Professors - Zagreb School of Economics and Management


Andrijana Mušura Gabor joined Zagreb School of Economics and Management in 2004 right after receiving her Master’s degree in psychology (social psychology). In 2013 she received her PhD degree in the field of economic psychology and decision making. In between, she has spent a considerable amount of time abroad such as on academic exchanges John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio), St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) and the International Faculty Development Program (IESE, Barcelona). Andrijana has obtained additional education in the fields of marketing and management (General management program, Michigan University).

At ZSEM she teaches Performance measurement at the MBA level. From 2007 she is the head of ZSEM’s student satisfaction, job satisfaction and professor/course assessment project. From 2013 she holds a position of the AOL coordinator within the AACSB Assurance of Learning Project. In 2006 she has started and coordinates the SPOT peer mentorship program.

Since 2006 Andrijana has collaborated extensively with numerous Croatian business newspapers and web portals, as being a correspondent for the topics of business and economic psychology, consumer behavior, science of decision making etc. In the area of consulting, research design and policy creation; she collaborates with financial, investment and banking companies.

Mrs. Mušura Gabor has authored numerous research and scientific works (Mental Accounting, Decision Making, Consumer Behavior), and has been the editor of many books in the area of organizational behavior and business psychology. Through the ZSEM Business Academy, she runs executive educations in the field of business psychology and decision making.

Andrija Raguž, PhD, is a professor at Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, since September 1st, 2009. In the period from 1998 until August 2009, he was employed by Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics,  University of Zagreb, as a teaching/research assistant (obtaining bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1997, Master of Science degree in applied mathematics in 1999, and PhD degree in applied mathematics in 2004). From 2003 he lectured part-time

introductory and intermediate mathematics courses (such as Elementary Mathematics, Linear Algebra 1, Linear Algebra 2, Mathematical Analysis 1, Mathematical Analysis 2,

Mathematical Modelling) and advanced mathematics courses (such as Metric Spaces, Measure Theory and Integration, Functional Analysis) on many university-level institutions, among others on Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Zagreb; on Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Zagreb; on Department of Mathematics, University of Osijek. During his tenure at ZSEM, he participated in lecturing of courses within the scope of Department of Mathematics and Economics (such as Elementary Mathematics, Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, Statistics 1, Statistics 2, Mathematical Methods for Economic Analysis, Ordinary Differential Equations). His main scientific interest is in the field of mathematical analysis, calculus of variations, ordinary differential equations, optimization and dynamic macroeconimic models.  During his career he was involved as junior researcher in three scientific projects financed by Croatian Ministry of science, education and sport (“AsymptoticAnalysis of Composite and Thin Structures” (1998-2000), “Oscillatory Solutions of Partial Differential Equations” (20002002), “Nonlinear Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems”(2003-2009).  In 1999 he was awarded DAAD scholarship for PhD level scientific research at Max Planck Institute For Mathematics In the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. He collaborated with and visited the institute as a guest researcher in the period from 2001-2006.  In 2008 he was awarded the title of scientific collaborator. He participated in many international and domestic conferences and workshops, including Croatian Mathematical Congress, GAMM annual conference and workshops organized by ZSEM. He published many scientific papers, both in journals and conference proceedings cited in the relevant bases (such as ZAMM, Glasnik Matematički, Asymptotic Analysis, Analysis and Applications).

Dr. Borna Jalšenjak is a senior lecturer of business ethics and leadership at Zagreb School of Economics and Management.  Dr. Jalšenjak received his doctoral degree in philosophy and management from the University of Zagreb. Currently he teaches courses in business ethics, leadership and Croatian culture. He also serves as an invited faculty member in history of philosophy and ethics courses at Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Zagreb. He has been visiting researcher and professor at St. Ambrose University (USA) in the Master of Organizational Leadership Program (MOL). Dr. Jalšenjak also works with companies and associations through executive education and training programmes. Some of recent organizations he worked with are: Erste & Steiermärkische Bank, Podravka d.o.o., Croatian Employers Association, and Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Jalšenjak’s research interests are in business ethics and CSR and the cross-section between leadership (especially theories of motivation) and philosophy (especially philosophical anthropology). At the moment, he is part of 14 countries international research project “CSR Education and Research in Central and Eastern Europe” supported by the International Association for Business and Society. The project lead is University of Sussex.

Dr. Jalšenjak’s recent publications and editorial works include: “Teaching Business Ethics in Transitional Cultures “, in: Agatha Stachowicz-Sanuschs, Wolfgang Amann (eds.) Management Education for Corporate Social Performance (Information Age Publishing, expected 2018); “Road through Croatia” (ZSEM, MATE, 2017); Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability [Originally in Croatian] (ZSEM, MATE, 2017); “Corporate Social Responsibility in Croatia: From Historical Development to Practice”, in: Samuel O. Idowu, René Schmidpeter, Matthias S. Fifka (eds.) Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe. United in Sustainable Diversity (Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2016).

