Importance Various forms of business combinations result from implementing the integration strategy in the Russian industry. Classifications of these forms were developed by Russian scientists, however, most of them either do not cover the totality of forms or are not based on a clear criterion of classification. These downsides necessitate improvement of existing approaches to classification of forms of enterprise integration in the Russian industry. Objectives The study aims to improve the methodological support to the management of industrial enterprise integration based on systematization of forms of integration by the essence criterion. Methods The paper employs general scientific methods of research, like analysis, synthesis, deduction, induction, ascension from abstract to concrete. The theoretical and information basis of the research comprises articles and monographs of domestic and foreign scholars specializing in enterprise integration, and financial and non-financial reporting of the Russian industrial enterprises and groups. Results I elaborated a classification of integration forms of the Russian industrial enterprises based on the formulation of the basic clear classification criteria, i.e. the availability of control exercised by the initiator of integration over other companies included in the combination. I also verified the developed classification by examples from the business practice of Russian industrial enterprises. Conclusions and Relevance The article may be useful for analyzing integration processes in the Russian industry and developing the growth strategy of industrial enterprises.
Keywords: integration, industry, mergers and acquisitions, cooperation
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