Narratives about the Russian innovation system in the mass media

TERRA ECONOMICUS, , Vol. 21 (no. 4),

Analyzing narratives about the Russian innovation system can reveal how current interaction betweenactors contributes to or inhibits innovation development in modern Russia. The study aims to identify andcritically analyze narratives about the Russian innovation system to reveal key elements in the statementsof actors of the Russian innovation system. Comparison between the findings obtained through quantitativeand qualitative analysis is based on the frequency of certain lexemes or phrases, and the assessment ofsignificance of ideas circulating among the actors of the Russian innovation system. Using factor analysis, weidentified several micro-themes within two samples of narratives, extracted from: (1) rating media (problemsrelated to the development of the Russian economy and innovation activity, as well as the relationshipbetween science and innovation), and (2) specialized media (innovative business concerns and marketconditions for innovative development). Staffing of innovation activities is found to be associated with thedevelopment of science and education, on the one hand, and business, on the other. An unexpected resultwas that relevant micro-themes do not contain lexeme “intellectual property”. This fact is presumably dueto the relative inefficiency of intellectual property organizations and related institutional environment, withthe performance measurement framework compels the actors primarily towards formally defined indicators.
Citation: Volchik V.V., Maslyukova E.V. (2023). Narratives about the Russian innovation system in the mass media. Terra Economicus 21(4), 25–37 (in Russian). DOI: 10.18522/2073-6606-2023-21-4-25-37
Acknowledgment: This work was supported by the grant of Russian Science Foundation № 21-18-00562, https://rscf. ru/en/project/21-18-00562/ “Developing the national innovation system in Russia in the context of narrative economics” at the Southern Federal University

Keywords: sociology and economics of innovation; national innovation system; social factors of innovation; discourse analysis; narrative economics; government regulation

JEL codes: B52, O30, Z13

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Publisher: Southern Federal University
Founder: Southern Federal University
ISSN: 2073-6606