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In February 2019, close cooperation was established with the University of Iceland, School of Social Sciences, Reykjavik, Iceland, representatives of which are participating in the COST action CA16121. Among other things, a project for institutional collaboration entitled Innovation of Education Methods and Skills at the University of Pardubice – INEMSUP” was prepared with this partner and submitted within the framework of the Education Programme of EEA Grants 2014-2021.

In March 2019, close cooperation was established with the Centre for Retail Studies, Bifröst, Iceland, representatives of which are participating in the COST action CA16121.

In the spring of 2019, Dr. Liběna Tetřevová drew up a Report on the state of the sharing economy in the Czech Republic. This report will be part of an international monograph published within the framework of the COST action CA16121.

In May 2019, Dr. Martina Jelínková covered the story of sharing of sourdough. This initiative was created in the Czech Republic and has spread all over the world. This is a genuine sharing initiative, the main benefit of which is a good feeling, but also support for patriotism.

In June 2019, Dr. Liběna Tetřevová covered the story of bike sharing among employees at Pardubice City Hall. This is an interesting form of sharing developed by a government office on a local level which is also transferable into commercial practice.

In July 2019, Dr. Jana Košťálová covered the story of sharing used items via re-use centres. Re-use centres are an inspirational example of sharing which contributes towards achieving urban strategies of sustainable development.

In August 2019, Dr. Simona Munzarová covered the story of sharing electric scooters operated by LIME in the Czech Republic. This is a controversial form of sharing which has provoked discussion between the professional and lay public recently.

A questionnaire survey was implemented in the months of September to November 2019 in cooperation with students from the Faculty of Chemical Technology at the University of Pardubice to ascertain the general knowledge and experience of people in the Czech Republic, be they university students or members of the older generation, with the sharing economy and their attitudes towards it.

The lecture “Sharing and its economic, social and environmental aspects” and also the lecture “Sharing in practice in the Czech Republic” was included in the framework of the subject Social responsibility of chemical enterprises in the follow-up master’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical Industry Enterprises in October 2019.

Between 23 and 25 October 2019, the lead project researcher Dr. Liběna Tetřevová participated in a meeting of the COST CA16121 initiative at the University of Edinburgh. She participated in the activities of working group no. 1 and also participated in the MC meeting. This meeting was a source of many inspirational observations and new contacts, opening possibilities for further collaboration in the field of scientific research and education.

In November 2019, the lecture notes Enterprise information system II were published with financial support from “IRS/2019/004 – Innovation of the subjects Enterprise information system and Basics of logistics for newly accredited study programmes at the Department of Economy and Management of Chemical and Food Industry”. The author of these lecture notes is Dr. Jana Košťálová. The treatise dealing with modern trends in the field of communication and information technologies also includes a subchapter devoted to the sharing economy.

Within the framework of the subject Social responsibility of chemical enterprises, students in the 1st year of the follow-up master’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical Industry Enterprises covered stories documenting examples of good sharing practice in the Czech Republic. The four winning stories, these specifically being stories covering sharing of a community garden in the centre of Prague, sharing of books via KnihoBudka libraries, the “Leftovers: Save food before it ends up in the bin!” initiative and the “Seed Bank” initiative, will be included in the international database of sharing stories.

A poster presentation took place in December 2019 documenting our project activities and the results of our work. It can be viewed in the Department of Economy and Management of Chemical and Food Industry, Building G, 2nd floor.

The issue of the sharing economy is one of the topics for diploma and bachelor’s theses resolved in the Department of Economy and Management of Chemical and Food Industry under the guidance of members of the project team.

Under the guidance of Dr. Liběna Tetřevová, Pavla Kolmašová, a student in the 2nd year of the follow-up master’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical and Food Industry Enterprises, is working on a diploma thesis on the topic “The sharing economy in the Czech Republic and its possibilities from the point of view of enterprises”.

Under the guidance of Dr. Marie Bednaříková, Kateřina Černíková, a student in the 2nd year of the follow-up master’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical and Food Industry Enterprises, is working on a diploma thesis on the topic “The gig economy as part of the sharing economy”.

Under the guidance of Dr. Marie Bednaříková, Kateřina Koubíková, a student in the 3rd year of the bachelor’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical and Food Industry Enterprises, is working on a bachelor’s thesis on the topic “Development of the sharing economy in the Czech Republic”.

In February 2020, Dr. Marie Bednaříková covered a story about time sharing in the form of shared care for dogs which is provided via the Doginni.cz platform, not only in the form of looking after and walking dogs, but also their training.

On 1 March 2020, the first case of the COVID-19 disease was discovered in the Czech Republic. On 11 March 2020, the WHO designated COVID-19 as a pandemic. On 12 March 2020, the Government of the Czech Republic declared a state of emergency within the territory of the Czech Republic due to the health risk in relation to proof of the occurrence of the coronavirus SARS CoV-2. The COVID-19 pandemic represents an absolutely new and unexpected situation which is unprecedented in the modern history of the world. Only limited theoretical points of departure are available, based on experiences with epidemics local in nature. Mapping of the measures adopted, initiatives which are being created and practical experiences with them is thus in its infancy. The acute need is thus created to develop knowledge about the measures which were implemented, possible tools, new initiatives and effective procedures which will be an inspirational source of knowledge while resolving the current situation and which it will also be possible to use in future. It is thus necessary to search for tools which would on the one hand contribute towards protection of public health and on the other hand, limit the negative impacts of governmental regulations. One such tool is charitable sharing. Dr. Liběna Tetřevová created a study entitled “Options for use of charitable sharing for protection of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic – experience from the Czech Republic”, the aim of which was, on the basis of experience from the Czech Republic, to identify forms of charitable sharing which contribute towards protection of public health at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May 2020, Dr. Marie Bednaříková and Dr. Jana Košťálová presented the contribution “Sharing Economy Areas Exploited in the Czech Republic – Advantages and Disadvantages of Sharing Economy Usage in these Areas” within the framework of the virtual conference “Business and Management 2020”, organised by the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania. This contribution, which will be published in the conference proceeding, presents the issue of the sharing economy and its structuring into main segments of the sharing economy using examples of global and Czech platforms.

On 19 May 2020, the lead project researcher Dr. Liběna Tetřevová participated in the 7th MC meeting of the COST action CA16121. In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures associated with it, the meeting in question took place in virtual space.

In June 2020, within the framework of the subject Sustainable production and consumption, students in the 1st year of the follow-up master’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical Industry Enterprises covered stories documenting examples of good sharing practice in the Czech Republic.

In October 2020, within the framework of the subject Social responsibility of chemical enterprises, students in the 1st year of the follow-up master’s study programme Economy and Management of Chemical Industry Enterprises covered stories documenting examples of good sharing practice in the Czech Republic.

On 5 November 2020, the lead project researcher Dr. Liběna Tetřevová participated in the 8th MC meeting of the COST action CA16121. In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures associated with it, the meeting in question took place again in virtual space.

In November 2020, Dr. Marie Bednaříková, Dr. Jana Košťálová and MSc. David Vlček presented the contribution “GIG Economy Platforms in the Czech Republic” within the framework of the virtual conference “The Impact of Industry 4.0 on Job Creation 2020”, organised by the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčin in the Slovak Republic. This contribution, which was published in the conference proceeding, presents the issue of the sharing economy in the context of gig economy. The paper focusses on evaluation of selected gig economy platforms in the Czech Republic.

Proceedings link: https://fsev.tnuni.sk/konferencia2020/Zbornik.pdf

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