Author page: Anna Voloshinskaya

Mission of the Territory: How to Develop It and is it Needed at All?

DOI: 10.33917/es-8.174.2020.126-135

There is no generally accepted definition of a territory’s mission either in Russia or abroad. So is it worth including a mission in the strategy of socio-economic development of a territory and what definition of the mission is better to choose? To answer these questions, a content analysis of Russian and foreign definitions of the territory’s mission has been carried out, from which common units of meaning were identified.

It was established that a number of semantic units in definitions of the territory’s mission and the mission of organization coincide. However, from the point of view of the mission statement, there are a number of significant differences between a territory and an organization, which makes some definitions of the territory’s mission hardly applicable in practice.

Conclusion is made: it is better to define the territory’s mission through its role in the external environment, functions and unique features of the territory. The article examines advantages and disadvantages of alternative options: not to develop a mission at all or to develop it in a purely formal way. Practical recommendations on developing a territory mission, examples from Russian and foreign experience are given

Assessing the Quality of Socio-Economic Development Strategies: How to Choose the Best Approach?

DOI: 10.33917/es-8.166.2019.134-139

What approach is better to put into practice for evaluating strategies of socio-economic development of cities and regions of the Russian Federation? What are peculiar features of existing approaches? To answer these questions, the author examines strategies evaluating methods proposed in the works by B.S. Zhikharevich, I.N. Ilyina and E.E. Plisetsky, V.V. Klimanov and K.V. Budaeva, P.V. Pogrebnyakov, V.N. Knyaginin, I.A. Nikolaev and O.S. Tochilkina, V.E. Seliverstov. These approaches were divided into four groups depending on the purpose of assessment. It was revealed that considered approaches cover the full life cycle of a strategic document — from setting the task on its development to evaluating the final strategy “from outside”. Many approaches include the image of a sample strategy, with which a strategic document is compared to assess its quality, but at the same time, ideas about high-quality, “ideal” strategy in different works differ significantly. In conclusion, practical recommendations for choosing a methodology for evaluating a strategy are given