Critical Management Research in Eastern Europe: Managing the Transition

By Mihaela Kelemen; Monika Kostera | Go to book overview
Save to active project

2
Geographic Space, Banking
Knowledge, and Transformation
Herbert Kalthoff

Introduction

This chapter is intended as a contribution to the analysis of those decision-making processes within the banking industry that lead to the structuring of operative units. The chapter's subject matters are ‘feasibility studies’ on the economic potential of the geographic space (‘countries’ and ‘regions’) in which banks plan the structuring of their geographic presence. In the case at hand, this will be exemplified by the situation of international commercial banks in Central and Eastern European countries, the so-called transformation countries. 1 The empirical material for this study was gathered via participant observation in two international banks in Poland and Bulgaria over several months. Further I conducted interviews with senior staff and employees responsible for Central Europe in bank headquarters in Frankfurt on Main and Munich and in subsidiaries and/or branch offices in Warsaw, Prague, and Sofia. Added to these were interviews with the corporate banking department and risk management staff in the headquarters of a French commercial bank in Paris. 2

From a sociological vantage point, expert economic reports are interesting for several reasons. In this chapter I will concentrate on just one area, namely the production of knowledge in decision-making situations involving a degree of uncertainty. I shall question whether procedures and negotiation processes are implemented in banking practice to enable statements to be made concerning potential economically prosperous regions. More specifically, the problem of generating knowledge for reducing present uncertainty is that banking people operate in a ‘boundary realm’ of knowledge in the sense of ‘liminal knowledge’ (Knorr-Cetina, 1999). This ‘boundary realm’ is determined

-13-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Critical Management Research in Eastern Europe: Managing the Transition
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 270

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?