Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development 2020-09-04T09:45:38+03:00 Dr. Rasa Pakeltienė Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;">Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development is the international, peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy the leading institution of research in agricultural &amp; rural business management&nbsp; and bioeconomy in Lithuania.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>All the previous issues of the journal could be found </strong><a href=""><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> CHOICE AND ASSESSMENT OF A TECHNIQUE OF PLANNING IN MANAGEMENT OF PRODUCTION RESOURCES OF THE RURAL ENTERPRISES 2020-09-04T09:45:38+03:00 Ievgen Ovcharenko Nataliia Prus Emil Koreniev Roman Bogdanov <p>The relevance and problem of a research is caused by need of the choice of theoretical and methodical base of reforming and improvement of planning of production activity of the rural enterprises. Research purpose is the analysis of degree of quality of planning of activity of the agricultural enterprises during the different periods of time when not only different techniques of planning were applied, but also there was respectively a different ideology of process of planning. . Being based on conclusions of the carried-out analysis, it is possible to establish what methodical approaches have the right for existence further, taking into account improvement. Method of a research is the comparative analysis of rejections of actual data from planned data on two groups of indicators. Results: considerable differences as planning on two groups of indicators are revealed, trends of their behavior which demonstrate imperfection of all technique of production planning, but not techniques of planning of the analyzed indicators or objects of a research are established. It is offered to refuse a standard method of planning of factorial indicators and to replace it with method of expert evaluations.</p> 2020-07-12T14:24:40+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MODELING OF AGRITOURISM CLUSTERS 2020-07-21T14:29:12+03:00 Vital Kazlouski Uladzimir Ganski Alena Platonenka Sviatlana Vitun Ina Sabalenka <p>A systematic solution to the numerous environmental, social and economic problems of the development of agritourism cluster is not achievable without appropriate economic and mathematical models and tools for their support, which would make it possible to accurately predict the main indicators of the sustainable development of agritourism, identify the main factors of sustainable development, determine the degree of the effectiveness of certain management decisions. The goal of the article is to construction of models that describe the social, environmental and economic sustainability of rural areas in the context of the development of agritourism, which would make it possible to determine the leading factors for their sustainable development. The research applied the procedures of goal setting, measurement, establishing criteria, forming and choosing alternatives, algorithms, methods of PLS-PM modeling, methods of qualitative modeling. Based on the applied software products developed in this way, support systems for making complex management decisions can be formed that make it possible to identify all potential scenarios for the development of any complex systems and transitions between them, as well as provide a predictive function for evaluating key blocks. In the future, the proposed toolkit can be used to model and optimize the sustainable development of specific tourism investment projects in rural regions, as well as to select investment areas at the regional agritourism cluster level.</p> 2020-07-12T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development THE ROLE OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN THE FORMATION OF THE WORLD COMPETITIVE LEADERS 2020-07-31T15:10:34+03:00 Genefa Shvidanenko Oleg Shvidanenko Edgardo Sica edgardo.sica@unifg.ite Tatiana Busarieva <p align="center"><span lang="EN-US">The fundamental basis of the global changes that take place in the world is the formation of a qualitatively new type of technological structure. Innovations and information begin to play the role of the main productive resource in the modern world, and the existing socio-economic systems are transformed into the knowledge economy. The relevance of the article is due to the transition from industrial to post-industrial society and the intensive development of information and communication technologies significantly strengthens the role of disruptive technologies in the formation of world competitive leaders. &nbsp;The main aim of the article is the analysis of the role of disruptive technologies that in the period of the development of the knowledge economy play an important role in the formation of the world's competitive leaders. The methodological basis of the article is the methods and forms of scientific knowledge adopted in domestic science, such as system approaches, comparative and synthesis methods, methods of abstract logical evaluation, methods of detailing, groupings, and generalizations, experts’ evaluations. The results: the criteria and the specific characteristics of the disruptive technologies were revealed, the influence of the disruptive technologies on the competitiveness of the national economies was proved, the specific features of the disruptive technologies were presented. </span></p> 2020-07-12T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF ENSURING ECONOMIC SECURITY OF THE ENTERPRISE 2020-08-10T19:28:26+03:00 