Regional Innovation System Resilience In Developing Countries: A Case Study Of Ukraine

Monarch is happy to announce the recent authorized research proposal addressing Regional Innovation System Resilience using Ukraine as a Case Study  by  Doctoral Candidate Ms. Anastasiia Lutsenko

The Research

A resilient region is seen as one that continues to prosper and maintain economic stability in the face of inevitable shocks and disruptions that occur over time (Christopherson et al., 2010, p. 134). The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and seize new opportunities, leading to increased innovation and competitive advantage, make such regions more attractive to businesses and investors by providing a stable environment in which to invest and grow. And, particularly, innovation systems at different levels (Rose & Krausmann, 2013) such as scientific communities of national academies of sciences are seen as key to developing regional resilience.

Within the context of the scientific landscape in Ukraine, the National Academy of Science of Ukraine stands out as the most comprehensive system for delivering high-quality research at the state level. It remains a significant source of fundamental science and deep-tech start-ups in Ukraine and globally, and has a significant potential to reform into a leading innovation system (e.g. Berlin-Adlershof). However, research shows that it has limited possibilities to effectively act in response to crises (Kitzmann, 2022; Lutsenko, 2020) and exercise its resilience during the war.

The contemplated research will attempt to identify the factors that influence the resilience of regional innovation systems. The research triangulation method will be applied and will consist of: 1. literature review of existing seminal academic authors (desk research); 2. content analysis of available company data (desk research); and 3. interviews with primary industry stakeholders (field research). The contemplated research will adopt a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis. Moustakas (1994) recommends that a phenomenological approach is most appropriate for exploring human attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. Thus, a phenomenological approach will be used to better understand the case of regional innovation system resilience in developing countries such as Ukraine.

The Researcher

Ms. Anastasiia Lutsenko is a PhD in Innovation Candidate at Monarch Business School Switzerland. She holds a Masters in Management with Honors (in 2011) and a Bachelor in Management with Honors (in 2009) from the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kiev Polytechnic Institute” (Ukraine). She also holds a M.Phil. in Business Research from Monarch Business School Switzerland. She is presently a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.