Conference Worlds of Management: Transregional Approaches to Management Knowledge since 1945, 14.-16.4.21

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Worlds of Management

Transregional Approaches to Management Knowledge since 1945


This workshop aims at advancing transregional perspectives on the circulation of management knowledge during the second half of the 20th century. It brings together scholars from different parts of Europe, North America, and the Global South in order to reflect on discourses and practices of organisation in both capitalist and state-socialist settings, as well as their entanglements.


The international workshop is organised by Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen (University of Vienna), Lukas Becht (University of Vienna), Florian Peters (University of Jena), and Vítězslav Sommer (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague). It is hosted by the University of Vienna and generously supported by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.


Due to current conditions, the workshop will take place in an online setting. Presentations will be based on pre-circulated papers (see below for details).


Everyone interested in participating in the online keynote by Eglė Rindzevičiūtė is invited to sign up here for joining us:


To receive the papers and the zoom link to participate in the panels, please register with Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen (





WEDNESDAY, 14 April 2021


14:00–14:30 (Central European Time)

Online meet-and-greet



Opening remarks

Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen, Lukas Becht, Florian Peters, Vítězslav Sommer



Panel 1: Global Circulations – Local Management

Chair: Dietlind Hüchtker


Mara Marginean (Cluj-Napoca): “Global Knowledge, Local Practice: The Center for the Improvement of Industrial Managers (CEPECA) and Romania’s Cooperation with the United Nations in the 1970s”


Lourens van Haaften (Leuven): “Management and Nation Building:

The Sociotechnical Imaginaries behind the Making of the Indian Institute

of Management in Ahmedabad, India”


16:30–17:00 Coffee break




Eglė Rindzevičiūtė (London): “Thinking Management Across the Iron Curtain:

Theory, Practice and Reflexivity in Soviet Management”



THURSDAY, 15 April 2021



Panel 2: Managing Development

Chair: Eva-Maria Muschik (Vienna)


Malak Labib (Cairo): “Manufacturing Modernity on the Shop-Floor: Development

Planning and Managerial Expertise in Egypt (1945–1968)”

Kena Wani (Durham): “Pedagogies of Development, Conceptions of Efficiency: The Industrial and Rural Analogues of Modern Managerialism in Western India,

c. 1950–1979”


10:30–11:00 Coffee break



Panel 3: Between Management and Planning I

Chair: Anna Echterhölter (Vienna)


Yi Lu (Cambridge/Mass.): “Paper Glut: A History of Bureaucratism

in Post-Revolutionary China”


Zoé Evrard (Paris): “Mediating Neoliberalism within Informal Planning Governance Mechanisms. The Institutional Conversion of the Planning Bureau”


12:30–14:00 Lunch



Panel 3: Between Management and Planning II

Chair: Anna Echterhölter (Vienna)


Roman Abramov (Moscow): “The Management of Research & Development in the Late Soviet Period: PERT System Integration and Everyday Work Practices by Soviet Engineers”


Martin Gorsky (London): “‘Planning’, ‘Systems Analysis’ and the Development of Health Services at the World Health Organization, c.1960–1990”



Time to chat: Social online coffee break.



FRIDAY, 16 April 2021



Panel 4: Challenges in Company Management

Chair: Florian Peters (Jena)


Iiulia Papuschina (Perm): “Entrepreneurial Bricolage in Soviet Fashion Production”


Maciej Tymiński (Warsaw): “Managers in the Command Economy: Case Studies from Poland, 1956–1970”


Dhiraj Kumar Nite (New Delhi): “Managing the Mines: An Enquiry into the Safety Rationale of the Management on the Indian Coalmines 1940–1960s”


11:00–13:00 Lunch



Panel 5: Management Knowledge in Transformation

Chair: János Kovács (Vienna)


Paul Dragoș Aligică/Simona Preda (Bucarest): “Managerial Authority in Communist Industrialization. Work and Authority in the Economic System of Communist Romania”


Alina-Sandra Cucu (London): “Just-in-Time, Just-in-Place: Making Cars and Managerial Authority in Romania”


Natasha Simeunović Bajić (Niš): “The Manager as a Transitional Hero in Serbia:

Visual Narratives of Managers in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Context”


15:00–15:30 Coffee break



Concluding commentary and final discussion round

Verena Halsmayer (Lucerne)


17:00 End of Workshop



The workshop is based on papers circulated in advance.

The panels will be structured as follows:

• Short presentation of the speakers

• 5-minute paper presentations

• Group discussion in breakout rooms

• Plenary discussion