Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)

Research Article: 2021 Vol: 20 Issue: 3

Investment Conditions of Clustering and Innovative Development Region

Dmitry L. Napolskikh, Volga State University of Technology


The purpose of this research is to offer a systematization of models for attracting investment in cluster development projects. The formation of intersectoral clusters (multiclusters) united by a common innovation core is becoming more important for country. The importance of the cluster model of intersectoral integration based on the formation of multicluster formations is because in most Russian regions there is no pronounced specialization of industry. At the same time, in many regions during the Soviet period, scientific and production complexes were formed, which together with scientific and educational institutions can be considered as the scientific and technological core of neoclusterization. The concept of an innovation cluster and its corresponding methodological tools are proposed as a theoretical and methodological basis for optimizing innovation processes in the context of spatial development of the Russian Federation. Questions of the influence of economic space factors on the innovative development of regions, increasing the connectivity of the economic space based on "digital proximity", as well as the prerequisites for the formation of national and local "innovation space"remain of high relevance for economic theory and management practice. Paper deals with the cluster aspect of the investment policy, problems of assessment of investment climate and investment potential rating of region is considered. The analysis of the effectiveness of the regional policy to attract investment in the Volga Federal district is carried out. The most significant investment projects for cluster development of each of the considered regions are systematized. The results of calculating the investment potential of the Volga region regions are presented.


Investment Policy, Volga Region, Innovative Cluster, Regional Development.

Introduction & Literature Review

Russian regions are currently in a competitive position for attracting investment. The cluster approach is one of the ways to attract foreign investment in order to improve sustainable socio-economic development, create a favorable business environment and increase investment potential (A Report on Inequality in the World, 2018). Clusters are innovative systems with a high level of competition that can create a huge potential for sustainable growth, both for the regional economy and for the country as a whole (Dokholyan et al., 2014). A crucial role in the development of the cluster is played not only by investment, but also by the consolidation of efforts of authorities to assist potential cluster participants in state support (Porter & Ketels, 2009).

The main guidelines of cluster policy should be not only the development of regional investment projects in order to receive support from foreign investors, but also the active attraction of foreign enterprises from related sectors of the economy and services to the territory of the cluster (Abdullaeva et al., 2019). In order to support the Russian economy and develop investment infrastructure, the strategy for innovative development of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030 provides for the formation of innovative territorial clusters (Roscongress, 2019).

Active cluster policy in the regions contributes not only to increasing investment attractiveness, but also to mutually beneficial cooperation between cluster members, the development of related industries, and the formation of innovative infrastructure (Idziev, 2014). In addition, it should be recognized that based on the successful experience of the regions in creating and developing clusters, the principles of cluster policy are being developed in other regions of Russia. The theoretical and practical significance of the issues of assessing the innovative potential of the region as a factor of the effectiveness of economic clustering processes determined the topic of this study.


The study is based on the dialectical method of scientific cognition, which involves the consideration of economic relations within innovative clusters in their relationship and development. In the course of the study, a systematic approach is widely used, which involves a comprehensive study and structural and logical ordering of economic systems. In the framework of the study, the methods of structural and comparative analysis are also in demand, the solution of scientific problems of the study required the use of general theoretical research methods such as abstraction and concretization, analysis and synthesis, induction and deduction, comparison and contrast.


Turnover of organizations located on the territory of the Volga Federal district (VFD) for all types of economic activity for 2019, it amounted to 30 trillion rubles (105 % of the level of 2018). At the same time, the index of industrial production for all enlarged types of economic activity in the VFD is 103%, the index of agricultural production compared to 2018 is 104.3%. Separately, we will highlight the decline in the aggregate level of prices for industrial goods of the VFD enterprises, so the price index of manufacturers of industrial goods in 2019 compared to 2018 was 96.8%, the price index of agricultural producers – 98.7%. The share of VFD in the national production of agricultural products is 22.3%.

The balance of foreign trade turnover of the regions of the Volga Federal district in January-September is 18.8 billion USD. The volume of exports for 2019 amounted to 28.9 billion USD, imports – 10.2 USD, the share of the regions of the Volga Federal district is 8.1% of the national foreign trade turnover of the Russian Federation.

Retail trade turnover in the regions of the Volga Federal district in 2019 amounted to 5.83 trillion rubles (an increase of 1.1% compared to 2018), the volume of services rendered amounted to 1.65 trillion rubles. The consumer price index for 2019 in the Volga Federal district is 102.7%. The average monthly cash income per capita in the regions of the VFD is 28,222 rubles (in the Russian Federation – 35,188 rubles). We note an increase in the average monthly real wages for VFD organizations (34,395 rubles) by 2.6%.

