As if Dr. Danica Purg hasn’t accomplished enough in her career – as founding President of the IEDC-Bled School of Management, as a professor of leadership and effective management, as author of several widely published books, and as chairperson and director of the European Leadership Centre (ELC) – she was recently selected the 2010 Dean of the Year Award by the Academy of International Business AIB.
At the award ceremony in Rio de Janeiro in late June, Eleanor Westney, Professor at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada, pointed to the importance and variety of Danica Purg’s contributions: “the foundation of one of Eastern Europe’s leading business schools in the IEDC-Bled School of Management and the global networks she has generated, her professional contributions in building the cross-border networks of deans and business school directors through CEEMAN, and her many innovations in business education.”
In her teaching role, Dr. Purg passionately pursues her current special field of interest at IEDC-Bled, looking for inspiration from art and other professions for managers. She’s also a prolific author, with several books and numerous articles on a vast array of timely topics: technological and organisational change, comparative HRM practices, team building, economic reforms and management development in Central and Eastern Europe. She’s been published at home in in Slovenia, as well as in the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Russia, Great Britain and the USA. Her most recent work saw her as editor and co-author of the book Leaders and Teams – The Winning Partnership (768,2003).
After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science in Ljubljana, she completed her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. From there she went on to travel and study extensively, adding a wide array of expertise to her portfolio, at Harvard Business School, IMD Lausanne, Technological University Delft, London University, and the Sorbonne.