Regional Innovation Strategies in the Czech Republic
Hájek Oldřich, Grebeníček Pavel, Novosák Jiří
Regional innovation strateg y, regional innovation system, cluster, innovation, Czech Republic
Lately, the concept of innovation has become a development mantra in the fierce global competition.
Competition is not limited to firms; it is also relevant for territories. An observed trend
which is not surprising is the number of support tools that have been developed to reinforce
the position of territories and their actors in the innovation processes. Clusters and regional
innovation systems are the most important of them. However, both are rather underdeveloped
in the CEE countries, including the Czech Republic. Faced with this situation, a number of
Czech regional authorities (Regions) took measures to stimulate the process of creating cluster
and regional innovation system (RISs). Hence, strategic planning in the form of regional
innovation strategies has become an overarching concept. So far, eleven Czech Regions have
elaborated on RISs and analysis of these documents was the main focus of this article. The
main finding of this paper is that, there is an increasing quality of RISs in the Czech Republic.
Moreover, some common and some differentiated features of RISs were also identified. Consequently,
the paper emphasizes numerous problems of RISs that is perceived as a key barrier
towards real regional innovation system.
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