Features of innovation bureaucracy (a Russia-based study)


  • Sergey Aleksandrovich BARKOV Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Anna MARKEEVA Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Olga Vladimirovna GAVRILENKO Lomonosov Moscow State University




bureaucracy, innovation, routine, instructions, projects, computer, Internet.


The bureaucracy continues to exist in the post-industrial society. Contrary to many predictions, the scope of its activities and its impact on management in the society increase. Innovation bureaucracy emerges. It is associated with the innovation management. The article describes in detail the increasing role of bureaucracy in modern Russian social and economic conditions. The objective causes of the situation are: routines in the organization of the innovation process, the need of the bureaucracy in the implementation of large-scale projects etc. While working with innovation, the bureaucracy retains its nature, and tries to substitute genuine creativity by multitude bureaucratic procedures, the invention of which constitutes its substance. In particular, such a situation occurs when computers and the Internet are used in public and private organizations.

Author Biographies

Sergey Aleksandrovich BARKOV, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Doctor of Sociology, professor, Head of Economic Sociology and Management Subdepartment, Department of sociology

Anna MARKEEVA, Lomonosov Moscow State University

PhD in sociology, associate professor, associate professor of Economic Sociology and Management Subdepartment, Department of sociology

Olga Vladimirovna GAVRILENKO, Lomonosov Moscow State University

PhD in sociology, associate professor, associate professor of the Social technologies subdepartment


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How to Cite

BARKOV, S. A., MARKEEVA, A., & GAVRILENKO, O. V. (2018). Features of innovation bureaucracy (a Russia-based study). Postmodern Openings, 9(2), 210-224. https://doi.org/10.18662/po/29



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