Innovation Processes in the Russian Manufacturing Subsidiaries of MNCs – An Integrated View from Case Studies

33 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2013 Last revised: 14 Jul 2013

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Igor Gurkov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Sergey Filippov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 11, 2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords: nnovation, Subsidiaries, Russia, Manufacturing, MNCs, Technologies

JEL Classification: F23, L21, L22, L23, L60, M11, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Gurkov, Igor and Filippov, Sergey, Innovation Processes in the Russian Manufacturing Subsidiaries of MNCs – An Integrated View from Case Studies (July 11, 2013). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. BRP 11/MAN/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214837 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2214837

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