A Summing-up Conference
On 14 October 2010, a conference entitled “Benchmarking As an Instrument for Improving the Quality of Management” was held in Warsaw. The conference served as a summary of the following projects of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development: Organization and Performance of Cluster Benchmarking in Poland and Organization and Performance of Technology Parks Benchmarking in Poland.
The two projects were carried out as a part of PAED’s system project entitled “Development of Human Resources Through the Promotion of Knowledge, Transfer and Dissemination of Innovation,” financed by the European Social Fund within the framework of the Operational Programme Human Capital (OP HC) – Sub-measure 2.1.3.
The aim of the conference was to discuss the results of the research and nthe conclusions and recommendations resulting from the analysis of the data collected in the course of the two projects.
The conference was divided into three parts: a general part and two parallel panels devoted to each project. The general part of the conference was attended by Aneta Wilmańska, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PAED, Arkadiusz Kowalski, a representative of the Economic Development Department of the Ministry of Economy, and Michał Gluska a benchmarking expert of TÜV NORD Polska. The participants discussed PAED’s actions aimed at clusters and technology parks, the level of innovation in Poland as compared to other European countries, as well as the role of benchmarking as a comparative analysis in increasing the competitiveness of researched entities.
Speakers of the general part of the conference. From the left: Dionizy Smoleń, Aneta Wilmańska, Arkadiusz Kowalski, Michał Gluska.
The participants of the “Cluster Benchmarking in Poland” panel had the opportunity to get to know the clusters benchmarking methodology presented by dr. Aleksandra Nowakowska, the Head of the Project Consultants Team.
Dionizy Smoleń, Director for the Public Sector and the EU at Deloitte Business Consulting S.A, presented the research results and the recommendations resulting from the analysis of the collected data, addressed to the members and coordinators of clusters, as well as the institutions responsible for the creation of the cluster policy at the regional and national levels.
Prof. Bogusław Plawgo, one of the reviewers of the general report, discussed the project results in view of the cluster support policy in Poland. Dr. Gers Meier zu Köcker, a clustering expert from a German agency “Competence Networks Germany,” presented the evolution of clusters support programmes in Germany.
The speech of dr. Gerda Meier zu Köckerawas met with great interest.
Another foreign speaker was Raphael Kruger, who spoke about the experience connected with a German cluster named HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg (HCBB). He presented the opportunities and limitations connected with the development of clusters operating in the healthcare area.
Marcin Baron, a partner at InnoCo Sp. z o.o. discussed the role and the functioning of the cluster coordinator.
Katja Ahlroth, an expert of the cluster Himos Holiday Resort and HimosWorld Ltd. from Finland, presented her experience as a coordinator of a cluster operating in the tourist sector. She stressed the importance of the cluster management method and the role of the cluster coordinator on the way to success.
Katja Ahlroth from Finland
Rainer Hagedorn, representing Zentrum für Innowation und Technik in NRW from Germany, spoke of the possibilities of the development of foreign cooperation of clusters through the European Cluster Collaboration Platform
Rainer Hagedorn spoke about the European Cluster Collaboration Platform
The last speaker, Ewelina Zajączkowska of Deloitte Business Consulting S.A. – speaking on behalf of Andrzej Rybka, the Director of Aviation Valley Association – presented the Aviation Valley Cluster.
A mini lottery. From the left: Dionizy Smoleń, Lidia Idzikowska, Joanna Podgórska and Kazimierz Schmidt, representing “Razem Cieplej” – a cluster from the Warmia and Mazuria region
The publication entitled ”Clusters Benchmarking in Poland – 2010,” one of the results of PAED’s project, was distributed during the conference. The report is available in paper format in PAED’s office, or in en electronic format on CD’s and on the Innovation Portal. The project included a preparation of 47 reports, each dedicated to a particular cluster participating in the research. The dedicated reports have not been published.
Presentations (in Polish):