Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Czech Technical University in Prague

CTU in Prague

State doctoral exam topics

Business Management and Economics

I. Exact Methods in Economics

A. Statistic methods

Descriptive statistics, parameters estimation, hypothesis testing. Correlation and regression. Economic indices. Time series analysis, balancing, extrapolation.

B. Optimization methods and decision-making

Linear, nonlinear, discrete and dynamic programming, simulation methods, optimization on graphs, decision making, multicriteria decision making and optimization, decision making under risk and uncertainty.

Systems theory and applications, system strategic management (system of values, goals etc.), system analysis and synthesis, jobs in the system and the system, system behaviour, decomposition, design and system management, implementation processes.

II. Economics and Business Economics

A. Macroeconomics

Gross domestic product. Money and inflation. Unemployment. The economic policy of the state. Fiscal and monetary policy. Foreign trade policy.

B. Microeconomics

Consumer behaviour (rational choice, options and budgetary constraints, preferences). Individual demand. Market demand (aggregation of individual features, price elasticity, dependence of demand and income). Production (inputs, outputs, total, marginal and average curves). Costs (short and long term view). Perfect competition. Monopolies, monopolistic competition and oligopoly.

C. Marketing management

Marketing management concept. Marketing as a business philosophy and system of functions. Marketing research. Marketing Strategic Planning (methods) and the choice of marketing strategy. Product, contracting, communication and distribution policy. Choice of marketing tools. Marketing mix. CRM. Using e-business.

D. Financial Management and Accounting

Investments evaluation. CAPM. The impact of inflation and taxes. Short-term and long-term financing. NPV usage. Options theory and option techniques. Balance sheet and its analysis. Consolidated balance sheet. The audit and its significance. Financial and management accounting.

III. Sectoral Economics and Management

A. Economics and Management of Energy

Specific properties of energy producing technologies. Organization and management of the power plants operation. Energy balance of power plants. Analysis of economic and technical parameters of power plants. Calculation, analysis and keying costs of energy and heat power production. Strategic issues of energy systems functioning. Specific revenues in the electrical grids. The marginal cost of electricity, heat and gas. Principles of integrated resource planning. Optimization in energy systems. The reliability of energy supplies. Energy market. Revenues, costs, prices, energy tariffs and price regulation. International cooperation in the energy sector and its economic and ecological aspects. Organization and Management of companies in Power sector. Monitoring of energy consumption. Energy characteristics of technological equipment, engines and optimization of operating modes. Secondary energy sources. Economic evaluation of energy savings. Energy audit and optimization of energy company management. Energy performance.

B. Economy and Management of Electrical production

Manufacturing process and its breakdown. Strategic, tactical and operational management. Innovations. Relationship between marketing and production. Standardization. Production capacity. Forms of production process organization. Production management. Methods such as MRP, BOA, OPT, JIT, CIM. The methods used in timing capacity and production management. Total Quality Management. Purchase and purchase marketing.

C. Economics and Management of Telecommunications

Segmentation of the telecommunications equipment and services market. Regulation of monopoly in telecommunications. Economy and management of public telecommunication networks, public data networks, radio telephone networks and private telecommunication networks.

Responsible person: RNDr. Patrik Mottl, Ph.D.