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From Confrontation To Cooperation – Institutional Support In Building Cooperation Of Polish Enterprises


  • Joanna Bednarz,

    () (University of Gdansk)

  • Magdalena Markiewicz

    () (University of Gdansk)


The article presents results of critical theoretical and empirical analysis of cooperation between Polish enterprises based on two models: made by T. Ozawa and M.E. Porter, and followed by market research concerning opportunities to support cooperation of Polish enterprises. Polish companies seem to opt for confrontation as the main market strategy, basing on the development of one company while worsening the position of rivals at the same time. The aim of this paper is to show possibilities in supporting Polish companies to build their capabilities, as well as identifying barriers, in transition from confrontation to cooperation. The article is divided into four parts. In the first part, the stages of development of economy and enterprises in Europe are defined with reference to T. Ozawa model. The analysis covers the internationally recognised innovation indicators with regard to cooperation aspects. In the second part, the authors analyse the essence and forms of cooperation between companies. The third part of the paper concentrates on the market research of the support means available for Polish enterprises. In conclusion, a brief summary of the main findings was given, concerning the opportunities and barriers of institutional approach towards cooperation between Polish enterprises. In the paper, two types of research methods were used: methods of data collection and methods of organizing and processing information, especially methods of systems, cause and logical analysis of institutional support.

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  • Joanna Bednarz, & Magdalena Markiewicz, 2015. "From Confrontation To Cooperation – Institutional Support In Building Cooperation Of Polish Enterprises," Oeconomia Copernicana, Institute of Economic Research, vol. 6(3), pages 89-115, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pes:ieroec:v:6:y:2015:i:3:p:89-115

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    1. Michael E. Porter, 2000. "Location, Competition, and Economic Development: Local Clusters in a Global Economy," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 14(1), pages 15-34, February.
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    cooperation; enterprise policy; institutional support; economic development; Polish enterprises;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • F63 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Economic Development
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L53 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Enterprise Policy


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