Katarína Kráľová – Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín, Faculty of Social and Economic Relations, Študentská 3, 91150
Trenčín, Slovakia
Jana Sochuľáková – Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín, Faculty of Social and Economic Relations, Študentská 3, 91150
Trenčín, Slovakia
Dagmar Petrušová – Alexander Dubček University in Trenčín, Faculty of Social and Economic Relations, Študentská 3, 91150
Trenčín, Slovakia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.2021.303

5th International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2021 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Online/Virtual, March 18, 2021, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; ISBN 978-86-80194-43-1, ISSN 2683-4510


Innovation is currently an important source of economic growth. They are an integral part
of modern economies. They contribute not only to the growth of the country’s competitiveness but also
the creation of new jobs, the improvement of the quality of life, or the protection of the environment and
sustainable development. Therefore, the aim of the paper is through selected indicators, e.g. the share
of expenditures on development and research in GDP, expenditures on research and development per
capita in the regions, the share of enterprises with innovation activity, the structure of expenditures on
innovations, etc. to evaluate the current innovation activity of SMEs in individual regions of the Slovak
Republic. Based on the results of the analysis, will also outline further possibilities for increasing and
especially support from the state of this innovative potential of SMEs at the national but especially regional
level. And because the Slovak Republic has long been one of the below-average countries in the
field of innovation within the EU, possible barriers to the development of innovative activities of small
and medium-sized enterprises in the Slovak Republic will also be identified.


Expenditure on research and development, Innovation, Innovation potential, Innovation barriers.


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