Managing Cross-border Partnerships in Transport Integration: Greater Copenhagen and Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai

University essay from Lunds universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen

Abstract: This study explores the various aspects of integration in cross-border transportation management. Through investigating two European metropolitan cross-border regions, Greater Copenhagen and Eurometropolis Lille-Tournai-Kortrijk, the study aims to gain a better understanding of the challenges hindering the successful integration and management of cross-border public transportation networks. The study makes use of the Policy Arrangement Approach, which focuses on identifying the relevant stakeholders in cross-border interaction, determining the nature of their relationships, bringing the rules of cross-border interaction to the surface and looking into the discourses influencing the cross-border processes. The empirically derived data shows several managerial obstacles that are caused by both a more general (i.e. embedded in European discourses) and case-specific (i.e. the consequences of national discourses) nature. By identifying and discussing the public transportation challenges from a broader managerial perspective this study hopes to contribute to cross-border management on both a scholarly level (through contributing to a broader and more generic comprehension of factors generating cross-border challenges) and a professional level (by equipping managers with an enhanced understanding of the managerial problems).

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