About the Institute
IIMS research projects are based on empirical data and combine both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Informal interviews with a company’s managers allow researchers to identify trends in the company’s behavior, and more formal surveys help to apply econometric analysis and verify hypotheses based on qualitative data.
One of the significant advantages of the IIMS as compared to traditional Russian organizations for social research is that the institute formulates and constantly updates extensive empirical databases with the results of the surveys on Russian enterprises.
The open-source databases of previous IIMS research are available at the Higher School of Economics’ database archive.
The integration of research into the educational process is achieved by cooperating with postgraduates and graduate students, and also by regularly updating empirical datasets. The latter serves as a source of information for research and can then be integrated into teaching.
The IIMS research team includes five Doctors of economic sciences and seven Candidates of economic sciences. Research papers by IIMS employees are published and cited extensively in the academic community. In September 2010, three out of 13 full-time IIMS employees were listed among the top-100 mostly cited economists according to the Russian Scientific Quotation Index.
The research papers of IIMS staff members have been granted HSE corporate awards on several occasions. A report by IIMS experts about innovation policy in newly industrialized countries was awarded the second prize at the Ideas for Russia National Contest in 2005. Additionally, a report on the governmental program for anti-crisis measures was recognized with the RSPP award as the best analytical publication in 2009.
IIMS representatives serve as members of the editorial boards of various economic periodicals, including Russian Management Journal, HSE Economic Journal, the Journal of the New Economic Association, and other. They are also on the managing boards of the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies (EACES), ARETT and the Russian Association for Study in Public Economies (ASPE).
Two IIMS researchers were nominated as tenured professors of the HSE, while one IIMS representative is currently on the Expert Council under the Supreme Certification Committee in Science. Lastly, IIMS chief researcher Professor Tatyana Dolgopyatova was awarded the title Honoured Economist of Russian Federation by a presidential decree in 2010.
Priority Research Subjects till 2017:
- competitiveness, productivity, export (Boris Kuznetsov)
- competition and antitrust policy (Svetlana Avdasheva and her lab)
- corporate governance (Tatiana Dolgopyatova and her group)
- government-business relations (Andrei Yakovlev)
- technological and managerial innovations (Ksenia Gonchar, Viktoria Golikova)
- spatial factors of productivity and company behavior (Ksenia Gonchar)
New focus in research:
- Cross country benchmarking. The idea is to extend the problem area of analysis beyond Russia alone, especially in publications that target international audience;
- Widening of scope of the research. We may complement our traditional object of analysis – large and medium-size enterprises – by super-large companies, regions and business associations;
- Active cooperation with the foreign partners possibly in each academic project;
- Practical application of academic findings and policy papers. For example, there is an opportunity to increase commercial activities in the field of antitrust cases’ economic expertise;
- A broader range of funding sources. The aim is to attract outside grants, especially for joint RFBR/RFH programs with similar foreign foundations, under the auspices of FP7, and other international funding sources.
Organizational flexibility should be maintained along with the shared competences and rotation of the key researchers. It is also planned to attract respected outside experts to monitor certain projects and to involve junior researchers on the basis of short-term contracts. In general, the situation may be regarded as optimum when 50% of the project is carried out by the part-time researchers.
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