Exposing individual behavioral models (mechanisms of self-realization, strategies of achieving success), affecting the operating efficiency of innovative, high-tech companies

A collaborative project with the European University in Saint Petersburg. This cross-cultural study examines role models, culturally recognized mechanisms of self-realization and success strategies amongst technological entrepreneurs in four Russian regions (Kazan, Novosibirsk, Saint-Petersburg, Tomsk) and three technologically developed countries (Taiwan, South Korea, Finland). 

The main research questions are as follows:

– are there specific cultural traits that set apart the Russian innovator from his or her colleagues in technologically developed countries of the “West” and “East”?

– if such particular qualities exist, which of them act more like obstacles and which can be used to support the growth in competitiveness of Russian high-tech industry on the global high-tech market?

The object of study is the biographical trajectories, individual behavioral patterns, business strategies, means of achieving success and self-improvement practices characteristic to representatives of small and medium high-tech business in selected culturally specific regions.

Design-wise, the project developed as a cross-cultural study in the framework of a methodological case study approach (a case in the project being the innovation ecosystem of one of the seven regions). The analysis was conducted simultaneously on two levels:

– institutional, in which innovation ecosystems were studied from a comparative perspective

– individual, in which the unit of analysis was biographies and practices of tech-entrepreneurs in the seven regions selected for comparison.

200 interviews with experts and technological entrepreneurs – in Saint-Petersburg, Tatarstan, Tomsk and Novosibirsk provinces as well as Finland, South Korea and Taiwan – have been collected over the study’s course. More information about this research can be found on the website of the European University in Saint Petersburg: http://www.eu.spb.ru/research-centers/sts/projects/4417-technological-entrepreneurship

A book on the results of the cross-cultural study of technological entrepreneurship is being prepared by the research team for 2015. 

This project is supported by the Rusnano Group.