This book tells the story of what might have been considered an unlikely source of dynamic change in Russia - formerly state-owned manufacturing enterprises and their managers. Based on interviews conducted over a six-year span with managers at 47 manufacturing, light industry, consumer durable, and food processing firms in four Russian cities, the study documents the real world challenge of turning hidebound, often dysfunctional manufacturing operations into thriving companies. With analytical rigor and theoretical creativity, this work will dispel some common misconceptions about the Russian economy and make a contribution to the literature about management, company strategies, and corporate governance.
Part I: Legacy and Survival; 1. Russian Industry's Soviet Legacy; 2. Russia's Transition Economy; Part II: Case Studies of Enterprise Restructuring; 3. Machinery; 4. Light Industry; 5. Consumer Durables: Watches and Tires; 6. Food: Bread and Meat; 7. Collapse and Recovery: Enterprise Restructuring Post-1998; Part III: Conclusions and Methods; 8. Explaining the Propensity to Restructure