Course detail

Competitive Intelligence 1

FP-KciKAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is focused on obtaining of information about competition in legally and ethically way. The aim of the course is to provide students theoretical foundations and methodology necessary for obtaining of information about competition in legally and ethically way. Emphasis is placed on learning the procedures for the analysis of the information obtained as a basic procedure.

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.


Basic computer skills, Word, Excel.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BARTES, F. Competitive Intelligence. Skriptum. VUT v Brně, Fakulta podnikatelská. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s. r o., 2012. 217 s. ISBN 978-80-214-4613-7.
FULD, L, M. The New Competitor Intelligence. The Complete Resource for Finding, Analysing, and Using Information About Your Competitors. 1995. 482 p. ISBN 0-471-58508-4.
KAHANER, L. Competitive Intelligence. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. 300 p. ISBN 978-0-684-84404-6.
BARTES, F. Competitive Intelligence. Základ pro strategické rozhodování. Ostrava: KEY Publishing, 2012. 317 s. ISBN 978-80-7418-113-9.
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

Conditions for passing an exam:
Written form. Only those students who have a recognized seminar paper can participate.
The exam has a written form. Only those students who have written credit in the IS are eligible to participate.
The exam consists of two theoretical open questions, the answer time is 20 minutes. It is evaluated:
a) Proper identification of the problem
b) The method and scope of the problem with emphasis on its explanation.
The answer to each question is evaluated separately. The final score is given by the arithmetic mean. The exam is classified according to the ECTS scale. Incorrect and unreadable responses are considered as inappropriate.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

The significance of intelligence for management company
Work with data
Working with misinformation
Trade secrets of the company
Ethical Framework of Competitive Intelligence and international organizations CI
Organizing and staffing requirements in CI


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

Checking the results of independent work on assigned tasks.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BAK-KS Bachelor's

    branch BAK-EP-KS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Guided consultation in combined form of studies

16 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer