Dr Federico Topolansky

Principal Lecturer in Business Strategy
Federico Topolansky

Position

Principal Lecturer in Business Strategy

Qualifications

BSc (UY), DipAgric (ORT), PGCHE (Glos), MBA (RAC), MSc (Macquarie), PhD (Glos), FHEA

Contact details

federico.topolansky@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

University responsibilities

  • Member of Academic Board
  • Member of the Research Committee
  • Business Strategy module leader at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Entrepreneurship module leader at undergraduate level
  • Former Director of the Student Union

Professional memberships & awards

  • The European Commission Scholarship (Alban).
  • The World Bank Scholarship.
  • Chevening Scholar of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (British Council Scholarship).
  • Leonardo da Vinci Scholarship.
  • The Farmers Club Charitable Trust Bursary Award (2010).
  • Grampus Heritage and Training Ltd Award (2009).
  • Member of The Royal Agricultural University.
  • Member of Equality and Diversity Committee at RAU
  • Validation and Review Board Committee at RAU.
  • Member of The Graduates of British Universities Association.
  • Member of The School of Management and Social sciences at ORT University.
  • Member of the Uruguayan Agronomist Association.
  • Member of the Farmers Club.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Additional Information

  • Also serves as docent of marketing at Shandong Agricultural University (China) and maintains close relations with ORT University (Uruguay) and University of Gloucestershire (UK).
  • Manages research projects both locally and at international level. For instance, during his last project, in South America, he was in charge of assessing and identifying those agriculture firms that could feasibly become prospective suppliers of the World Food Programme (United Nations).
  • Involved in many consultancy projects related to agribusiness, competitiveness and the impact of regional agreements in the UK and overseas.
  • Prior to working as a Senior Lecturer and researcher, Federico worked as a consultant to numerous global companies and organisations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, Seylinco S.A., Roche Vitamins Brazil Ltda., and BASF.
  • At the beginning of his career, while working as an Agronomist, he pioneered innovative business models (in South America) to help small farmers to increase profits.

Research

Research interests

  • He has researched extensively since 2005 and he has authored and co-authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and The Farmers Club.
  • He is a regular contributor at international conferences and seminars.
  • Federico has a number of research interests that include: agribusiness, regional agreements and international business.

Teaching

Programme Manager

  • BSc (Hons) International Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Business Management (Food and Agribusiness)

Teaching duties

  • Business strategy at RAU & International Business and Marketing at Shandong Agriculture University.
  • Supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
  • Supervisor of Doctor of Business Administration and PhD students.

