The National Innovation System and its relation to small enterprises: The case of the Republic of Macedonia

Radmil Polenakovik, Ss. Cyril and MethodiusUniversity Business Start-up Centre, Macedonia
Ricardo Pinto, Pinto Consulting GmbH, Germany

Abstract: Authors summarises the research conducted for the needs of a EU-funded project to assist the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Macedonia to develop a strategy and programme to stimulate the development of SMEs during the period 2007–2010. The research reviewed the current status of the National Innovation System (NIS), its key elements and inter-relationships. It assessed the government strategies and policies that are targeting the above-mentioned NIS elements. This paper culminates in a series of recommendations for policy intervention that can be considered for the SME development programme.

Keywords: NIS; national innovation system; STI; science, technology and innovation; R&D; research and development; SMEs; small and medium-size enterprises.


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