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Globelics Academy 5th PhD-School at Tampere, 5 June 2008

Forming the Regional Systems

of Innovation in Russian Federation

(on an example of Vologda Region)

PhD Project by Svetlana V. Terebova

Supervisor: Professor Elena S. Gubanova


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Research Questions

Objective of Research

Conceptual Model of Thesis

Theoretical Aspects

Statistical data and Results of Analysis

Practical tools


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Research Questions:

1. What mechanisms and instruments of forming and development of Systems of Innovation are used in foreign countries?

2. Which of them are used by Russian Federation most of all?

3. What might be the role of Regional Systems of Innovation in facilitating a transition in Russian Federation`s economy towards sustainability?

4. How can innovative policy of the Russian Federation influence the transition of economy from traditional to innovative development?

5. What measures can help the formation of Innovation System in Vologda Region and the development of high-tech business on its territory?

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This project is focused on developing the of Innovation Systems in Russian Federation`s regions (i.e. Vologda Region), due to the start of innovative activities in the regions with the introduction of models and mechanisms which stimulate and transfer the modern technologies and the latest engineering from scientific institutions to managing organizations. It will promote the commercialization of scientific and technical potential of the regions and development of high-tech business on their territories.

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Conceptual Model of Thesis



Theoretical Aspects

Regional Systems of Innovative

structure and innovative activity connections

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Theoretical Aspects

Approaches to construct the Regional System of Innovation

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Theoretical Aspects

The factors influencing regional Innovative Processes

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About Vologda region

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Vologda region

Geographical position – the European North of Russia

The Area of territory – 145 700 square kilometers

The Vologda region includes 26 district

The Population – 1,4 million person

Population density– 9 person on one square kilometers

This regional territory represents more than 100 nationalities

but Russian population makes more than 90%.

65% of the region is forests

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Statistical data

Indicators of innovation processin RF and EU

1NFD - Northwest Federal District

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Statistical data

Innovation activity of industrial enterprises of the Vologda region in %

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  • Priority list of technologies for Vologda region
  • Energy-saving
  • Information-telecommunication systems
  • Processing and reproduction of wood resources
  • Manufacture and processing of agricultural raw material
  • Safety and quality assurance of agricultural raw material and foodstuff
  • Technologies for deep processing of domestic raw material and materials in the light industry
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The analysis exposed the following problems

1. Number of the staff involved into research and development is insignificant. There is a deficit of processional innovative managers. In 2005 on the territory of the region only 464 persons conducted research work, or 7 persons per 10 000. Analogous indicator throughout Russia is 110,7 persons. Number of the staff involved into research and development per population 10 000 in some countries of EU in 2003 was: in Finland - 110; in German - 58, in Spain - 36, in Poland - 20, in Czeckia - 27.

2. There is not enough finance to conduct research work is the region. So, internal expenses for research and development in all financing sources per a scientific employee in Vologodskaya oblast in 2005 were: 10,5 thousand dollars and in Russia-16,8 thousand dollars. In the country of EU this indicator in 2005 was: in German - 118,7 thousand dollars, in Finland - 90,7, in Czech - 79,7, in Spain - 72,8, in Poland - 32.

3. A low level of innovative activity of the enterprises of the region. The level of innovative activity of Vologda Region is 7 %, in Russian Federation - 15 %, in the developed countries innovative activity of the enterprises is on the level of about 50 %: in German - 60,3 %, in Finland - 44,9 %, in France - 40,8 %, in Italy - 36,3 %.

4. According to statistics date no advanced production technology was developed by patent applications 9 in Russian Federation - 21. In the development countries this indicator on 2 - 3 orders above: in Finland - 4838, in Czech - 1560, in Spain - 624, in German - 376, in France 305, 9, in Poland - 246.

5. Research of innovative processes in the region has shown, that thematic research works conducted in the establishment of higher education does not coincide with priority direction of technologies development, realized by the enterprises. Some direction of interest for enterprise (processing and reproduction of houses, rapid construction and transformation of houses and other) have not become priorities for the establishment of higher education.



Practical tools


Including 23regions ofRF



Innovation Network


Contacts RTTN with IRC from

Germany and Italy

French-Russian Technology network (RFR)


Practical tools


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Practical tools

Practice of work in RTTN in Vologda region

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1. Strengthening of the state role in innovative activities in transition economy is vital i.e. provision of infrastructure.

2. In Russia there are already many elements of innovative infrastructure. Now it is required to adjust them for work under market conditions. But where these are not sufficient; it is necessary to create them. e.g. the innovative and technological centers, techno parks, business incubators, technology transfer networks, venture capital funds.

3. Federal authorities have large-scale influence on region enterprises and the knowledge generation sphere. While fiscal and administrative influence of regional authorities is limited. So delegation of authority is necessary to regional administration.

4. The state can influence on national innovative systemdevelopment by means of various programs besides control over their realization.

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Thanks for your attention!