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Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 55-71 (2015)

“Socialist Legacies of Personnel and Human Resource Management in European Transition Economies: An Analytical Review”
Norio Horie (Center for Far Eastern Studies, University of Toyama), Kazuhiro Kumo (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

Socialist legacies of personnel / human resource management are examined, reviewing 83 studies based on the context of transition from the socialist management to the modern management in European transition economies. The results show that the studies tend to exhibit a relatively strong preference to explain transitions accompanied by institutional legacies of socialist personnel management as associated with the traditional industrial sectors inherited from the socialist period. Cultural legacies are relatively focused widely throughout all European transition economies, but EU accession of these countries gives negative impact on maintaining studies on Socialist-specific cultural legacies. Socialist legacies in personnel and human resource management remain strong contextual characteristics in European transition economies.