Russian employees’ participation in decision taking in domestic and foreign-owned companies
Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia firstname.lastname@example.org
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Efendiev A.G., Balabanova E.S., Liubykh Zh.S. Russian employees’ participation in decision taking in domestic and foreign-owned companies. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2014. No 12. P. 41-50
The paper is focused on the issue of high and low power distance cultures interaction inside domestic and foreign-owned organizations. Empirical data for the research were collected from 623 professionals and managers from 17 private companies in 3 Russian cities. ‘Background influence’ of high power-distance Russian culture provides generally lower participation rates of Russian employees in decision making. However, phenomenon of cultural convergence might be observed in foreign-owned companies: low power-distance culture of owners and top-management in these companies leads to higher; employees here are more motivated to participate and more proactive. Foreign-owned companies are also perceived by their employees as more ‘democratic’ than domestic ones.