Zinaida Zhyvko Iryna Gorban Nadiia Marushko Maryna Korzh <p>The most significant resource of the modern economy, which is being formed in the leading countries of economic development, is human capital. The main goal of the article is to study the process of managing the formation of human capital as the basis of the national economy and ensuring the economic security of the enterprise. The basic components of human capital are determined on the basis of the analysis. It is established that the basic component is knowledge that affects others and in modern conditions of development of the national economy and determines the process of development of human capital. At the same time, the process of forming knowledge, in accordance with the principles of the functioning of the knowledge economy, is associated with the availability and possibility of obtaining information. The results of the study allowed us to develop a model for the formation of human capital and to form a mechanism for ensuring the economic security of the enterprise through management of the formation of human capital.</p> 2020-07-12T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development IMPACT OF YOUTH GUARANTEE INICIATIVES ON NEETS POPULATION CHANGES IN EU 2020-07-21T14:33:09+03:00 Linas Stabingis <p>An economic downfall, which started at the end of the year 2008, had a dramatic impact on the increase of youth population from 15-24 aged group Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) in the EU Member States. Identification of success factors driving positive changes in NEETs population by implementing Youth Guarantee (YG) initiatives in EU countries is the scientific problem analyzed in this publication. The main purpose of an investigation is the identification of groups of EU countries according to the level of youth unemployment and the impact made by implementing the YG initiatives. The cluster analysis techniques are used and the groups of EU Member States have excluded as well as corrections of improvement of YG are proposed.</p> 2020-07-12T19:42:12+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development CONCEPT OF PRODUCT COMPETITIVENESS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND PRINCIPAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACHES TO ITS UNDERSTANDING 2020-08-03T14:58:19+03:00 Oksana Senyshyn Oleksandr Kundytskyj Marta Zlydnyk <p>This article presents the concept of product competitiveness, product competitiveness management, product competitiveness management system and outlines basic scientific approaches to its understanding. It is considered by the author from the standpoint of the systemic approach to management and is applied to the product, manufacturer, who can be an individual, enterprise, industry, region or a country in general. It also presents a description of the product competitiveness management system that should be constructed of the following three components: production, quality and marketing services.</p> <p>Scientific approaches to competitiveness management are grouped and the approach based on the concept of «food safety» is distinguished, which, unlike the existing classical and specific approaches, involves not only taking into account economic, organizational, innovative and other competitive advantages of the specific products, but also forms a system of quantitative and qualitative indices, whose observance will help to avoid both, economic and food risks.</p> <p>The author has proved expediency of using classical approaches in combination, for example, with systemic and process approaches, which allows to assess comprehensively competitiveness of both, the products and the enterprise, its management system both, in general and on the level of competitive advantages.</p> <p>Theoretical and practical value of the research is systematization and characterization of the existing approaches, their combination for the product competitiveness management, and definition of the new approach to product competitiveness management based on the concept of «food safety».</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-07-12T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development THE INFLUENCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL AESTHETICS ON EMPLOYEE RETENTION AND TURNOVER INTENTIONS FROM ORGANIZATION 2020-07-31T15:07:19+03:00 Iman Sabbagh Molahosseini Masoud Pourkiani Farzaneh Beygzadeh Abbasi Sanjar Salajeghe Hamdollāh Manzari Tavakoli <p>This paper investigates&nbsp;the role&nbsp;of organizational aesthetics&nbsp;on employee retention and turnover intentions from the organization. The research approach&nbsp;of this&nbsp;study&nbsp;was a qualitative approach and the grounded theory method has been used. Deep interviewing is used to collect data. The statistical population of this study was employees of the social insurance organization of Kerman city, Iran. The sampling methods of this study consisted of theoretical sampling. Theoretical sampling is one of the basic steps in the process of grounded theory. Besides, the analysis of the data is performed based on the three coding methods used in grounded theory which include open, axial, and selective coding. The results of this study showed that organizational aesthetics strategy cause employee retention. Also, organizational aesthetics strategy prevents employee turnover intentions from the organization.