A Russian Factory Enters the Market Economy by Claudio Morrison

By Claudio Morrison

This publication charts the studies of a fabric firm in Russia in the course of the Nineteen Nineties, analysing post-Soviet administration and managerial practices so that it will light up the content material, nature and path of commercial restructuring within the Russian privatised region throughout the years of financial transition. in response to broad factory-level fieldwork, it focuses upon alterations in possession, administration and labour organization, unveiling the complicated texture of social, communal and gender family within the office over a longer time period, together with via drawback and financial ruin, acquisition by way of 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 ideas, that the reason for the ongoing reliance on Soviet period managerial practices lay within the ordinary kind of social kin within the office which have been attribute of the Soviet approach. It engages with key concerns, usually overlooked within the literature, similar to social domination, energy and clash, that catch the not easy and open-ended personality of social and fiscal transformation in post-Soviet creation. It demonstrates that faraway from an easy transition to a industry financial system, the post-Soviet transition has reproduced many of the beneficial properties of the outdated Soviet process, together with its styles of labour family.

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Then he candidly admitted that they generally offered good jobs to the best workers while he could easily get rid of unwanted ones by denying them a suitable post. Further evidence emerged from the equally frequent cases of alcoholism on the job. e. in a state of alcoholic intoxication, and according to new disciplinary practices he should be fired. 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.

A Western-like anonymous office style was a privilege only top executives in the main offices had begun to appreciate. It is important to point out that the role of shop chiefs has been waning and recently in many factories this position has been obliterated as part of a rationalisation drive, its functions assigned to foremen and top production managers, without modifying substantially the scene in terms of problems and practices. The struggle for access 27 problems of establishing a fruitful dialogue with respondents highlight the barriers to communication I encountered, such as being a man, being associated with male production personnel, and the techniques deployed to overcome them: empathy, dialogical interaction, observation and triangulation.

And the big battalions of the state, of capitalist relations . . ’ (Scott, 1985, p. 27) The workers, cadres and line managers of the company town, with their apparently passive and naïve acceptance of privatisation, with their stubborn attachment to Soviet values but also with their individual forms of resistance, represent the reality of the world of production in contemporary Russia, the apparently inexplicable ‘patience of the working class’ and the ‘resistance to change’ of factory management, which have dominated the debate about the alleged post-Soviet transition.

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