The current difficulties of the Russian economy indicate that the application of policies for the attainment of economic stabilization without regard to the historical conditions of a particular country may produce little positive effect. Consideration needs to be given not only to economic factors, such as the level of industrial development of the country, the scientific and technical potential, and the amount of economic monopolization, but also cultural factors, such as the sense of justice, historical traditions, general mentality, and the system of values. Recognizing these cultural factors, this paper proposes a theoretical base to develop a strategy for reform in social and labor relations that would be adequate to Russia’s current conditions. This paper investigates the processes of transformation of social and labor relations on the basis of logic modeling and an extended systems approach.
Professor Tatiana Medvedeva
Institution: Siberian State University of Transport
Department: World Economy and Law
Tatiana Medvedeva is an Associate Professor in the Department of World Economy and Law at Siberian State University of Transport, Novosibirsk, Russia. At her university she is a former Director of the Scientific and Practical Center for Business and Management and a former Vice-Director of the Institute for Prospective Transport Technologies and Training of Human Resources. She does consulting with managers of Russian enterprises. On two occasions she was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington, DC. She received a diploma in economic cybernetics from Novosibirsk State University and a kandidatskaya degree (Ph.D) in economics from Moscow State University. She is now working on her doctorskaya degree at the latter university. Most of her scientific writings concern the economics of transitions and change management, including the changes in values, beliefs, and institutions now occurring in the post-communist countries. She has published papers in several systems and cybernetics journals and made presentations at conferences in East and West Europe, Russia, and the USA.