</p> 2020-07-12T21:11:34+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development STRENGTHENING YOUTH WELLBEING THROUGH GREEN SPACES: CASE STUDY OF A SMALL TOWN 2020-07-21T14:35:35+03:00 Gintarė Vaznonienė Bernardas Vaznonis <p class="abstract" style="text-indent: 35.45pt; line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-weight: normal;">The article deals with the concept of green spaces as a part of green infrastructure by highlighting its benefit to wellbeing of the youth living in a small town. Properly maintained and equipped green spaces are positive elements of living environment which attracts youth to stay where they live and not to move to cities. The increasing interest in wellbeing issues in different territorial levels reveals the necessity to explore how youth wellbeing can be strengthened by using, being and acting in green spaces. The aim of the article is to analyse the importance of green spaces to youth wellbeing. The research question: in which ways can green spaces contribute to better wellbeing of youth? Case study and experts’ interview methods were used to explore the formulated research question. The results of the research have demonstrated that green spaces promote youth wellbeing including personal development, physical functioning, emotional status, and have positive effects on their overall wellbeing. The results may serve as the groundwork for further researches of this kind and as the guidelines for local communities in small towns and other actors concerned with promotion of youth wellbeing. </span></p> 2020-07-12T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development QUALITY OF UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITY 2020-07-21T14:36:12+03:00 Andrey Belov Galina Chernova Vladimir Khalin Natalia Kuznetsova Larisa Belinskaja <p>Higher education is broadly recognized as one of the most significant components of modern social and economic development. The quality of education at a university depends on factors such as how the university is managed, how effective the management decisions are, and what consequences they have for the advancement of society. While the consequences have numerous hardly equitable aspects, this article hypothesizes that it is possible to build a synthetic model for the assessment of university management, that takes into account a full range of existing quantitative and qualitative effects. The study aims to identify the relationship between the quality of management and the performance variables needed to build the model. The research methodology includes the application of econometric analysis for the formation, ranking, and determination of point values of a balanced scorecard (BSC). Finally, the findings of this research led to the creation of a workable model that allows both direct and reverse translation of a quantitative management assessment into a qualitative (verbal) one. Further, the verification using the available empirical data confirmed the model’s validity. We would thus recommend this model for solving a whole range of university management issues, especially in areas with predominant ripple and indirect effects, i.e., in the interaction of higher education entities with regional and local communities. &nbsp;</p> 2020-07-12T22:48:37+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development REVISITING CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH ON CREATIVITY IN LITHUANIA 2020-08-06T09:04:02+03:00 Jolita Vveinhardt Aurelija Ganusauskaitė <p>In this study, contemporary research on creativity was investigated by conducting the analysis of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals published within the period from January 1996 to December 2018. The search was performed in the Lithuanian Academic Electronic Library (eLABa) entering search terms “kūrybingumas” (creativeness) and/or “kūrybiškumas” (creativity). The meta-analysis was conducted based on Magyari-Beck’s (1990, 2010) taxonomy for the meta-analytical study on creativity, which classifies creativity research employing a matrix. The total of 109 articles were chosen for the analysis after applying the exclusion criteria. Freeman-Halton exact test was used to compare distributions of aspects or levels across disciplines. In addition to typological classification, word frequency analysis was performed in Psychology, Business Administration, Philosophy and Education disciplines and main context keywords and themes in each discipline were revealed. Seeking to identify possible topics in all articles with available full content in pdf (N=80), this dataset was analyzed employing qualitative analysis and processing it with NVivo10 qualitative data analysis software.</p> 2020-07-12T23:27:43+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL INNOVATION, INVOLVING RURAL ORGANIZATIONS 2020-07-21T14:37:04+03:00 Aistė Ragauskaitė Jan Žukovskis <p>The successful and efficient process of developing social innovations depends on the involvement of stakeholders, the distribution of their interests and the links of cooperation. However, it can be observed that it is difficult to identify all the relationships of stakeholders, the functions they perform in the development of social innovation. The aim of this article is to identify the principles of stakeholder involvement in the process of social innovation development in rural areas. The article presents a study that was conducted to assess the preparation of the environment for the process of social innovation development during systemic changes and during interviews with interested organizations in Rokiškis district. The study found that the involvement of organizations depends on the leading leader and the real motives for involvement.</p> 2020-07-12T00:00:00+03:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development