Blaž Rodič
Faculty of Information Studies, Ljubljanska cesta 31A, Novo mesto, Slovenia

3rd International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2019 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana – Slovenia, March 28, 2019, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia; Doba Business School – Maribor, Slovenia; Integrated Business Faculty –  Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Management – Zajecar, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-17-2, ISSN 2683-4510


Paper presents the study of factors affecting success at public calls for research and development project proposals on a sample of Slovenian small and micro, medium and large companies. First part of research involved gathering the data on company participation in public calls and quantitative analysis of data in order to identify the sample of companies most successful at public R&D calls. Second part of research utilized qualitative methods: interviews with companies in the sample, qualitative analysis of interviews, and formation of a grounded theory and a paradigmatic model, with the goal of identifying the role and impact of IT support and other factors that influence the success of companies in public tenders for co-financing of R&D projects. We have identified relevant IT support related factors and the additional factors of human resources. In the process we have developed a novel multicriteria model for evaluation of performance at public calls, which takes into account the funds acquired, the number of acquired projects, the ratio of public resources and funds from market activities, the number of employees. The results of our research are applicable in the theory of project management, sociological research on interplay of IT and society and have a potential impact in the design and management of public calls for project proposals and the approach to public calls for project proposals in companies.


project management, EU funds, project proposals, public calls, success factors, IT support.


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