Organizational Change in Post-Communist Europe
Management and Transformation in the Czech Republic
By Ed Clark, Anna Soulsby
Routledge – 1998 – 272 pages
This book provides a unique and detailed examination of the complex processes of transformation in former state-owned enterprises in the Czech Republic. Drawing on in-depth case studies of organizational transformation, the authors adopt a social-institutionalist approach to the study of organizational change, applying it in order to develop an explanation of organizational restructuring and management redefinition during the early transition period of 1990-1996. In particular, they highlight how these processes have been shaped by continuing historical state-socialist legacies and the powerful role played by senior managers in their efforts to fashion the new privatized organizations in their own interests.
'Clark and Soulsby provide a detailed and thought-provoking analysis of the process of societal transformation within the Czech republic. Furthermore, the research outlined here has considerable relevance for those interested in other transforming societies.' - Jon Oldfield, University of Birmingham
'…this is a valuable book. It forces the reader to re-examine processes of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe from a slightly different (socio-institutional) angle compared to more conventional studies in the area.' - Bert M. Sadowski, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands