Ernest Vlačić, MBA, PhD, is the head of the Department of Management, Organization, and Marketing at Baltazar Zaprešić University, co-founder and director of RTD&I organization NOVAMINA Center of Innovative Technologies.
Ernest began his career as a development engineer in PRVOMAJSKA, followed by founding and leading the Italian corporate subsidiary DANIELI SYSTEC. His career continues with the polytechnic BRODARSKI Institute resulting in co-creation of RTD&I spin-out NOVAMINA. Besides the activities of managing these organizations, managing their technology innovation processes and leading complex projects, Ernest actively participates in research as well as lecturing activities. His curiosity and research publishing is focused on strategic management, innovation policies, and organizational processes.