Organizational and social development through innovation


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This research line intends to provide solutions for the XXI century organizations by helping them to grow and become more competitive through the organizational development, the optimization of their internal and external processes and by the development of hard and soft skills of their professionals. According to the most recent knowledge management theories, organizational knowledge and intellectual capital lies on people and therefore on the staff of each organization. By fostering their personal and professional growth (including the development of each profession), companies are contributing to their own development, innovation and competitiveness. This advance and growth can be achieved using several possible solutions such as the management and measurement of organizational performance and development, the progress of new education methodologies in higher education including the use of business games, simulations, flipped classroom, active learning, collaborative distance learning environments, among others.

Organizational and social development are also achieved using the ability of organizations and people to create, manage, measure and nurture cooperative business, educational, personal and / or social networks, to share and gain knowledge in multicultural, multidisciplinary and multinational environments. This context of mutually reinforcing interchanges may be supported by organizations internal information systems, social media and social networks and other technology mediated workflows and socialization platforms. Thus, this research area addresses the capitalization of all types of organizations, networks, professionals and citizens, aimed at their continuous development and improvement.

So far some research has been done in the areas of financial literacy (helping citizens to be more financially literate with impact in their own lives and family budget but also in the way they face the future and look for financial solutions to the problems), preparation of trainers to train staff including the development of several elearning platforms following the most advanced theories in the field. Other areas of work include risk perception and risk management in Project activities and the use of Technologies, and social media to foster personal and professional development.

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