120-0412/01 – EU Competitiveness (KONEU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of International Economic RelationsCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Karel Skokan, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Karel Skokan, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2009/2010Year of cancellation2012/2013
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
ZEM34 Ing. Iva Honová, Ph.D.
LAN075 Ing. Eva Kovářová, Ph.D.
SKO50 prof. Ing. Karel Skokan, Ph.D.
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Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Credit and Examination 6+6

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1. To analyse the concepts of national and regional competitiveness of EU member states in a global world. 2. To classify the theoretical outcomes of territorial competitiveness. 3. To evaluate factors which determine the competitiveness especially innovation, clusters and knowledge. 4. To recommend concrete measures of EU policies for the competitiveness growth in accordance with Lisbon process. 5. To classify innovation and systems of innovation in the development of economies in EU. 6. To Understand the role of knowledge economy and information society in economic development.

Teaching methods


The explanation of national and regional competitiveness of EU memeber states. Theoretical background of territorial competitiveness, its determinants and driving forces. Assessment of national competitiveness by WEF, IMD and other institutions. Innovation capacity, Innovation systems and regional clusters in economic development. Knowledge-based society and eEurope initiatives. Lisbon process in EU and Annual competitiveness reports. Strategies and policies for raising country and regional competitiveness.

Compulsory literature:

1. Porter, M. On Competition. Boston: Harvard Business Schoul Press, 1998 2. European Commission: A Study on the Factors of Regional Competitiveness, 2003. http://europa.eu.int/comm/regional_policy/sources/docgener/studies/study_en.htm 3. EU Lisbon strategy. Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/growthandjobs/index_en.htm

Recommended literature:

4.Regional Clusters in Europe. Observatory of European SMEs, No. 3/2002. European Communities. 5.World Economic Forum. Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009. WEF, 2008. Available at: http://www.weforum.org. 6.Institute for Management Development. World Competitveness Yearbook 2008 (2007). IMD, 2007.Available at: http://www.imd.ch/research/publications/wcy/index.cfm. 7. European Commission. Growing Regions, growing Europe. Fourth report on economic and social cohesion. Luxembourg: European Communities, 2007. ISBN 92- 79-05704-5.

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Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: Theme I: Perspectives and objectives of EU development • Lecture 1: The development objectives of EU • Lecture 2: The Lisbon Strategy • Lecture 3: The territorial dimension in EU development Theme II: Competitiveness and its growth factors • Lecture 4: Territorial Competitiveness • Lecture 5: Evaluation of competitiveness of countries • Lecture 6: Regional Competitiveness Theme III: Clusters and innovation • Lecture 7: Innovations in Economic Development • Lecture 8: Sectoral clusters in economic development • Lecture 9: Cluster initiatives Theme IV: Knowledge Economy • Lecture 10: The knowledge-based • Lecture 11: Information society • Lecture 12: Modern approaches to regional development • Lecture 13: Current Issues Seminars: 1st Preliminary exercises 2nd Evaluation objectives and prospects for the EU in the globalized world 3rd Evaluation of competitiveness States 4th Encouraging innovation, innovation strategy and innovative regions. 5th Clusters and cluster initiatives, science parks and innovation center. 6th Knowledge and Information Society. 7th Written test. Granting of credit.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2010/2011 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration (02) European Integration K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration (02) European Integration K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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