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JKKYRUS1 Strategic Business and Human Resource Management in Russia 5 ECTS
Organised by
Common Core Studies / JKK
Person in charge
Markku Sippola

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students
- have acquired the basic knowledge for business planning and personnel management in Russia
- have learned to develop a coherent human resource management strategy, which is suitable for the Russian operational environment and is in accordance with the overall business objectives of the company


Running business in Russia is challenging for Western companies. Establishing a business requires the recruitment of right people, a mindset attuned to the Russian environment, and a readiness to react to the turbulence of the markets ? both labour markets and product markets. Management style in Russia is in transition from ?Management Sovieticus? to a more Western management style, which means that the organization of work and work-related values are in flux. Companies thus need to carefully plan business strategy and human resource management at a Russian subsidiary. External and internal environments must also be taken into account. This course familiarizes the students with the business environment and labour market in Russia and provides them with basic information on business and personnel strategy planning in the Russian context.

The course covers topics such as: the Russian business environment and labour market, ?management Sovieticus?, corporate culture, planning and establishing a subsidiary, corporate and labour legislation, staffing and organizing HRM, HRM transfer, commanding and controlling.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Project / practical work 
In English
Written exam 
In English
In English

Modes of Study: lectures, project work and presentations, literature exam and individual work


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

1) Doing Business and Investing in the Russian Federation 2015. PricewaterhouseCoopers. Pp. 1-27, 45-50. Available at:


2) Dixon, S. E. A., Day, M. & Brewster, C. (2014) 'Changing HRM systems in two Russian oil companies: Western hegemony or Russian spetsifika?' International Journal of Human Resource Management 25(22): 3134-3156.


3) Novitskaya, O. & Brewster, C. (2016) 'The Impact of National Context Effects on HRM Practices in Russian Subsidiaries of Western MNCs', Journal of East-West Business 22(1): 1-27.


4) Sippola, M. (2012) The dichotomy between 'innovative' leadership and 'bureaucratic' management in the post-Soviet context: the case of Nordic manufacturing companies in Russia. In: C. B. Illés (ed) SMEs’ Management in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions. Czestochowa University of Technology. Pp. 145-156.


5) further readings provided by the lecturer

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Management
Faculty of Management
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