Managing in Soviet Georgia: an extreme example in comparative management

Gerald Mars, Yochanan Altman

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This historical reflection of an important period of the 20th century – the vagaries of the Soviet-type command economy, accords us the opportunity to discuss the practice and art of management as an ongoing negotiation between different agencies, interest groups, constraints and opportunities. We detail the case of Soviet Georgia’s hidden economy, mediated as it was through locally based personal support networks and illustrating our arguments with a case study of legal/illegal manufacturing enterprise. We conclude with a note on present-day Central-Eastern European economies and a commentary on implications for management in liberal economies as they become more globally integrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-70
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of International Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Georgia
  • Soviet management
  • comparative management
  • hidden economy
  • informal economy
  • managerial deviance
  • networks
  • risk
  • second economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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