Past, present and future challenges of HRM in V4 countries

Project Objective:

The project's goal is to compare HR processes implemented in companies across the V4 countries. The project will include team members’ meetings to discuss the implementation of the research activities. The project's output will be recommendations for increasing the labour market competitiveness of companies in the region and achieving optimal economic results.

Project Description

Human resources are increasingly becoming a driving force in the growth of enterprises. When we examine the origins of the evolution of views on people's roles in the work process, we discover that the philosophy of human resource management has changed as theory and practice in economics and management have taken shape. More than thirty years have passed since the start of the process of transformation of the Eastern Bloc countries' economies. According to some experts, it ends when the market economy's regulatory mechanism is capable of generating sustainable growth and the structural distortions caused by the previous economic system are removed. The aforementioned developments and changes have prompted us to investigate the level of human resource management in enterprises in the V4 countries. Despite many similarities, almost all indicators show significant differences between the countries. It is interesting to see what processes companies devote their time and effort to from an HRM standpoint. This determines the level of HRM, which we hope to continuously improve with our findings and recommendations. The research project, whose first phase began in 2022, will continue until 2024. Workshops, primary data collection, preparing written material, and publications of results in business, professional, and scientific journals, as well as on the websites of HRM institutions in the V4 countries, will all be part of the project.

Project partners

  • International Visegrad Fund
  • Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica
  • Silesian University in Opava
  • University of Szczecin
  • Magyar Agrár- és Élettudományi Egyetem

Implementation Period

  • 2023 – 2024

Project website

SBA team members

  • doc. PhDr. Vojtěch Malátek, CSc.
  • Ing. Helena Marková, Ph.D.
  • Ing. Petra Krejčí, Ph.D.


SMEREK, L., VETRÁKOVÁ, M. ČEMERKOVÁ, Š. and V. MALÁTEK, 2021.  Comparison of the level of personnel work in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In Sustainability, 13(1), pp. 1-16. ISSN 2071-1050.



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