Dr. Brajša-Žganec was born in 1967 in Varaždin, Croatia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Zagreb in 1991, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in 1997, and finally her PhD in 2002. She has been a member of the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences since 1992, first as a Research Fellow, then in 2003 as a Research Associate, from 2007 as a Senior Research Associate and currently as senior research fellow. In 2005, she was named as a Docent at the teaching Faculty of the University of Zagreb, in 2009 she was named as Associate Professor at the Croatian Studies Faculty of the University of Zagreb and 2013 as a Full Professor. So far, she has participated in thirty international and domestic scientific projects (currently FP7, Eurofond, COST). She teaches Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology at the Psychology program of the Croatian Studies and The Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb. At the Zagreb School of Economics and Management she teaches the Managerial Techniques, and Teamwork Techniques and Skills courses. She is visiting Professor in postgraduate studies at the University J.J. Strrosmayera in Osijek and Rijeka University. Dr. Brajša Žganec has also participated in numerous academic study trips to Austria and Germany where she completed a program in systemic family therapy (Austria), and earned the diploma of Systemic Family therapist from the European Association for Psychotherapy. She is a member of two domestic and few international scientific societies. From 2007 she is Croatia’s representative on the Scientific Committee on Ethics of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA). She is a member of Advisory editorial board of the journal „Suvremena psihologija“. In 2004, she was awarded with the annual State Prize for Science, 2012 awarded from Croatian Psychological Chamber, and 2013 from Croatian Psychological Associations. Andreja Brajša-Žganec has 25 years of work experience in scientific research of socioeconomic development of children, parents, and families in the context of development and quality of life and well- being. She has authored or co-authored 9 books, and over 60 scientific and professional papers and chapters, and has participated at over 80 domestic and international scientific and professional conferences.

Carlos M. Rodriguez Ph.D., College of Business, Delaware State University, USA. Dr. Rodriguez is Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovation Management, CSIM, College of Business, Delaware State University, USA. Previously, he held positions as Assistant Professor of Marketing at Clark University, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Director of the Master of Science Program in Marketing, Division of Business and Management at Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Marketing and International Business and Research Director of the International Business and Global Trade Research Institute at Governors State University, Lecturer in Global Marketing and International Business Operations at the Pennsylvania State University, and Assistant Professor in the areas of Marketing, International Business, and Management Science at the School of Business Administration, ESAN, Peru.

Professor Rodriguez holds a Doctorate Ph.D. in Marketing and Master of Science, M.Sc. in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis, Pennsylvania State University; Master of Business Administration, MBA, ESAN, Peru; Postgraduate in International Business CICOM/OEA/FUNDACION GETULIO VARGAS, Brazil; Postgraduate in International Business Management, ESAN/OEA, Postgraduate degree in Marketing and Finance, ESAN; Bachelor in Science, B.Sc.; Industrial Engineering degree, I.E., Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, UNI, Peru.

Dr. Rodriguez has international exposure through executive seminars in United States, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Croatia, Serbia, Colombia, and Costa Rica, as well as presentations in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Holland, Spain, Mexico, Peru, and USA. He is a permanent lecturer in Product Design and Innovation at IESEG, France; International Marketing in ENAE Business School, Murcia, Spain; Marketing Decision Models and New Product Development in the School of Business Administration, EGADE, ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico; Research Methodology at the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Norte, Natal, Brazil; Product Design and Development in Zagreb School of Economics, ZSEM, Croatia. He has professional experience as Brand Manager, Product Manager, and Advertising Director for consumer and industrial products and as a Consultant in Marketing and New Product Development and Strategy. Dr. Rodriguez is author of the new book entitled:
Product Design and Innovation, Analytics for Decision Making.
Publisher: Createspace, USA
ISBN – 13: 978-1523202836

Professor Ebener has been teaching for over 20 years in the area of management and leadership, and currently teaches at St. Ambrose University in the United States, where he also earned his PhD. He teaches courses related to organizational leadership, strategic planning, team-building and leadership skills.

Dr. Butler holds a doctoral degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of South Carolina. During his 20-year teaching career, he has received more than 20 awards for teaching excellence, including from his current university, Auburn. Dr. Butler has worked as a consultant for Sony, Westinghouse, Bayer, Nanotek, Sprint, and other multinational corporations.

Denis Alajbeg is a full-time professor and research associate at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management teaching Financial Institutions and Markets on the undergraduate and Portfolio Management and Investments on the graduate MBA level. He is also joint-program director of the MBA in Finance and Banking. Denis obtained his PhD in 1999 from the University of Economics in Vienna, Department of Financing and Financial Markets, and graduated in Finances in 1995 from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb. His research focuses are domestic and international capital markets, primarily equity markets, stock valuation and investments methodologies.

Before joining ZSEM, Denis was Deputy State Secretary and participated in the design of the National Development Plan of the Republic of Croatia. Prior to that, he was an economic advisor of the Prime Minister of Croatia. He started his career in the investment fund industry, working as a financial analyst, portfolio manager and advisor to the Board in the fund management company OTP invest.

Additionally to his engagement on ZSEM, Denis is currently member of the Supervisory board of Platinum invest, a fund management company.

Dr. Dino Dogan is an experienced international top manager and a professor at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) in Croatia. He also teaches at the Luxembourg School of Business in Luxembourg (LSB) and is the Dean of the school.

Dr. Dogan received his Ph.D. in Management at the University of Stuttgart in Germany and his M.Sc. in Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Economy. Currently he teaches the MBA course: Strategy.