In 2019, 1,605 billion rubles of investment in fixed assets (102.8% compared to 2018) were allocated for the socio-economic development of the regions of the VFD. Share of the VFD in the national investment volume of the Russian Federation is 14.0%. Own funds – 67.0%, attracted funds – 33.0%, including 3.7% – Federal budget funds. The total amount of financial investments amounted to 6,203. 5 billion rubles. The consolidated budget of the regions of the Volga Federal district for 2019. It was executed with a surplus of 19.4 billion rubles, and expenses of the consolidated budget of the VFD amounted to 1863.1 billion rubles. Receipts of taxes, fees and other mandatory payments in 2019 increased by 4.8% to 3.64 trillion rubles.

Based on the analysis, it was concluded that the Volga region as a macroregion has sufficient conditions for further implementation of cluster policy. We will conduct a comparative analysis of the regions of the Volga Federal district in terms of conditions for clustering the economy.

The share of profitable organizations in the VFD as a whole is 69.8%, the leading positions in this indicator are occupied by the republics of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Chuvashia, the largest share of unprofitable enterprises in the Penza, Orenburg and Ulyanovsk regions. The total number of economic entities of clusters in the regions of the VFD is shown in Table 1.

Table 1 Number of Economic Entities in the Clusters of the Volga Federal District
Regions of the Volga Federal district Number of organizations, units Number of individual entrepreneurs, people
Russian Federation 4001579 4068317
Volga federal district 696071 723445
Bashkortostan Republic 80966 88846
Mari El Republic 11956 13736
Mordovia Republic 14739 16337
Tatarstan Republic 114460 98180
Udmurt Republic 35628 37781
Chuvash Republic 22662 34103
Perm region 64887 74398
Kirov region 31540 32890
Nizhny Novgorod region 86094 81856
Orenburg region 35372 45666
Penza region 23965 35409
Samara region 102964 77682
Saratov region 44651 56379
Ulyanovsk region 26187 30182

We note a significant differentiation of the regions of the Volga Federal district in terms of saturation of their economic systems with subjects of economic activity. The leaders in this indicator are the Tatarstan, the Samara region and the Bashkortostan. There is also a significant differentiation of the PFD regions in terms of attracted investment (Table 2).

Table 2 Investments in Fixed Assets in the Regions of the Volga Federal District in 2019
Regions of the Volga Federal district Millions of rubles In % to 2018
Russian Federation 6695.9 100.6
Volga federal district 905830.1 97.3
Bashkortostan Republic 105574.6 113.6
Mari El Republic 8937.7 79.3
Mordovia Republic 15399.1 90.2
Tatarstan Republic 221262.1 95.0
Udmurt Republic 34704.7 97.0
Chuvash Republic 18082.5 92.8
Perm region 103069.6 106.9
Kirov region 23940.8 107.9
Nizhny Novgorod region 95876 90.3
Orenburg region 75818.5 90.6
Penza region 35229.8 101.3
Samara region 93051.0 99.5
Saratov region 50247.5 86.6
Ulyanovsk region 24636.1 90.4

However, considering the overall structure of investment in each of the regions, we can talk about different investment models (Table 3).

Table 3 Structure of Investment in Fixed Assets by Sources of Financing in 2019 (% of Total Investment In Fixed Assets)
Regions of the Volga Federal district Own funds Attracted funds
Total including budget funds from them Bank credits funds for shared-equity construction
the Federal budget Budget of region local budget
Russian Federation 60.2 39.8 10.6 5.1 4.8 0.7 10.5 3.8
Volga federal district 68.6 31.4 6.6 2.9 3.1 0.6 8.9 2.8
Bashkortostan Republic 63.3 36.7 11.1 3.9 6.3 0.9 14.8 4.6
Mari El Republic 64.9 35.1 11.4 6.1 4.6 0.7 4.5 12.2
Mordovia Republic 60.7 39.3 8.7 4.9 1.8 2.1 22.8 4.9
Tatarstan Republic 67.5 32.5 5.2 1 4.1 0.1 8.7 1.5
Udmurt Republic 81.8 18.2 54 3.6 1.3 0.5 7.5 -
Chuvash Republic 50.1 49.9 18 10.2 5 2.9 4 18.5
Perm region 74.3 25.7 3.4 0.9 1.6 0.8 7.3 1.5
Kirov region 52.5 47.5 6.3 3.9 1.6 0.8 6.4 10.3
Nizhny Novgorod region 80.1 19.9 10.7 6.5 3.6 0.6 2.2 1.6
Orenburg region 79.3 20.7 1.2 0.6 0.4 0.2 6.1 3.4
Penza region 35.7 64.3 6.9 3.8 1.8 1.3 39.9 0.7
Samara region 68.8 31.2 6.8 2.3 4.2 0.4 7.8 -
Saratov region 69.9 30.1 5.2 3.6 0.8 0.8 4.6 5.7
Ulyanovsk region 35.1 64.9 9.4 6.8 2 0.6 6.1 -

