Transforming Management in Central and Eastern Europe seeks to introduce the specific issues of management in Central and Eastern Europe to a wide audience, interested in management in general and in European management in particular. The issues discussed are of central importance for the future development of Europe, whose peaceful future rests on the creation of prosperous economies to the east. The future shape of the enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is not yet clear. CEE is developing a distinctive form of economic organization, which at present is more post-socialist than capitalist: this may prove to be a longer-lasting form than many expected in the early 1990s. I hope this book shows convincingly why.
The book is the result of reading, research, and discussion over several years, since the late 1980s, with both scholars and managers: I am very grateful for their viewpoints. In particular, I have benefited considerably from presentations organized in London by Dr Daniel Thorniley, Vice President, Business International, Vienna, and from presentations which Professor Edmond Lisle, of the CNRS and the MIB Programme at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, and I organized in Paris between 1990 and 1994.
The University of Glasgow possesses an exceptional collection of material on CEE, which has been of considerable assistance in preparing the manuscript; I am very grateful to the University Librarian for maintaining the collection. I am especially grateful to Mrs Janie Ferguson, the Social Science Librarian, for assistance, especially with electronic access to research materials. The book was written during two periods of sabbatical leave, in 1995 and 1998–9, for which I am grateful to the University of Glasgow; the leave provided relief from the increasing weight of administration, as well as teaching, which has become a feature of British academic life in the 1990s. The periods of leave were taken at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales, Sydney, and at the Department of Management Studies, Monash University, Melbourne: I am very grateful to both institutions for providing excellent writing environments. Vic Taylor and Steve Frenkel at the AGSM and Gerry Griffin at Monash were very welcoming hosts.
George Blazyca, of the University of Paisley, read the manuscript in draft and made many helpful comments, not only on Poland; I am very grateful. I remain responsible for any errors of fact or interpretation.