Soviet Influences on Latvian Attitudes Toward Information Technology

Soviet Influences on Latvian Attitudes Toward Information Technology

Michael D. Ishman (Niagara University, USA)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1998100102
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Abstract

As the countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic region move from centrally planned economies to market-oriented systems, their information system structures are undergoing radical transformations. Under the Soviet economic and management model the free flow, or sharing of information, existed only when it served the purpose to shape society and even then it was subject to distortions and fabrication. Individual initiatives, risk-taking, and the embracing of technology change were not encouraged. Those individuals who grew up and worked under this type of model have a frame of reference that influences their participation in the emerging economies and information technologies of the region. This paper examines the developing information technologies and transformations in one former Soviet controlled country, Latvia. It considers how the Soviet economic and management model has influenced information system development in Latvia. Such influences need to be understood by Western firms entering into joint ventures, not only in Latvia, but also in other former Soviet-controlled countries.

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