International collaboration in various aspects of innovation in the selected South East European countries
Dr Ivan-Damir Anić and Dr Zoran Aralica from the Institute of Economics, Zagreb and Dr Katarina Bačić prepared a report on survey on clusters of competitiveness in Croatia.
Key messages of the report are:
- There is general consensus among respondents that progress/performance of CCCs is not strongly visible, and that CCCs underperformed compared to expectations.
- Roughly 60% of respondents agree that their CCCs did not develop enough strength to be sustainable, which should raise concern among policy makers regarding the current model of cluster development.
- There are several factors that negatively affect perceived performance, and the most important ones are weaknesses inherited in cluster development framework, poor implementation of activities, inadequate resources for pursuing more ambitious objectives, lack of consensus and weaknesses in strategy formulation.
- Croatian CCs are lagging behind successful CIs in the world in their performance as they do not have a stable sources of financing, professional managers and adequate resources to pursue more ambitious goals and activities.
- Croatian CCCs are limited in their actions and resources in accomplishing their mission, which calls for a revision of the current framework of CCCs’ development.
- Practices and experiences of similar international associations can be very useful in designing more effective development framework in Croatia.
The full report is available here.