Analysis of Types, Intensity, Methods and Effects of Process Innovations

Pavla Macurová, Jindra Peterková, Katarzyna Czerná


Purpose: The purpose is to provide knowledge about the intensity and types of process innovation in the business sphere, as well as the representation of entities involved in creating innovation, and about the effects of process  innovation.

Methodology/Approach: Data from the statistical survey on innovation activities carried out by the Czech Statistical Office according to the Eurostat methodology were used, supplemented by some results of the own questionnaire survey. Methods of sorting, size arrangement, structure analysis, comparison, context analysis were used.

Findings: The large enterprises were significantly more active than SMEs in implementing process innovations, as well as foreign affiliates were more active than domestic enterprises. Besides typical competitive advantages of process innovation benefits the benefits in ecology, occupational safety and reduced labour demand have also proved to be numerous. Co-operation of enterprises with universities has proved to be low. The lack of skilled workers and financial resources were the main obstacles to the innovation activity of enterprises.

Research Limitation/implication: The research is focused on companies in the Czech Republic.

Originality/Value of paper: The actual contribution of the article lies in the purpose-oriented comparison of process innovations between fields of enterprise activities, especially in the area of logistics innovations, in some aspects the comparison of process-innovation activities according to the size of the company and the ownership of the company.


innovation activity; process innovations; collaboration on innovation; effects of innovation; innovation in logistics

Full Text:



Björklund, M. and Forslund, H., 2018. A framework for classifying sustainable logistics innovation. Logistics Research, [e-journal] 11(1), pp.1-12.

Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), 2018. Inovační aktivity podniků 2014-2016. [Úvod > Katalog produktu > Inovační aktivity podniku – 2014-2016]. Czech Statistical Office. [online] Available through: < > [Accessed 01 June 2019].

Mařík, V. et al., 2016. Průmysl 4.0: výzva pro Českou republiku. Praha: Management Press.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2005. Oslo Manual. [pdf] Paris: OECD Publishing. Available at: < > [Accesed 15 June 2019].

Rada pro výzkum, vývoj a inovace (RVVI), 2019. Inovační strategie České republiky 2019 - 2030. [pdf] Rada pro výzkum, vývoj a inovace ČR. Available at: < > [Accesed 7 July 2019].

Schumpeter, J.A., 1987. Teória hospodárského vývoja: analýza podnikateľského zisku, kapitálu, úveru, úroku a kapitalistického cyklu. Bratislava: Pravda.

Spišáková, E., 2010. Analysis of innovation activity of Slovak and Czech enterprises. Quality Innovation Prosperity, [e-journal] 14(1-2), pp.42-56.

Tidd, J. and Bessant, J., 2013. Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change. Chichester: Wiley.

Urbančíková, N., 2011. The identification of technology platforms and innovation areas with high regional impact. Quality Innovation Prosperity, [e-journal] 15(1), pp.17-26.

Valenta, F., 2001. Inovace v manažerské praxi. Praha: Nakladatelství Velryba.

Veber, J., Scholleová, H., Špaček, M., Švecová, L. and Ostapenko, G.F., 2016. Management inovací. Praha: Management Press.

Zelený, M., 2012. High technology and barriers to innovation: from globalization to relocalization. International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making, 11(2), pp.441-456.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2019 Pavla Macurová, Jindra Peterková, Katarzyna Czerná

ISSN 1335-1745 (print)
ISSN 1338-984X (online)
CCBY crossref cope
Covered, abstracted, indexed in:
Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index; Scopus; Google Scholar; IDEAS; EconPapers; RePEc; Cabells' Directories; Google Scholar