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Building Entrepreneurial Capacity in Post-Communist Poland: A Case Study


  • Barbara Despiney

    () (ROSES - Réformes et Ouverture des Systèmes Economiques post-Socialistes - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


Process of globalisation defines the new frontiers, leaving more importance to the territory. In the context of a rapidly changing international environment it is of no small importance to ask some question about the present situation in the bordering regions, their foreseeable evolution, both short- and long-term, and the economic and social consequences liable to results, considering their geographical and demographic situation, and their structures of activity. The redrawing of old national territories no longer seems to be the product of diplomacy and, in particular, wars; henceforth, it would appear to depend upon industrial economics. This is especially significant in the case of “Neisse” Euroregion located on Polish-Czech-German borders. Here are, at the present time, the chances of reviving a localized productive system that would give life to new forms of interregional co-operation. The aim of this article is to offer a reflection on the relevance of the marshallian district concept in the analysis of this interregional co-operation. The marshallian industrial district is based on the external economies of agglomerations and the economics of urbanisation, and this kind of development we can see today in Poland. The study of localized productive systems must be thorough and multidisciplinary and carried out through fieldwork. The aim is to understand how work, relationships and culture as well as material and immaterial infrastructures that give a place its original identity within the international division of labour regenerate in locally coherent forms. Regional production system grouped together on spatial level and integrated company networks at the regional level could serve to create local hubs of competition in Central and Eastern Europe.

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  • Barbara Despiney, 2005. "Building Entrepreneurial Capacity in Post-Communist Poland: A Case Study," Post-Print halshs-00266964, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00266964
    DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20018
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    1. Pellegrin, Julie, 1999. "German production networks in Central, Eastern Europe: between dependency and globalisation," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economic Change and Employment FS I 99-304, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
    2. Krugman, Paul R., 1979. "Increasing returns, monopolistic competition, and international trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 469-479, November.
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    1. Barbara Despiney, 2006. "Les eurorégions en Pologne. Un essai d'analyse en termes de district industriel," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00374689, HAL.
    2. Barbara Despiney, 2009. "From Marshallian District to Local Productive Systems: The Polish Case," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00374435, HAL.


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