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Economics of Global Business - JEB135
Anglický název: Economics of Global Business
Český název: Economics of Global Business
Zajišťuje: Institut ekonomických studií (23-IES)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2023
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/2, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 59 / 59 (97)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/syllab/JEB135/
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D.
Vyučující: Bathusi Gabanatlhong
Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Neslučitelnost : JPB334
Je neslučitelnost pro: JPB334
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stáhnout JEB135 JPB334 - Economics of Global Business, Fall 2023 syllabus.pdf Sylabus. Další soubory a informace jsou dostupné přes systém Moodle Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D.
Anotace -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (30.09.2023)
This course is related to but does not overlap with undergraduate courses International Trade and International Finance taught at the IES. The course “Economics of Global Business” deals with international trade, international financial flows, and globalization of economic activities, but it focuses on additional topics and uses a different (more practical) perspective than the two aforementioned courses. It discusses many applied and institutional aspects of global economic activities and it also provides a brief insight into actual methods used in international business, as well as case studies with examples of interesting successes/failures. However, unlike many traditional courses of this type, which use rather soft and descriptive approaches, we will always try to provide also economic rationale and relevant economic models (as well as their empirical tests).

Please note that the course was moved to the Fall semester for the Academic year 2023/23 and to a new time slot. The course will be taking place on Friday afternoons (3:30 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.).
Cíl předmětu -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (24.10.2019)

After studying this course, students should gain a basic understanding of the following issues:

1.      Why do economic agents (consumers, households, companies) behave differently in different parts of the world? What are the implications for economic theory and business activities?

2.      When should a company choose to open a foreign subsidiary and when should it simply export goods abroad?

3.      Why do nations trade and how is trade-related to wages and welfare?

4.      What is competitiveness? Can we and should we measure it?

5.      How are actual transactions in international business implemented? What are INCOTERMS, SWIFT, Letter of Credit?

6.      Why do we have off-shore finance? And how does its presence influence national economies?

Podmínky zakončení předmětu -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (30.09.2023)

Evaluation will be based on a midterm and final exam (in traditional "on-site" written form), two team assignments and online Moodle quizzes. The final exam will include a short (on-site) essay.

There will be at least three different dates for the final exam.


The weights of the components in the total grade are as follows:

Online Moodle quizzes (8): 10%

Short midterm exam: 20%

Final exam (includes a brief "on-site" essays): 50%

Two team assignments: 20%

Additional details:

Written exams are compulsory for everyone; even students participating in hybrid education will have to participate in an online exam once they arrive in Prague.

Grading scale:




91 – 100


81 – 90


71 – 80


61 – 70


51 – 60


0 – 50

Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (26.02.2020)


Books and chapters from books:

Charles W.L. Hill: International Business. McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 9th edition. 2013

Or Charles W.L. Hill: Global Business Today.  10th edition, 2017

Paul Krugman, Maurice Obstfeld: International Economics: Theory and Policy. 10th edition. Pearson Series in Economics. 2014

E. Helpman, Understanding Global Trade.  Belknap Press, 2011.

M. D. Levi – International Finance, chapter 13

Papers and other materials:

De Backer, K. and S. Miroudot (2013), “Mapping Global Value Chains”, OECD Trade Policy Papers, No. 159, OECD Publishing, Paris.

R. Baldwin: Global supply chains: why they emerged, why they matter, and where they are going. In Elms & Low (eds.):  Global value chains in a changing world. 2013

J. Becker & N. Riedel (2012): Cross-border tax effects on affiliate investment – evidence from European multinationals. European Economic Review 56 (2012) 436-450

Blomström (2001): The Economics of International Investment Incentives , OECD

I. Bremmer (2009): State Capitalism Comes of Age: The End of the Free Market? Foreign Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 3 (May/June 2009), pp. 40-55

D. Dharmapala & J.R. Hines (2009): Which Countries Become Tax Havens? Journal of Public Economics 93 (2009), 1058-1068

E. Hilt (2008): When did Ownership Separate from Control? Corporate Governance in the Early Nineteenth Century (interesting as historical introduction, includes U.S. evidence)

G. Hofstede: Cultural Constraints in Management Theories. The Executive, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Feb., 1993), pp. 81-94

Economist – a special issue on State Capitalism

Hines (2007): Tax Havens – texts for the The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

