Non-formal social ties as threat to the implementation of innovations

Authors

  • Aleksandr Aksiutin HSE University
  • Konstantin Bagrationi HSE University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8864-6476
  • Michael Morozov HSE University
  • Ilya Trochin HSE University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34190/ecie.17.1.474

Keywords:

blat, employee resistance, innovation, digital transformation, readiness for organizational change

Abstract

This paper aims to provide novel insights about the barrier associated with organizational development, namely, resistance to new management practices implementation which emerges from tightly knit social networks – the “blat”. We follow claims for more empirical studies as we provide Social Network Analysis to present a real-life study of how blat networks of operational management lead to the failure of digital transformation attempt at the Russian metallurgical enterprise. We analyzed underlying forces, but deliberately stayed away from developing theories from our case. The close association with CEO allowed us to benefit from the rich and deep “local knowledge” and present case that provided valuable insights into different forms of behavior of line management and the social dynamics at the time of digital transformation attempt.

Author Biographies

Aleksandr Aksiutin, HSE University

Aksiutin Aleksandr is a 1 year student on a Master's Programme 'Investment Project Management', HSE University. 

Konstantin Bagrationi, HSE University

Dr Konstantin Bagrationi is an associate professor at the Department of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (HSE University, Russia). He received his PhD in social psychology from Russian Academy of Sciences in 2013. His main research areas are resistance to change, leadership and organisational psychology.

Michael Morozov, HSE University

Michael Morozov is a 1 year student on a Master's Programme 'Investment Project Management', HSE University. 

Ilya Trochin, HSE University

Ilya Trocin is a 1 year student on a Master's Programme 'Investment Project Management', HSE University. 

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Published

2022-09-07