The transformation of Russia from a centrally planned economy to a market economy has proved to be more difficult than was expected by most experts outside and inside the country. A specific problem has been the difficulty to develop appropriate institutional arrangements to convert the knowledge capital (the highly educated population, scientific institutions and technical infrastructures) of the soviet era into a lever of innovation in the enterprise sector. In a context of intense global competition it is fundamental to find ways both to mobilize science for economic development in Russia and to find ways to vitalize innovation at the level of specific firms and industries. The regional and federal governments and industries in Russia can learn from others’ experience to address the challenges of heightened international competition. GLOBELICS 2007 will provide an opportunity for Russia’s corporate and academic sectors to interact with leading economists and management scholars.
Venue: Saratov, Russia
Date: 20-23 September 2007