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This article presents the results of a research dedicated to the correlation between cultural values and economic attitudes (n = 110 people). The participants belonged to the young (18 – 25 years old) generation and the adult (37 – 63 years) generation of Russian people. The goal of the research was to reveal a correlation between cultural values and economic attitudes among representatives of different generations of Russians. It has been found that for the adult generation, the “Power Distance” value is positively correlated with economic self-determination and the desire of having money. For the young generation, the “Power Distance” value is not associated with the growth of the welfare, and “Uncertainty Avoidance” encourages economic autonomy but does not create more opportunities for increasing personal material income; “Masculinity” does not bring along the economic self-determination. The study has also demonstrated that economic paternalism is most expressed among representatives of the young generation, and they are more ready to take economic risks in order to increase their income, but the chances of making their personal financial income higher are not as big as those of the adult generation.
Purpose: The paper explores factors of the low competitiveness of Russian companies assuming that the gap in the endowment of intangible resources is responsible for the gap in competitiveness.
Design/Methodology: The framework of resources-based view is used to examine causality between the resources employed and competitiveness measured by Economic Value Added. Controlling for the most relevant factors, we place an emphasis on those intangible resources that are considered in the literature as being the most critical for Russian companies when contending for global competitiveness: productivity, strategic long-term orientation of companies, quality of human capital, innovative behaviour of companies, foreign investments, and corporate networks. The dataset of more than 1000 Russian companies benchmarked to the dataset of more than 1600 European companies during a period of 10 years: 2004-2013 is analyzed to test the hypothesis put forward.
Findings: Causal effect of the gap in intangible endowment and competitiveness of Russian companies compared with European rivals is revealed. According to our analysis, gaps in productivity, strategy implementation, qualifications of the board of directors and company location play critical roles in the global competitiveness of Russian companies. Meanwhile, underinvestment in structural resources, like those such as ERP systems and other intangible assets, are considered positive factors that reduce gaps in EVA.
Originality/value: The paper introduces original approach for studying the gap in performance caused by gap in employed resources.
The issue of capital city relocation is a topic of debate for more than forty countries around the world. In this first book to discuss the issue, Vadim Rossman offers an in-depth analysis of the subject, highlighting the global trends and the key factors that motivate different countries to consider such projects, analyzing the outcomes and drawing lessons from recent capital city transfers worldwide for governments and policy-makers.
This research combines theories of civil society and local self-governance in describing citizen participation in solving neighborhood problems. Similar to neighborhood associations elsewhere, in Russia “organizations of territorial social selfgovernance” (TOS) have been formed to facilitate citizen participation in improving their communities. This research presents the first ever study of TOS across all Russian regions, drawing on a range of secondary data, lists of registered groups, and a phone survey of potential collaboration partners conducted in 2015. This paper explores the current state of these groups and their potential for collaboration with other civic organizations, government and business.
This study explores the value creation and agent conflict in a company that employs intangibles. The conceptual model of value creation is used to test how intangibles affect companies' outperforming and simultaneously build investors' expectations. The research is carried out using a sample of more than 1,650 European companies covering the period from 2004 to 2011. The study reveals the diverse impact of intangibles on the outperforming of a company by Economic Value Added (EVA) and its ability to create market value (MVA). The study discovers that managers are prone to set positive signals for investors rather than create sustainable competitive advantages. This work contributes primarily to the field of corporate governance in companies that employ intangibles. The issues to be considered when designing rules and incentives for proper communication between managers and investors that drive both outperforming and sustainable value creation are emphasized.
Studying the heterogeneity of consumers allows to price the product differently for consumer segments or groups of a product. In this paper we estimate a model of aggregate demand for Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre focusing on the heterogeneity in price effect on demand for tickets on different performances and seats. We estimate parameters of demand function using censored quantile regression that accounts for the limited capacity of the theatre house. We reveal the price effect variation across different types of theatrical productions and seats with lower elastic demand on ballets and for seats of higher quality.
This volume deals with one of the most understudied aspects of everyday life in Russian society. Its main heroes are the providers of goods and services to whom people turn for healthcare instead of official medical institutions. A wide range of agents is described—from network marketing companies to 'folk' journals on health as well as healers, complementary medicine specialists, and religious organizations.
Krasheninnikova’s book is based on rich empirical observations and avoids both positive and critical assessment of the analyzed phenomena. Her investigation pays particular attention to the legal, social, and economic status of informal healthcare providers. She demonstrates that these agents tend to flourish in bigger towns rather than in small settlements, where public healthcare is lacking. The study reveals the important role of institutions that are generally not related to alternative medicine, such as pharmacies, libraries, and church shops.
