Received: 2017-03-15  |  Accepted: 2017-06-20

Title

Networking of small cities to gain sustainability


Abstract

The paper addresses networking as a basis for cooperation of small cities leading to more sustainable regional development at the city, regional, and federal level. It is shown that networking of cities can contribute to increasing sustainability in many ways. Still, additional research is needed to adjust best management practices discussed in the relevant academic literature to the peculiarities of transition economies. The objective of the research presented in the paper was to help regional and municipal authorities in the optimization of territorial development planning aimed at long-term sustainability. Research was carried out in Russia on an example of two regions, namely Perm Krai and Vladimir Oblast. The case study revealed that local authorities underestimate the potential of small cities in raising regional sustainability. Actually, a number of small cities in both regions have hidden competitive advantages but cannot realize them separately, whilst development of regional city networking is a fruitful approach to improve their socio-economic situation, and to boost sustainable regional development. Therefore, when planning regional development, federal and local authorities should regard the role of small cities, including disadvantaged and depressed ones, as potentially valuable members of a city network. Measures to embed small cities into different types of networks should be based on the thorough assessment of their resources, with the aim to develop collaboration of cities with mutually beneficial network externalities.


Keywords

sustainability, small city, networking, regional development, planning, specialization


JEL classifications

R11 , R12 , R13 , R58


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/140


DOI

10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1(12)


Pages

140-156


Funding

This research was conducted with the financial support of Russian Science Foundation (project No. 17-18-01324 "Sustainable development of the territorial economy through networking of small cities and district centers")

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Authors

Mingaleva, Zhanna
Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Perm, Russian Federation http://pstu.ru
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Sheresheva, Marina
Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation http://www.rea.ru
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Oborin, Matvey
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation http://www.msu.ru
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Gvarliani, Tatyana
Sochi State University, Sochi, Russian Federation http://www.sutr.ru
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

5


Number

1


Issue date

September 2017


Issue DOI

10.9770/jesi.2017.5.1


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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