V4 cluster policies and their influence on the viability of cluster organisations

The goal of the project is to cooperate in research, exchange of knowledge and experience within the topic of cluster policies and their influence on the development of cluster organizations, i.e. their viability in the V4 countries. The framework of the cooperation is outlined by the analysis of the focus of V4 cluster policies and selected cluster organizations. The results will cover recommendations & best practices for development of V4 cluster policies for strengthening V4 competitiveness.

The project regards the assumption of no 'one size fits all' cluster policy. Thus cluster policies in the V4 countries have been implemented in various approaches predominantly as a part of innovation policy, policy of competitiveness or SMEs support to name a few. Hence, according the previous research they have impact on establishing and viability of cluster organisations.

The goal of the project is to compare different approaches of cluster policies in the V4 countries including supporting institutions and to analyse historical development and current stage of the cluster organisations in these countries from different points of view and their impact on the regional development.

Methodology of the research in the individual countries will be used in the same manner at two levels: i) level of governments and agencies supporting cluster organisations development within the national and regional dimensions and ii) level of cluster organisations managers. Secondary data for research will be collected employing government strategic documents content analysis and utilizing statistical data concerning financial support. Primary data will be assembled as a result of the survey, that will be conducted by the form of semi-structured interviews.

The evaluation of data results in: 1. revealing conditions of cluster organisations in the V4 countries, 2. identification of best practices, 3. providing recommendation for cluster policies improvement within the Cluster Policy Reports in each V4 country.

The project partners will compare the results in the V4 countries on the basis of knowledge sharing within academic workshops. The key results will be disseminated via the Final conference and website. Events will be held with presence of cluster policy representatives, cluster managers and other cluster stakeholders.












Coordinator of the project

Tomas Bata University in Zlín

prof. Dr. Ing. Drahomíra Pavelková


+420 576 032 670


Project & financial manager

Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Ing. Marek Koňařík


+420 734 683 311