Local government

I participated in the project for Polish counties — Project title: “Innovative and efficient governance as a source of success in a Knowledge-based Economy (KBA) (“Innowacyjna i sprawna administracja źródłem sukcesu w gospodarce opartej na wiedzy”, (Human Capital Operational Programme, 2012-2015). Priority V. Good Governance. Action 5.2.  POKL.05.02.01-00-032/10, project leader, 2012- 2015. Conducted an analysis of the mission statements and visions of all Polish cities and counties looking at qualitative research to establish the strategic orientation visible in the statements (Play-to-win vs. Play-not-to-lose). I also participated in a study on US counties (results published:  J. Fazlagic, W. Loopesko, Intellectual Capital and Public Services in Polish and US Counties European Journal of Service Management. 2016 3 (19)).

DigitalPay4Growth was an EC project aimed at the development of local currencies in Central European Countries. Dissemination of good practices and project outcomes in the CCE region. Conducted a survey (n=840) in Polish counties about the determinants of their development with special focus on Intellectual capital. Additionally conducted statistical analysis of selected economic development indicators to identify the key determinants of growth. The results will be published in a book in late 2017.

I produced thematic inputs to several projects including:

  • E-green Jobs: current situation and training needs, Final Report, VISTULA UNIVERSITY, March 2015, 67,000 characters (in Polish and in English)
  • Preparation of materials for the DigiPay4Growth project in Polish, English and Russian, including an assessment tool for benchmarking local currencies across Europe.

In 2014-2015 I worked on a project “Trust in Polish Business” commissioned by KRD Economic Information Bureau. KRD is a market leader in Poland. Its statutory tasks include the acceptance, storage and provision of access to economic information and data. The included a national survey among Polish firms. The aim of the report was to establish and identify the financial cost of lack of trust among Polish firms. I designed the research tool and conducted a survey which took under consideration the two sides of economic transactions and asked the respondents about the value of lost transactions because the respondent did not trust the prospective partner and estimated lost business of the respondent due to the fact that the partners did not trust him.  Additionally, an econometric model was developed to estimate the total value of lost GDP in Poland in 2015 due to lack of trust. I presented the results during the European Economic Forum in Katowice in 2015 (https://www.forbes.pl/autorzy/jan-fazlagic ). The results of the project were maximized through the publication of a book and my appearances in media (internet, radio, paper journals. The publication drew the interest of the Polish-Dutch chamber of commerce. The Dutch businessmen are now using my knowledge and research findings to better accommodate their strategies to the Polish market (2017+).

In the “Innowacyjna Gospodarka …” project I developed an assessment tool for local governments aimed at measuring gender focus of local budgets (see: http://yadda.icm.edu.pl/yadda/element/bwmeta1.element.ekon-element-000171459606)

The tool is helping local governments to assess their potential for serving the needs of both genders.

Between 2014-2016 I was responsible for dissemination of knowledge and implementation of local currency schemes in the Countries of Central Europe (CCE) in the Digital Pay For Growth project developed in the Netherlands by Social Trade Organization (www.digipay4growth.eu) which applies an innovative digital payment system, Cyclos, to showcase a solution for economies facing the detrimental effects of the Eurozone crisis. The general objective of the project was to demonstrate the use of Cyclos in three pilot projects (Catalonia, Sardinia and Bristol). I produced several reports in Polish and English related to the project and presented the concept in numerous conferences. While participating in project meetings across Europe I made numerous presentations and prepared networking workshops for project’s participants and for external stakeholders (Polish municipalities). I am currently involved in a Interreg project with the city of Elblag in Northern Poland helping the local networks to develop innovative projects. Another project which involved sustainable development in which I participated was e-Green Jobs (LdV) (2013-2016), where I prepared several reports, educational materials and white papers, as well a survey among experts from five European countries on the prospects for an e-green economy in Europe.

I completed a scientific project “Intellectual Capital of Polish Counties” where I conducted a survey (n=840) on Polish municipalities and 120 interviews related to Intellectual Capital (IC) aspects of public management (the ENG version of the website is available at: kapitalpowiatow.ue.poznan.pl). I was a leading author of the Poznan 2020+ strategy. My responsibility was to collect empirical material from workshops, statistical data and my knowledge of the city in form of an integrated strategic document. The process lasted 7 months and included numerous changes to the draft version of the document according to the comments submitted by different units of the City Hall, Local councillors, experts etc. The project lasted between 2014-2017.

I am the main author of the strategy for the City of Poznan 2013 (https://badam.poznan.pl/en/v_budget-and-development/city-development-strategy/)