Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2013, 61, 2577-2585
Published online 2013-12-24

The effectiveness of innovative processes implemented by the SME companies. Results of the empirical research

Tomasz Norek

Faculty of Management and Economics of Services, University of Szczecin, ul. Cukrowa 8, 71 004 Szczecin, Poland

The essence and the importance of innovation in the process of building the competitiveness of enterprises is widely described in the economic literature. But the analysis of innovative activity of companies very often indicates that the innovations introduced to the market do not bring the expected benefits. This leads to the conclusion that very often innovation activities of enterprises are inefficient. And detailed analysis of such cases can identify the key barriers to implementing effective innovation.
The modern model for the innovative activity indicates that one of the key factors for success of innovative activity of enterprises is properly implemented the introduction of new solutions to market. The problem of diffusion of innovation involves a number of issues related to the process of spreading and promoting innovation in the market. It is widely recognized that the powers of innovation diffusion is an important determinant of the capacity of firms.
Author posed the following research hypothese:
Innovative activities carried out by the surveyed companies is inefficient.
The purpose of this paper is to present the problems associated with effective diffusion of innovation in the SME sector business activity in Poland, with particular emphasis on the barriers in this area. Commonly available statistical data, the author’s empirical research results from the period 2009–2012 and results of other studies conducted by the University of Szczecin were used to prepare this publication.


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