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Great expectations? - Enterprises´ expectations about graduate education in the field of management: Evidence from Slovenia


  • Bogdan Lipicnik
  • Katarina Katja Mihelic


As a response to the emerging trend of greater enrolment in graduate programmes in Slovenia, this paper assesses the role of higher education (i.e. specifically in the management field) in Slovenian enterprises. The research includes representatives from 80 enterprises and 160 graduate students. It is believed that knowledge and other individual’s capabilities obtained in the process of formal education are utilized in companies. However, the opposing belief among students that enterprises do not seek candidates with graduate degrees emphasizes the importance of a deeper investigation of the subject. Research data show that graduate education can be seen not only as an advantage but also as a disadvantage.

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  • Bogdan Lipicnik & Katarina Katja Mihelic, 2007. "Great expectations? - Enterprises´ expectations about graduate education in the field of management: Evidence from Slovenia," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 12(2), pages 89-108.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2007_02_lipicnik

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    management; Knowledge; graduate studies; Slovenia; research;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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