Research

We are teams and partners because we choose to invest our capabilities with sincere motivation to help improve the Western Balkans higher education condition – with special focus on research and science, by utilising the connections with the EU institutions we have been part of, as well as translating the learnings and experiences into WB context.

Vision

Establish WBAA researchers as significant contributor in the academic landscape and economies in Western Balkans and Europe.

Mission statement

Alleviate the engagement and academic impact of WBAA researchers through the WB and EU (2020-2021)

Head of team

Renata Petrevska Nechkoska, asst. prof. dr. University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bitola, North Macedonia & PostDoc Ghent University Belgium

Regional Board Liaison

Arber Hajrizaj

Deputy of head of team

To be elected as soon as possible

Ideally, we would look like a graph with nodes and links – a network of interrelated entities that act with great independence, build functional connections and grow and co-evolve the entire network. There is no hierarchy, everyone acts within own professional & personal judgement and highest standards, and the network learns from within, while thriving the context too.

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Team

Renata Petrevska Nechkoska

Head of Research

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Renata Petrevska Nechkoska has a double Ph.D. degree in Business Economics from Ghent University Belgium (UGENT) with Ph.D. in Management at Universit... more_vert

Renata Petrevska Nechkoskaclose

Renata Petrevska Nechkoska has a double Ph.D. degree in Business Economics from Ghent University Belgium (UGENT) with Ph.D. in Management at University St. Kliment Ohridski Bitola, North Macedonia (UKLO). She is currently assistant professor at UKLO (in change management, business informatics, e-business management, business communications, e-banking, ...) and postdoc at UGENT. She was practitioner, banker for a decade before joining academia. Since 2015 she is an European Commission evaluator for ICT open disruptive innovation scheme as well as an alumna of Harvard's Center for International Development PDIA and Elsevier Advisory Panel member. She is head of research team at WBAA, project manager for academia and R&D at EUvsVirus hack/matchathon and leads an academia diffusion experiment in open innovation in science, in open collaboration with global co-authors and the European Innovation Council. Her research in tactical management has been her way to build bridges of multiple aspects: disciplines (information systems, management, complexity etc.), countries (Western Balkans, European Union), research methodology (Design Science Research, Action Design Research, realist evaluation, etc.) Her work has been published as a book ‘Tactical Management in Complexity - Managerial and Informational Aspects,by Springer Nature in the series ‘Contributions to Management Science’ https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-22804-0#toc. Her passionate engagement in science, education and practice is multimodal, inspired towards better Western Balkans aligned with developed Europe and with the world.

Adelina Basholli

Deputy Head of Research

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Adelina Basholli is a young researcher with a demonstrated working history in academia and industry. She is finishing her Ph.D. studies at the Informa... more_vert

Adelina Basholliclose

Adelina Basholli is a young researcher with a demonstrated working history in academia and industry. She is finishing her Ph.D. studies at the Information School, University of Sheffield, U.K. while working to propose a sensor-based architecture to provide remote and continuous monitoring for chronically ill patients in developing regions. She is a highly motivated and hard-working person. For five years she managed to run three commitments at the same time, her full-time job as an Android developer, her part-time job as a lecturer in the Computer Science department, and her part-time Ph.D. studies. She is an Erasmus+ exchange staff between the University of Prishtina and the technical University of Wroclaw in Poland. Since then she became part of the WBAA and joined the Research team where she is now deputy head of this team since September 2020. Given her working history and the combination of experiences in academia and industry, Adelina managed to implement a WBAA project and organized a conference to discuss the gap that exists between academia and industry in Kosovo, with the focus of updating teaching materials and curriculum. Details of this event can be found here: https://www.western-balkans-alumni.eu/conference-on-bridging-the-gap-between-academia-and-industry/.

 

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