Russian employees’ participation in decision taking in domestic and foreign-owned companies


Efendiev A.G.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Tenured Professor, Director of the Center for Research in Social Organization of Business, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia efendiev@hse.ru

Balabanova E.S.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Deputy Director of the Center for Research in Social Organization of Business, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia balabanova@hse.ru

Liubykh Zh.S.

magisterial student, Letbridge University, Canada zhanna_lyubyh@mail.ru

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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




Abstract

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.


Keywords
employees’ participation; decision taking; power distance; domestic companies; foreign owned companies; organizational authoritarianism; organizational democracy
Content No 12, 2014