Publications

Publications

  • Topolansky, F., von Dewitz, P., and Gonzalez, M. (2017). Understanding Consumer Behaviour to Develop Competitive Advantage: A Case Study Exploring the Attitudes of German Consumers towards Fruits with Cosmetic Flaws. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 7 (6), 554 – 580.
  • Topolansky, F., von Dewitz, P., and Gonzalez, M. (2017). Reducing Food Waste through Retail Influence on Consumer Buying Behaviour.  Research and Innovation for the Sustainable and Safe Management of Agricultural and Forestry Systems. XXXVII CIOSTA. 13-15 June, Italy.
  • Topolansky, F., Gonzalez Triay, M., and Häufele, C. (2016). The competitiveness of the Uruguayan rural tourism sector and its potential to attract German tourists.  Competitiveness Review, 26 (2), 166-187.
  • Topolansky, F., Gonzalez Triay, M., and Fujarczuc, A.  (2016). An exploratory research of the potential strategic benefits of specialising in Riesling grape. A case study from the Niagara wine region. Advances in Economics and Businesses, 4 (10), 515-524.
  • Topolansky, F., Zhang, C., Gonzalez, M., and Mzendah, C. (2016). Does the conventional paradigm help to analyse the competitiveness of an industry? International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 6 (8), 68-84.
  • Codrin, C., Yaqub, M., and Topolansky, F. (2016). Insights taken from learning experiences of our students. An educational partnership saga. The academy of Business and Retail Management - 2nd International Conference on Institutional Leadership, Learning & Teaching. 19th – 20th September, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Zhang, C., Topolansky, F., and Baird, T. (2015). Competitiveness in a saturated market. A case study of the Scottish craft beer industry. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 6 (8), 28-46.
  • Topolansky, F., Fujarczuk, A., and Gonzalez Triay, M.  (2015). Would the Niagara Region Benefit from Specialising in Riesling?  International Conference on Marketing and Business Development Journal, 1(1), 57-68. ISSN: 2344 – 5130.
  • Topolansky, F., Gonzalez Triay, M. and Hensel, A. (2014). Eco-labels in Germany. Journal of Customer Behaviour, 12 (4), 341-359.
  • Topolansky, F., Gonzalez Triay, M. and Cornelia, H. (2014). The competitiveness of the Uruguayan rural tourism sector and its potential to attract German tourists. Proceedings of the 7th EuroMed Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business. 18-19 September, Kristiansand, Norway.
  • Topolansky, F., and Arfmann, D. (2014). The value of Lean in the service sector: A critique of theory & practice.International Journal of Business and Social Science, 5 (2), 18-24.
  • Zhang, C., Topolansky, F., and Goodhow, W. (2014). The Perceptions of Salient Stakeholders on the Conversion from ‘Renewable Obligations’ to ‘Contract for Differences’ in the UK Low-Carbon Energy Sector. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 5 No8 (1), 25-34.
  • Topolansky, F, (2013).  Competitiveness in regional trade agreements: A case study of MERCOSUR. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-659-47426-2.
  • Topolansky, F, Gonzalez Triay, M and Mortaz, M (2013). The impact of national policy on the competitiveness of a relevant agribusiness sector for the Iranian economy. International Journal of Management Cases, 15 (2), 125-139.
  • Topolansky, F, Gonzalez Triay, M and Cornelia, Häufele (2013). Strategies to enhance agro-tourism competitiveness: A Uruguayan perspective. Proceedings of the International Conference on Business Applied Research (ICABR) - Globalization and Regional Development. 22 -26 April, East London - South Africa.
  • Colgan, C., Adam, G., and Topolansky, F. (2013). Why Try Lean? A Northumbrian Farm Case Study. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 2-3, 170-181.
  • Topolansky, F, Gonzalez Triay, M and Mortaz, M (2012). Agribusiness Challenges in Developing Countries. An Iranian Case Study. Proceedings of 5th EuroMed Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business “Building new business models for success through innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and responsibility”, 4th - 5th October 2012, Glion-Montreux, Switzerland.
  • Topolansky, F, Gonzalez Triay, M and Mortaz, M (2011). A Critical Analysis of the Competitiveness of the Iranian Pistachio Industry. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2 (23), 30-38.
  • Topolansky, F., Gonzalez, Triay M., and Hughes, N.J. (2011). The challenges of a consolidated supply chain to British dairy farmers. Social Research, 2 (23), 90-99.
  • Topolansky, F (2011). Uruguayan lessons. A fascinating insight into how a developing South American farm economy is grappling with market developments. The Farmers Club Journal, Autumn 2011. Issue 234. 08-09.
  • Topolansky, F, and Gonzalez Triay, M (2011). Is Porter’s diamond applicable to developing countries? A case study of the broiler industry in Uruguay. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2 (6), 17-28.
  • Gonzalez, Triay M, and Topolansky, F (2011). The challenges of dairy business management: A UK case study. Proceedings of CIOSTA V Conference 2011: Efficient and safe production processes in sustainable agriculture and forestry. 29 June - 1 July 2011. University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna, Austria.
  • Topolansky, F (2010). Concentration and market power in agribusiness: A case study of the dairy industry in the United Kingdom. Proceedings of the International Conference on Business Applied Research (ICABR), 29 November - 03 December, United Arab Emirates.
  • Topolansky, F (2010). The challenges of a consolidated supply chain and regional competitiveness to British dairy farmers. The 10th ernestas Galvanauskas International Scientific Conference. 18-19 November, Lituania.
  • Topolansky, F (2009). Mercosur Union, Porter’s diamond and the competitiveness of the Uruguayan broiler industry. Proceedings of the International Conference on Business Applied Research (ICABR), 21-25 September, Valleta, Malta.
  • Topolansky, F (2009). The impact of regional integration on the competitiveness of small firms. A case study in Uruguay. Social Research, No 17 (3). 132-142.
  • Topolansky, F (2009). Is vertical integration a strategic option for British Dairy farmers? The 9th Ernestas Galvanauskas International Scientific Conference. Economics and management: Current Issues and Perspectives, 19th of November, Siauliai, Lithuania.
  • Topolansky, F. (2009). Regional Agreements and Competitiveness. 3rd Alban Conference Oporto 2009, 19 and 20 June 2009. Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
  • Topolansky, F. (2009). Organic Farm Management Development in Czech Republic. Grampus Heritage and Training LTD. July/August 2009. Czech Republic
  • Topolansky, F. (2009). Alban-European Union Programme of High Level Scholarships for Latin America. The Santander Group, Portugal. pp. 59.
  • Topolansky, F (2008). Mercosur Union, Porter’s diamond and the competitiveness of the Uruguayan broiler industry. University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.