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

Afanassieva, Marianne



© 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.


Afanassieva, M. (2015). Survival through networks: the 'grip' of the administrative links in the Russian post-Soviet context. Public management review, 17(9), 1261-1281.

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 22, 2014
Publication Date Oct 21, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Public management review
Print ISSN 1471-9037
Electronic ISSN 1471-9045
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 9
Pages 1261-1281
Keywords Networks, Trust, State-owned enterprises, Local and regional authorities, Economic transformation, Russia
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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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