Górnośląskie Studia Socjologiczne, T. 4 (2013), s. 223-247
Western societies are now in the information age and take part in knowledge-based
economy. This transformation influenced also our country, including Silesian region, which was
transformed from industrial region into region where service sector dominates.
According to the above the development of Silesian Province is highly dependent on endogen
factors referred to abilities of regional actors to cooperation. Now the key is ability to common
learning, self reflection and openness to changes, which are important factors of generating innovation
and have a decisive role in gaining competitive advantage in the scale of country, Europe and
Innovations are important issues but the question is whether they really come to being in Silesian
Province or is it just a part of nowadays discourse and cursing the reality? What are the sources
barriers of innovations? Which brands in Silesian regions are the most innovative?
These and others questions were given during the sociological researches to Silesian decisionmakers,
whose general optimism is weaken by proper for them consciousness of functioning barriers,
restrictions and distances from the desired state.