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Innovation management in Russia’s foreign manufacturing subsidiaries: a pilot exploration of creation and implementation of effective innovation routines

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  • Igor Gurkov

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    (D.Sc., National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia))

  • Sergey Filippov

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    (Ph.D., Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands), Assistant Professor)

Abstract

Subsidiaries of foreign multinational companies are essential part of the modern Russian economy. In many sectors, they enjoy dominant positions. Innovation is an important driver and determinant of this dominance. Yet, little research has been done on innovation strategies and innovation processes in foreign subsidiaries in Russia. The paper aims to fill this gap. On the basis of qualitative evidence, it explores the goals, patterns and challenges of innovation activities in Russian subsidiaries. Our findings suggest that that manufacturing subsidiaries have implemented numerous effective innovation routines that are an integral part of daily ‘routine’ management. This is driven by the two-faceted objective – to achieve global quality standards and low production costs.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 07/MAN/2013.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Management / MAN, April 2013, pages 1-23
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:07man2013

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Keywords: manufacturing; subsidiaries; multinational corporations; innovation; Russia; surveys.;

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  1. Gurkov, Igor, 2013. "Why some Russian industrial companies innovate regularly: Determinants of firms’ decisions to innovate and associated routines," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 18(1), pages 66-96.
  2. I. B. Gurkov & A. S. Gol'dberg & O. A. Shibanova, 2011. "The Innovation Process in the Russian Medical and Pharmaceutical Sector," Problems of Economic Transition, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 53(11), pages 79-94, March.
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