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Ivona Vrdoljak Raguž was born in Split in 1979 where she completed her elementary and high school education. In 1998 she was enrolled to Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade in Dubrovnik where she obtained diploma in 2002. During her studies she was awarded one dean’s awards for best students (in academic year 1999/2000). In academic year 2000/2001 she was selected by Dubrovnik bank for the best student in the academic year. During her university education she was state stipends. In 2005 she obtained her Master Degree at the Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade in Dubrovnik and in 2009 she obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Faculty of Economics University of Split. Since March 2002 she is employed at University of Dubrovnik, Department of Economics and Business Economics as junior assistant, assistant, senior assistant and assistant professor. She has been involved in lectures of modules Basics of Management, Human Resource Management, Sales Management, Purchasing Management at undergraduate study and modules Corporate Governance and Strategic Management at graduate study. At the Doctoral School, University of Osijek she is involved in lectures of module Organizational Behavior from the academic year 2013/2014. She was Head of the Department of Economics and Business, University of Dubrovnik from 01st June 2011. till 01st October 2014. From 01st October 2014. she is Vice Rector for Business and Finance at the University of Dubrovnik.

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž participated as researcher and project manager at several national scientific and professional projects. Participation in the development of scientific research projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Sports of Republic Croatia: ”Strategy of Dubrovnik-Neretva County” (from 1996 to 2003) - Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade in Dubrovnik (led by Hamid Džubur, Ph. D., project code: 0033001), ”Croatia in the European tourism market in terms of globalization” (from 2003 to 2006) - Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade in Dubrovnik (led by Vesna Vrtiprah, Ph. D., project code: 0033002), ”Corporate Strategy-Present Future” (from 2007 to 2012) - Faculty of Economics Rijeka (led by Ivan Mencer, Ph. D., project code: 081-0000000-1270), ”The impact on the success of the strategy chosen program of improving business processes” (from 2007 to2012) - Faculty of Economics Split: (led by Želimir Dul?i?, Ph. D., project code: 055-0553032-1143). Participation in the development of professional project: ”Integrated management of the movement of ships and passengers on sea cruises in port of Dubrovnik”, client Dubrovnik Port Authority, March 2011. Member of the team for the implementation of the ex ante evaluation of the Development Strategy of Dubrovnik - Neretva County 2011 - 2013. (Client: Dubrovnik-Neretva County). From March 2013 she is work package manager responsible for the development of methodology and coordination of research activities for all project partners at project “Intermodal – Intermodality Model for the Development of the Adriatic Littoral Zone” financed by the European Union’s IPA Adriatic Cross-Border-Cooperation programme. It is expected that research activities at this project will be completed by March 2014. She has been a reviewer of the professional project: Local Action Plans Dubrovnik-Neretva County (summary of research) which is 2011. implemented by the Department of Economics and Business at the University of Dubrovnik in the framework of the ”Adriatic, small businesses and local development,” Adriatico microimpresa e svillupo 8192/Cospe/CRZ locale, in collaboration with the nonprofit organization ”DESA” from Dubrovnik.

From the academic year 2013 / 2014 she is main researcher of the scientific research project at the University of Dubrovnik:  "Creating clusters with a view to more efficient operation of small hotel companies."

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž was a President of the Academic Council of the Department of Economics and Business Economics, University of Dubrovnik, from 2011 till 2014, member of the Expert Council of the Department of Economics and Business, University of Dubrovnik in 2010. till 2014, member of the Senate of the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia, from June 2011.till now, member of the Commission for the internal system of quality assurance and quality improvement at the University of Dubrovnik, from 2011 till 2013, secretary of the Commission of the course for tourist guides form 2011 and member of the working group for the preparation and drafting contracts for teaching science as activity with the Ministry of Education and Sports at the University of Dubrovnik from 2012.

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž has been a member of organization and program committees of international scientific conferences: Organizing Committee of the International Young Researchers Scientific DAAAM Conference since 2007, Program Committee of International Scientific Conferences: M-Sphere 2012, M-Sphere 2013, M-Sphere 2014, Dubrovnik International Economic Meeting (DIEM) 2013, MATREFC 2013, MATREFC, OFEL 2013, OFEL 2014, Business System Laboratory 2014.

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž is reviewer of numerous national and international journals, and national and international conferences (Journals: Economic Thought and Practice ISSN: ISSN: 1330-1039, Management Journal of Contemporary Management Issues e-ISSN 1846-3363, Business System Review ISSN: 2280-3866, Management Research Review (Emerald) ISSN: 2040-8269, Journal of Economy and Business ISSN: 1840-3255, Scientific Conferences: Proceedings of the First, Second and the Third International Scientific Conference of Management Departments, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference Accounting and Management, Economic Education in Republic of Croatia: yesterday, today and tomorrow 2012, OFEL 2013, MATREFC 2013, DIEM 2013).

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž is Associate Editor of International Scientific Journal Business System Review, ISSN: 2280-3866, from 2012.

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguz is a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Journal Business Excellence, International Journal of Markets and Business Systems, European Journal of Economics and Management, Journal of Business and Management Sciences and Oeconomica Jadertina.

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž has been participant of numerous seminars and professional trainings. She presented her work on 25 conferences at home and abroad. In October 2012 she was invited to have plenary lecture at Second International Scientific Conference of Management Departments in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has published more than 50 scientific papers, five professional papers, one book and five book chapters.

Dr. Vrdoljak Raguž is a member of Croatian Society of Economists and listed in Registry of Scientists of Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports under number 266654. She is also a member of Academy of Management, European Academy of Management, BS Laboratory, Italy, South East Europe Corporate Governance Academic Network, Supervisory Board of NGO Deša Dubrovnik, NGO KRUG (Business Women).

Her main research interest are: strategic management, competitiveness, corporate governance, human resource management and decision making.