Managing within the Russian Business Culture

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Managingwithin the Russian Business Culture

Accordingto 2014 statistics, around 9 million Americans work across differentcountries. People work in foreign countries in search of greenerpastures and others are posted by their employers. Working abroad isnot an easy task because it is commonly characterized by cultureshocks and also language barrier. (Luthans &amp Doh, 2009). Theobjective of this paper is to explore Russia working cultures andprovide a detailed analysis that can be useful to an individualintending to work in Moscow.

Purposeand scope

Thestudy is important because it will be used to provide essentialinformation about working environment in Moscow, Russia. The fieldsof study to be focused on are working cultures, egalitarianism andethical management practices.


Theworking environment in the United States of America is slightlydifferent from that of Moscow, especially in the health sector. Anindividual working in U.S will find it difficult to adjust workingwell in Russia. He/she will experience cultural shock and otherlifestyle- associated challenges. Communication will also prove to bedifficult if the individual doest understand Russian. Undertaking astudy will be important as it will help the person going to work inRussia know what to expect. (Gaspar ski &amp Rok, 2013).

Cultureof Moscow

Themajority of the population in Moscow speaks Russian and thereforebeing an English speaking individual, he/she will have to learn andunderstand the basic Russian. Creating social networks and relationswill help an individual to succeed in Moscow. (Brooke, 2006). Ingeneral, the Russian people are friendly and welcoming and thereforecreating a healthy working environment. The element of communism isstill in existence in Russia which creates some types of bureaucraticprocedures. Regarding entertainment, there are many notableentertainment joints such as sister’s café, Garage club, andGipsy. The health sector is well-developed and no prominent healththreats that are affecting the Russian people. (Luthans &amp Doh,2009)


Itis defined as a belief that all people have equal rights andopportunities therefore discouraging discrimination. Egalitarianismis a virtual that Russian people respect which makes Moscow a veryfriendly city and thus promoting social cohesion and harmony. It’sworth noting that, even though gender equality is advocated inRussia, very few women hold high- ranking positions in Russia unlikeU.S, where a lot of women have high ranking offices.

Managementand ethical issues in Moscow

Earlyin the decades, there were sharp contrasts between Russian andAmerican work ethics, but after a series of conventions, notably the“International conference to stimulate dialogue between Americanand Russian nurses”, crucial developments were achieved thatfacilitated good working conditions between Americans and Russians.The individuals are expected to be professional and respect theRussian culture. Most of the Russians are bringing their business toworld ethical standards, a factor that has promoted Moscow to afavorable working city. (Kostromin &amp Wayne, 2002). The Russianemployees just like the rest of the world, respect the authorities.The business leader is expected to make and stipulate guidelines thatthe employees will follow. The dress code in workplaces is similar tothat of America.


Themajority of young people in Russia understand the English languagecompared to older people who speaks few English words. Anothernotable thing in Russia is the fact that Russians put more emphasison spoken communication rather than written communication. Notably,Russian business people in meetings listen silently withoutportraying body gestures unlike in America where the use of bodylanguage is a common. (Boris ova &amp Souleymanova, 2013).


Workingin Moscow, is almost similar in working in an American city, only afew differences exist such as the language, cultural setting. Anindividual seeking to settle in Moscow will find it easy to movesince Moscow presents a smart working environment.


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