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MPP 2012, 7th International business conference

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»Social context is of key importance for organisational success«

Quoting Dr. Peter Kraljič at the opening speech on the seventh conference on business process management organised by the Faculty of Economics and Taktika Plus “A Company’s success is the people”. This year’s central theme revolved around the human factor and the importance of cooperation between people, highlighting a few questions: How important is trust? And what is the role of individual interest compared to the whole organisation? Revealed as an example of an unsuccessful company was the well-known Slovene railways, that finds itself in a constant crisis due to uncertainty and the lack of common objectives. The solution was given by Dr. Ivan Svetlik, representative of the Faculty of social sciences, who believes that values are a framework where we need to develop process changes and even more: “Reason is based on the combination of values!”

 “Details are what separate the best from mediocre.”

These are the exact words used to summarise his new book: Josep Guardiolas Method, recently published in Slovene that addresses not only football fans, but also business practitioners and leaders, by the author and guest of the conference: Miguel Angel Violán. A trend may be observed recently in overlapping of sports and the business world which is justified and understandable in case we, as the author did, go into the analysis of one of the most successful football clubs; Barcelona that was led by the former coach Pep Guardiola. Later Miguel reveals that in order to lead a successful team, it is crucial to set common goals and cultivate the belief where a team may achieve more than individuals, that leadership without communication skills is inexistent and that talent itself without commitment leads to failure. He concluded his presentation, inspiring the participants with a thought: “Make new mistakes and not the same ones as you have so far”, emphasizing the importance of constant learning and trying out new ideas.

“Running a company is the same as being a team coach.”

Wrapping up the first conference day with a round table with well-known business guests: Zoran Janković, Ivo Banič, Aleš Hauc, Duško Kos and a few others, an intense discussion had developed on the current situation in Slovenia. The guests have pointed out the lack of good leaders, positive attitude and absolute transparency as companies weaknesses in the Slovene economy. »My only motivation is success « Zoran Janković had said, therefore the task of any good leader is to identify own source of motivation and motivate your team, being a leader presents as a mirror in which the ones that surround him reflect.

A clear message interpreted from the discussion: »We, the youth have to obtain the leadership skills and revive the passion counting on the older generations for help.«


”An idea is worth nothing without execution!”

Jonas Žnidaršič, well-known to many had ensured a dynamic atmosphere, interaction from the panel guests and a sort of a wrap up of the whole conference, highlighting one thought: An idea is worth nothing if not accompanied by well execution. Why is there such a wide gap between an idea and its execution; a staggering 70% of all process renewal attempts fail? The answer to this question was provided by specialists from the fields of psychology and sociology. »Every successful change is accompanied by its acceptance of various stakeholders, therefore it’s imperative to acknowledge the social and human factor prior to any decision.« says Dr. Hajdeja Iglič. »We identify the reasons for failure in the fact that we have excellent experts without leadership competencies «, was pointed out by Dr. Matej Tušak as the biggest obstacle.

The role of Business process management and the meaning of the conference:

Peter Ilgo, the program director and alumni of the Faculty of economics speaking on the subject:

“When a company finds itself in a situation without a solution at hand, it is needed to set focus on three to four annual objectives and examining the undergoing processes of the organisation within this framework, defining them and involving all of the stakeholders. Active participation, cooperation and individual responsibility than has to be emphasized by the leaders as keys to success.”

He recognizes some improvements in the past seven years; consecutive with the start of this conference, attributing a part of the credits to the involvement of company representatives in these discussions, referencing the Faculty of economics as an example of successfully implemented change. Nevertheless, he identifies the development of this discipline lacking in comparison to other countries and states that this “soft part” of business offers many more opportunities, especially for the youth.


Aleksander Brankov, EFnews


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