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Operations management in transitional countries

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As countries of the former Soviet Block make the transition from state control to market economies, changes in the industrial sector and the management of operations there are imperative. This paper undertakes a comprehensive review of the operations literature on transitional economies and classifies the publications by topical area. It finds the areas of distribution and work measurement to be more important in the case of economies in transition than in other economies. On the other hand, purchasing received lesser attention in the research on transition economies. Findings from the research literature on transitional economies are presented and research methodologies explored. Future research directions are also provided.

Keywords: transitional countries, operations management, research trends and findings

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