Innovation Policies in the Visegrad Countries

This report first reviews the current discussion about innovation, looking at its definition
and theoretical underpinnings from different angles. It is followed by an analysis of the rationale,
goals, instruments and organisational framework of innovation policies in the Visegrad Countries.
The report argues that the Visegrad Countries tend to focus on a narrow understanding
of innovation – expressed in the science-push model of innovation, as well as in mainstream
economics – as opposed to the broader understanding promoted by the evolutionary approach.
The latter approach would provide more appropriate guidelines for developing innovation
systems, improving performance and achieving more pronounced and favourable impacts
on socio-economic development in general.
Author:Aleksander Szpor, Attila Havas, Věra Czesaná, Ľubica Slušná and Miroslav Balog
Place of issue:Warsaw
Year of issue:2014



Completed project
Project duration: 2014

This project was aim to create an independent framework for innovative research in the V4 countries and also served as a critical analysis of their innovation policies. The research was based on an interdisciplinary approach in order to get perspective on measurement of innovations and on instruments of public policy of V4 countries. The narrower and broader cooperation between experts from different backgrounds was helped to reconsider innovation policy in the V4 countries. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic were part of this project.