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Is There a Need for a Plant Concept of Technical Development?

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  • E. P. Smilga
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    Throughout our country much is written and said about technical progress. But what can be seen in reality? Let us take enterprises and associations as an example. Can it be said that their leaders are truly in control of technical progress? Of course, numerous technical progress plans are compiled, organizational and technical measures are implemented, and their (projected) economic effect is computed. But what is the real effect to enterprises and to the national economy? Ask any manager what concernshim most, and he will say: the annual plan. But the plan that is handed down "from above" does not indicate the kind of organizational and technical measures that must be performed. Hence, whatever we write into the plan is what we will fulfill in the future. For this reason many enterprises try to avoid shouldering too heavy a burden: they plan numerous minor, simple measures that they successfully carry out. This creates the illusion that all is well.

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    Article provided by M.E. Sharpe, Inc. in its journal Problems of Economic Transition.

    Volume (Year): 25 (1983)
    Issue (Month): 9 (January)
    Pages: 3-15

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    Handle: RePEc:mes:prectr:v:25:y:1983:i:9:p:3-15
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