In this paper we intend to extract information out of one of the largest East-West training programmes, the Productivity Initiative Programme (PIP) of the TACIS Office
of the European Union. Our survey is based on the results of a questionnaire answered by 438 participants employed in companies in the New Independent States (ex Soviet Union) and Mongolia (NIS).
In order to assess the usefulness of the training rogramme, we confront the views of the participants on the importance of various managerial topics, as perceived during their West European experience, to their actual implementation of this experience in their home countries. By examining deviations, we will be able to detect some bottleneck-topics. We also identifY some internal and external factors, causing an under- and over-use of experience in the NIS companies. Next, we summarize the difficulties encountered by the participants during the implementation of changes in their companies, and finally, we present some major suggestions of the participants for effective implementation of Western managerial experience in NIS companies.