Title: Technology and innovation mismanagement in the Soviet enterprise

Authors: Maris G. Martinsons, Krisjanis Valdemars

Addresses: Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management, University of Hong Kong and Faculty of Business, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong. ' Ekonomijas Fakultate, Latvijas Universitate, Riga, Latvia

Abstract: The USSR made certain remarkable achievements in science and technology, and received considerable technology transfer from Western countries. Nevertheless, the economy failed miserably, and required Gorbachev initiated reforms, which culminated in political and ideological upheaval. This paper considers the nature of technology and innovation, outlines their less than impressive infusion in the enterprises of the Soviet centrally-planned economy and considers future technological adaptation in the context of expected reforms in the post-Soviet republics.

Keywords: centrally planned economies; information technology; innovation; Soviet technology management; technology policy; technology transfer; USSR; post-Soviet republics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1992.025729

International Journal of Technology Management, 1992 Vol.7 No.4/5, pp.359 - 369

Published online: 24 May 2009 *

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