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SMEs in Regional Innovative Ecosystem Development: The Case of Russian Energy Sector

ERENET Profile. 2018. Vol. 13. No. 2. P. 39-50.
Наумова И. Е., Volkova I. O., Burda Y., Gavrikova E.

The paper is devoted to the analysis of regional innovative ecosystems’ development in Russia’s energy sector. In transitional economies, the energy sector undergoes through dynamic technological and also structural changes that attract new players in it. Innovations increase competitiveness of the energy sector and help growing its exporting potential. The “gluing” role of small businesses in developing innovative ecosystem is critical for sustainable innovating.   The paper assesses problems that small businesses report, and investigates elements of possible regional innovative ecosystem in energy sector. Based on semi-structured interviews with small firms we determined the most problematic area for innovative SMEs, - it is the legislative and regulatory framework that is holding the development of regional and country-wide innovative ecosystems back. We came up with suggestions on how to improve the situation in Russia’s energy sector. Although the analysis is industry and country specific, we believe that our generalizations would help other transitioning and emerging countries to faster developing innovative ecosystems and grow their economies.