In 1993 Dr. Dogan joint the leading telecommunication equipment provider Alcatel where during 10 years he hold several senior management positions. He spent 2 years at the Alcatel headquarters in Paris (France) where he was the country coordiator in the global SAP implementation project and the set up of a shared finance service center in Paris. His last position in Alcatel was the General manager of the Network Services Division for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe.

After that he moved to Croatia where he became the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Management board member of the leading Croatian mobile telephony operator. The company is a 100% subsidiary of the Mobilkom Austria Group (MAG). During the 7 years he founded a new service company for the operator and passed the Sarbanes Oxley Act compliance procedure as the best operating company in the MAG. In 2009 he was appointed as the CFO and Management board member of the Vienna based MAG (Austria). He also became a Management board member of Telekom Austria being responsible for the biggest Austrian company merger so far. For the successful merger of Telekom Austria and Mobilkom Austria in 2010 he received the European change communication award.

In 2011 Dr. Dogan joined the Deutsche Telekom Group and became the CFO and Management board member of their Croatian subsidiary, the national leading telecommunication operator Croatian Telekom. During the 3 years he was running the organizational and digital transformation project of the company.

From 2014 to 2017 he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JCDecaux’s Croatian subsidiary. After a successful restructuring, the company has become profitable again and is the market leader in the Croatian outdoor advertising market.

Today Dr. Dogan is running his own business consulting and design management company (Macaklin d.o.o.) in Zagreb, which he founded already in 2008. The company is among others focussed on the restructuring of small and medium enterprises and on the turn key delivery of wayfinding systems in public spaces and hotels. Via his company he was acting as a Senior advisor for the Boston Consulting Group.

Over years he was a guest professor at the Faculties of Economics of the Universities in Stuttgart and in Zagreb as well as the Business Academy in Stuttgart. Dr. Dogan is a co-founder of the German international school in Zagreb. He was a member of the National education council’s commission for evaluation of post-diploma studies in economics at Croatian universities. Dr. Dogan is the President of the Advisory Board of the Zagreb based foundation “Knowledge at Work” which is promoting the dual education system.

From 2012 to 2014 he was the President of the German Croatian Chamber of Industry and Trade in Zagreb and today is the honor president of the chamber. In collaboration with the government of Baden-Württemberg he was a member of the organization committee for the first Croatian business which took place in Stuttgart in 1991. Dr. Dogan was a Co-founder of Croatia Airlines and its representative in the Stuttgart area.  He was a Supervisory board member of leading Croatian basketball club CIBONA Zagreb.

Dr. Dominik Mahr combines practical experience with state-of-the-art research. He is currently Associate Professor for Strategic Marketing & Innovation Management at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and Scientific Director of the Service Science Factory. It integrates research, education and business practice of service innovation and service design to unlock new revenue streams and increase competitiveness.

He conducts research in collaboration with the University of Antwerp, Belgium and the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business. His research centers on recent marketing phenomena including virtual social communities, digital tool kits, online innovation brokers, customer co-creation and the development of new services, published in international high impact journals such as the MIS Quarterly, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Service Management, or Journal of Service Research. He teaches courses related to innovation management, digital media, mobile marketing, service design, global business, and services marketing at the bachelor, master, and executive level.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Mahr worked for several years in different management and marketing consultancies, operating in industries such as high tech, automotive, real estate, tourism, and insurance. He has retained close links with several leading high tech firms and industry associations in Europe and the US. Among other firm he has worked with Microsoft, ING Bank, Nokia, Johnson & Johnson and IBM.

Dr. Mahr was born in Germany. He holds a Master’s degree in Service Management from Karlstad University (Sweden), a Master’s in Economics from the University in Mainz (Germany), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium). During his time in the academia he has been affiliated with universities in Poland (Warsaw School of Economics) and the United States (University of Wisconsin–Madison).

Founder and the dean of Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM). Received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Zagreb, where he also worked as a lecturer. At the same time, he performed social and political functions as the advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia for economic issues, and he also served as the head of the Institute of Economics in Zagreb. He served two terms as the chairman and deputy chairman of the Committee for Finance and State Budget of the Croatian Parliament, thus significantly contributing to solving important political, economic, legal and social problems in Croatia, especially by his activities in the area of setting up the system of the state finance and creating appropriate budgetary policy. He is the author of the Act on the Fund for the state-subsidized long-term financing of the housing construction and the Act on Housing Savings and State Incentive to Housing Savings.

He was the editor-in-chief and translator of many publications in the field of economics and entrepreneurship. He has a rich experience in teaching at colleges and universities in Croatia and abroad. He participated in numerous scientific and professional conferences and authored more than 40 scientific articles and books. A certain number of his papers focuses on development of best practices in teaching economics in periods of great changes caused by development of communication technologies, Internet and artificial intelligence. In his papers he studies economic aspects of contemporary development of information technologies and analyzes their influence on the factors of the economic development.

He is a member of several international associations in the area of economics and education such as AEA (American Economics Association) and the Academic Senate of Marketers Guild of the Russian Federation. He is a member of the European Advisory Council of AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). He is a co-founder of Luxembourg School of Business in Luxembourg (LSB) and member of the LSB Advisory Council.

