AGGLOMERATION AS A STRATEGIC TRACK FOR THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT: PROSPECTS AND LIMITATIONS
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Abstract: Agglomeration is a traditional form of regional development. However, its place in the modern theory of strategizing has not been sufficiently studied. This research approached the Kemerovo Region as a socioeconomic object of strategizing. It relied on V.L. Kvint’s theory of strategy and methodology of strategizing, e.g., strategy laws, rules of strategic thinking, quantitative analysis of empirical data, etc. The new urban agglomerations need to be asymmetric and unpredictable for competitors, and their strategizing needs new approaches. The Kemerovo Region has two agglomerations, i.e., North Kuzbass and South Kuzbass, which are strategized as inherent parts of the region. In this case, the time-saving rule makes it possible to get ahead of those competitors who prefer more traditional approaches. The strategic priority of the regional agglomeration process possesses a number of competitive advantages, e.g., population density, road network, high urbanization, etc. The strategic project will eventually cover some territories that lack socio-economic ties. Another relevant rule of strategic thinking presupposes a certain commitment to the future, which makes it impossible to rely on the so-called everyday common sense. The Kemerovo Region chose a non-traditional agglomeration path, which ensures its compliance with the laws of strategy and the rules of strategic thinking

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strategy theory, strategy methodology, strategic priority, competitive advantage, agglomeration, Kemerovo region – Kuzbass, population, urbanization
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