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Quota for the employment of disabled people in Russia: strategies for compliance

Elena Denisova–Schmidt (University of St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland)

Publication date: 1 October 2011

Issue publication date: 1 October 2011


Subject area

Human resource management.

Study level/applicability

The case might be used in teaching International Management or Russian society at a Master's level, including MBA.

Case overview

Quotas for the employment of disabled people exist in many countries, including Russia. Many companies in Russia, however, are “forced” to find “creative solutions” to avoid this quota. This attitude is caused not by the unwillingness of companies to support disabled people, but rather by their moral and technical unreadiness to do so. Using one example of a company providing freight services, the case illustrates this. The company is faced with additional challenges: it is a 100 percent subsidiary, dependant on its parent company in many respects – especially in financial matters.

Expected learning outcomes

Students: learn some informal practices (legislative norms and networks) in the Russian business context;, discuss how organizations are faced with informal practices and establish problem solving techniques; and receive some additional information on the business environment in Russia.

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes.



Denisova–Schmidt, E. (2011), "Quota for the employment of disabled people in Russia: strategies for compliance", , Vol. 1 No. 4.



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