Intelligent Specializations as an Opportunity for Regional Development on the Example of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship
Purpose: The aim of this paper is to analyse the legal provisions on smart specialisations and to indicate how the selection of appropriate specialisations can contribute to regional development and to the competitiveness of regions. Design/Methodology/Approach: In order to achieve the assumed aim of the work, the following research methods were used in the article: critical analysis of the literature on the subject, the method of comparative analysis - the provisions of the European Union legal acts and Polish legislation as well as internal documents of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship and selected regions were analyzed. Findings: Each voivodship has identified its smart specialisations related to its geographical location and socio-economic potential, which will enable it to achieve development and a better competitive position compared to other regions. Practical Implications: The economic development of modern regions is based on knowledge and innovation. One of the solutions supporting these activities is to stimulate growth based on smart specialisations – strategic areas with the greatest potential to generate added value. Originality/Value: The work covers current and important issues for local and regional governments, fills the research gap in the field, combining theoretical issues with practical insights.