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Dr. Mitja Ruzzier is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship at the University of Primorska. He has finished his education and studies at the Faculty of Economics, UL (Slovenia) and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He started his academic carrier in 2006 at UP, in the Faculty of Management, after a few years in business. He acted in practice initially as an entrepreneur and later in different positions in health insurance, distribution and wholesale of Fast Moving Consumer Goods, in his last position as Deputy General Manager of a medium-sized company. He has acted as a visiting professor at different institutions, such as Griffith University (Australia), BI in Oslo (Norway) and Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences in Austria.

 

Mitja Ruzzier’s main research topics are: entrepreneurship, innovativeness, brands and internationalisation of SMEs. His research efforts have resulted in several scientific papers in domestic and international scientific journals, as well as numerous scientific contributions to domestic and international conferences and scientific monographs. His papers have been published in a variety of academic journals, such as Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Transformations in Business and Economics, Managing Global Transition, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and others. His works are also well cited (see link). He willingly shares his knowledge and experiences as a reviewer for recognised international scientific journals with citation indexes. He has written many books, the latest STARTUP BRANDING FUNNEL, co-authored with Maja Konečnik Ruzzier.

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Mitja Ruzzier is committed to lifelong learning, and he transfers his knowledge and experiences to students, colleagues and other fellow domestic and foreign researchers on a regular basis. He has a proven record of successful mentorships to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He was course director/co-director of the following courses at the Faculty of Management: International business, Entrepreneurial project, Introduction toentrepreneurship, International and technology entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial idea projection and implementation. The latter was branded  “Innovation school” and as such attracted media attention, because it was carried out in cooperation with the University incubator and companies, which contributed their own concrete practical problems.

 

Mitja Ruzzier is very active in research and consulting (project) work, where he connects his research effort with real industries and business.  Since the beginning of his academic career, he has led or cooperated in a variety of research and consulting projects, both domestic (post- doctoral research, basic research, focused and applied research) and international (SEE, Central EU, Cross-borders, FP7), often as project leader. 

 

Mitja Ruzzier dedicates his free time to his family and several hobbies (running, skiing and fishing). He speaks English, Italian and German fluently. His excellence in scientific work, entrepreneurial thinking style, working experiences in practice, international cooperation and interdisciplinary working areas are the attributes that appear in his multilevel working activities and result in his mission of connecting science with practical work.



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