—Currently, the focus is on innovation as key
component of competitiveness of economies. Innovation cannot
be understood only as the introduction of new products and
production processes, but also as an application of changes in
work organization and management, or new ways of selling
products. Innovative performance is related not only to the
ability of firms, but is also bound to the environment of the
entire national system that includes a system of public and
private institutions. This article aims to find innovative
performance of selected economies of the European Union,
namely the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and Germany and
one country outside the EU - Switzerland and confirm the
hypothesis of a direct relation of innovativeness and the size of
the economy. The methods of description, analysis and
comparison were used in the article, and innovative
performance was measured through three innovation indexes in
the period 2001 to 2009.
—Comparison, competitiveness, global
innovation index, innovation, summary innovation index.
Ingrid Majerová is with the Department of Economics, Silesian
University in Opava, School of Business Administration in Karviná,
Univerzitní náměstí 1934, 73401 Karviná, Czech Republic (e-mail:
Cite: Ingrid Majerová, "Measurement of Innovative Performance of Selected Economies of the European Union and Switzerland," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 228-232, 2015.