Dr. Oblaković is Associate Dean of the undergraduate programs, Program Director of the Executive MBA graduate program at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management. He completed his PhD in management at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and completed his master’s studies in strategic finance (MSSF) and business administration (MBA) at the Indiana University Southeast, USA.

In 2013 he joined the Management, Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation Department at the ZSEM, and became the head of the department in 2016. His areas of scientific and research interest include operations and strategic management, banking, and entrepreneurship. In the past he has been teaching at Nottingham Business School (Nottingham Trent University), UK. Dr. Oblaković has extensive experience working in logistics and consulting, and has worked for corporations such as FedEx, Target, and also for the United Nations, Indiana University, and couple of startups. He actively holds executive seminar in Croatia and the region on topics such as lean management, strategy, business process improvements, etc.

Hrvoje Jerković graduated in 2002., finished Masters of Science in 2007., and defended his doctor’s dissertation in 2012. on Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. From August 2002. he have been working for Zagreb School for Economics and Management as professor on various courses: undergraduate and masters level courses:  Web Design, Electronic Business, Information and Communication Technology, Management of Information Systems, Introduction to Software Project Management, Electronic Commerce Management and Web Management Majority of courses are thought with emphases on practical implementation of modern web technologies and for international students.

He planned, implemented and maintained e-learning at ZSEM from it’s beginning. He have set up and administered over 50 different videoconference events and also gave number of lectures and presentations for different audience. Also he worked as system administrator and technical support at ZSEM. He has degree of E-learning manager from Croatian Academic Research Network where he worked and mentored number of e-leaning courses (Course Design, E-learning Management, Online tutoring).

Hrvoje has  vast experience with management of different learning solutions – various modules and course and platform customization in different LMS (Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT) as well as handling support management. He is experienced in launching various LMS solutions in cloud or on the servers in premises from the ground up – choosing server and web server solution, installing, customizing, optimizing and maintaining LMS platforms. Skilled in finding and implementing optimal solution for e-learning platforms for SME and large enterprises. Skilled in implementation/customization/administration/course designing as well.

Experienced in analytics, reporting and monitoring all data management and analytics LMS features . Experienced in working as tutor for cca 5 years helping academic professors (subject matter experts) to do analysis of learning objectives, design and development of learning activities and helping them through implementation and evaluation phase (student evaluation, self-evaluation, course success evaluation, etc.) .

Held number of seminars for professional audience: Advance Excel, AdWords, Google Analytics, HRM Information Systems, Web Design.  Skilled in provide technical guidance for the characteristics of new e-learning modules, held numerous seminars on how to use various LMS platoforms and e-learning tools. Analysis of new modules, guidance and adaptation to each client is something that I can do successfully. I have recorded over 50 screen-casting videos that vividly and easily explain how to use certain features in LMS.

Dr. Igor Gvozdanovic – serves as CEO of Platinum Invest, a fund management company. He has 10+ years of experience in managing mutual funds, equity portfolios as well as establishing and overseeing fund management business processes that ensure (credit, market, operational) risk mitigation. Dr. Gvozdanovic is active member of the Committee of the Association of mutual funds at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and serves as member of the Program Board at the Zagreb Stock Exchange Academy. He also lectures at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Luxembourg School of Business, and SMC University.

Dr. Gvozdanovic previously worked with the Development Agency International (DAI) as a consultant on a USAID project of financing SMEs and increasing their competitiveness. Dr. Gvozdanovic also managed Croatia office for Financial Services Volunteer Corps, which during his tenure delivered a large number of consulting projects to the financial industry in South East Europe. He also worked with the Croatian Pension Fund for four years and as consultant on a number of projects, including BSC implementation at Roche Diagnostics in Mannheim, Germany and Development of frontier capital markets for USAID in Tirana, Albania. Dr. Gvozdanovic graduated at University of Zagreb – Faculty of Economics and Business, earned MBA from International University in Germany (full-time 2 year program) and the Doctorate of Finance degree at the SMC University in Switzerland in 2012 defending the thesis titled “Alpha-producing Capabilities of Mutual Fund Managers”. He mentored research work of 30+ Doctorate/PhD Candidates and 40+ Master students. Some of his most recent global engagements include Consulting on Securities Market Development Strategy for United States Agency for International Development at Request of the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority, Lecturing on Investing in Europe for Chinese Entrepreneurs – Vienna and Zurich, Lecturing at Luxembourg School of Business, Lecturing at SMC University, and Consulting for Roche Diagnostics. Dr. Gvozdanovic was also recipient of Klaus Tschira SAP Award and received Best Equity Fund award by the Association of Fund Management Companies adjunct to the Chamber of Commerce in Croatia 2013

Dr. Igor Matutinović is managing director of GfK Croatia and GfK Slovenia and member of the management board for the Adriatic region, covering six countries. For the past twenty years he has been working for the GfK Group – a multinational institute for market research based in Nuremberg, Germany.

Dr. Matutinović received Ph.D. in ecological economics and M.Sc. in Marketing at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. He is lecturer in social sciences at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb.

Currently he teaches the course Ethics and Sustainability at ZSEM MBA graduate programs and Environment and Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. For several years he taught Market Research at ZSEM undergraduate programs.

