School of Economics puts research trends in spotlight

Ljubljana, 19 December - The Ljubljana School of Economics and Business held a research day on Thursday focussing on current research trends. Professor Jan Ketil Arnulf of the BI Norwegian Business School addressed the event, discussing the prevailing use of survey research in the humanities.

Dean Metka Tekavčič said that research activities were one of the three pillars of the school, having a major role in maintaining its academic excellence and international acclaim.

Miha Škerlavaj, the vice dean in charge of research, praised the school's way of using its resources and highlighted that all the achievements were the result of cooperation.

He pointed at this year's key achievements in the field, including new guidelines for scientific-research activities, new information solutions to support such activities and getting new projects approved.

The event also addressed the challenges of open science, the initiative to make scientific research accessible to all.

Arnulf presented his article on survey research which argues that survey results could be predicted with a high probability using algorithms, since it is likely that the way the questions are phrased affects responses.

He raised an issue regarding this predictability in terms of scientific validity, noting that "if algorithms can predict responses, we do not need to question anybody any more".

The faculty also gave out awards for the best research articles published in 2018, bestowing them on Nevenka Hrovatin, Jelena Zorić, Marko Jakšič, Matej Černe and Miha Škerlavaj.