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Innovation policy configuration – a comparative study of Russia and China

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This paper presents a study of innovation policy configurations in two BRICS countries, Russia and China; the fastest growing and most innovative countries in recent years. Employing a three-dimensional framework which maps policy objectives, policy instruments and policy implementation, the research analyzes a database of 485 policy items issued between 1990 and 2013. Twenty-five innovation policy variables have been scrutinized vis-à-vis the three policy dimensions. The paper compares the experiences of Russia with China, across these three policy dimension areas, revealing the similarities and differences in innovation policy configurations. The research identifies how innovation management in both Russia and China has been shaped by contrasting histories, state institutions and economies. The paper offers an alternative perspective to the debate on the effective management of innovation, a debate currently dominated by the experiences of the USA, Japan and Western Europe.
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Keywords: BRICS; Innovation; S&T; innovation policy; policy implementation; policy instruments; policy objectives

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Business School, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China 2: Plymouth Graduate School of Management, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK 3: Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Publication date: July 4, 2017

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