He is a member of  number of academic and professional associations, and is current national representative for the European Society for Ecological Economics. Dr. Matutinović actively contributes to international conferences and publishes and reviews in international academic journals. His major interest and research is in the fields of ecological and insitutional economics, development econmics and in complex systems.

In his academic career he managed or collaborated on various projects, among which, Eco-efficiency and resource productivity in Croatia, Croatia and sustainable development, Assessment of Capacity of Croatia to fulfill the Kyoto Protocol, and the Impact of the privatization of the energy sector on Croatian economy. He was a long time member of the Program Committee «Forums on sustainable development», Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Zagreb Office and Member of the Board of Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development. He served as a President of Supervisory board of Farmacija, Zagreb.

Jakša Cvitanić, PhD is a Richard N. Merkin Professor of Mathematical Finance at the California Institute of Technology, one of the top five universities in the world. He teaches options, interest rate and credit risk derivatives, mathematical finance and contract theory. In addition to regular university courses, he has taught several intensive courses, including, most recently, in academic year 2012/13, a course on derivatives for MBA students at EDHEC Business School, Nice, and previously in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lausanne, Kyoto, Berlin, Paris, Hanoi, and Bressanone. His former students work as analysts at big Wall Street investment banks and other banks throughout the US and the world, as well as professors in Business Schools and Quantitative Finance programs. He has co-authored some fundamental papers on financial markets with portfolio constraints, transaction costs, and other market imperfections. Professor Cvitanić is the author of over fifty articles published in top scholarly finance, economics and mathematics journals, and a co-author, with Fernando Zapatero, of the textbook “Introduction to the Economics and Mathematics of Financial Markets”, published by MIT Press. He is one of the co-editors of “Finance and Stochastics” and “Mathematical Finance”, and is on editorial boards of several other journals. Prior to joining Caltech in 2005, Cvitanić was a Professor of Mathematics and Economics at the University of Southern California, and before that, Assistant and Associate Professor of Statistics at Columbia University. He was awarded a Ph.D. by Columbia University in New York in 1992.

Dr. Branch earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He teaches Marketing Strategy at the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Has taught in Executive Education programs for Coca Cola, British American Tobacco, Nestle, and more.

Professor Josip Burušić, Ph.D, is the Head of Center for Knowledge, Education and Human Capital studies at the Ivo Pialr Institute of Social Sciences and the Research Director of School effectiveness Units at the Croatian Center of Scientific Excellence in School Effectiveness and Management Research. At the same time, professor Burušić is professor at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM),  and at the Department of Psychology, Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. After receiving Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Zagreb, he held several position in various research team and conducted several projects in education, labour skills, and human capital studies. He was project manager and team member of more than 20 comprehensive projects, from national to HORIZON2020 level. Professor Burusic is member of Republic of Croatia Council for Social Sciences, scientific expert and, national representative in COST domain ISCH, scientific evaluator and reviewer in COST domain ISCH, representative of German KAAD Foundation in Croatia, scientific reviewer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Julie Felker, DBA is the Academic Co-Director of the MBA in HRM Program at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management. She is also faculty affiliate and senior organizational development for the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she delivers management education programs and provides technical assistance in developing economies, most recently in Bahrain and Algeria. She serves as visiting faculty at ESAN University in Peru, the University of Padova, and Ventspils University in Latvia, where she is also senior researcher in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (CEIRD). Professor Felker teaches courses in Leadership, Performance Management, International Human Resource Management and Organizational Change and Development. Her research interests include Human Resource Management in Central and Eastern Europe, and Professional Mobility in the European Union.

Professor Kristijan Krkač, Ph.D. (b.1970) is a professor at the Zagreb School of Economics and management (ZSEM) from 2003.

Krkač received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Philosophy (Epistemology) at the Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Sciences (FPRS, previously Faculty of Philosophy of The Society of Jesus in Zagreb) in 2003, (promoted in 2004). In period 1996-2017 at FPRS he taught Epistemology, Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Analytic and Continental Philosophy courses on undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. From 2003 and later on from 2007 he teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking, and Business Ethics and CSR courses on the undergraduate level, and Business Ethics, CSR, and Sustainability on graduate MBA level.

Before joining the ZSEM he taught at the FPRS, in various primary schools, gymnasia, and Universities (guest and invited lectures) in Croatia and in EU. He is also a guest lecturer at Science Po Lille (France) from 2010 where he teaches Introduction to Ethics and CSR. At the ZSEM he served as Head of Humanities and Languages Department, as a member and the president of Students’ disciplinary court, as a member of accreditation team, as an organizer of various international conferences on business ethics, etc.

In period 1996-2017 Krkač was the author and co-author of 10 books in Croatian and English in philosophy and business ethics, he edited four textbooks, two international conference proceedings on business ethics, and a Special issue of Social Responsibility Journal. He is also the author and co-author of more than 100 original scientific papers, review papers, professional papers, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in philosophy and business ethics, CSR, and sustainability (some of which are published by De Gruyter, Emerald, Springer Verlag, and Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society).

He was rowing (competitively 1984-1991) for RC Croatia, Zagreb, and currently he is recreationally swimming (2011-1017), His hobbies include writing newspaper columns on popular topics (2012-2017) for various Croatian news portals, and discussing and publishing papers and books in popular philosophy of sports, film, and rock music.