The result is a vivid and thorough introduction to the world of self-medication and alternative healing in contemporary Russia. A special emphasis was made on the flexibility of boundaries between formal and informal healthcare due to the evolution of rules and regulations.
Purpose: the paper aims to theoretically justify the link between the endowment of intellectual capital and product novelty, and to find empirical evidence for such a link for SMEs in the Russian business environment.
Design/methodology/approach: the study implements an intellectual capital based view and the concept of novelty proposed by Schumpeter to highlight the crucial role of knowledge for transition to a higher level of competition. Drawing on a literature review, the authors determine three specific components of intellectual capital: foreign human capital, ICT capital developed at an international level and cooperation with foreign partners in order to pinpoint a premier position on the next level of the market. For empirical testing of the proposed model, a dataset comprising more than 1400 Russian manufacturing SMEs was used. Estimations were performed with the help of a principal component analysis and ordinal logistic regression.
Findings: the findings reveal that higher intellectual capital endowment promotes the level of product novelty. For Russian manufacturing SMEs, the most important is R&D capital. At the same time, ICT capital developed at an international level and cooperation with foreign partners contribute significantly to the probability of transition to a new market level.
Research limitations/implications: the study employs cross sectional data that restrict the analysis of innovation dynamics.
Practical implications: the study appears to have policy implications for the development of governmental programmes for Russian SMEs such as the creation of IC awareness, training for IC management, special programmes for R&D support and ICT capital accumulation.
Originality/value: this paper proposes a new approach for investigating the “knowledge-innovation” link, shifting the focus from a general analysis of product innovation to a level of novelty for product innovation. This is the first empirical study of the relationship between intellectual capital components and the level of product novelty for SMEs in the context of the Russian business environment.
Nowadays, mind mapping is rather popular educational technique. Like any other learning tools, mind maps became a part of modern educational trends like blended learning and computer-supported collaborative learning. Lots of mind mapping software tools are adopted to teaching and learning routines such as educational content delivery or assessment. This paper focuses on the additional automatic evaluation of digital educational mind maps gained from the existing procedures of assessments. The review of automatic graders which support the evaluation process demonstrates that some systematical work is done in automation grading by comparing students’ mind maps with a template. But lots of questions about automatic mind maps’ scoring by retrieving the data from a scored mind map are still open. This paper introduces the automatic grader for educational mind maps (AGEMM) which acts like a teacher’s assistant and calculates several quantitative metrics. The AGEMM is implemented as a web-service and interacted with mind maps prepared in the Coggle web-service through its API. The AGEMM is adopted to a bachelor course. Results demonstrate that scores from the AGEMM may be transformed to scales or criterial levels which are used to evaluation. Moreover, the AGEMM application revealed several problems and shew lines of development which we discuss in the paper.
This article examines theoretical aspects of the co-production concept and illustrates its applicability within the framework of place marketing and tourism. A theoretical exploratory technique based on literature and discussion is employed to propose a conceptual model on residents’ willingness to be engaged in co-production activities.
Sustainable public procurement (SPP) is a process of purchasing goods, services, works and utilities for public needs in a way that ensures benefits not only to the organization, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimizes damage to the environment. SPP can be part of the overall mechanism of sustainable development. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how SPP can contribute to sustainable development, what is the legal framework for it, what factors promote and inhibit SPP, how SPP can be implemented in practice. By analyzing regulatory legal acts, the international SPP experience, a large body of international academic research and reports of international organizations involved in the promotion of SPP, we advance two key features that make public procurement an effective mechanism of sustainable development: (1) the scale of public procurement and (2) the power and authority of procurement bodies. We distinguish between several different schemes of legal support of SPP. The main drivers of SPP are leadership, clarity of strategies and plans that articulate SPP goals, the legislative support of the SPP process, and the information support of procurement specialists. Our review of international experience in SPP is expected to contribute to a more vigorous implementation of SPP by procurement authorities.
Introduction. The paper studies the problem of social dynamics and reactions of the individuals, specifically in the case of local elites in the small towns of Perm Krai, Russia. Aims. The aim of the paper is to interpret the practices of the local elites. The paper studies a social space with the constrains where these practices take place as well as the performed practices themselves. Methods. The paper uses structural-functional analysis, and qualitative sociological methods, such as depth interview, case study. Results. The study analyzes three cases of actions of local elites in Kungur, Chaikovski, Krasnokamsk. Given cases were interpreted through the theories of P. Bourdieu and Z. Bauman. Conclusion. Social processes show the resemblance of institutional isomorphism, but it is applied to the fields of social space. Strong connection between local elites and social spaces of small towns is seen as a source of additional influence. Two hypothetical explanations are given to the revealed “isomorphism of fields”: 1) it may be the byproduct of creation of “significant places” in the new fields taken under control of the local elites; 2) it can be the result of influence of emotions.
