Polish metallurgical enterprises spend significantly less on R&D and innovation than their regional peers. The income and productivity growth in the last 20 years has been much faster than that of its neighbors. It suggests that factors unrelated to R&D and technological progress must have accounted for the boom. Looking ahead, however, Poland needs a transition to innovation- and R&D-driven growth to meet targets defined by the Europe 2020 Strategy and sustain the fast pace of convergence with the EU.After theoretical background overview and preparation of the absorption of innovation analysis, it was possible to point out the most important areas for changes. The main goal of the paper is to identify absorptions’ models and its implementation possibilities in metallurgical enterprises. The research was conducted in years 2010-2015. Presented investigation was partly designed to highlight the possibilities of innovation implementation with special attention to its absorption limits.Keywords: innovation, R&D, metallurgy, enterprises, Poland
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