways to master them. The request becomes particularly relevant in the case of professional retraining programs. The traditional format of final certification includes tools that simulate a locally limited situation of activity. In this way, it is difficult to identify the formation of competencies for a wider set of functional tasks. This difficulty can be overcome by introducing a new certification tool – a simulator that simulates the working day of a specialist during which he implements a wide list of functional responsibilities, fixed in the job regulations. The purpose of the article is to evaluate the results of using a professional activity simulator as a means of diagnosing the level of professional readiness. It contains evidence of the feasibility of switching to the use of the simulator for the final certification of HR specialists.

  • Marketing of agricultural innovations within EU Horizon 2020’s RRI concept – an integrated marketing communications perspective

    pg(s) 56-59

    Modern agriculture has been causing a headache for researchers worldwide for a long time, due to the necessity of more food to support the growing global society, that brought with it environmental and economic problems that highlight issues that weren’t acknowledged prior to their emergence. Solution is necessary, and one of the few possible tools in resolving the inadequacies is innovation. Therefore, the EU introduced RRI (responsible research and innovation) as a pillar of innovation it wishes to lean on post 2020, to support and increase the efficiency of innovation, while dedicating significant funding to agricultural innovation. Our study aims to explore the possibilities of increasing the efficiency of agricultural innovation using integrated marketing communications as a supporting tool. Agricultural innovators were asked to provide input via deep interviews, and a questionnaire was conducted to test the application of the concept of using integrated marketing communications as the method of increasing RRI efficiency for agricultural innovation.

  • Intellectual Property Rights (patents): Essentials and innovative potential in wine industry

    pg(s) 25-28

    The aim of the paper is to explore what the influence of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRS) on the Modern economic growth is, whether there is a relationship between them, and what impact can patents have on the invention activity – positive, negative or both. It is going to explain the importance and association of technological progress with economic growth, the main goal and idea of IPRS, the way the system has been used in the period of the beginning of Modern economic growth, and research whether patents were the biggest incentive for inventors in this period as a whole and in wine industry in particular. The paper provides examples of the main European, United States and International patents available on wine production and preservation

  • The conception “Balanced Scorecard” – tool for strategic management of higher education institutions

    pg(s) 21-24

    The paper deals with the conception of Balanced Scorecard (BSC) as an innovation strategic management system, which appears to be a superstructure of the Quality Management Systems and provides for the assessment of the basic processes in an organization. The BSC methodology and its relationship with the ISO 9001 requirements is presented and on this basis, an innovation strategy map serving the purposes of a university development has been developed.

  • Analytical study of family business in Bulgaria

    pg(s) 18-20

    On a global scale, family businesses are considered to be a key element of the local and national economy. The role and importance of family business stems from the fact that this business is an important source of economic growth and prosperity. It makes an important contribution to the formation of gross domestic product. At the same time, family business contributes significantly to employment growth and job creation. In addition, this business contributes to the socio-economic and social development of the local, regional and national level of the country. In addition, it is important to emphasize that the role and importance of the family business is also determined by the fact that it is regarded as an essential basis for training entrepreneurs. This importance is due to the fact that the family business develops an entrepreneurial spirit and a new business culture. As a result of the analytical study of the nature and characteristics of the family business in the country, recommendations and guidelines for its promotion have been presented

  • Aspects of efficiency from the implementation of the “MICROSYS” automated system

    pg(s) 14-17

    The effect of database implementation is to reduce production costs and design time, which will reduce the cost of the product. This necessitates a production-technological analysis and a strategy for further activity and development of the project: “Automated system for structural and technological design of microcomponents and microtechnical products – MICROSYS”.

  • Basic characteristics of the software products as a factor for strategic success of the company

    pg(s) 134-136

    This paper is aim at defining the basic characteristics of the high-tach products, which are the most important factor for strategic success in the high-tech industry. These products differ from products in others industries in many ways, but the most distinguishing features are related to their advanced technology, a relatively short product life cycle and the high level of innovation. Developing business models and strategies managers should avoid thinking that high-tech products are products above all and they can apply the same approach in managing business. They should be fully aware of the distinguishing features of the high-tech products, so to be able to develop and implement successful business strategy in the long run.

  • Transparency in the life cycle management of financial instruments of industrial products

    pg(s) 130-133

    The specificity of lifecycle management of industrial products as a set of activities that are coupled in a certain way over time and space require an appropriate organization for its development and control. In this sense, companies must have such an organizational attitude that stimulates and implements an appropriate policy that provides competitive advantage and high efficiency. Essentially, this means well-established network linkages and functional links at all organizational levels and all units. This organization is a set of relatively stable relationships that exist between its components. It is a means of transparent management through which the goals, strategy and policy of the companies are realized. The purpose of this article is to explore the process of managing the life cycle of industrial products using financial instruments.

  • Corporate life cycle as an instrument of its growth management

    pg(s) 127-129

    The key problem facing all enterprises is that of survival. Corporate life cycle theory is an important tool for the survival and development of business entities based on value changes affected by external and internal environment shifts. It gets an enterprise to rethink its existing values, organization itself, production process, scale of production, business structure, mechanism of adaptation to environmental changes, resources acquisition, flexibility and manageability formation, as well as of personnel and external stakeholders systems` relationship. Understanding the specifics of the main corporate life cycle stages allows to avoid numerous mistakes in its development and predict typical growth problems. Awareness of the mentioned specificity makes an enterprise to think about the management system before the problems take place. Life cycle analysis enable problems structuring faced by an entrepreneur or a manager.

  • Limitations to suspension performance in a two-degree-of-freedom car active suspension

    pg(s) 111-114

    It is often assumed that if practical difficulties are neglected, active systems could produce in principle arbitrary ideal behavior. This paper presents the factorization approach that is taken to derive limitations of achievable frequency responses for active vehicle suspension systems in terms of invariant frequency points and restricted rate of decay at high frequencies. The factorization approach enables us to determine complete sets of such constraints on various transfer functions from the load and road disturbance inputs for typical choices of measured outputs and then choose the “most advantageous” vector of the measurements from the point of view of the widest class of the achievable frequency responses. Using a simple linear two degree-of-freedom car suspension system model it will be shown that even using complete state feedback and in the case of in which the system is controllable in the control theory sense, there still are limitations to suspension performance in the fully active state.

  • Elastic and static characteristics of innovative balistic boron carbide ceramic articles

    pg(s) 108-110

    Boron carbide ceramic products are made using an innovative technology and their elastic and static properties are tested. The products are of different shape and thickness and can be user to build the front layer of macro dispersal ceramic-polymer modular systems for individual protection and for armoring of military land and air mobile and stationary objects.