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Monitoring of Innovation Activities of the Innovation Process Actors

The ‘Innovation Activities of the Innovation Process Actors Monitoring’ project is implemented by the HSE ISSEK as a part of HSE Basic Research Programme. It has been running since 2009 and aims to develop empirical studies in the innovation sphere and activities (strategies, models of behaviour) of various subjects connected to the innovation process.

In 2016 the latest round of surveys among innovative industrial and service companies was carried out, and in 2015 it was extended to those research organizations, which focus on science & technology results and new technologies.

At each stage of the monitoring’s implementation, serious work is done to update the tools for surveys among innovative actors, as well as the range of new research tasks; to improve the analytical tools on the basis of studying similar international developments and contacts with international colleagues. (And primarily, we mean the long-running European project – the European Manufacturing Survey (EMS), and contacts with colleagues from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany.) This allows us to carry out comparative studies and use generalized data.

The main area of work on each of the surveys (manufacturing or research organizations) is to develop approaches to the analysis and systematization of the received empirical results, and to generalize them in a dynamic perspective. For example, when we studied research organizations as the participants of innovation processes, we focused on the bilateral character of this participation (creating products and services vs. creating knowledge as a product), and the importance of the creative element. As a result, we more specifically outlined models of research organizations’ activities in the innovation sphere; we were able to classify and systematize those factors which influence the choice of behaviour models by research bodies.

We carried out special studies aimed at grouping the detected specific characteristics of research organizations in order to include them in a comparative analysis. This allows us to study problems and processes which are mutual for the spheres of science and the real economy sector in the chain of knowledge creation, transfer and industrial implementation (their ‘intersection point’). In particular, we looked at forming joint strategies (models of behaviour) in creating, transferring and implementing S&T results, taking into account the influence both from research organizations and industrial companies.

The results we obtained were included in the following publications: