A report of the findings was presented at the CEEMAN International Conference on Hidden Champions, in Vienna, Austria, November, 2011, to over 130 business leaders and thinkers, investors, deans of business schools, researchers, policy makers and media from 31 countries. A researchers' panel with representative hidden champions CASON (Hungary), DOK-ING (Croatia), EXECOM (Serbia), and STiM (Belarus) agreed that clarity, speed, knowledge and leadership are key to becoming a hidden champion, while innovation, as a crucial competency, needs to occur at both the levels of processes and culture.
The report concluded that leadership succession, financing, management of growth, and internationalization are the biggest challenges CEE hidden champions face; however, their future looks bright "as they have major, often high-tech products at the early [growth] stage and still many foreign markets to conquer." (SEE Sidebar on Hidden Champions
The book Hidden Champions in CEE and Turkey - Carving Out a Global Niche
was published by Springer at the end of 2013.