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The Transformation of Labour RelationsRestructuring and Privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia$

John Thirkell, Krastyu Petkov, and Sarah Vickerstaff

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289791.001.0001

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(p.183) Appendix A. Methodological Note and Core Case-Study Enterprises

(p.183) Appendix A. Methodological Note and Core Case-Study Enterprises

The Transformation of Labour Relations
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The main body of empirical work which underpins the discussion in this book was conducted as part of the project ‘Labour Relations in Transition—Restructuring and Privatization’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (Grant no. L309253027) as part of its East–West Initiative. The project was designed and the methodology agreed by an international research team at the outset. Teams of local researchers were commissioned to undertake the case-study research. In addition, members of the British team visited the enterprises during the course of the research. The case-study enterprises were identified in the six countries and visited over a three-year period. In the initial visits key informants were identified at each level in the enterprise: senior, middle, and junior management, trade-union leaders, and other workers' representatives and employees. In return visits researchers were able to attend management meetings and workers' meetings and to observe production processes. (For a full discussion of the research process, see Thirkell et al. 1995: 2–6.) The following provides a brief overview of the research in each country. The British team consisted of Richard Scase, John Thirkell, and Sarah Vickerstaff, all at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Listed below are the core cases discussed in this volume. The research project included other enterprises which are not discussed here.


Research Consultants

Professor K. Petkov, Professor of the Sociology of Work at the University of Sofia and President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB); Grigor Gradev, Director of Research, CITUB.

Case Studies


An enterprise in the air-transport industry; state owned.

Principal researchers: Professor K. Petkov and G. Gradev.


An enterprise producing hand tools and motors; state-owned joint stock company.

Principal researchers: Professor K. Petkov and G. Gradev.


A foundry; became a joint venture and then returned to state ownership.

Principal researchers: Professor K. Petkov and G. Gradev.

(p.184) Czech Republic and Slovakia

Research Consultant

Ludovit Cziria, Deputy Head of Research at the Slovak Institute of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Bratislava.

Case Studies


Enterprise producing mechanical springs; privatized by the voucher method in the first wave of privatization.

Principal researchers: L. Cziria, F. Lipták, and V. Mravec.


Car manufacturer; privatized by foreign ownership.

Principal researchers: L. Cziria and B. Michalik.


Research Consultant

Dr Lajos Hethy, Director of the Labour Research Institute, Ministry of Labour, Budapest.

Case Studies


Air transport company; privatized with part foreign ownership in 1992.

Principal researchers: F. Ternovszky and G. Kauscsek.


Enterprise making medical equipment and protective equipment; holding company sold to a French investor in 1990; JV (one division of the company) was privatized with 50 per cent foreign ownership.

Principal researchers: F. Ternovszky and M. Adorján.


Research Consultant

Professor Witold Morawski, Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, Warsaw.

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Medical-equipment manufacturer; leased from the state in the form of a stock company.

Principal researcher: Dr Michał Federowicz.


Manufacturer of industrial tools; no ownership change up to 1995.

Principal researcher: Dr Michał Federowicz.


Food manufacturer, meats; leased from the state, plan for privatization agreed in 1996.

Principal researcher: Professor Wiesława Kozek.


Research Consultant

Dr Vladimir Gerchikov, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Economic and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk.

Case Studies


Engineering plant manufacturing large electrical machines; leased from the state in 1990 and management/employee buyout in 1992/3.

Principal researchers: N. Barkhatova and E. Gorbunova.


Manufacturer of leather haberdashery; became a leasehold company in 1990 and then a joint stock company of the closed type.

Principal researchers: N. Barkhatova and E. Gorbunova.


Machine-tools enterprise; became a leasehold company in 1991 and then a joint stock company of the open type.

Principal researchers: L. Truth and M. Demenshko.