chapter  13
10 Pages

Rijeka: Increasing Efficiency of Intellectual Capital in City-Owned Companies

WithKarmen Jelcic

Rijeka, a historic city located at the northern part of the Croatian coast, has been undergoing a period of fundamental change since 1997. Throughout centuries it was governed by Romans, Austrians, Hungarians, Italians, and Croats, each administrator leaving a trace on people’s conceptions and activities. From 1719 it was a free port where many languages were spoken and various cultures met, shaping an openminded environment for new ideas and concepts. During the 20th century, Rijeka was a typical industrial city, accommodating one of the largest shipyards in Croatia and a huge port stretching almost along the entire waterfront. Unlike other coastal towns it had no riviera; however, this shortcoming was compensated by Opatija, a resort, only a few kilometers away. While Opatija attracted tourists and citizens of Rijeka for leisure and fun, Rijeka sacrificed its charm and Mediterranean beauty to industry and port activities, the pillars of its existence at that time.