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Survival through networks: the 'grip' of the administrative links in the Russian post-Soviet context

Afanassieva, Marianne

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© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Based on an analysis of the post-Soviet transformation experience of four defence sector organizations in a Russian region where the defence sector occupies a substantial part of the local economy, this article develops a typology of network relationships: Grooved Inter-relationship Patterns (Gr’ip) networks and Fluid Inter-relationship Patterns (Fl’ip) networks. This typology can be applied to a range of transition/emerging market and low system trust contexts. Gr’ip networks, in this case, represent the persisting legacy of the Soviet command-administrative system. Fl’ip networks are here an attempt by the defence companies to link into the civilian supply chains of a developing market economy. This article argues that Gr’ip networks had and still have a crucial role to play in Russian enterprises’ survival and development.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 21, 2015
Journal Public management review
Print ISSN 1471-9037
Electronic ISSN 1471-9045
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 9
Pages 1261-1281
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2014.906964
Keywords Networks, Trust, State-owned enterprises, Local and regional authorities, Economic transformation, Russia
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14719037.2014.906964
Copyright Statement ©2015 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Public management review, 2015, v.17 issue 9.

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