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Innovation processes in the Russian manufacturing subsidiaries of MNCs – an integrated view from case studies

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  • Igor Gurkov


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

  • Sergey Filippov


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

The extant literature acknowledges the role of overseas subsidiaries in the growth and development of multinational companies (MNCs). Such subsidiaries are viewed as critical players in the innovation process at MNCs. Although this topic has gained importance, it remains largely under-researched in the Russian context. This study aims to fill this gap by examining the dynamics of the innovation process in Russian-based subsidiaries of global MNCs. It seeks to explore and understand motivation and drivers of innovation, key participants, and impact and outcomes of innovation, with a specific reference to the peculiarities of the Russian institutional environment. We present qualitative findings from several case studies of Russian manufacturing subsidiaries of foreign MNCs, which indicate that Russian subsidiaries are not only recipients of knowledge and technology developed elsewhere in the MNCs, but are active developers of innovative products and solutions that are later applied in other units of the respective MNCs

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 11/MAN/2013.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2013
Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Management / MAN, July 2013, pages 1-33
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:11man2013
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