A time for new ideas is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that looks at the current state and future prospects of innovation in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). The report is sponsored by Oracle. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. Our editorial team executed the online survey, conducted the interviews, created the economic model and wrote the report. The findings and views within do not necessarily reflect the views of our sponsors.
The report is based on three main components: a worldwide survey of 370 executives carried out in Spring 2008; the Economist Intelligence Unit’s own innovation model; and 25 in-depth interviews with C-level executives, consultants and other experts in the field. In addition, we conducted an extensive programme of desk research. Over half of the executives surveyed are based in the CEE; all operate significant business in the region; two-fifths have annual global revenues below $100m and 16% over $10bn; over half are either C-suite executives or board members and over one-quarter are CEOs or managing directors, in all representing 19 different industries. The survey element did not include firms operating in Turkey.
The report was written by Paul Lewis. The innovation model was produced by Laza Kekic; and in-depth interviews were carried out by Kester Eddy, Richard Eames, David Dyker and Bernard Kennedy; Harald Heubaum compiled the country data in part 2. We would like to thank all the executives who participated in the survey and interviews for their time and insights.