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Stakeholder networks of foreign investors in Russia: An empirical study among German firms


  • Dirk Holtbruegge
  • Jonas F. Puck


One important success factor of foreign firms in Russia is the establishment of efficient networks with non-market stakeholders. Stakeholder networks may help foreign firms to obtain relevant information, accelerate administrative decision-making and reduce political risks. The objective of this study is to analyze the stakeholder networks between German investors in Russia and their socio-political interest groups. The study is based on in-depth interviews with the representatives of 3 German firms and 16 socio-political interest groups in autumn 2006. The results of a within-case and a cross-case analysis reveal that the development of stakeholder relations is important for the success of foreign companies in Russia. These may differ in size, intensity, density and centrality, depending on the industry and the particular socio-political issues these companies are confronted with.

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  • Dirk Holtbruegge & Jonas F. Puck, 2009. "Stakeholder networks of foreign investors in Russia: An empirical study among German firms," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 14(4), pages 369-394.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2009_04_holtbruegge

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    1. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas & Katharina Thill & Martina Rašticová & József Poór & Zdeňka Konečná, 2016. "Competencies for Human Resource Management in Foreign-Owned Firms: Focus on Three CEE Countries and Austria," European Journal of Business Science and Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics, vol. 2(1), pages 70-84, November.
    2. Igor Gurkov, 2015. "Russian Manufacturing Subsidiaries of Western Multinational Corporations: Support from Parents and Cooperation with Sister-Subsidiaries," HSE Working papers WP BRP 37/MAN/2015, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    3. Igor Gurkov & Vladimir Kossov & Sergey Filippov, 2013. "Management practices in Russian multinational subsidiaries: the Case of knauf cis," HSE Working papers WP BRP 13/MAN/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    4. Anna Zubkovskaya & Snejina Michailova, 2014. "THE DEVELOPMENT OF RUSSIAN MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES FROM THE 1990s TO THE PRESENT," Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, Faculty of Economics, Vilnius University, vol. 5(2).

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    Stakeholders; FDI; networks; Russia;

    JEL classification:

    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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