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The technology foresight system of the Russian Federation: a systemic view

Ilya F. Kuzminov (Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation.)
Thomas Thurner (Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation.)
Alexander Chulok (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation.)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe and discuss the architecture of Russia’s Technology Foresight System (TFS). This paper introduces the reader to the integration of the TFS into the public administration system and, specifically, into the national strategic planning system.

Design/methodology/approach

To do so, the authors fall back on more than 10 years of experience in performing foresight exercises for Russian policy makers of their institution.

Findings

Thereby, the paper highlights the implications arising from the interaction between sectoral and national components of TFS and on application of the results of foresight studies (implemented within the framework of TFS) for the strategic planning.

Originality/value

Russia has a long history of technological planning and forecasting and engages regularly in extensive foresight activities of both national and sectoral relevance. Also, Russia’s leadership repeatedly stresses the importance of such foresight activities which are outlined by a national law since 2014.

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Acknowledgements

The paper was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project ‘5-100′. The authors acknowledge the technical assistance by Pavel Bakhtin, who helped in preparing Figure 2.

Citation

Kuzminov, I.F., Thurner, T. and Chulok, A. (2017), "The technology foresight system of the Russian Federation: a systemic view", Foresight, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 291-305. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-10-2016-0048

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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