Course code VadZ5080

Credit points 2

Sustainable Cooperation Management

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation15.01.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developers

author prof.

Anita Auziņa

Dr. oec.

author prof.

Maira Leščevica

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

Ekon5089, Macroeconomics Analysis

Ekon5090, Microeconomics Analysis

Ekon5092, Regional Economy and Policy

Course abstract

Master students learn different forms of cooperation and collaboration and approaches to successful entrepreneurship. The course deals with analyses of cases and examples about cooperation problems, initiatives, solutions and opportunities for development. Master students build up competence in organizing collaboration to promote sustainability.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Students will be able to: demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the forms as well as advantages and disadvantages of sustainable collaboration, the key principles for choosing a form according to the goal of an enterprise - independent work, an examination
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable cooperation in Latvia and in the world - independent work, an examination
3. Generate and substantiate ideas for sustainable collaboration based on the theoretical knowledge acquired - practical assignments
4. Independently perform an in-depth analysis of sustainable collaboration management - practical assignments
5. Reasonably explain and substantiate the choice of a form of sustainable collaboration - independent work, an examination
6. Independently acquire, select and critically assess and analyse information, make decisions and solve problems - practical assignments
7. Work in cooperation with others - practical assignments
8. Reasonably explain and present the results of their research to others - presentation of independent work
9. Independently integrate the knowledge acquired, define and give solutions to sustainable collaboration in order to raise the competitiveness of enterprises - examination, independent work

10. Independently establish sustainable collaboration by organising and developing cooperation enterprises, networks, clusters and associations - independent work

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Cooperation evolution and history (lecture – 2 hours)
2. Practical task “Business cooperation: from Theory to Practise” (practical - 2 hours)
3. Cooperation agreements/ base for interests (lecture – 2 hours)
4. Practical task “Sustainability: The Embracers Seize Advantage (practical - 2 hours)
5. Cooperation forms in Modern World and Latvia (lecture – 2 hours)
6. Practical task “Technology based entrepreneurship” (practical – 1 hour)
7. Cooperation organization and sustainability (lecture – 4 hours)
8. Choice of cooperation type, detailed analysis (practical - 2 hours)
9. Cooperation financial appraisals (lecture – 2 hours)
10. Cost-Benefit analysis method (practical – 1 hour)
11. Practical task “Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management” (practical - 2 hours)

12. Presentation of independent work (2 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Examination. The Mark consist of:
• Examination - all the topics ( 40 point)
• Practical assignments (30 point)
• Independent work, presentation (30 point)

A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work, presentation - Analysis of sustainable cooperation management in enterprise X.

Preparation for performance of practical assignments and examination.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Examination mark includes accumulated evaluations of results reached during the course.

Compulsory reading

1. Empowering metropolitan regions through new forms of cooperation. A. Otgaar, L. van den Berg, J. van der Meer, C. Speller; European Institute for Comparative Urban Research, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. 266 p. E-grāmata. (PDF). Resurss pieejams tiešsaistē LLU tīklā
2. Culpepper P.D. Creating Cooperation: how states develop human capital in Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University press, 2003. 239 p. (Cornell studies in political economy. ISBN 0-8014-4069-6

3. Furu P. Development and Transfer of Competence in the Multinational Corporation: Foreign Subsidaries as Centers of Excellence. Helsingfors: Swedish School of Economics and Business Admin., 2000. 185 p. (Publications of the Swedish School of Economics and Business Admin.; Nr 83). ISBN 951-555-633-3

Further reading

1. Child J., Faulkner D. Strategies of Cooperation: managing alliances, networks, and joint ventures. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 371 p. ISBN 0-19-877485-0
2. Managing development: understanding inter-organizational relationships. Ed. by D. Robinson, T. Hewitt, J. Harris. London: SAGE Publications, 2000. 360 p. ISBN 0-7619-6479-7
3. Michel L. Compendium on Development Cooperation Strategies. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 181 p. ISBN 92-7902-359-4
4. The Emergence and Development of Clusters in Poland. Ed. by E. Bojar, Z. Olesinski. Warsaw: Difin, 2007. 208 p. ISBN 9788372517401

5. Deresky H. International Management: managing across borders and cultures: text and cases. 6th ed.Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2008. 492 p. ISBN 0-13-606019-6

Periodicals and other sources

1. Dienas Bizness: nedēļas laikraksts: Latvijas Biznesa avīze. Rīga: Diena: Dagens Industri, 2005-. ISSN 1407-2041


Restricted elective study course for the ESAF academic Master study programme “Economics”, specialisation “Business and Logistics”