A high share of own funds in the total investment volume is typical for the economic systems of such regions as the Udmurt Republic, Orenburg and Perm regions. A high share of Federal budget funds is typical for the economic systems of such regions as the Chuvash Republic, Ulyanovsk and Nizhny Novgorod regions, and the Republic of Mari El. A high share of attracted funds from regional budgets is typical for such regions as the republics of Bashkortostan, Chuvashia, Mari El, Tatarstan, as well as for the Samara region. A high share of Bank loans in the investment structure of the Penza region and the Republic of Mordovia.

Table 4 shows the dynamics of assessing the investment attractiveness of the Volga Federal district (VFD) regions. The data indicate significant changes in the investment climate in the regions of the Volga Federal district.

Table 4 Rating of the Investment Climate of the VFD Regions
№ п\п Regions of the Volga Federal district The group of investment attractiveness
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1 Bashkortostan Republic
2 Mari El Republic ЗС2 ЗВ2 ЗВ2 ЗВ2 ЗВ2
3 Mordovia Republic ЗВ2 ЗВ2 ЗВ2 ЗВ2 ЗВ2
4 Tatarstan Republic
5 Udmurt Republic ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1
6 Chuvash Republic ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1
7 Perm region
8 Kirov region ЗВ2 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 3B1 3B1 3B1
9 Nizhny Novgorod region
10 Orenburg region ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1
11 Penza region ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1
12 Samara region
13 Saratov region ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1
14 Ulyanovsk region ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1 ЗВ1

Homogeneous characteristics of regions in 2014 (only the Kirov region stands out with a rating of 3B2) changed in the following years: 1) for the first time there was a region with the highest level of investment attractiveness 1A (maximum potential – minimum risk) – the Tatarstan Republic; 2) the situation of eight regions has worsened, as groups 3B1 and 3B2 are characterized by reduced and insignificant investment potential; 3) four regions (Bashkortostan, Perm, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara regions) are characterized by stability and maintain their position in group 2B (medium potential – moderate risk). It should be noted that the investment climate deteriorated in the “investment potential” parameter, while the “investment risk” parameter remained at the “moderate” value for all regions. The Republic of Mari El belongs to the 3B2 group with little potential and moderate risk. The distribution of VFD regions by investment potential rating in 2019 is shown in Table 5.

Table 5 Distribution of VFD Regions by Investment Potential Rating in 2019
Regions of the Volga Federal district Potential ranks Ranks of investment potential components in 2019
2019 2018 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Bashkortostan Republic 11 11 11 7 9 8 12 18 47 21 8
Mari El Republic 73 72 67 72 63 72 67 68 62 44 73
Mordovia Republic 67 66 48 70 60 66 66 52 38 65 67
Tatarstan Republic 6 6 5 6 6 5 7 5 21 41 6
Udmurt Republic 44 41 32 32 34 33 37 31 42 64 52
Chuvash Republic 56 54 35 56 53 56 43 43 22 80 48
Perm region 13 13 23 13 14 14 16 17 63 6 14
Kirov region 59 59 43 42 45 46 39 50 66 52 41
Nizhny Novgorod region 8 9 10 9 10 10 10 4 31 57 12
Orenburg region 28 30 27 25 27 21 32 62 40 20 31
Penza region 41 23 33 37 46 43 44 23 36 55 58
Samara region 12 10 8 10 12 9 8 11 17 47 16
Saratov region 24 25 16 22 29 25 24 24 30 39 28
Ulyanovsk region 45 44 38 41 48 42 40 19 41 54 62


The Volga Federal district has a huge investment potential. The economy is developing rapidly, and domestic and foreign investment is increasing every year. The most attractive industries for investors are instrument-making and mechanical engineering, chemical, textile production, consumer goods, and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. In the VFD industry, the leading role is mainly played by mechanical engineering and the fuel and energy complex. Chemical industry enterprises are also highly developed. The main production capacities of the region are concentrated in the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan, in Perm and Samara and Nizhny Novgorod regions.

At the same time, the Volga regions demonstrate various models for attracting investment in cluster development projects. The author identified the following basic model of investment policy for the considered clusters: cluster development at the expense of own funds of enterprises (Respublika Udmurtia, Nizhny Novgorod and Orenburg region); cluster development at the expense of the state budget (Republic of Chuvashia); investment by bank loans (Republic of Mordovia). Other regions have a mixed model for financing cluster development projects.


This research was supported by Grant of Russian scientific Foundation No. 19-78-00056 “Cluster model of Volga region development in the conditions of innovative economy”.


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