Kristina Šorić, PhD is a professor at Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics and Mathemtics, since March 1, 2012. In the period from 1990 – March 2012, she was working at Faculty of Economics Zagreb, University of Zagreb, where she was the head of Department of Mathematics for eight years. She has been teaching at Faculty of Natural Science, Department of Mathematics Zagreb for ten years, Game Theory and Dynamical systems in Economics. She obtained her bachelor degree in mathematics and informatics at Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematical Department, master degree at Faculty of Economics Zagreb and PhD degree in applied mathematics at Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Padua, Italy. Her main scientific interest is in the field of operational research, optimization, combinatorial optimization, heuristics and metaheuristics for production scheduling, supply chain management and operations management. She is the member of Croatian Operational Research Society (from 2000-2004, president), member of Croatian Mathematical Society (director of Engineering Section, from December 1, 2011) and was scientific leader of two scientific projects financed by Croatian Ministry of science, education and sport (“Algorithms and heuristics for scheduling problems”, “Algorithms, heuristics and metaheuristics for scheduling problems”). She participated many international and domestic conferences, was chairman of many sessions, organizing committees member, spent many time on her sabbaticals at University of Udine,  Italy, Departamento de Engenharia e Gestao, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal, Information and Operations Management Department, Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, USA and many other institutions abroad. She published many scientific papers, some of them in the journal cited in the relevant basis, European Journal of Operational Research. Kristina has collaborated with industry such as Konzum d.o.o., HEP, Croatian National Bank, hold executive education seminar in Sarajevo, BiH in the field of inventory management for the participants from Konzum BiH, Mercator, Ataco and others as well as in Beograd and Zagreb.

After earning his Master’s degree at the University of Singapore, Dr. Chong completed his doctoral studies at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. His area of interest is international management with a focus on Asia, and he currently teaches at St. Gallen University, where he also heads the Asia Research Center.

Ph.D. Maja Martinović is a professor at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, where she is also the Head of Department of Marketing and Communications, as well as the Associate Dean of the MBA Program since 2007. She has also taught the course Going to Market in the MBA program of Barcelona Management Institute (BMI), and Marketing Management course at the MBA program of Sarajevo Graduate Business School in collaboration with the University of Delaware and Texas A & M University-Commerce.  She has worked on translations, revision, and editing of several marketing books among which is the course book for MBA studies entitled – Managing Strategic Marketing. She is a scientific journal reviewer for the journals like Marketing Education Review (American Marketing Association). She is also a co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets (IJBEM), Inderscience Journals (2009/2010) and one of the authors of the „Marketing Lexicon“, published by the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb (2011). She regularly participates and presents papers at the international scientific conferences, as well as   professional conferences. She has published three book chapters, a number of cases in the field of marketing, and more than 40 scientific and technical papers in journals including Educational Studies, International Journal of Management Cases, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), World Journal of Retail Business Management, Acta Informatica Medica, Materia Socio Medica, Mostariensia, Үправление каналами дистрибуции i Рекпама -Теория и практика. In 2012 she published book “Marketing in Croatia – 55 business cases”, and in 2014 book “Marketing Management” 14th ed. (co-author with Philip Kotler and Kevin Lane Keller). She collaborates with Croatian businessmen in the term of in-house training, the development of business plans, feasibility studies and market research projects and projects of creating brands.
For four years she was the executive vice president of the Association of employers in education in Croatian Employers’ Association, and today she is a member of Accreditation Board of the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE).
She obtained her MA and PhD from the Faculty of Economics, at the University of Zagreb. In 2005, she completed the International Faculty Development Program at the IESE Business School – Universidad de Navarra.

Dr. Mario Silic is a global, multilingual senior manager with over 18 years of professional experience in different industries and countries. Dr. Silic received his Ph.D. in Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and his M.Sc. in Computer Science, Computer Networks and Telecommunications from the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France. Currently he teaches the courses: Principles of Management, Business Innovation and Project Management.

Dr. Silic worked for several international companies such as Western Union, EPSON, Hewlett Packard and Renault, holding various senior managerial positions. Currently, dr. Silic is post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.In 2015, Dr. Silic was granted the prestigious Swiss National Science Foundation – SNF grant to fund his post-doctoral studies. His research motivation focuses on the fields of information security, open source software, human-computer interaction and mobile. He has published research in Information & Management, Computers & Security, Information Management & Computer Security, International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making, Records Management Journal and Journal of Global Information Management and various international conferences.

Dr. Mato Njavro is a Senior Research Fellow at the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Asia. Prior to joining the SGI-HSG, Mato was a visiting research fellow at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS), an assistant professor at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management and a co-founder of Luxembourg School of Business.

Mato’s research interests lie in the intersection of financial markets, public policy and economic development. He has conducted research throughout Asia while working as a research associate at the Asia Research Center at the University of St.Gallen. He authored and co-authored several papers and case studies. Mato has earned his bachelor and master degree in economics and finance from University Bocconi and a PhD in the field of finance from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Milos Starovic, PhD, is currently working at Bank of America, London. He is a former Vice President within the Risk Solutions Group in Barclays Bank London where he covers clients from the CEEMEA region. Milos has joined Barclays in 2008, initially in the Global Distribution team covering financial institutions from Southern Europe.

