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Soviet Free Enterprise?

Soviet Free Enterprise? Distinguished Guest Editorial STANLEY C. VANCE, University of Tennessee This commentary deals with a familiar theme, namely, the dichotomy between the highly visible and powerful Goliaths of big business and the millions of fearless but sometimes feckless, small­ business Davids. In this scenario, ho~ever, the contrast is not between our business giants and little guys but rather between incipient Soviet small enterprisers and Soviet macroenterprise. With the dawning of detente, business analysts and average citizens of both ideological sides have taken a keener look at what makes these disparate systems tick - and tick they do, in their own inimitable ways. This intensified focusing by both us and them has even led to renewed speculation on the Theory of Convergence, namely, that the mutually antagonistic are gradually getting to look and think alike. While convergence might be an idealistic dream, in the current milieu it is just that, a dream. One of the realities of life that relegates convergence to dreamland is the Marxist constraint on individual enterprise. Within the past three years, during two visits to the USSR and in meetings with Soviet management experts here in the USA, I have repeatedly been asked, "What is your American http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Small Business SAGE

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SAGE
Copyright
© 1979 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0363-9428
eISSN
1540-6520
DOI
10.1177/104225877900300301
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Abstract

Distinguished Guest Editorial STANLEY C. VANCE, University of Tennessee This commentary deals with a familiar theme, namely, the dichotomy between the highly visible and powerful Goliaths of big business and the millions of fearless but sometimes feckless, small­ business Davids. In this scenario, ho~ever, the contrast is not between our business giants and little guys but rather between incipient Soviet small enterprisers and Soviet macroenterprise. With the dawning of detente, business analysts and average citizens of both ideological sides have taken a keener look at what makes these disparate systems tick - and tick they do, in their own inimitable ways. This intensified focusing by both us and them has even led to renewed speculation on the Theory of Convergence, namely, that the mutually antagonistic are gradually getting to look and think alike. While convergence might be an idealistic dream, in the current milieu it is just that, a dream. One of the realities of life that relegates convergence to dreamland is the Marxist constraint on individual enterprise. Within the past three years, during two visits to the USSR and in meetings with Soviet management experts here in the USA, I have repeatedly been asked, "What is your American

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American Journal of Small BusinessSAGE

Published: Jan 1, 1979

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