Organizational Change in Post-Communist Europe: Management and Transformation in the Czech Republic

Organizational Change in Post-Communist Europe: Management and Transformation in the Czech Republic

Organizational Change in Post-Communist Europe: Management and Transformation in the Czech Republic

Organizational Change in Post-Communist Europe: Management and Transformation in the Czech Republic

Synopsis

Organisational Change in Post-Communist Europe provides a unique and detailed examination of the complex processes of transformation in former state-owned enterprises in the Czech Republic. This is an excellent resource for students interested in Central and Eastern European post-communist transition and its impact on human resource management, organizational behavior and the management of change in the region.

Excerpt

The changes that have spread across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) since 1989 have been as dramatic as they have been far-reaching. They raise so many practical issues at so many levels and in so many spheres of social life that the degree of interest shown by social scientists in researching the region during the early post-communist period can come as no surprise. in the former communist countries, they see opportunities for examining social change in all its richness. in a situation where the scope for research is so wide, it is our impression that social scientific interest in the socio-economic transition has been overwhelmingly dominated, in both Central and Eastern European and Western social science, by the politics and the economics of the post-communist transformation. Moreover, this concern has been played out especially at the macro level, as researchers have examined the transformation of political systems, structures and processes from the authoritarian, centralized, totalitarianism of state socialism, to the democratic, devolved, pluralism associated with Western-style societies; or considered the changes involved in the move from hierarchical, centralized, state-ownership systems of command planning, to an economy which is essentially decentralized, market-driven and founded on private property relations.

Within this context, the social transition in the Czech Republic has been of particular interest. As part of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (ČSSR), it approached the post-communist era from an extreme form of state socialism, having endured many years of strong, autocratic rule by a disliked Communist Party, over which time the command economy had remained fairly obdurate to market-oriented changes. However, it has rapidly developed (or redeveloped) democratic political institutions, and, alone among the former communist nations in Europe, has up to and following the June 1996 elections resisted any temptation to revive the political ambitions of the successor parties of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ). Equally irrefutable has been the nation's commitment to a transition towards a liberal market economy, having accepted the application of stringent economic policies, and the adoption of radical programmes of mass privatization, at

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