Wdrażanie innowacji jako czynnik zwiększający konkurencyjność przedsiębiorstw województwa łódzkiego
The paper highlights the necessity to implement organizational, production and service innovations among SMEs. Introducing innovative actions and products into market (regional, national or global) helps companies to avoid bankruptcy and increases their effectiveness. Permanent implementation of new and better practices is a must to keep the position on the market in times of crisis. Financial constraints often limit implementation of innovation; however nowadays companies can take advantage of European structural funds and obtain capital for investments through this channel. The aim of the paper is to discuss the level of innovativeness among companies in Lodz region by taking example of one of the programmes for years 2007– 2013, Innovative Programme (4.1).