Course detail

Information about competitors

FP-KikPAcad. year: 2018/2019

The subject is focused on the issue of obtaining information about competition in a legal and ethically appropriate way. Students will acquire theoretical backgrounds and methodological procedures needed to acquire and acquire knowledge in the field of preparation and acquiring information about competition. Emphasis is placed on acquiring procedures for analyzing acquired information as a basic procedure of gaining added value forming a new knowledge of a competitor

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will understand modern approaches and methods for gathering and evaluating information about a competitor, about the competitive environment including the creation of added value which is needed to obtain intelligence. Students will become familiar with the software tools used in Competitive Intelligence. They will also master the protection of business secrets of the company.


The knowledge of organization and managerial functions of firms (basic level), the knowledge of work with PC and Internet (basic level).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

FULD, LEONARD, M. The New Competitor Intelligence. New York: 2005. (EN)
BARTES, F. Competitive Intelligence. Skriptum. VUT v Brně, Fakulta podnikatelská. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s. r o., 2012. ISBN 978-80-214-4613-7. (EN)
BARTES, F. Competitive Intelligence. Základ pro strategické rozhodování. Ostrava: KEY Publishing, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7418-113-9. (EN)
KAHANER, L., 1997: Competitive Intelligence. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN 978-0-684-84404-6. (EN)
LIEBOWITZ, J. Strategic Intelligence. New York: Auerbach Publications, 2006. 223p. ISBN 978-0-8493-9868-1.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures consist of an explanation of basic principles, methodology of the discipline, problems and their solutions.
Exercises promote the practical mastery of subject presented in lectures or assigned for individual study with the active participation of students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Knowledge is validated by exam that takes place in writing. Student receives two questions whose answers has defined by timeframe. Student´s skills are tested on the elaborating of semester work.
The test is classified according to ECTS.
Requirements for finalization (weight):
- Term paper: 30%
- Final exam: 70%

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Information on the competitive environment.
2. Determining the necessary information for TOP management organization.
3. Sources of data and information.
4. The methods of obtaining data and information.
5. Processing of data and information.
6. Disinformation - Introduction
7. Disinformation analysis.
8. Prediction of a competitor's reaction.
9. Business secret of the organization.
10. Ethics of Competitive Intelligence.
11. International Competitive Intelligence Organization.
12. Organizational forms of the Competitive Intelligence process in an organization.
13. Personnel requirements for organizational Competitive Intelligence.


The aim is to enable students to understand the issues of information systems which are necessary to gather information about competitors and equip students with skills for obtaining legal information about competitors and their subsequent evaluation.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Control of results of independent work on specified tasks.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BAK-EP Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer