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The Transformation of Labour RelationsRestructuring and Privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia$
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John Thirkell, Krastyu Petkov, and Sarah Vickerstaff

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289791.001.0001

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Inside the Enterprise

Inside the Enterprise

(p.110) 7 Inside the Enterprise
The Transformation of Labour Relations

J. E. M. Thirkell

K. Petkov

S. A. Vickerstaff

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the enterprise as the unit of analysis, the processes of change within it, and, especially, the interaction between what happens in the external environment and developments within the enterprise. In the centrally planned economy, the significance of the enterprise had two main dimensions. First, the focus of management was mainly related to the macro level and the changes within the enterprise reflected the external requirements of the administrative-cum-political system rather than the problems associated with the functioning of the enterprise itself. Secondly, in the one-party state the enterprise was the constitutive institution of the new socialist society. It provided the full employment which was the essence of socialist society, together with rewards through a whole range of social and welfare services as well as earnings. The enterprise was the base of the party organization with its membership founded on the workplace and not on the locality.

Keywords:   enterprise, centrally planned economy, management, socialist society, social services, welfare services

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