Title: Collaborative approaches to new product development: the case of Russia

Authors: Maria M. Smirnova; Daria Podmetina; Juha Väätänen; Marko Torkkeli

Addresses: Graduate School of Management, Saint Petersburg State University, Volkhovsky per., 3, Saint Petersburg, 199004, Russia. ' Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, 53581, Lappeenranta, Finland. ' Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, 53581, Lappeenranta, Finland. ' Lappeenranta University of Technology, Prikaatintie 9, 45100, Kouvola, Finland

Abstract: The paper focuses on collaborative practices applied in new product development (NPD) in Russian firms. Interfirm collaboration is considered as a crucial factor of NPD success in the context of a transitional economy. The research questions are linked to analysis of Russian firms| openness in interaction with external partners in relation to product innovation; whether these patterns are related to the type of product innovation; and to what extent these patterns reflect the strategic orientation of the firm. The empirical basis of the paper is a cross-sectional study conducted on a sample of 223 Russian firms. The results indicate differences in interfirm collaboration in regard to the firm|s NPD strategy, the type of product innovation, and the strategic aims of the firm.

Keywords: product innovation; new product development; collaborative NPD; collaborative innovation; partners; Russia; collaboration; transitional economies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2012.044078

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2012 Vol.15 No.1/2, pp.91 - 107

Available online: 02 Dec 2011 *

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