Milos has completed PhD programme at University of St Gallen in Switzerland. His dissertation focus was on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within financial systems throughout various financial crises. Milos completed MSc degree with summa cum laude from Bocconi University in Milan, where he also obtained BSc degree as a scholarship fellow. He spent study periods at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Wirtschaftsuniversitat in Vienna as well as Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Milos has also been Citizenship Ambassador of Barclays; he was selected as one of the representatives of UK at One Young World Summit (OYW) 2015 in Bangkok, global forum that gathers together the young leaders from all over the world below the age of 30.

In addition to this affiliation, Milos is guest-lecturer and Advisor to the Associate Dean for International Relations at Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) in Croatia, the only AASCB accredited institution in Southern Europe.

Milos is fluent in Serbian-Croatian, English, Italian and Russian.

Professor Marušić completed her graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island (United States), and earned her PhD at the University of Zagreb. A longtime professor with research interests that include market research and marketing strategy, Dr. Marušić was one of the founders of the MBA program of the Economic Faculty of the University of Zagreb.

Dr. Mirna Koričan Lajtman is the Academic Co-Director of the MBA in HRM Program and EMBA in HRM at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management where she teaches courses in human resources and management. She obtained her PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and has the title of MA in Psychology from University of Zagreb (Croatia) and an MBA title.

She expanded her professional expertise during study visits at partner universities St. Ambrose University (USA), John Carroll University (USA) and IESE (Spain). She is a professor at Luxembourg School of Business (Luxembourg) and a visiting professor at ESB Business School, Reutlingen University (Germany). In the past, she has been teaching with St. Ambrose University (USA) and Vilnius University (Lithuania).

As a consultant Mrs. Koričan Lajtman participated in the EU project from IPA Component IV, Human Resources Development Component and EU project related to Croatian Classification Framework. She actively holds executive education seminars in Croatia and the region consulting companies in improving their people processes. Mrs. Koričan Lajtman serves on a Board of ZSEM Business Academy and supervisory board of MBA Croatia Association.

She is actively translating books from the area of human resources and business economics and working on research papers in the field of human resources.

Dr. Neven Vidaković is head of portfolio management at Platinum Invest, Zagreb he is also professor at Zagreb School of Economics and Management, adjunct assistant professor at Faculty of Economics and Business of University of Maribor in Maribor, Slovenia and visiting professor as Masaryk University Law School in Brno, Czech Republic.

Dr. Neven Vidaković has BA in economics and financial mathematics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA. He has masters in economics from Economics faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia and PHD in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business of University of Maribor in Maribor.

Before joining Platinum Invest Neven worked at Carnegie Trading in Chicago where he was first a financial derivatives broker, then financial derivatives trader from 2003 – 2005. In 2005 dr. Vidaković returned to Croatia and started working in Strategic ALM office in Privredna banka Zagreb, part of Intesa Sanpaolo group. He worked as an analyst most on control of the term and interest structure of the bank’s balance sheet. From 2009. -2012. dr. Vidaković worked in Intesa Sanpaolo headquarters in Milan, Italy as a risk coordinator for subsidiary banks primarily focusing on liquidity and interest rates risk. From 2013. to the end of 2016. Dr. Vidaković worked at University college Effectus where he was vice-dean for research, development and quality.

Dr. Vidaković research is primarily focused on banking and monetary policy. He has published numerous professional and scientific articles. Dr. Vidaković has also published several books, most importantly he is co-author of Exchanges – principles and practice (joint with Ivo Andrijanić), Banking (joint with Miroslav Gregurek) and Exchange rate regimes – choices and consequences; Monetary and credit analysis.

Petra Posedel Šimović, PhD is a professor at Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), Mathematics and Statistics Department, since March 1, 2011.  Before joining ZSEM, in the period from 2000 – March 2011, she was working as a senior assistant in Mathematics and Econometrics at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, at the Department of Mathematics. Petra Posedel won the ‘Mijo Mirkovic’ award for scientific contribution from the same faculty in 2006. She is an Assistant professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Zagreb, where she has been teaching the course Financial Mathematics at the graduate program. She obtained her bachelor degree in statistics and computer science at the Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematical Department, master degree at the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Science, University of Zagreb and a PhD degree in statistics at the Institute of Quantitative Methods, University ‘Luigi Bocconi’, Milan, Italy. Her main scientific interest is in the field of mathematical statistics and econometrics, with a special focus on inference for stochastic processes, stochastic volatility models, applications of mathematical statistics and probability in finance, (G)ARCH models in finance and financial econometrics. She is a team member at the Croatian Science Foundation’s Installation Research Projects Programme ‘Economic, statistical and political aspects of sovereign bond markets’ and member of the Organizing Committee of the Croatian Quants Day (CQD) Workshop. She was a collaborator at two scientific projects sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Croatia, ‘Methods and Models of Operational Research’, 0067010, 2000-2003, ‘Methods and Models of Operational Research in Economics and Decision Making’, 067-0000000-1076, 2008-2011, and in the period 2009-2010 she was a researcher at the project GDN RRC9 / CERGE-EI sponsored by the World Bank. She participated in many international and domestic conferences, was chairman of many sessions, organizing committees member and spent many time on her sabbaticals at Bocconi University, Institute of Quantitative Methods, Milan, Italy, Department of Mathematical Sciences University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, Technische Univesität Wien, Institute for Mathematical Methods in Economics, Financial and Actuarial Mathematics, Vienna, Austria, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, School of Economics and Management and CREATES, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark and many other institutions abroad. She published many scientific papers, some of them in journals cited in the relevant basis, like Quantitative Finance, Glasnik Matematicki, Czech Journal of Economics and Finance and Journal of Empirical Finance. Petra has collaborated with industry such as Konzum d.o.o., HANFA, OTP Invest and hold executive educations’ seminar in Belgrade, Serbia, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the field of financial asset management.