Road safety is a complex multi-faceted concept that characterizes the efficiency of the country's road transport system. Today, Russia occupies the 124th place in the world for road safety. The level of accidents on the roads of Russia is comparable with this indicator in Nigeria and Cameroon.
The urgency of work is caused by the increase in the rates of injuries and deaths in road accidents. The question of the formation of the concept of safe movement on the roads is the goal laid in the all-Russian project on road safety. In addition, on the territory of the Russian Federation there is a road map for reducing accidents, where the authors of this program note pay attention to the need to change the traffic management system.
In addition, accidents on roads are a threat to the national security of the country. Each road accident brings huge damage to the state, both economic and demographic. Annually, the damage from an accident for the Russian economy is about 140 billion rubles.
In today's fast-moving world, project management gradually covers one activity after another. Increasingly, projects are the major components of the organization. Over time, projects are becoming more complex and dynamic, often, to achieve this goal it is necessary to implement a whole range of projects. Successful implementation of such projects, in most cases is only possible when using the approach to management based on values, the correct application of which makes it possible to optimize and balance the activities of the organization to achieve strategic and tactical objectives. This article discusses the application of value driven project portfolio methodology.
Introduction: Now, agriculture is a priority industry sector in the Russian Federation. This is influenced by external factors such as the imposition of a food embargo from some EU countries and the high volatility of the ruble exchange rate. The increase in financing of agriculture is now an all-Russian trend. However, in regional agricultural markets, there are problems with the sale of products produced by local producers.
Purpose: developing measures the marketing policy in the regional agricultural market, based on the identified problems of buyers and local agricultural producers.
Methodology: various quantitative and qualitative methods are used in this paper. Synthesis of these methods involves methodological data triangulation, which increases the reliability and quality of the data. Analysis of normative and legal documents was used to study the position of state power. To study the behavior of consumers, methods such as a semi-formalized survey and a focused interview were used. The study of the behavior of producers of products was carried out through telephone interviews and focused interviews.
Results: Identified problems that prevent the regular purchase of products produced by local agricultural producers, restraining the establishment of selling products by local producers through various distribution channels; measures to support regional producers of agricultural products are proposed.
Conclusions: the research conducted, which was intended to verify the hypothesis that the effective sales policy can be a development driver of the agricultural market of Perm Krai, and the comprehensive approach to the formation of such policy suggests the participation of manufacturers, consumers and the government, has helped identify the problems of distribution of agricultural output in the Perm region and propose initiatives which can help resolve the issue of local farmers’ output distribution. Among the initiatives there are: holding long-term trade fairs on one constant venue located in the city center; support for farmers concerning the production logistics; support for Internet projects engaged in trading farmer production; a change in positioning and promotion of week-end fairs; partial subsidy assistance during certification. These initiatives will eventually allow increasing the competitiveness of the regional agricultural market.
This study is devoted to the analysis of ownership concentration as the mechanism of corporate governance and its impact on corporate performance. We estimated the concentration through the Herfindahl-Hirshman Index, whereas corporate performance indicators are measured trough ROA and Tobin’s Q. Based on the data of Russian public companies during 2004-2013 years, we found out that high concentrated companies outperform firms who have distributed shareholders. According to the results ownership concentration could be considered as the instrument compensating drawbacks of the institutional environment on emerging markets.
The present publication consists of two reports on a common topic,
Perfectionism as a psychological phenomenon has been researched quite extensively in recent years, both in Russia and abroad. However, the impact of perfectionism on the teaching/learning process, particularly foreign language teaching and learning, is still far from being an object of systematic theoretical study in this country. In view of the above, the article is aimed, firstly, at systematizing Russian research findings in this field; secondly, at providing an overview of recent international research on perfectionism and its effects on teaching/learning in general; thirdly, at analyzing literature on how perfectionism affects the process of foreign language teaching/learning, with particular reference to the concept of foreign language anxiety (FLA) and the relationship between FLA and maladaptive perfectionism. The article emphasizes the fact that a statistically significant negative correlation was observed between learner perfectionism and certain linguistic skills, thus proving that maladaptive perfectionism and, consequently, FLA contribute substantially to reducing the efficiency of foreign language learning. In view of the research findings outlined above, the article pays particular attention to summarizing the recommendations provided by a number of authors as to how the destructive influence of maladaptive perfectionism on foreign language teaching/learning can be minimized.