Managerial Problems of Russia

“This paper is based on two and a half years of experience being exposed to Russian management through lecturing, consulting or conversing. The paper does not claim to be scientifically proven; it could be biased; the data source is limited. I have identified twelve characteristics of Russian managerial practices that impact the Russian managerial effectiveness.

1. Russian culture lacks systematization. It starts with the amorphic language structure. There are multiple ways, all legitimate, how  to structure a sentence like: “I love you.” You can say it four different ways: I love you, you love I, you I love, love I you and love you I. And they all mean the same. There is no one-way to structure it right. If one watches how Russians drive, it is how they structure the sentence: Anything goes. No rules that are really adhered to. In Adizes language, it is lack of (A) reflected in no discipline.

2. Lack of Discipline: Watch how people drive. How they park. How they handle their garbage.  There is no discipline, no rules that get adhered to. As if people do not take rules seriously unless there is a serious repercussion to their deviation from the rule. As a result, managers have to overuse power to get discipline. Serious punishments. Levying penalties. Heavy onesMild ones do not work. It seems as if the populations has been so heavily punished that they are immune to mild punishments. (The more power is used, even more has to be used to get the same results; on the margin, power has a declining effectiveness.) Read more »


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