Economic intelligence

SubjectEconomic intelligence
Semester3rd semester (autumn)
Study programme:Business studies
Primary language:Slovene
The course will be carried out in the Slovene language and is an elective course in accordance with an officially approved curriculum of the Master degree program in Business Studies.

Students must have sufficient knowledge of economy, business, company management and states’ behaviours within international environment. The course requires the basic knowledge of general economic theories and of global market development. Students must have sufficient knowledge of the Slovene language so that they can communicate with lecturers and other students, follow the lectures and understand the study materials. Active knowledge of English language is very much welcomed in order to cope with additional study material that will be delivered during the semester.

  1. To present economic global issues
  2. To explain how economy influences states’ political systems
  3. To explain economic intelligence national systems options
  4. To understand relations between economy and international politics
  5. To understand economic warfare’s origins
  6. To improve analytical skills to understand cultural and social heritage of foreign economic systems
  7. To understand the private and public intelligence systems working strategies
  8. To understand the importance of information sharing strategies
  9. To improve students’ skills in order to cope with the international economic systems issues
  • To be able to understand economic intelligence theories
  • To be able to understand and use information cycle
  • To acquire the ability to understand the methodological approaches of economic intelligence
  • To be able to understand and asses the efficiency of global market social processes
  • To be able to understand the economic warfare theories
  • To be able to understand business intelligence issues
  • To be able to understand the public intelligence systems
  • To be able to understand foreign economic intelligence systems
  • To be able to understand states’ strategic decision making processes concerning economic priorities
  • To be able to understand economic balance of power influencing the world order
Learning outcomes
After passing the exam, the student will understand:
  • The importance of economy intelligence theory for private and public sector
  • The importance of private and public intelligence structures
  • The importance of gathering information and big data potentials
  • The importance of business intelligence and data warehousing
  • The importance of public/private data sharing
  • States’ economic strategies
  • Differences among foreign economic intelligence systems
  • History of economic development
  • How to use analytical skills to study international relations development based on economic priorities
  • How to use analytical skills to follow the world order development

I. Basic concepts
  1. Geopolitics and geoeconomy
  2. Historical development of state economic power
  3. Global market and national interests
  4. Methodologies:
    • Information cycle
    • Information collection
    • Cyber warfare
    • Big Data
    • Infowar
  5. Private sector intelligence:
    • Business intelligence
    • Competitive intelligence
    • Industrial espionage
    • Outsourced intelligence
  6. Sovereign wealth funds
II. Foreign economic intelligence systems:
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Slovenia: future potentials
Teaching and learning activities
  • Teacher explanations
  • Conversation / debate
  • Project work for an external subscriber
Evaluation systems and criteria
Final written exam: 100% of the weight

Teaching and learning material
  • Laris Gaiser, Economic Intelligence and World Governance – Reinventing States for a New World Order, Il Cerchio, RSM, 2016.
Additional learning material
  • Bob de Graaf, James M.Nyce (, The Handbook of Europen Intelligence Cultures, Rowman&Littlefield, Lanham, 2016.
  • Journal of Intelligence Studies in Business, ISSN 2001-015X.
Office hours
  • Before and after the lessons
  • By agreement


Gaiser, Laris