Professor Murphy earned his PhD in the area of business administration at the University of Maryland, and teaches at John Carroll University (United States). He has worked as a consultant for many government agencies, companies, and non-profit organizations. A prolific author and researcher, his book entitled Contemporary Logistics is currently in its 10th edition.

Dr. Haramija holds a PhD in Philosophy from The Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb. He is a Deputy Director for the Graduate MBA program in Marketing and professor at undergraduate and graduate level at ZSEM. He wrote several books about posters in Croatia and is author of many scientific articles. He has various research interests that cut across many different fields such as philosophy, graphic and product design, environmental protection, anthropology, marketing communication, and other selected areas in marketing.

Randy Richards, PhD earned his PhD at the University of Iowa in Philosophy in 1996. Dr. Richards has built a successful and respected academic career by studying and teaching Human Resource Management. He is currently a Co-Director of St. Ambrose University’s Master in Organizational Leadership Program, where he also teaches. Dr. Richards also teaches Management of Change and Human Resources at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management.

Dr. Richards is also a visiting professor at Vilnius University in Lithuania, and also spent time as a visiting professor at Kaiserslautern Technical University in Germany. Along with his rich academic career, Dr. Richards also holds workshops and seminars all around the world for HR professionals, in which he shares his experiences from his 20+ year management career.

He has published many scientific works, articles, and conference presentations, and even a few theatrical plays. His areas of interest include adult education and development, conflict management, organizational behaviour with an emphasis on leadership and group interactions, and ethics.


Sinisa Krajnovic is a senior executive in Ericsson with long and varied international management experience. Since 2011 he has been living in Stockholm, Sweden. He works in Ericsson as Vice President and Head of Development Unit Networks, leading a global development organization consisting of over 10,000 engineers. Krajnovic has held various management positions in Croatia, UK, Ireland, Japan, Hungary, and Sweden.
Sinisa Krajnovic is a professor at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), and program director of the ZSEM’s General MBA Program. He has been teaching courses in Management, Operations Management, Project Management, and Strategic Management at both undergraduate and graduate (MBA) level. He is a supervisor (mentor) of diploma thesis for undergraduate and graduate (MBA) students.
Krajnovic is a professor at the Luxembourg School of Business (LSB), and member of the LSB Advisory Council.
He was a co-founder and the first president of the Croatian branch of the Project Management Institute, the leading global project management organization.
Krajnovic earned his PhD degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb, and completed executive business/management education programs at Columbia University (US), Cranfield University (UK), IMD (CH), ISB (IN) and University of Zagreb (HR).
Sinisa Krajnovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1970. He is married and has 3 children.

Obtained a doctoral degree in 1990 from Florida State University, and is currently a marketing professor at the University of Alabama in the United States. He has published articles in the following journals: Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, and more. From 2007 to 2008, he served as the President of the Society for Marketing Advances.

Zlatko Mateša is the Vice Dean and a lecturer at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, but he is also the president (since 2002) of the Croatian Olympic Committee.

He earned his PhD at the Beijing Sports University in China and his masters degree in law at the University of Zagreb. Throughout his career he was the Prime minister of Croatia, worked in many positions for INA, member of the supervisory board of Croatia Airlines and other companies such as Croatia Osiguranje, PBZ bank, the Croatian Radio Television etc.

For many years now prof. Mateša is a member of the Institute of directors, Turnaround strategy association and Strategic management society.

Dr. Zoran Barac is the Managing Director of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) where he is also the Head of the Finance and Accounting Department.

Dr. Barac received his Ph.D. in Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and his M.Sc. in International Economics at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business. Currently he teaches the course: Corporate Governance.

Before joining the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Dr. Barac held several senior executive and board positions in the corporate sector such as a finance director of the regional media company and CFO of a pharmaceutical distribution company. Before entering the corporate sector, Zoran Barac was the President of the management board of the Croatian Pension Investment Company. Dr. Barac also served as a Governing Board member of the Croatian Pension Supervisory Authority in the period from 2000 to 2005.

Dr. Barac currently serves as the President of the Supervisory board of Platinum Invest, an Investment Funds Management Company.  He also serves as a Supervisory board member of the ZSEM Business Academy and a member of the Supervisory board of Croatia Airlines.

As an experienced coach and sports official he serves as the President of the Croatian Wushu Federation, a national sports organization that governs Croatian Wushu, which is the collective term for the martial art practices and sports which originated and developed in China. Also as a National Wushu team coach, he coached medal winning athletes in national and international competitions.

Dr. Barac also served as a member of the Governing Council of the Croatian Agency for the Supervision of Pension Funds in the period between 2000 and 2005.


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