J.R. Hines (2010): Treasure Islands. Journal of Economic Perspectives—Volume 24, Number 4—Fall 2010—Pages 103–126

Henry (2016): Taxing Tax Havens - How to Respond to the Panama Papers. Foreign Affairs 2016

J. Kornai, E. Maskin, G. Roland (2003): Understanding the Soft Budget Constraint. Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 41, No. 4 (Dec., 2003), pp. 1095-1136

P. Krugman (1994): Competitiveness - A Dangerous Obsession. Foreign Affairs

D. C. Mueller (2006): Corporate Governance and Economic Performance. International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 20, No. 5, 623–643, December 2006

A. Musacchio & S.G. Lazzarini: Leviathan in Business: Varieties of State Capitalism and their Implications for Economic Performance. HBS Working Paper, No. 12-108, June 2012

Pavlínek, P. & Žížalová, P.: Linkages and spillovers in global production networks: firm-level analysis of the Czech automotive industry. Journal of Economic Geography 16 (2016) pp. 331–363

M. E. Porter: The Competitive Advantage of Nations. Harvard Business Review, 1990

Timmer, M. P., Dietzenbacher, E., Los, B., Stehrer, R. and de Vries, G. J. (2015), "An Illustrated User Guide to the World Input–Output Database: the Case of Global Automotive Production", Review of International Economics., 23: 575–605

IMD: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014 – Introductory part

OECD (2017): Corporate governance factbook

OECD (2013): Interconnected Economies, Synthesis Report

Metody výuky -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (30.09.2023)

There will be one lecture (80 minutes) and one seminar (80 minutes) every week.


The course will be taught in a partial hybrid mode, i.e. the lectures and seminar sessions will be taking place in room 206 (Fridays, 3:30-6:20 p.m.) but they will be simultaneously streamed via either Teams or Zoom platform too. However, the midterm and final exams will be taking place in the traditional mode (on-site and on paper).

Course materials will be shared via the course's Moodle site.

All registered students will receive an introductory email with information on how to join the Moodle site or how to join streaming (if relevant for them) on the first day of the semester.

Požadavky ke zkoušce -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (30.09.2023)


The weights of the components in the total grade are as follows:

Online Moodle quizzes (8): 10%

Short midterm exam: 20%

Final exam (includes a brief "on-site" essays): 50%

Two team assignments: 20%

Additional details:

Written exams are compulsory for everyone; even students participating in hybrid education will have to participate in an online exam once they arrive in Prague.

Sylabus -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (30.09.2023)

Schedule of lectures/topics:


I.                 Introductory topics

1.      Introduction – globalization, development of global economy and of the role of international transactions in national economies. Economic networks and global value chains – introduction. (October 6th)

2.      Global value chains continued – upgrading, analytical instruments. (October 13th)

3.      Economic agents: consumer preferences – the role of differences in culture, attitudes and values around the globe. (October 20th)

4.      Holiday (October 27th)

5.      Modes of internationalization of economic activities: when should we trade and when institute a foreign subsidiary? Which strategy for which market?  (November 3rd)

6.      The role of governance and its international dimension. Principal-agent problem and agency problems. Corporate governance: relationship between the shareholders, board, management. (November 10th)

7.      Holidays (November 17th)

II.               Foreign trade activities

8.      Exporting and importing activities: prices, risks, insurance. INCOTERMS. Amazon and E-bay: effects on organization of international trade?  Brief midterm. (November 24th)

9.      Trade policies: practical aspects. Non-tariff barriers to trade. Embargoes and sanctions.  (December 1st)

10.   How to pay for imports and get paid for exports? Means and methods of payments. SWIFT. (December 8th).

III.              International investment and finance

11.   Currencies in international business. Exchange rate risk and exchange rate exposure. Introduction to hedging. Cryptocurrencies and blockchains in international trade? (December 15th)

12.   Taxes and international business. Tax havens. (December 22nd)

13.   Corruption in international business. Current trends and issues in international business. Make up session for time lost in October and November (January 5th)

Vstupní požadavky -
Poslední úprava: Ing. Vilém Semerák, M.A., Ph.D. (24.10.2019)

The course will be taught in English. Please do not register if you are not able to study and work in English language.

Knowledge of introductory Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Statistics will be useful.

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