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Department of Economy and Management of Chemical and Foodstuff Industries

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.


Research Areas

R&D Areas The scientific and research activities of the Department of Economics and Management of the Chemical and Food Industry take place in several areas: Area of strategic and marketing management of industrial enterprises Area of logistics and production management Area of corporate social responsibility and environmental management Area of current trends - Industry 4.0, IoT, Shared Economy, Global Economy

Study programmes

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. Bachelor Degree Study Programme: Economy and Management of Chemical Industry Enterprises Master Degree Study Programme: Economy and Management of Chemical Industry Enterprises

History 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), Asoc. Prof. Ing. Hana Lošťáková, CSc. (1997-2007; 2015-2018), Assoc. Prof. Ing. Lenka Branská, Ph.D. (2007-2015) and Assist. Prof. Ing. Jan Vávra, Ph.D. (2018-.

Project INEMSUP - Innovation of Education Methods and Skills at the University of Pardubice - INEMSUP (EEA Project No: EHP-CZ-ICP-1-002) (web page)

The nature of the project is the implementation of institutional cooperation between the partners of the project at the University of Pardubice, the Faculty of Chemical Technology (applicant) and the Norwegian partner, University of Iceland. Applicant’s lecturers plan to get acquainted with the process and methods of teaching in partner institutions by peer learning activities, as well as share knowledge and best practices in the field of environmental and social responsibility, innovation management and sustainability issues at the highest world level.
The expected objectives of the project are:
• Improved educational skills of lecturers
• Innovated courses related with Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Innovation, Social and Environmental Responsibility,
• promote student education in citizenship, environmental and social responsibility issues,
• promote collaboration and sharing of pedagogical methodology, knowledge and skills among partner institutions.

Project COST - Shared Economy:  Program: Cost Action CA16121 “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy” (web page)

The aim of the project is to broaden knowledge about collaborative economy, its opportunities, limitations and risks in a European context with regard to the specifics of the Czech Republic. Alternative views of this phenomenon will be examined with an emphasis on economic, social and environmental aspects. The fact is that collaborative economy represents a new phenomenon from the point of view of the Czech Republic. Only 29% of the population knows the term collaborative economy (sharing economy) and only roughly a quarter has used collaborative consumption (Czech Collaborative Economy Association, 2018). Collaborative economy currently contributes only 0.02% to 0.04% towards creation of the gross domestic product of the Czech Republic (Deloitte, 2017). This means that it would seem expedient to focus our research on the opportunities and consequences of the boom in the concept of collaborative economy from the point of view of Czech practice. It will be necessary to focus attention on the economic, social and environmental aspects of collaborative economy. In the given context, the aim of our research will be:

1) To specialize the phenomenon of collaborative economy.

2) To identify the sectors and platforms of collaborative economy used in the Czech Republic.

3) To identify examples of good sharing practice from the point of view of the Czech Republic, this being both from the point of view of P2P (Peer-to-Peer) sharing and also from the point of view of B2C (Business-to-Consumer) sharing.

4) To analyse and evaluate experience with collaborative consumption and the attitude of the younger generation – students at the University of Pardubice towards this phenomenon.

5) To identify possible forms, or even examples of good practice in B2B (Business-to-Business) sharing.

6) To comprehensively assess the economic, social and environmental benefits and risks of application of principles of collaborative economy with respect to the specifics of the Czech Republic and to formulate recommendations which will contribute towards development of collaborative economy, both for interested parties and also for governmental regulatory institutions.

Ing. Jan Vávra, Ph.D.
Head of Department

Faculty of Chemical Technology
prof. Ing. Liběna Tetřevová, Ph.D.
Deputy Head of Department

Faculty of Chemical Technology