The Method to Compare Cities to Effective Management of Innovative Solutions
Purpose: The aim of the article is to propose an innovative method of selecting cities, functioning on the basis of appropriately selected criteria shaping them. The article presents the possibility of matching the model city that was Opole with other 15 Polish cities, selected on the basis of the number of inhabitants approximating to the model city, in the context of the implementation of passenger transport within the city bus transport. The proposed methodology is aimed at selecting appropriate conditions and selecting an appropriate city, similar to the model city, in which an appropriate infrastructural or technical solution can be used. Approach/Methodology/Design: The following research methods were used to verify the objective: statistical analysis, which consisted of a detailed analysis of all surveyed cities, comparison of the analysed centres in order to create the most advantageous solution, and expert methods, which consisted of conducting a survey among 14 experts in management, transport, logistics and production engineering. Findings: The analysis has shown which cities are most likely to be able to introduce innovative solutions to improve the functioning of these centres and has identified various comparative aspects of urban development. Practical Implications: Carrying out such analyses will help city authorities in the development of their land, as well as show in which areas there are some shortcomings in relation to other centres. Originality/Value: There is a lack of unambiguous methods in the literature, consisting in searching for the best matches to the tested patterns, which are to be used to implement innovative solutions. A method has been developed which may serve to solve such problems.