Co-opetition as a source of benefits for metropolitan areas in Poland

Maciej Koszel


The aim of this paper is to identify and evaluate the significance of benefits of simultaneous competition and cooperation, which is also known as co-opetition, among local government units within Polish metropolitan areas. Own studies have covered 345 self-governments and cities in eight metropolitan areas in Poland. Responses received from 137 representatives of the highest local government unit authorities have been used for the purposes of the comparative analysis. A questionnaire survey was used to gather the empirical data. The research conducted on the problem of development of inter-municipal relations within metropolitan areas in Poland shows that the benefits of cooperation significantly outweigh the benefits of competition. Most of the municipalities and cities base their relationships on a high level of cooperation and low level of competition (partner type co-opetition). However, a higher level of socio-economic development is achieved by those units which diversify their approach by expanding the scope of co-opetition. Research results can be used by the representatives of authorities in local government units in order to form or reform the assumptions of development strategies. The co-opetition approach, as a relational strategy among local government units within Polish metropolitan areas, has been researched. Benefits of hybrid forms of shaping relations are identified, and general characteristics of co-opetition proposed. The problem of co-opetition in the public sector (local government units) has been researched for the first time in scientific literature. Further, wider and more detailed research on co-opetition issues is required.
Author Maciej Koszel (WZ / KIiN)
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- Department of Investment and Real Estate
Publication size in sheets0.9
Book Ujwary-Gil Anna, Potoczek Natalia R. (eds.): Network, innovation, and competence-based economy, 2019, Instytut Nauk Ekonomicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk, ISBN 978-83-61597-62-9, [978-83-61597-63-6], 342 p.
Keywords in Polishkonkurencja, współpraca, koopetycja, obszary metropolitalne, zasoby relacyjne
Keywords in Englishcompetition, cooperation, co-opetition, metropolitan areas, relational resources
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 10-02-2020, MonographChapterAuthor
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