Neven VrčekDean
Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb

Neven Vrček is researcher, lecturer and present-dean at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Croatia (UNIZG-FOI). His areas of academic and professional interest are e-business, e-government, information society development, organizational performance measurement and software engineering. He is author of more than eighty scientific papers and several books. As a mentor, he successfully advised thirteen PhD candidates and leaded several scientific projects. Beside academic record, he participated and leaded numerous professional projects in domains of his interest such as development of national interoperability framework, development of e-business strategy, implementation of balanced scorecard, development of national e-invoicing infrastructure, etc. He is member of several professional and academic associations. In period from 2005 to 2014, he was editor of Journal of Organizational and Information Sciences. He is head of doctoral program Information Sciences at UNIZG-FOI, head of postgraduate program Public administration, member of auditing board of Croatian national bank, certified auditor of higher education institutions and member of scientific boards of several journals and conferences. He is also Advisory Committee representative of University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics at W3C.


Project activities and opportunities for collaboration with Faculty of Organization and Informatics

Information technologies and their impact on society gained enormous attention in recent years. Project calls related to use of information technologies in all aspects of human life are saturated with excellent proposals. However large number of proposals leads to low percentage of accepted projects, very often below 10%. High concurrency contributes to quality of project ideas, however many good projects are left behind due to various factors. That is why pre-project collaboration is essential for enhancing coordination among universities. This applies also to region. Another important aspect is industry-university oriented collaboration, which increases research capacities of all involved parties. Projects with industry are very challenging but sometimes carry administrative obstacles if financed from pubic funds (various project lines). This presentation deals with scientific profile of University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI). It will present most prominent projects and project teams with idea to enhance networking, exchange of ideas and possible cooperation opportunities. FOI is willing to contribute significant resources to preparation of project proposals and increasing capacities of regional universities in order to increase overall capacities for passing the threshold in competitive project calls.