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The BAS Program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Featured PRODIREKT Business Advisory Services as One of the Best in Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia – December 20, 2007 – Meteor SN Biro, a company based in Belgrade, a Canon representative and one of the major regional players in office-equipment sales and distribution, approached Business Advisory Service (BAS) in Serbia for consulting and financial assistance in restructuring its business operations. The BAS grant is a key component of BAS Program assistance, thus helping financially constrained enterprises, such as Meteor SN Biro, to access prime consultancy services. The new market economy and growing competition put pressure on this 15-year old company to improve organizational efficiency, and to restructure the company so that further growth – and the business relationship with the main supplier, Canon – could be sustained.

On April 17, 2007, Meteor SN Biro retained PRODIREKT, a management consultancy and HR development firm accredited by the BAS program, to help the company improve its operations. PRODIREKT developed the project, with the goal to implement two separate business improvement processes within  60 days – a business audit and a series of introductory HR training sessions.

Meteor SN Biro

PRODIREKT conducted a series of introductory HR training sessions to improve communication and organizational efficiency in Meteor SN Biro

PRODIREKT completed the project on time, while providing Meteor SN Biro with the detailed description of the company’s current state, and the recommendations of how to improve the business processes and management structure. During the business process audit, PRODIREKT considered the macro and micro aspects of Meteor SN Biro: strategic and goal setting process; planning function; connections between the company’s departments; reporting structure and involvement of employees at various decision making levels; staffing; ties between job descriptions, incentive systems, activities, and processes; performance evaluations.

Upon the completion of the second stage of the business audit, PRODIREKT conducted a series of introductory HR training sessions, namely:

  • Business Communication and Human Behaviour
  • Organizational Behaviour and Work Efficiency
  • Team Management & Leadership

The main part of the training was devoted to all company employees, aimed at improving verbal and non-verbal communication internally, within the company, and externally, with the suppliers and customers. The second part of the training concentrated on enhancing employee work efficiency through team building, better time management, better problem solving and decision making, etc. The last part of the HR development, related to the team management and leadership training, was provided for the company management.

The HR training was received extremely well by the employees and management of Meteor SN Biro, and showed immediate, positive results regarding internal personal relations, and the communication process.

Meteor SN Biro gave the business advisory services of PRODIREKT the highest remarks in the BAS Program’s consultancy work evaluation, while BAS Program in Serbia featured PRODIREKT’s business advice and services to Meteor SN Biro as one of the best projects performed in 2007.

About BAS Program
Business Advisory Service (BAS) is the program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which has successfully implemented 6,600 projects in 22 countries. The program backs the development of small and mid-sized enterprises in transition countries by providing business advice and services, as well as the development of domestic consulting market. The Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands has been a donor of the BAS program in Serbia, and until November 2011, it provided donations in the amount of 3 million Euros. BAS supports local private companies in all industrial branches in various segments of management and business consulting. An approved project is supported with a grant amounting up to 50% of the net costs of the project, while the total grant cannot exceed 10,000 Euros.

Management for the 21st Century

Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro – April 26, 2004 – Dejan Trpkovic in an interview for DC Magazine about strategic business management and importance of management education and development

Menadzment za 21. vek, Intervju sa Dejanom Trpkovicem, DC Magazin, 28OCT2004

Complete interview: Akeksandar Milajić “Management for the 21st Century” in DC Magazin (April 26, 2004, in the Serbian language)

For managers, high quality training and development are becoming accessible locally, writes DC Magazin, a monthly business magazine with the highest circulation in Serbia and Montenegro, referring to the Strategic Business Management Program.

“While presenting the latest management concepts, we intended to use practical, no-nonsense and innovative program methodology, with an emphasis on creative thinking and problem solving to increase the awareness of the global business environment,” says Dejan Trpkovic, founder of Prodirekt. The Program, which was designed by Prodirekt and that already received an endorsement by American Chamber of Commerce and IBM Business Solutions, will be conducted as part of their management education series.

Complete interview: Akeksandar Milajic “Management for the 21st Century” in DC Magazin (April 26, 2004, in the Serbian language)

About PRODIREKT
Prodirekt provides strategic management and human resource consultancy services to clients ranging from large corporations to emerging growth companies in southeast Europe, across a broad range of industries and sectors. The company has earned a reputation for successfully completing the most complex management searches in the region due to Prodirekt consultants’ in-depth knowledge of specific industry sectors and years of direct senior-level experience and long-standing relationships with top leaders.

Dejan Trpkovic about Management Recruiting in Serbia and Montenegro in an Interview for Daily Politika

Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro – April 6, 2004 – The oldest and most prestigious daily newspaper in Serbia and Montenegro (SCG), POLITIKA, describes the growing management recruiting industry in the country in an interview with Dejan Trpkovic, the principal of Prodirekt, one of the leading management consulting and executive search firms in SCG.

