Monday, February 13, 2017

Symposium: “Managing Communist Enterprise”

A symposium entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970” will take place at Rutgers University, Camden, on April 21, 2017, from 12 to 2:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of Armitage Hall. According to the organizers:
The business history of communist eastern and central Europe has not yet received the attention that it deserves. This symposium is organized around a significant new paper by Phil Scranton, entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970,” that itself emerges from a major project being undertaken by Professor Scranton and Professor Patrick Fridenson to examine the evolution of global business practices in the second half of the twentieth century. Based in extensive research in previously unused archives and sources, the paper uncovers the fascinating and often surprising story of management in three key European economies, essentially opening up a hitherto neglected field of study in business history. 
Professor Scranton will briefly present the paper, followed by three invited commentaries, from Pal Germuska (EUI), Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton), and Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology). Following a response from Professor Scranton, the final hour of the event will be reserved for audience discussion. The lead paper and all three commentaries will subsequently be published in Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History.
      Everyone intending to attend is strongly encouraged to download and read the lead paper in advance. Please note that in order to access the PDF of this unpublished paper, readers will first need to log in to the BHC website with their BHC login credentials.
     All are welcome. The event is free and registration is not required, though it would be appreciated if notices of intent to attend could be sent to Andrew Popp at All inquiries should be addressed to the same address.
     The symposium is presented with the support of Rutgers University, Camden, and the Business History Conference.