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e‐Gaps in the economy: a case of Poland

Zbigniew Pastuszak (Faculty of Economics, Maria Curie‐Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 23 May 2008




The paper aims to present the results of the author's research on the development of the new economy in Poland. It focuses on identifying two types of so‐called “e‐gaps”, and shows the connection between e‐technology and e‐organisational gap.


The factors determined the e‐gaps have been identified based on the author's past research, and on the review of reports and statistics coming from different sources (net readiness indexes, public institutions, etc.).


Despite the unfavourable macroeconomic, exogenous conditions which determine the high level of the e‐technological gap in the Polish economy, Polish enterprises display a relatively lower level of the e‐organisational gap. One of the methods of limiting the scope of the e‐technological gap in economy seems to lie in initiating macroeconomic activities aimed at reducing the setback of particular enterprises and – consequently – facilitating the increase of economic competitiveness, taken as a whole.

Research limitations/implications

The findings are based on the net readiness research made in Poland, and to see the international sight of e‐gaps, the international net readiness research are needed.

Practical implications

This paper makes possible to prepare a diagnosis of now‐a‐days net readiness development in Poland and indicates the most needed areas of activity of polish government and polish CEO's.


The research may be used by other countries not as well developed in the e‐business area as international leaders in order to know and to decrease the level of their e‐gaps.



Pastuszak, Z. (2008), "e‐Gaps in the economy: a case of Poland", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 108 No. 5, pp. 613-621.



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