The effectiveness of the innovative process implemented by SMEs. The results of the empirical research
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The essence and the importance of innovation in the process of building the competitiveness of enterprises is widely described in the economic literature. But 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 the innovation activities of enterprises are inefficient and detailed analysis of such cases may identify the key barriers to implementing effective innovation. The modern model for innovative activity indicates that one of the key factors for the success of the innovative activity of enterprises is the proper implementation of introducing new solutions to the market. The problem of the 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 competencies in the area of innovation diffusion are a key determinant of the innovative potential of a company. The author put forward the following research hypotheses: Innovative activities carried out by the surveyed companies are inefficient. The purpose of this paper is to present the problems associated with the effective diffusion of innovation in the SME sector in Poland, with particular emphasis on the barriers in this area. Commonly available statistical data, the author's empirical research results on innovation potential and results of other studies conducted by the University of Szczecin were used to prepare this publication.
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