How does Russian economy function on a grassroots level? In addition to market mechanisms, what kinds of social and moral principles are at work in the new Russian economy? Is the ‘Soviet legacy’ still present in post-Soviet business practices? Networks in the Russian Economy by Markku Lonkila (University of Helsinki) searches for answers to these questions, by investigating the networking practices of the Russian software industry. It examines what kinds of resources are transmitted through the personal networks of Russian IT directors and managers, and which mechanisms govern this transmission. The book opens a rarely available grassroots-level view into the business practices of the new Russian knowledge-based economy. It is eye-opening reading for all interested in Russian society, economy, culture and their mutual embeddedness.
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