120-0568/01 – International Competitiveness (INC)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of European IntegrationCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Michaela Staníčková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Michaela Staníčková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
ZEM34 Ing. Iva Honová, Ph.D.
POL481 Ing. Eva Poledníková, Ph.D.
STA579 doc. Ing. Michaela Staníčková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1. Understand the essence of competitiveness and the factors that influence it and learn how to develop strategies to support it. 2. Analyse the concepts of national, regional and international competitiveness in the global world. 3. Evaluate and compare policies to boost competitiveness in the EU and the world (support for regional development, innovation systems, regional innovation strategies, the knowledge and information society).

Teaching methods



The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic theoretical and methodical bases of competitiveness issues from the point of view of sectoral and territorial aspects, which are subsequently applied to determinants and setting strategies to support and increase competitiveness in an international context and orientation towards the EU and its member states on the Czech economy and its regional development.

Compulsory literature:

1. CHURSIN, Alexander a Yury MAKAROV. Management of Competitiveness. Theory and Practice. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015. 378 p. ISBN 978-3-319-36586-2. 2. HOLIFIELD, Johnathan M. The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness. Ohio: ScaleUp Partners, 2017. 280 p. ISBN 978-0692877708. 3. STANÍČKOVÁ, Michaela. EU Competitiveness and Resilience: Evidence-based on Regional Level. SAEI, vol. 51. Ostrava: VŠB-TU Ostrava, 2018. 280 s. ISBN 978-80-248-4168-7.

Recommended literature:

1. CHO, Dong-Sung a Hwy-Chang MOON. From Adam Smith to Michael Porter: Evolution of Competitiveness Theory. New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2013. 348 p. ISBN 978-9814407540. 2. HITT, M. A., R. DUANE IRELAND and R. E. HOSKISSON. Strategic management. Competitiveness and globalisation: concepts and cases. Cincinnati: South-Western College Publications, 2016. 442 p. ISBN 978-1305502147. 3. SHAFAEDDIN, Mehdi and Erik S. REINERT. Competitiveness and Development: Myth and Realities. London: Anthem Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0857284600.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Active participation in exercises. Presentation. Written credits.


E-learning course in LMS Moodle

Další požadavky na studenta

Other requirements are not required.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to the course. Introduction to Competitiveness - Economic Theories. 2. Theoretical background approaches to measurement and competitiveness assessment. 3. Competitiveness as a global phenomenon of international business relations. International Competitiveness Strategy - Hard powers. 4. Globalisation processes in the world economy - impacts on the competitiveness of world regions. International Competitiveness Strategy - soft powers. 5. The requirements of the new economy - science-research-innovation and the knowledge-based economy as a means of increasing competitiveness. 6. The Territory as a Competitive Advantage and Disadvantage - Territorial Context of Competitiveness. 7. Competitiveness of the EU I - Specification of the concept and set of strategic / program measures to support competitiveness. 8. EU Competitiveness II - Compatibility with the EU's Common Trade Policy, competitiveness aspects of the internal and external market. 9. EU Competitiveness III - Compatibility with Cohesion Policy in the 2014-2020 programming period post-2020. 10. Regional Dimension of EU Competitiveness - Disparities and Regional Development Support with ESI Fund Support 2014-2020. 11. Competitiveness of the Czech Republic I - competitive advantages and disadvantages, local specifics. 12. Competitiveness of the Czech Republic II - National and European forms of support. 13. The International Competitiveness Strategy of the Czech Republic for 2012-2020 - Back to the Top. How to prepare the Czech Republic for the future? 14. Competitiveness and Implications for Public Policy. Current events.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  18
        Examination Examination 65  33
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Mandatory participation is not required.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (N0311A050012) Applied economics (S01) International Economic Relations MEO P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0311A050013) Applied Economics (S02) International Economic Relations IE P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0311A050012) Applied economics (S01) International Economic Relations MEO P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0311A050013) Applied Economics (S02) International Economic Relations IE P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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