Škoda Auto University Research Center

The Research Center of Škoda Auto University pursues existing enterprises defined as Institutional Research. These are multi-disciplinary publication and networking activities that are of interest in the automotive industry. The Research Center covers the processing of the regular annual report on the state and development of the automotive industry, hosting the international conference ICAI. Thanks to a rise in personnel, it also manages the publication of review-type articles on automotive related issues, mainly for the needs of the university staff, in the form of written pieces in our internal newsletter. The Research Center aims to strengthen the university participation in the GERPISA network by participating in its activities, including publishing in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management and organizing research workshops and seminars. Any academic staff member of Škoda Auto University can participate in the center’s activities. 

Škoda Auto University Research Center Staff

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prof. Ing. Stanislav Šaroch, Ph.D.

Head of the Research Center

Stanislav Šaroch specializes in Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, especially in the issue of European monetary integration and fiscal policy. He currently works at The Prague University of Economics and Business as a director of the doctoral study program in International Economic Relations and supervisor of doctoral studies. He is a long-time member of the Czech Economic Society and cooperates regularly with the Representative of the European Commission in the Czech Republic. He also organizes seminars and the international scientific conference ICAI on the topic of development and economy in the automotive industry. At ŠAU, he leads a team that publishes an annual study on the development of the automotive industry. As a director of institutional research, he is a member of the GERPISA international scientific network, organized around the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management.

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doc. JUDr. Václav Šmejkal, Ph.D., D.E.A.


Václav Šmejkal is a specialist in EU law, in particular the law of protection of economic competition, consumers, employees, as well as the regulation of the digital economy, data and artificial intelligence. He authored and co-authored several books and dozens of professional articles published in the Czech Republic and abroad. Besides ŠAU, he is a resident at Charles University in Prague, the Faculty of Law, and a regular guest lecturer at the University of Zagreb. He has been cooperating with SAU since 2007, regularly participating in its conferences and publishing articles in their proceedings. His publications include topics related to the effects of competition law regulation in the automotive industry.

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Ing. Michal Hrubý


Michal Hrubý is a research assistant at the Škoda Auto University Research Center with a focus on economic relations and industrial transformation. His research specializes in the electrification of transport and its basic economic characteristics. One of the phenomena of his interest is the so-called "path dependence", or developmental dependence of economic processes. Michal also works as an economist at the International Center for Sustainable Finance (ISFC). His previous research experience comes from the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy. He is currently the holder of a non-resident ReThink.CEE fellowship within the German Marshall Fund of the United States, with a project focused on industrial policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Michal received a master's degree in economics at the Škoda Auto University.

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Ing. Tereza Hrtúsová

External Collaborator 

Tereza Hrtúsová graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Ostrava, majoring in International Economic Relations. In 2013, she spent a semester abroad at the State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, where she also received an internship at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. In 2014, she joined Česká spořitelna as an analyst of the EU Office team. Since 2017, she has been a part of the Economic and Strategic Analysis team of the Chief Economist of Česká spořitelna. She mainly focuses on branch analysis of the Czech economy and topics related to the European Union. She also collaborates on the Czech Prosperity Index project. Since 2018, she has been regularly contributing to research regarding the automotive industry, published by the Škoda Auto University.

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Ing. Tomáš Kozelský

External Collaborator

Tomáš Kozelský graduated at the Faculty of The Prague University of Economics and Business, with a major in National Economy. In 2005, he joined the Research Institute of Labor and Social Affairs, where he worked on income and wage policy, the issue of labor costs and economic indicators in the EU. Since 2012, he has been working at Česká spořitelna as an analyst, focusing on the European Union, the labor market and various sectors of the Czech economy. He has been collaborating with Škoda Auto University since 2018 and is a co-author of studies in the automotive industry.

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Ing. Radek Novák, MBA

External Collaborator

Radek Novák graduated from the Faculty of Economics at The Prague University of Economics and Business, with a major in Economic Policy. He later pursued an MBA program at the Business Institute in Prague, complementing his engineering degree with a focus on Financial Management and Strategic Financial Management. He gained practical experience in economic policy during his work at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, followed by his role at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Since 2014, he has been employed at Česká spořitelna, where his tasks include monitoring economic trends and individual sectors, as well as preparing sectoral analysis and forecasts for both Czech and foreign markets. Starting from 2018, he has been collaborating with Škoda Auto University on an annual publication about the automotive industry.

Publications and workshops of the Research Center

Researchers’ Media Activities