A Russian Factory Enters the Market Economy by Claudio Morrison

By Claudio Morrison

This e-book charts the reports of a fabric firm in Russia throughout the Nineties, analysing post-Soviet administration and managerial practices that allows you to remove darkness from the content material, nature and course of commercial restructuring within the Russian privatised area through the years of financial transition. in response to large factory-level fieldwork, it focuses upon adjustments in possession, administration and labour employer, unveiling the complicated texture of social, communal and gender kin within the office over a longer time period, together with via trouble and financial disaster, acquisition via new capitalist proprietors and tried restructuring. It argues, opposite to dominant Western managerial theories which blame the failure of transition at the irrationality of Russian managerial innovations, that the reason for the ongoing reliance on Soviet period managerial practices lay within the unusual type of social family members within the place of work that have been attribute of the Soviet approach. It engages with key concerns, usually missed within the literature, reminiscent of social domination, energy and clash, that catch the complex and open-ended personality of social and financial transformation in post-Soviet creation. It demonstrates that faraway from an easy transition to a marketplace economic climate, the post-Soviet transition has reproduced many of the positive factors of the outdated Soviet procedure, together with its styles of labour family members.

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Highly appreciated for his technical skills, his ability to deal with workers at ‘getting things done’ and his loyalty, he represented the ideal candidate for Kolya’s team. Yet he has never become a manager, never felt he was one in any case, retaining the attitude, habits and working style of the Soviet cadre worker. He relates to me the way he is used to with his ‘masters’: like someone who has no practical skills and needs to be shown around, provided for and bargained with for something in return.

The discussion between shop chief and foreman over the most appropriate punishment ended with an illuminating outcome. Kolya said he was not going to take an unpopular decision. It was the foreman’s responsibility to decide whether she wanted to keep this worker or not; in the end it was her fault if this man had been caught in such a state. Observation of workers’ behaviour, followed by in-depth interviews, was employed to build a counterpoint to managerial views. Workers, manifesting their fear as well as appreciation and even devotion to their immediate superiors, revealed the extent of managerial authority as well as its particularly paternalistic form.

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