Management structures, employment relations and class formation in Russia


This project, funded by the ESRC from 2002-6, is based on intensive case studies of 52 relatively prosperous enterprises in six Russian regions in collaboration with local ISITO research teams in Moscow, Kemerovo, Yekaterinburg, Perm', Samara and Ul'yanovsk. The enterprises selected are of various property forms, including those owned by large holding companies, foreign-owned enterprises, independent former state enterprises and new private enterprises, from all the major branches of the economy. Each case study involves structured and semi-structured interviews with the functional senior managers and line managers and groups of workers to identify the management strategies, investment and innovation practices, wage and employment policies and production management, corporate culture and social structure of the enterprise in order to identify the extent to which Russian management structures and practices have adapted to the constraints of competitive markets and to ask whether a specifically Russian form of capitalism is developing, adapted to Russian social and cultural conditions. The findings of each case study are summarised in detailed reports, written according to a common template, and a set of quantitative data covering all aspects of the operation of the enterprise.

Fieldwork for the project was completed in the summer of 2005 and the research teams spent the final year of the project analysing the data and preparing analytical papers for publication. Access to enterprises has been secured on conditions of strict anonymity so the full data is not publicly available, but anonymised case study reports, a database and analytical papers will be posted on the website as they become available.

Anonymised Case Study Reports

Questionnaires, Interview Guides and SPSS data files

Publications in English

Publications in Russian

Dissemination Seminars Moscow 9-10 November 2005

Unpublished project papers presented at project seminars