Stimulation of personnel motivation in coal mines as a result of the strategic analysis

The aspect of personnel motivation cultivation in coal mines is discussed. It is demonstrated that coal is actually the «bread of industry» as it ensures development of all its branches. Russia’s orientation at oil and gas production and sales impedes advance in the processing industry and hampers meeting the needs of the domestic market to the full extent. A breakthrough in this area is provided by the coal sector which is the backbone of the industry. This study sets such objectives as the strategic analysis of a coal mine and level of personnel motivation. The methods of the strategic analysis included the management efficiency profiling, PEST-analysis, SWOT-analysis and the comparison of the strategy alternatives. The analysis of the results shows that the major problems of a coal mine are connected with low coal demand, weak personnel motivation and insufficient innovation. The level of personnel motivation was assessed using measurement procedures. The results of some coal mines show that the major problems of miners are the arduous working conditions, low salary, tough management and the uncomfortable psychological climate. For engineering staff, the basic motivation problems consist in the severe duty, low job role, underpayment, management style, psychological climate and the corporate social responsibility. The motivation stimulation measures proposed are connected with boosting the job role and wages, intensification of re-equipment in mines, introduction of innovations, enhancement of CSR etc. All these measures are only implementable with an efficient strategy developed in Russia towards advance in the processing industry, machine building, creation of new technologies and equipment, with the associated increase in the domestic demand for metal and, as a consequence, for coal.

Keywords: coal mines, personnel motivation, strategic analysis, development strategy, motivation measurement, increasing demand for metal and coal.
For citation:

Zhdankin N. A., Chikaleva A. N. Stimulation of personnel motivation in coal mines as a result of the strategic analysis. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2020;(3):151-164. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-3-0-151-164.

Issue number: 3
Year: 2020
Page number: 151-164
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 331.101 : 338.24
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-3-0-151-164
Article receipt date: 09.10.2019
Date of review receipt: 18.11.2019
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 20.02.2020
About authors:

N.A. Zhdankin1, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, Аcademician of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, president of Consulting company LLC Regul-Consult. e-mail:, SPIN code of author: 1980-5758,
A.N. Chikaleva1, Master’s Degree Student,
1 National University of Science and Technology «MISiS», 119049, Moscow, Russia.


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N.A. Zhdankin, e-mail:


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