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LCS Financed Projects

The Business Technology Institute of Turiba University in cooperation with the Faculty of Public Relations and Faculty of International Tourism have obtained grants from Latvian Science Council for three business projects.


Latvian Russian language media market and auditorium

Project No. 07.2087
Project manager: Ainārs Dimants, dr.phil.,, Head of department of Communication Sciences
Project duration: from January 2008 till December 2008.

The main of the project is to develop a conceptual understanding of the regularities and mechanisms (models) of formation and functioning of Latvian Russian language mass media within the context of Latvian media system (one of the independent social sub systems in modern day western society) or the general principles and specific features of development of common media space. Special attention has been paid to daily and weekly newspapers as they are traditionally those that actively shape public opinion. In depth and comparative research was carried out of nation wide newspapers published in Riga, which has a large Russian speaking non citizen population, as well as local newspapers in the second largest city in Latvia, Daugavpils with its majority Russian speaking inhabitants and ethnic Latvian minority. Carrying out analysis of results of other secondary sociological surveys (“TNS Latvia”, “Latvijas fakti”) and in depth media recipient interviews from the sociological as well as socio psychological point of view, the level of interest generated by Russian language media among different Latvian inhabitant groups and their influence in forming mutual relationship including tension and alarm to various social political issues was ascertained.


Development of tourism territorial units and tourism spatial system in Latvia

Project No. 08.2115
Project manager: Maija Rozīte, dr.georg., prof., Head of department of Tourism and Hospitality
Project duration: from January 2008 till December 2008.

The main aim of the research is to identify and define the basic elements of tourism territorial structure and study the tourism spatial structure. Tourism having become a significant force in national economics and as a new form of use of territory is leaving a noticeable impact on the environment. Therefore geographers are turning to the research of tourism impact for which it is necessary to define and be aware of the tourism territorial units – tourism points, centres, nucleus, axes, zones, districts, regions and their borders. There hasn’t practically been any significant research on a national scale in this field. Tourism planners, practitioners and leaders use the territorial unit term – “tourism destination”, but there aren’t any clear state defined tourism destinations, definite borders, hierarchy or mutual interaction. The study of tourism functional territorial structure is in particular necessary in the context of the Latvian administrative territorial reforms, wherein several smaller administrative units have been merged into districts and funds can be focused on the logical, optimal development of really functioning tourism objects. The following tasks have been set for the accomplishment of the aforesaid aims:

  • The identification of characteristic Latvian territorial structures in sample territories in under field research;
  • Definition of tourism territorial unit, research of hierarchy and development of typology;
  • Development of methodology for determination of borders of multi hierarchical tourism territorial units using the latest tourism spatial theory and model;
  • Mapping of sample territories for tourism territorial structures;
  • Analysis of mutual interaction of various level territorial units;
  • Analysis of tourism spatial system in Latvia.


Intercultural aspects of Communication of Corporate Social Responsibility in Latvia

Project No. 08.2145
Project manager: Silvija Kristapsone, dr.oec., LU assistant professor at Faculty of Management and Economics
Project duration: from January 2008 till December 2008.

The main aim of the project is to develop a concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) communication and its functioning regularities and models in a multicultural society in Latvia. Special attention has been paid to reports on research regarding the content of CSR and its communication channels as well as understanding of news disseminators and news receptors for research on CSR in order to ascertain the cultural and environmental impact on CSR. The study will contribute to CSR theory and its development in Latvia and for the practical implementation of theoretical principles of CSR in a multicultural society in Latvia. Research on multicultural aspects of CSR communication is yet to be undertaken in Latvia. The research will help ascertain the attitude of businessmen towards CSR and CSR communication in Latvia. The empirical part of the study foresees the development of a recommendable model how organisations can inform the society about its CSR programmes and activities.

Project applications submitted under call for proposals regarding fundamental and business research projects of Latvian Science Council 2008:

  • “Latvian Russian language media market and auditorium”, project manager - Ainārs Dimants, Dr. phil., asoc. prof., Head of the department of Communication Sciences;
  • “Development of tourism territorial units and tourism spatial system in Latvia”, project manager - Maija Rozīte, Dr.georg., prof., Head of the department of Tourism and Hospitality;
  • “Application of legal methods in public law contracts in construction”, project manager Jānis Načisčionis, dr.iur., prof., Dean of the Faculty of Law;
  • “Management of Latvian small and medium sized enterprises, its evaluations for increasing work efficiency and changes necessary in state economic policy aimed at stimulating the increase in work efficiency”, project manager - Anna Ābeltiņa, dr.oec., asoc. prof..