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The New Russian Business Leaders

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development and Director, INSEAD Global Leadership Center, INSEAD, France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development Research, ESMT - European School of Management and Technology, Germany, Stanislav V. Shekshnia, Partner at Zest Leadership, Moscow, Chairman of the Board of SUEK, Russia and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership, INSEAD, France, Konstantin Korotov, Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, ESMT - European School of Management and Technology, Germany and Elizabeth Florent-Treacy, Research Project Manager, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and Singapore
Based on extensive interviews with the pioneers of Russian business and the authors’ own experiences, this perceptive new book attempts to decipher the enigma of Russia’s new generation of business leaders.

The authors present six in-depth case studies focusing on companies of vastly differing sizes, ranging from a newly-privatized operation, and the creation and organization of an oligarch’s empire, to several entrepreneurial start-ups in different service industries. The case studies document the changes and developments that have occurred in Russia since the privatization era of the 1990s, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the emerging business leadership orientations.
Extent: 352 pp
Hardback Price: $160.00 Web: $144.00
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84376 499 1
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Paperback Price: $47.00 Web: $37.60
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84542 329 2
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In order to work effectively with Russian organizations, it is essential for potential Western partners and shareholders to fully understand their leadership style, organizational practices and business expectations. Based on extensive interviews with the pioneers of Russian business and the authors’ own experiences, this perceptive new book attempts to decipher the enigma of Russia’s new generation of business leaders.

The authors present six in-depth case studies focusing on companies of vastly differing sizes, ranging from a newly-privatized operation, and the creation and organization of an oligarch’s empire, to several entrepreneurial start-ups in different service industries. The case studies document the changes and developments that have occurred in Russia since the privatization era of the 1990s, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the emerging business leadership orientations. Grounded in Russian culture and history, the book takes a balanced view of the rapid development and transformation of the country’s business leadership over the past ten years. The authors also offer perceptive conclusions and practical advice that will not only contribute to the success of Western businesses operating in Russia and other former communist countries in Eastern Europe but also help business people in Eastern Europe create high performance organizations.

As we move towards a globalized economy, the need to recognise executive behaviour in Russia is becoming increasingly important. This book will provide a great source of information for academics and researchers of entrepreneurship, leadership studies and international business. Although the focus is on Russian entrepreneurs, the lessons in the book are equally as relevant for other cultures and leadership styles.
‘As a study of Russian business leadership, the depth of research and cogency of argument in the book is well ahead of anything else seen to date and to that end it deserves to be highly regarded.’
– The Delta Intercultural Academy

‘This book is obligatory reading for those planning to do business in Russia or wishing to understand how business is conducted. The New Russian Business Leaders is written by a distinguished group of international management specialists, including two Russians. Using models and case studies of leading Russian companies and entrepreneurs, the authors draw conclusions about Russia’s evolving business climate, the requirements for entrepreneurial success, and the value of international business education for Russia’s business leaders.’
– Paul Gregory, Slavonic and East European Review

‘This highly talented multinational team has produced a rich and meaningful contribution to the literature on Russian business. These authors know the very essence of Russia from their extensive academic and practitioner experience. They deliver fascinating, original in-depth case studies of the pioneering men and women business leaders of modern Russia’s first capitalist decade. They also interpret the cases in the context of Russia’s history and culture, and offer a comprehensive framework for how Russian business and leadership could evolve to build the country’s economy. The New Russian Business Leaders will surely serve for years to come as an authoritative source for academics and practitioners seeking to understand the underlying dynamics of Russian business and its leaders.’
– Sheila M. Puffer, Northeastern University, Boston, US
Contents: Foreword Preface Part I: Conceptual Reflections 1. The Anarchist Within 2. An East–West Dialogue Part II: Case Studies and Commentaries 3. The Bolshevik Evolution Commentary: Jacques Ioffé’s Bolshevik Evolution 4. Russian Standard Commentary: Roustam Tariko and Russian Standard 5. Mikhail Khodorkovsky Commentary: Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos 6. Ice and Flame Commentary: VimpelCom’s Founders 7. Frontstep Russia Commentary: Maria Ilyina and Frontstep 8. Troika Dialog Commentary: Ruben Vardanian and Troika 9. World Class Heroes for Russia Commentary: Olga Sloutsker, Heroine for a New Russia Part III: Conclusions 10. Hindsight and Foresight Index