Best Innovation Cluster Management Practices
In October 2016, according to the results of a competitive selection, a list was issued of 11 innovative clusters, of participants in the priority project of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development “Development of Innovative Clusters - the Leaders of Investment Attractiveness at the World Level.” Cluster-winners are based on the recognized innovation-driven growth points, and in recent years they have made real progress in building innovative business models oriented to foreign markets and embedding in global research-and-production chains. Herewith, communication with overseas cluster and territories-leaders was subsequently developed to adapt the most effective management practices. Success stories appeared - the creation of innovative, world-class infrastructure, exits to highly competitive foreign markets, etc.
As a result, despite the unstable economic situation and sanctions, cluster leaders on many crucial indicators managed to keep positive dynamics, advancing over other Russian regions. However, the management structures and methods largely do not meet the very ambitious goals that clusters set themselves in the mid-term, as well as new challenges to their development, including resource constraints. In particular, non-market management models focused on budget funding have become consolidated in recent years. Management teams do not have sufficient experience and qualifications for competition at the international level. Traditionally, insufficient attention has been given to important initiatives such as promotion in foreign markets and brand development in the region.
Thus, in the short term it is necessary to take the next step in improving the quality of management of cluster development, including on the basis of inter-cluster dialogue.
Issues for Discussion
- How one can grow several cluster global champions for the next 3-5 years? What are the ingredients of success?
- Which Russian clusters are better ready to move internationally and have succeeded in this lately?
- How to attract to clusters the most qualified and highly motivated staff who are able to compete internationally?
- How to involve the maximum number of stakeholders in the development of clusters (both within clusters and beyond)?
- How can the state effectively support cluster development in view of the extremely ambitious goals and hard budget constraints?
State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Participants and experts
Deputy Governor for Economics, Tomsk Region
Head, Department of Innovation and Industry Policy of Lipetsk Region
Chairman, the Government of Ulyanovsk region
Minister of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan
Deputy Chairman of the Government, Krasnoyarsk Territory
Deputy Governor, Kaluga Region
Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry, Science and New Technologies of the Republic of Mordovia
Director, Department for Strategic Development and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Vice President, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Deputy General Director, Agency for Technological Development
General Director, Innovation Promotion Fund
Director, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia; Vice-Rector, RANEPA