Russian IT Outsourcing Industry Outlook: Opportunities, Competencies, Venues for Development
The report on the Russian segment of IT-outsourcing continues the series of research publications on the peculiarities of national ecosystems of innovations in the BRICS countries. (The series opened with the work of Dr. Vinod K. Jaine on IT – outsourcing in India and China). The report reviews the segment in the broader context of IT industry and argues that Russia hold a position which is rather unusual for an “emerging market”. Russian companies have succeeded in development some world-class finished software products and quite often they act as purchasers, not suppliers of IT-services on the international market. The changing... Read more
Microcredit in Russia: on the eve of a boom or a crisis?
The report highlights the Russian market of microcredits in the global context. With the increasing economic turbulence in Russia the issue takes increasing importance as microcrediting is an effective vehicle of financing the development of economy through stimulation of small and micro-enterprise. The report argues that a two-tier architecture of the market involving the banks and specialized organizations can be most effective based on the international experience.
Capability Building and Innovation in the Offshore IT Services Industry in India and China
The phenomenon of offshore IT services in India has become a key force in the global market of information technologies. China has entered the same market much later, but is quickly growing in importance, effectively learning on the earlier Indian experiences. IT services firms of India and China face several common challenges, including, among others, very high attrition rates, rising costs, over-reliance on the time & materials (T&M) revenue model, and a general lack of innovation culture along with an inadequate focus on developing their own intellectual... Read more
Developing country governments will need to spend $4 trillion dollars in the upcoming decades. Such large-scale represents a large opportunity for construction and architectural firms, as well as professional money managers and retail investors, argues Dr. Bryane Michael, Senior Research Fellow of the Skolkovo Institute for Emerging Market Studies.
In 2012 the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies (SIEMS) released its first Index of Soft Power, examining an increasingly popular concept in the context of emerging economies. As shown earlier, in the intervening time since it was published, the performance of various countries has changed relative to others, causing a change in the rankings. However, from an analytical standpoint, the more important change that has occurred over the past two years has been an evolution in the thinking about soft power and what it encapsulates. As international attention toward the concept has increased, so too has the understanding both... Read more
While regulators around the world look to fight shadow banking, many lenders can profit from it. In our recent report, Playing the Shadowy World of Emerging Market Shadow Banking, IEMS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bryane Michaeldescribes how family and institutional lenders can take advantage of shadow banking opportunities in emerging markets.
What is driving the move towards one mode of entry over another? For the most part, country-specific attributes create conditions that make one entry mode more preferred. However, up until this point, we have had little consolidated data on the “appropriate” entry mode for a specific country. The author, former IEMS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Nan Zhou, tries to fill this gap through the development of two national level indexes: