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Network mechanisms for supporting entrepreneurially weak regions

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Mechanizmy sieciowe wsparciem dla rozwoju regionów o niskiej przedsiębiorczości
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Entrepreneurial network creation can be considered one of the important factors of regional development. The paper focuses on the problem of entrepreneurial network development in entrepreneurially weak regions. It shows that digital technologies are key elements of a modern entrepreneurial ecosystem. Systematization of network effects allowed for the conclusion that the main conditions for their occurrence are trust and ICT-based platforms. The paper draws on quantitative and qualitative data from interviews with owner-managers from a study of SMEs in an entrepreneurially weak region of Belarus to assess the nature of their networking activity. The survey did not identify any formal networks of SMEs in the form of consortia or temporary arrangements in the Vitebsk region, and showed that the problems hindering the development of SME cooperation in the Vitebsk region are lack of information about potential partners, a low level of trust between entrepreneurs, lack of infrastructure and services for business community cooperation support. This article offers a regional system for entrepreneurs networking development using three types of ICTbased platforms: a public-private partnership (PPP) platform, entrepreneur’s partnership groups (EPG) platforms and Living Labs platform. The proposed policy measures for regional authorities would be expected to allow them to contribute to creating an effective entrepreneurial ecosystem in entrepreneurially weak regions.
Tworzenie sieci przedsiębiorczości można uznać za jeden z ważnych czynników rozwoju regionalnego. Artykuł koncentruje się na problemie rozwoju sieci przedsiębiorczości w regionach słabych pod względem przedsiębiorczości. Pokazuje, że technologie cyfrowe są kluczowymi elementami nowoczesnego ekosystemu przedsiębiorczości. Systematyzacja efektów sieciowych pozwoliła stwierdzić, że głównymi warunkami ich występowania są zaufanie i platformy oparte na ICT. W artykule wykorzystano dane ilościowe i jakościowe z wywiadów z właścicielami – menedżerami z badania MŚP w słabo rozwiniętym pod względem przedsiębiorczości regionie Białorusi w celu oceny charakteru ich działalności sieciowej. Badanie nie zidentyfikowało żadnych formalnych sieci MŚP w formie konsorcjów lub tymczasowych porozumień w regionie witebskim i wykazało, że problemami utrudniającymi rozwój współpracy MŚP w regionie witebskim są brak informacji o potencjalnych partnerach, niski poziom zaufania między przedsiębiorcami, brak infrastruktury i usług do wspierania współpracy środowisk biznesowych. W artykule przedstawiono regionalny system rozwoju sieci przedsiębiorców za pomocą trzech rodzajów platform opartych na ICT: platformy partnerstwa publiczno-prywatnego (PPP), platformy grup partnerstwa przedsiębiorców (EPG) i platformy Living Labs. Oczekuje się, że proponowane narzędzia mogą przyczynić się do stworzenia skutecznego ekosystemu przedsiębiorczości w regionach słabych pod względem przedsiębiorczości.
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