PRODIREKT Dejan Trpkovic Interview in PolitikaMr. Trpkovic comments that Serbian experts living abroad are not returning in higher numbers to SCG since the gap in their salary expectations and market conditions are still too wide.

“Credit crunch and strained cash flow pose a major problem for fast growing small and medium size companies in attracting professional management,” says Trpković. He adds “Local managers are not interested in equity compensations.”

“It is not good to see that most local companies are still thinking that they are implementing strategic management when they plan three years in advance,” adds Dejan Trpkovic. “Senior managers should be able to predict market trends and be proactive in the positioning of their companies on the market.”

“Although we try to focus on the selection of senior executives, Prodirekt sometimes has to engage in the middle management searches. The market is simply not developed yet to the extent to make the searches for top management an exclusive business option,” explains Trpkovic why major international retained executive search firms are still not present in SCG.

Complete interview: Katarina Sekulic: “Turnkey solution for engaging the best professionals” in Politika (April 6, 2004, in the Serbian language). Download PDF version here.

About POLITIKA
Politika AD is the oldest newspaper publisher in the Balkans – founded in 1904. Politika Newspapers & Magazines, a part of Politika AD, was founded on March 1, 2002 as a joint venture between Politika AD and “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” (W.A.Z.) from Essen, Germany. Politika AD publishes three daily newspapers and 14 magazines – weeklies, bi-weeklies, and monthlies. Politika, a daily, is considered one of the most respectable newspapers in Southeast Europe.

About PRODIREKT
Prodirekt provides strategic management and human resource consultancy services to clients ranging from large corporations to emerging growth companies in southeast Europe, across a broad range of industries and sectors. The company has earned a reputation for successfully completing the most complex management searches in the region due to Prodirekt consultants’ in-depth knowledge of specific industry sectors and years of direct senior-level experience and long-standing relationships with top leaders.

PRODIREKT’s Views of Leadership and Management Development Featured on the Serbian National Television RTS

Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro – April 21, 2003 – “The importance of leadership in management” by PRODIREKT on Radio Television Serbia, Channel 1

Prodirekt’s views of the major aspects of leadership, management development, and what it takes to become a successful manager were presented on Channel 1 of the national television RTS. Vesna Manojlovic, editor of the “This is Serbia” program offered valuable insights to managers about the available options for their development, while analyzing the current market offerings and trends in education and training. Prodirekt’s experience in recruiting top managers was used to identify the common traits of successful managers.

About PRODIREKT
Prodirekt provides strategic management and human resource consultancy services to clients ranging from large corporations to emerging growth companies in southeast Europe, across a broad range of industries and sectors. The company has earned a reputation for successfully completing the most complex management searches in the region due to Prodirekt consultants’ in-depth knowledge of specific industry sectors and years of direct senior-level experience and long-standing relationships with top leaders.

Dejan Trpkovic about Effective Strategic Management at the OPIC Conference

Belgrade, Yugoslavia – November 6, 2002 – Dejan Trpkovic, founder of PRODIREKT, a leading management education and development company in the Balkans, and a former Regional Director of Hasbro Corp, talked about various aspects of effective strategic management at the prestigious conference, organized by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Belgrade.

As part of a three-day conference, OPIC, the Foreign Commercial Service and American Chamber of Commerce organized jointly the Business Strategies for Managers and Entrepreneurs seminar. Some of the leading senior executives in Yugoslavia were invited to address management issues that they had focused on while developing successful companies. Topics ranged from effective communication and management skills to strategic planning and human resources development.

Mr. Trpkovic addressed the following issues:

  • Requirements for the effective strategic management – what global competition is like and the kinds of strategic issues that managers in global industries have to address
  • Decisions from the standpoint of the company as a whole, and why it is important to think strategically about a company’s competitive position and future prospects
  • Strategic management for small businesses and venture capital driven enterprises
  • Sources of strategic success and failure in Southeast Europe

The business seminar also featured presentations by Miodrag Babic, President, Hemofarm Corporation, Darko Babic, Director DHL, and Hans Schrader from Southeast Europe Enterprise Development.  More than forty largest US corporations gathered for the conference, including Citibank, DHL, Motorola, Philip Morris and Oracle.

About OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation)
OPIC’s political risk insurance and financing help U.S. businesses of all sizes invest in more than 150 emerging markets and developing nations worldwide. Over the agency’s 30-year history, OPIC has supported $142 billion worth of investments that have helped developing countries to generate over $11 billion in host-government revenues and create over 673,000 host-country jobs. OPIC projects have also generated $64 billion in U.S. exports and create more than 253,000 American jobs.

About PRODIREKT
Prodirekt provides strategic management and human resource consultancy services to clients ranging from large corporations to emerging growth companies in southeast Europe, across a broad range of industries and sectors. The company has earned a reputation for successfully completing the most complex management searches in the region due to Prodirekt consultants’ in-depth knowledge of specific industry sectors and years of direct senior-level experience and long-standing relationships with top leaders.

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