By Claudio Morrison
This e-book charts the studies 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 path of commercial restructuring within the Russian privatised quarter throughout the years of financial transition. in keeping with huge factory-level fieldwork, it focuses upon adjustments in possession, administration and labour organization, unveiling the advanced texture of social, communal and gender family within the office over a longer time period, together with via obstacle and financial ruin, acquisition by means 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 innovations, that the reason for the continuing reliance on Soviet period managerial practices lay within the unusual type of social kin within the place of work that have been attribute of the Soviet process. It engages with key concerns, usually missed within the literature, resembling social domination, energy and clash, that seize the not easy and open-ended personality of social and financial transformation in post-Soviet creation. It demonstrates that faraway from an easy transition to a industry economic climate, the post-Soviet transition has reproduced lots of the gains of the previous Soviet method, together with its styles of labour kin.
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Soviet factory, Russian factory: observations about the typicality and relevance of the case-study How should issues of validity and generalisability be dealt with in the case of research based on ethnographic work at one single study-case? It is important to point out that qualitative research per se has gained sufficient recognition within the social sciences that such a concern should not be interpreted as tending towards some sort of justification for the use of such a methodology. The same could be said for the use of the case-study method, which has long and successfully been employed in studying managerial restructuring and social relations in Russia.
My early disappointment at questionnaire responses was indeed produced by the fact that workers seemed quite insincere in their description of work and bargaining practices and had produced what appeared to me a prefabricated discourse made up of the usual complaints about low pay and bad working conditions and professed ignorance of the functioning of the payment system. Shop managers had all reported how determined women workers were to make their plan and bargain informally, and I was equally determined to see the issue through with them.
Managerial practices were therefore a rational response not simply to an institutional framework but to the constraints of a social process. We maintain that, historically, the Soviet system was not the result of the installation either of economic planning or of a systematic bureaucratic direction of the economy. It emerged from the dramatic social conflict around the management of the economy initiated by the political drive of the Stalin-led Party to make the direction of the economy its permanent base of power.
A Russian Factory Enters the Market Economy by Claudio Morrison