“Academia 4.0: University on the Blockchain” (2018)
According to a recent report by the European Commission, blockchain technologies may “disrupt institutional norms in the field of education and empower learners” in line with the needs of Industry 4.0. The Commission proposes eight scenarios for the application of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in an educational context, based on the current state of technology development.
This book looks into the theoretical and practical aspects of the “Open Source University”, a project announced in 2016 as one of the “Top 10 Social Innovation Ideas” by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s “Living Progress Challenge”. OS.UNIVERSITY aims to create a distributed platform on the blockchain that turns the potentially disruptive scenarios into real-life opportunities for modernization of Academia, enablement of businesses, and empowerment of students, employees, life-long learners.
Тhrough a set of “smart contracts”, deployed on the platform, the main issues in the information-coordination relationships among the key stakeholders are being addressed, setting the foundations for what the author foresees as “Academia 4.0”.
This book is produced as part of an “Erasmus for Entrepreneurs” program, co-financed by the European Commission. It is peer-reviewed by the Center for Shared Science & Business at the Technical University of Sofia.
“Stakeholder Management in Higher Ed., Research & Innovation” (2014)
This is the first-ever book to be written in Bulgarian, which is dedicated entirely on the subject, providing an end-to-end overview of the key concepts behind stakeholder-oriented governance, with applied focus on specific projects, programs and strategies in the area of higher education, science and innovation.
The book looks through some of the most significant policy initiatives, currently undergoing in Bulgaria under the European Union’s ‘2020’ smart-growth agenda, and the role that key stakeholders from different public, corporate and academic background play. Thanks to the case-studies reviewed, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the stakeholders’ theory implications and stakeholders’ engagement best practices implementation, when it comes to public investments in the area of R&D and innovation-driven economic growth.
The book also presents how innovative projects for business-academia cooperation are being planned and executed, analysing the path to implementing the latest international standards for stakeholder management, according to the 5th Edition of PMBOK®, which turns the publication into a useful reference guide for PMPs, working in different areas of corporate management.
Partners in the publication of the book are key academic stakeholders, among which the R&D Laboratory on Mathematical Chemistry, a successful international spin-off of Burgas University “Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov”; the National Students’ House – national institution, dating back to 1903-1904; and the Ministry’s of Defense Publishing House, established in 1888 – a leading publisher in the area of strategy and governance literature.