Organisation and tasks of the national chambers of commerce of the telecommunications sector

The analysis of the conception, evolution and the present state of chambers of commerce in the telecommunications industry conducted in this study shows beyond any doubt that the establishment of economic self-governments in Poland is advisable. Its absence is certainly detrimental to the Polish economy and reduces the effectiveness of government economic policy. The future of chambers of commerce in the telecommunications sector, however, can only be considered in the context of the overall evolution of the concept of economic self-government in Poland. In the literature, as well as in conclusions based on analysis of the practice of the chambers, it seems indisputable that the current model of private-law employer organisations is ineffective for all stakeholders, as well as unrepresentative of the market. It therefore requires an overhaul. Thus, chambers of commerce of the telecommunications industry cannot and should not continue to operate as small industry organisations competing with each other for a narrow group with a voluntary membership of about 5% of telecommunications entrepreneurs. Nor does it seem advisable or possible that they could be replaced by a specialised industry self-government organised on the model of professional self-governments. Instead, these chambers (or rather, their members) should be incorporated into large subsectoral organisations operating as full-scale self-governing business organisations, the concept of which was formulated in Chapter 7.4.

Just as the statist and centrally controlled Asian models mentioned in Chapters 2.3 and 2.4 do not fit today’s Polish socioeconomic reality, so the territorially organised continental model, being the effect of the 19th century transformations resulting from the industrial revolution and social changes as well as political and economic needs related to German or French interventionism, also does not suit the reality and challenges of the 21st century and national achievements which are the outcome of nearly 30 years of cooperation between Polish companies. The concept of organisations currently functioning in the formula defined in the 1989 Act on Chambers of Commerce does not work either.

Establishing a subsectorally organised economic self-government can draw on the achievements developed to date and can meet social and economic changes in which the location of the entrepreneur, the employee and the company is increasingly mobile and dependent on new technologies and global processes. Over the past 30 years, the telecommunications industry has undergone a profound revolution. The globalisation of communications and telecommunications investment processes, on the one hand, and the strong integration of ICT (information and communication technologies) with a growing number of technological products and processes on the other, make this industry one of the best examples of the need for a sectoral approach to the organisation of modern economic self-governments that will be able to meet the demands of the market and act as a real motivator for its participants. Even now, most of the chambers of commerce discussed in this paper bring together a variety of technological entities ranging from telecoms to household appliance manufacturers. The sectoral perspective advocated in Section 7.4 is therefore also based on the practice of the chambers and the needs of businesses.

From the editorial reviews:

The issue of chambers of commerce has rarely been the subject of doctrinal interest, particularly in relation to the telecommunications sector. The content of the study is topical, yet debatable in the rapidly developing economic exchange.
Prof. Dr Maria Królikowska-Olczak

Thanks to an appropriate balance between theory and practice, [the study] retains the features of a scholarly work. The strengths of the work are also its form, conciseness, correct language and appropriate use of academic literature and binding legal regulations.
Dr Daniel Kawa

The work concerns an interesting – and often neglected – phenomenon of economic self-governments. This specialised or even niche character of the work is what makes it valuable. Real knowledge is always niche knowledge, far from flashy and, in fact, sterile pseudo-erudition.
Dr Jakub Rzymowski

Wydanie: Toruń 2019
Stan prawny: 2018 r
Wydawca: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
ISBN: 978-83-8180-041-9
Ilość stron: 140
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