Technology Innovation and contemporary challenges of Polish Enterprises

Dr. Karina Sachpazidu-Wójcicka visits TIK to talk about the relationship between the innovation potential and the possibilities of the use of technology transfer mechanisms by polish enterprises.

Towards a knowledge economy

Karina Sachpazidu-Wójcicka. Photo: Private.

Changes taking place in the global economy indicate a transition from traditional economy to a knowledge economy that is based on highly processed and high-tech products. The stage of economy transition advancement decides of competitiveness of individual companies, regions and countries.

Innovation is one of the main source of achieving competitive advantage. The rate of creation and implementation of innovation largely determines the competitive advantage of countries economy. Experiences of developed countries show that innovative firms are preferable from the point of view of their internal efficiency and positive impact on the dynamics of economic development.

Disappointing level of polish innovativeness

How does this concert to polish firms? Are they ready for innovation strategies under suggestions of EU?

As we can see, current level of innovativeness of polish economy is disappointing and far below the average of the European Union. On the other hand polish companies, especially industrial companies are looking for competitive advantage using different operation areas, as well in the marketing, production, research and development or management of the company. Additionally, efficient management of the  innovation implementation processes becomes essential.

Technology transfer

The stage of development of Polish economy shows a lack of opportunities to participate actively in the process of initiating innovative activities under the country potential or especially in sector of enterprises. Companies do not have sufficient financial and human resources to conduct cost-intensive and risky R&D activity. It seems that the only way to increase innovativeness of firms is trough technology transfer. Using possibilities of external technology transfer companies can benefit from ready-made solutions, investing in proven and checked solutions. Acquisition of external technology is also cheaper and does not require the involvement of additional time of technology developing by the company.

The main goal of presentation is to show the relationship between the innovation potential and the possibilities of the use of technology transfer mechanisms by polish enterprises. Whether the polish companies have the conditions to obtain the transfer of technology, its implementation and transformation in innovation?



Speaker: Karina Sachpazidu-Wójcicka

Karina Sachpazidu-Wójcicka (University of Bialystok) is a researcher specialized in technology transfer and innovation.


  • Phd Studies in economics 2008-2012, Specialization in Innovation, Technology Transfer University of Bialystok, Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Master’s degree in computer science 2003-2005, Specialization in Software Systems, Bialystok University of Technology
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics 2001-2006, Specialization in International Economic Relations Warsaw School of Economics
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science 2001-2003, Specialization in Software Systems- Expert Systems, Bialystok University of Technology

Research projects

  • PhD thesis ‘Technology transfer and innovativeness of small and medium enterprises’ (PhD  program/to be processed at University of Bialystok since July 2012.
  • Young Scientists Research Project ‘Determinants of innovation processes in Polish enterprises’ Principal investigator
  • Young Scientists Research Project ‘The role of technology transfer in the creation of innovativeness of SMEs’ Principal investigator
  • Researcher in project “Develoment on the basis of the results of monitoring indicators of the Regional Innovation Strategy innovative econometric model - Monitoring System of the Regional Innovation Strateg”’ – financed from EU Operational Programme Human Resources 2007-2013
  • Researcher in project “E-Podlaskie, the directions of the development of the Information Society in Podlaskie regio”’ –financed from EU Operational Programme 'Human Resources’ 2007-2013.

Professional experience

  • Team leader of the University’s projects division responsible for raising funds for University of Bialystok projects, creating ideas of projects to realization, project management
  • Lecturer - University of Bialystok, Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Expert in development and innovation strategies cooperating with the Marshall Office :
  • Podlaskie Region Development Strategy to 2020”
    • “Regional Innovation Strategy”
    • “Monitoring System of the Regional Innovation Strategy”
    • E-Podlaskie, the directions of  development of the Information Society in Podlaskie region till 2020”
Published Feb. 24, 2015 1:15 PM - Last modified Feb. 24, 2015 1:16 PM