V. I. Lenin

Introduction of One-Man Management in Lieu of Board Management in Centrotextil

Draft Decision for the Council of People’s Commissars{1}

Written: Written September 4, 1919
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 143.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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1) The S.E.C. to be instructed to gradually reduce the number of Board members, and in particular to study the experience of one-man management either by Communists or by specialists with Communist commissars attached to them.

2) Side by side with Board discussion and decision, steps to be taken to gradually introduce personal responsibility for the performance of both definite kinds of work and separate operations.

3) The S.E.C. and other commissariats having industrial enterprises to report within 2 months on the actual fulfilment of these tasks (especially as regards the number of workers who are being taught practical management and their record of experience in this connection).


{1} The Draft decission was adopted by the C.P.C. at its meeting of September 4, 1919.

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