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It is with great pleasure that I share with you the newest collection of papers, perfectly reflecting the nature of our journal, which is a combination of new trends in both education and business. For readers primarily interested in pedagogy, the comparison of various forms of distance learning will shed new light on the issue in terms of the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and students' perceptions. Moreover, you will learn about factors determining satisfaction with e-learning during the pandemic from the perspective of Polish and Spanish students.

As for new teaching methods and programmes, our authors argue that the development of innovation competences should take a more formalised role within the national education curriculum, trying to bridge the gap between basic research and the world of practice. Finally, you will explore challenges in real-life classroom situations that teachers adapting educational drama activities into second-language classrooms face. Interestingly, the examples come from India.

When it comes to new trends in business and management, the authors discuss and successfully identify potential fields of convergence between two concepts and business practices: Corporate Social Responsibility and project management. They also investigated the multitude and complex nature of factors shaping the organisational culture of shared service centres of transnational corporations in Poland. And finally, an analysis of the relationship between young employees as mentors and more senior and experienced employees as mentees, known as reverse mentoring, is presented with reference to the academic relations between senior professors and research assistants.

It is worth noting the number of authors affiliated at foreign institutions, which reflects our struggles for internationalisation. As of October 2022, for two consecutive years, we will be supported in our efforts by the Ministry of Education and Science (Poland). "E-mentor" has been granted funds for a project (RCN/SP/0361/2021/1) that aims at enhancing recognition in the international academic community. The main project activities will...

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Piotr Sliż, Magdalena Popowska, Julia Jarzyński, Corporate social responsibility and project management: towards a better understanding of their relationship

The main purpose of this article is to identify the fields of convergence, if any, between two management concepts and business practices, namely Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Project Management (PM). To achieve the formulated goal, systematic literature review (SLR), including bibliometric analysis, LOESS regression analysis, and text mining, was performed. This analysis allowed us to distinguish five categories corresponding to the distinctive, related research areas combining CSR and PM constructs. Within these categories we were able to identify the most important characteristics of the linkages between both concepts.
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Przemysław Kusztelak, Anna Pacholak, Comparison of the effectiveness and efficiency of various forms of distance learning – an experimental study

The aim of this paper is to compare various forms of distance learning in terms of the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and their subjective evaluation by students. Three forms of remote teaching were analysed for the elective general university course in the winter semester of the 2020/2021 academic year: G1 – with all materials embedded on an e-learning platform for fully asynchronous learning – and with no live meetings, but specially prepared video tutorials replacing them, G2 – with materials embedded on an e-learning platform and lectures conducted synchronously through videoconferences (without video recordings), G3 – with materials embedded on an e-learning platform, synchronous lectures via video conferences and their recordings available afterwards. Final grades, a record of activity at the e-learning platform and the results of questionnaires collected from all participants of the course were taken into account when carrying out the statistical analysis.
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Samet Özdemir, Kadir Ardıç, An evaluation of reverse mentoring: A case study of research assistants and advisors

Reverse mentoring, which refers to the relationship between a young employee in the role of the mentor and a more senior and experienced employee in the role of the mentee, is gaining popularity in the business world. This study aims to discuss the relationship between research assistants, who are just starting at the academy and are thought to have traces of reverse mentoring, and advisors with more experience in the academy, in the context of the functions and sub-functions of reverse mentoring. In this exploratory study, in which a qualitative research method was adopted, data was obtained as a result of semi-structured interviews with 17 research assistants working in different faculties and departments at a state university in Turkey. The data obtained after the interviews with the research assistants was analysed using content analysis. The findings of the research suggested that the career, psycho-social, and role model functions of reverse mentoring in the relationship between research assistants and their advisors have sub-functions of knowledge sharing, challenging ideas, networking, friendship, and new perspectives. It was also concluded that other functions were at a limited level or non-existent.
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