Russia’s Succession Paradox (2008)

Manfred Kets de Vries, Stanislav Shekshnia

"Psycho- dynamic factors & succession in Russia"

One of the main issues in Russian business, both from a political and organisational perspective, is succession. This article examines some general psychodynamic factors that influence the succession process in Russian businesses. The authors discuss major themes in founder-CEO succession in Russia, highlighting its potential pitfalls. They introduce the concept of the “succession paradox,” whereby CEO-founders appear to pass the helm to their successors while keeping a firm grip on the wheel. They end with a number of recommendations for coping with this problem, emphasizing that succession is a process rather than an event.

Organizational Dynamics, 2008

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