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Designing a differentiated strategy of innovation development of Russia's regions: Methodological issues

Vol. 18, Iss. 11, NOVEMBER 2020

Received: 17 September 2020

Received in revised form: 28 September 2020

Accepted: 12 October 2020

Available online: 13 November 2020


JEL Classification: O32, O33, P11

Pages: 2022–2048


Golova I.M. Institute of Economics, Ural Branch of RAS, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation


Sukhovei A.F. Institute of Economics, Ural Branch of RAS, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation


Subject. This article discusses the development of a differentiated strategy of innovative development taking into account the distinguishing features of Russia's regions.
Objectives. The article aims to improve the effectiveness of innovative development strategies for Russian regions, which vary in the level of science, technology, and innovation capacities.
Methods. For the study, we used statistical, and economic and mathematical methods, normalization principle, the methods of comparative, and expert and sociological analyses, foresight techniques, and original region assessment techniques.
Results. The article presents certain criteria for differentiation of Russia's regions, taking into account the level of development of scientific and technical activities, and it proposes three modifications of the regional innovation strategy, corresponding to the main types of Russian regions by scientific and technological development.
Conclusions. A differentiated approach to a regional innovation strategy development can improve the efficiency and targeting of government innovation policies by making better use of available resources.

Keywords: innovation-driven development, differentiation, innovation strategy, innovation potential, innovative policy, spatial development


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