About the project

The aim

The aim of the project is to develop an integrated and dynamic conceptual model of key meta-rules, determinants and effects of opportunity-based approach to innovation management in small business (SMEs) as well as its operationalization and empirical verification based on expert research as well as quantitative and qualitative analyses conducted on a sample of SMEs from selected EU countries.

Research methods

  • Expert research using the Delphi method to verify the theoretical assumptions and operationalization of the conceptual model.
  • Quantitative survey research on a sample of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from 6 selected EU countries representing various levels of innovativeness potential: the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • Qualitative case study research on the sample of SMEs innovation leaders from the Czech Republic and Poland. The objective is to identify leading patterns for opportunity-based approach to innovation management.


Funding source

This research project is fully financed from the funds of the National Science Centre, Poland.
Project no. 2015/17/B/HS4/00988

Project duration

The project is implemented between 2016-2020.

Research team

Prof. Stefan Lachiewicz
Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Research interests: enterprise development, small business management, organization of managerial work, organizational structures

Assoc. prof. Marek Matejun
University of Lodz, Poland

Research interests: entrepreneurship, small business management, concepts and methods of management, innovation management

Prof. Zdeněk Mikoláš
University of Entrepreneurship and Law, The Czech Republic

Research interests: business management, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, business environment, family business, innovation management

Dr. Maciej Woźniak
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Research interests: support instruments and policies for small business, concepts and methods of management, investment management

Contact details

Project manager

Assoc. Prof. Marek Matejun, Ph.D., Ds.C.
Department of Entrepreneurship and Industrial Policy
Faculty of Management, University of Lodz

mail: marek.matejun@uni.lodz.pl
mobile: +48 609 886 711
website: www.matejun.com

Project Head Office

Department of Management
Faculty of Management and Production Engineering
Lodz University of Technology

Piotrkowska 266, PL-90-924 Lodz, Poland

Office of the Department:
mail: joanna.wieczorek@p.lodz.pl, phone: +48 42 631 37 62