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 threeyear 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.
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.
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.