Study programmes / C-RD Regional Development / Global Production Networks
Course code:RRGPS
Course title in language of instruction:Globální produkční sítě
Course title in Czech:Globální produkční sítě
Course title in English:Global Production Networks
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/1; part-time, 14/0
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:master; master continuing
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FRDIS
Name of lecturer:Ing. Barbora Daňková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Nataša Pomazalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Ivo Zdráhal, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Prerequisites:State Bachelor Exam and not Global Production Networks in English
Aims of the course:The aim of the course is to explain the organization of the production in today's globalized world. In this context, students will gain specialized knowledge of socio-economic context and effects of coordination of activities for the procurement of an extensive network of exchange acts between economic actors in the global commodity chain and networks. Lesson will focus on explaining the approaches to the formation of intra and inter quantitative and qualitative corporate relationships and ways to reorganize the internal resources needed for effective response and growth of competitiveness in an environment of the newly forming markets.
Course contents:
1.World economy as the external environment for international activities of sub-national, national and supranational entities (elements, links, trends) (allowance 8/0)
a.World economy as the external environment for international activities
b.Fundamental changes in the world economy
c.Change in role of entities in the world economy
d.World trading centers and the role of commodity exchange

2.Organization of production in today's globalized environment: Theoretical and methodological approaches to the definition of global commodity and value chains and global production networks (allowance 6/2)
a.Theory of the firm: basic concepts of economic organization
b.Case study: Roman Grain Trade
c.Basic typology and principles of global commodity and value chains and global production networks
d.Review: Examples of application of theoretical frameworks of global commodity and value chains and global production networks

3.The actors on the global production networks - typical characteristics, causes, context and consequences of engaging in chains and networks (allowance 6/6)
a.World trading centers and the role of commodity exchange - the possibilities for management
b.Design of the efective government structures (contractual relationships, approaches in terms of ownership, transaction costs and sharing/reduction/ of risk)
c.Outsorcing, offshoring, outplacement
d.Beer Game and selected topics of supply chain management

4.Global production networks and regional development, economic and political implications (allowance 4/4)
a.Forms and manifestations of global production networks in the specific world regions
b.Basic indicators for analysis, methodological preparation for processing of studies and presentations
c.Presentation and defense of case studies

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to create new ideas (creativity)
-ability to work in international context
-capacity to adapt to new situations
-work in team

Specific competences:
-Ability to identify the essential factors changes in the business environment of the industry / sector.
-The ability of systemically interconnect issues of regional development and economic policy.
-The ability to apply the adequate theoretical basis for the analysis of the market environment.

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Students can receive up to 100 points. From activities during the semester it is possible to receive up to 35 points for the overall assessment (100 points).

Zápočet (points from activities) - at least 21 points from 35 points (60%)
Exam - written exam (up 65 points)

Overall rating (the sum of points from the activities and written exam):

A: 100 - 93 points
B: 92 - 84 points
C: 83 - 76 points
D: 75 - 68 points
E: 67 - 60 points
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h14 h
     practice3 h0 h
     seminar8 h0 h
     consultation4 h0 h
     public presentation (oral)1 h0 h
     preparation for exam50 h84 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h0 h
     preparation of presentation10 h15 h
     elaboration and execution of projects25 h55 h
     writing of seminar paper33 h0 h
Total168 h168 h

Basic reading list
  • Economic approaches to organizations. 5th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson, 2013. 437 p. ISBN 978-0-273-73529-8.
  • JESPERSEN, B D. -- SKJOTT-LARSEN, T. Supply chain management - in theory and practice. 1st ed. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2005. 170 p. ISBN 87-630-0152-7.
  • Commodity chains and global capitalism. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1994. 334 p. ISBN 0-275-94573-1.
  • Global shift: mapping the changing contours of the world economy. 6th ed. New York: Guilford Press, 2011. 606 p. ISBN 978-1-60918-006-5.
Recommended reading list
  • MÉNARD, C. -- SHIRLEY, M M. Handbook of new institutional economics. Berlin: Springer, 884 p. ISBN 978-3-540-77660-4.
  • Col. Towards effective food chains: models and applications. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2010. 320 p. ISBN 978-90-8686-148-4.
  • SLANGEN, L H G. -- HERINGA, P W. Institutional economics and economic organisation theory : an integrated approach : workbook. Wageningen: Wageningen Acad. Publ., 2009. 175 p. ISBN 978-90-8686-120-0.