Browsing: 2014, Vol. 20, Issue 2, December

Introduction. Increasing energy efficiency should be a concern for both the firm managers and any leader at any level, given that energy efficiency significantly reduce production costs. An important aspect of this is the use of renewable energy sources, in different types of activities, depending on the possibilities to produce it on favorable terms, to supply at relatively low costs and to efficiently consume it both in the producing units and the households. A skilful and powerful leader will seek and support, through its influence, all the means that determine the reduction of the production costs and obtain a profit as high as possible.

Aim of the study. This paper aims to highlight that a wider use of renewable energy promotes concern for the environment through clean energy, for reducing pollution and for facilitate, in some cases, even the increase of the production with the same costs or lower costs. In agriculture, industry, transports and household consumption, a high importance presents the geothermal energy and the biomass as source of energy.
Keywords: energy efficiency, geothermal energy, biomass, bio-fuel, energy production, energy, biological agriculture
JEL Classification: D21, D24, L26, L94, M11, M14, Q42, Q47

Introduction. In most economic studies, competitiveness is considered a key issue of the political success/ failure. A major element which contributes to regional inequalities is the level of competitiveness. This element has been the subject of numerous studies over the past years, even though more attention was given to the national level and less to the regional one.

Aim of the study. This paper aims to highlight that the purpose of these regional analyses is the correlation of territorial objectives and problems with possible sources of financing, seeing to ensure optimal combinations between regional demand and supply, the optimal distribution of the income and of the results obtained, regional competitiveness, the location of clusters, etc.
Keywords: region, competitiveness, research-development, innovation

Introduction. We live today in a changing society based on the globalization and better valorisation of the human capital. The human capital is the central driver force for competitiveness and development of the new technology and patent and a necessary factor for their efficient use in the new society. In order to reach the competitiveness objective, the European Union member countries seek to develop their human capital value by increasing investment in education, science and technology development.

Aim of the study. Based on the panel econometrics techniques, this paper explores the statistical correlations between human capital components and national competitiveness within the EU economic context.
Keywords: human capital, knowledge society, innovation, competitiveness, globalization, education, science

Leadership between fiction and reality

Often, reality overtakes fiction as the real world always contains the fiction germs, the latter growing and becoming susceptible to provide unpredictable results. The individual and organisational development vectors can generate, in the future, leadership patterns difficult to anticipate at this moment. The social and economic networks, the new technologies will define different ways of communication, collaboration, management and decision-making. The nowadays leadership theories risk to become, very soon, inoperative. Those experiencing reality have the great advantage to feel “on spot” its evolution trajectory. At this time it is not easy to determine which of the dependence forms are dominant: the ways eras create their needed leaders or the ways extraordinary leaders change eras. I rather act and also propose my fellows to act, so that the contexts created by us turn into laboratories allowing for the tomorrow leadership theories to develop. Between meditating and not acting, we should all choose being meditative in action.