Department of economy and management of chemical and foodstuff industries
History and the present of Department
The history of teaching economics and managerial disciplines goes as far back as the establishing of Institute of Chemical Technology (VŠCHT) Pardubice in 1950. In the first years the education in economics was realised by external teachers, and only in 1964 the independent Department of Economy and Management was established and retained this name till 1992. In 1992, the Department was organisationally transferred into the newly constituted Faculty of Economics and Administration (FES), University of Pardubice, and was renamed Department of Business Economy and Management. In connection with this organisational change, the department was charged with new tasks within FES and significantly contributed to FES’s development, stabilisation and accreditation. In 1998, the Department was again organisationally incorporated into Faculty of Chemical Technology (FChT) under the name of Department of Economy and Management of Chemical and Foodstuff Industries, and as such it has existed within FChT up to now.
The founder and first head of Department was Prof. JUDr. Jiří Janko, CSc, who led the Department till 1970. In 1970-1989, Assoc. Prof. Ing. Miloslav Filka, DrSc was head of the Department. A significant turning point in the history of the Department was the revolution in November 1989. At the beginning of 1990, Assoc. Prof. Ing. Zdeněk Skřivánek, CSc. was elected head of the Department and started a new epoch in the Department’s history. He gradually took material, organisational and personal measures, which resulted in fundamental transformation of conception and content of teaching at the Department on the pattern of renowned western universities. The same orientation was also maintained by the following heads of the Department until the present: Assoc. Prof. Ing. Otakar Machač, CSc. (1991-1997) and Asoc. Prof. Ing. Hana Lošťáková, CSc. (1997-).
During the time of its existence, the Department has achieved significant success in all areas of its activities. At FChT, the Department is a guarantor of education in economy-management disciplines within BSc, MSc and PhD study programs. Likewise, it represents a significant centre of scientific research oriented in particular to the branch of chemical industry. Within their pedagogical and scientific activities, the Department’s staff members have made wide contacts and realised cooperation with a number of universities, both Czech and foreign, as well as with Industry.
In the pedagogical area the Department team ensures basic education in economy-management disciplines in all study programs of FChT and Faculty of humanities, the University of Pardubice; at FChT they are guarantors of education of MSc undergraduates in the study program Economy and management of chemical and foodstuff industries and education of PhD students in the study program Business management and economy.
In the field of scientific research, the Department staff members were chief investigators in a number of projects in government program of economic research, international and national grants by GA ČR (the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic), and FRVŠ, and projects of applied research for Industry. At present, the research activities are concentrated on factories and branches of chemical and foodstuff industries, and they are directed to study of processes of creation of value for customers, tools for reinforcing their loyalty, changes in the process of strategic marketing analysis, and formulation of marketing strategy of strategic business units depending on trends in the market environment; moreover they are focused on integration of systems of management of quality, environment and safety, on development of systems of environmental accounting, economic control of business along the efficiency line, bodies and processes, and on multi-criteria evaluation of efficiency of such enterprises. The Department staff members keep publishing the results of their research work in both international and national journals and in proceedings and presentations on conferences.