SMEs requirements on „Non-ICT“ skills by ICT managers – the innovative potential

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Technická Univerzita v Liberci
Technical university of Liberec, Czech Republic
ICT, SME and Innovations – these three words and their combination conceal within them the great expectations of the current stagnating economy, which is balancing on the brink of the abyss of a global crisis. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are expected to be drivers of actual economic situation. In present-day Europe the proportion of SMEs in the total number of enterprises represents around 80 % and roughly 75 % of jobs and SME business units represent approximately 98 % of business units in the whole Czech Republic. SMEs also provide approximately 80 % of all jobs on labor market in our country. The aim of this paper is to present the analysis of SME requirements on „non-ICT“ knowledge and skills of ICT managers in the Czech Republic. Here presented analysis takes into account differences between small and medium companies in requirements on ICT managers. The results part contains detailed analysis about companies´ requirements on „non-ICT““ knowledge. The article is divided into two main parts. The first part briefly describes actual situation in innovations processes in SMEs (macroeconomic data analysis from Czech Statistical Office) in the Czech Republic and it describes methodology and the most important information about survey that provides information presented in this paper. The methodology frame uses the SMEs specification as is applied in EU. There are used statistical methods for evaluation of „non-ICT“ knowledge. The second part contains results from the analysis about companies´ requirements on ICT managers „non-ICT“ knowledge with accent on differences between small and medium enterprises. Conclusions are devoted to comparison of category of SMEs to category of large corporation in the Czech economy. Requirements of companies on ICT managers do not depend on the size of the company very much. We identified larger requirements on ICT knowledge by small enterprises; on the other hand medium enterprises have higher requirements on „non-ICT“ knowledge and skills.
small and medium enterprises (SMEs), competitiveness, „non-ICT“ knowledge, human factor in ICT