The Attempted Generalisation of the Shchekino Experiment
The problems involved with the initial implementation of the experiment may well have proved difficult, but they were not insurmountable, as the experience at Shchekino and elsewhere indicates. This may be attributed partially to the fact that with any such experiment or prestige project, there is the potential for a great deal of kudos to be attached to the individuals involved with its successful implementation and, therefore, special efforts will be made by the relevant ministries, local party organs and especially plant management to guarantee its initial localised success. This is particularly true of plant management. For example, as a direct result of the implementation of the experiment, Sharov, the enterprise director at Shchekino, became a ‘Hero of Socialist Labour’ and was awarded the ‘Order of Lenin’ and the ‘Hammer and Sickle Gold Medal’ (Pravda, 13 January 1976). However, it must also be recognised that the experiment’s initial successes, particularly at a range of enterprises in different Ministries and Regions, cannot be explained solely as the result of ‘hot house’ conditions.
KeywordsLabour Productivity Slow Generalisation Workforce Size Labour Discipline Wage Fund
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