Pay and employee intrapreneurialism in Russia, 1994-2015: a longitudinal study

Croucher, Richard ORCID logoORCID:, Morrison, Claudio ORCID logoORCID: and Rizov, Marian ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Pay and employee intrapreneurialism in Russia, 1994-2015: a longitudinal study. European Management Review . ISSN 1740-4754 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/emre.12524)

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We examine whether a high wage-high employee intrapreneurial inputs model remains a significant feature of the Russian economy. We do so by estimating the evolution of employee ‘intrapreneurial’ contributions to companies in Russia,1994-2015, using Akerlof’s theory of ‘partial gift exchange’. Akerlof (1982) suggests that employee discretionary contributions to organisational capacities rise when pay exceeds employee perceptions of ‘fair’ pay in comparable employment. Using the extensive Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), we find that overall employee intrapreneurial contributions significantly declined, 1994-2015, mirroring the declining Akerlof wage premium. Intrapreneurialism in highly-informalized sectors was associated with labour market pressures. We extend Akerlof’s theory to recognize intrapreneurial activity associated with coercive labour market pressures in the secondary labour market.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 35015
Notes on copyright: © 2022 The Authors. European Management Review published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Academy of Management (EURAM).
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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 10:31
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