The main goal of the research group is to analyse the Hungarian, more precisely the West- and East-Transdanubian regional economic development and competitiveness. It assesses the firm- and institutional-level innovation activity and the relationship between academic research and regional competitiveness. It analyses the innovation activity of small and medium-size enterprises in innovation collaborations and also in export incentive innovation processes.

From a regional innovation perspective, the importance of universities, their knowledge-bases and their Centres of Excellence has risen significantly. Related to this topic, the research team analyses the relationship between universities and companies, the market value of universities’ research results. At the latter its main focus is on spin-off firms.