Varieties Of Socialism: Doing Business Under the Communist Regime

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December 17, 2021 to December 18, 2021
Czech Republic
Subject Fields: 
Business History / Studies, European History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Russian or Soviet History / Studies

The Workshop will be organised as an in-depth discussion of multifactorial faces of business activities and entrepreneurship in Central Europe during the Socialist period.

Organisers: Institute of Economic Studies Charles University, Prague in cooperation with the European Business History Association

Friday, Dec 17, 3:00 - 6:00 PM (Prague Time)
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  • Antonie Doležalová (Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University)
  • Teresa da Silva Lopes (President, the European Business History Association)
  • Alfred Reckendrees (Copenhagen Business School)

Panel no 1: Doing Business Under the Communist Regime (Chair: Antonie Doležalová) 

  • Martin Myant (European Trade Union Institute): Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Socialist Czechoslovakia and Capitalist Czechia
  • Maria Hidvégi (Tungsram Operations): Tungsram During the Socialist Era
  • Žarko Lazarevich (Institute of Contemporary History, Slovenia): Foreign investments in socialist economy: case of Yugoslavia Mariusz Jastrząb (Collegium Civitas, Poland): Polonia firms in Poland under the late Socialism (1976-1989)

Saturday, Dec 18, 3:00 - 6:00 PM (Prague Time)

Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 998 6186 9166 Passcode: 787922

Panel no 2 Legacy of Socialist Enterprises (Chair: Volodymyr Kulikov)

  • Anna Soulsby (University of Nottingham, UK): Management and Control of State-Owned Enterprises in Communist and Post-Communist Societies
  • Lenka Kratka (Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Republic): Socialist Entrepreneurs in the Mirror of Oral History
  • Tomasz Olejniczak, Anna Pikos (Kozminski University, Poland): The Paradoxical Legacy of Socialist Enterprises: Case Study of URSUS Discussion

Panel no 3 Methodology and Historiography (Chair: Tomasz Olejniczak)

  • Daniel Raff (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania): West Meets East: Some Ideas and Methods for Studies of Doing Business under the Communist Regime
  • Valentina Fava (Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy): On Historiography of Business History in CEE
  • Volodymyr Kulikov (Central European University) Photography as a Source for Business History of Eastern Europe

Final discussion (the next workshop, a panel for the EBHA Conference in Madrid 2022, Special Issue, the EBHA Summer School in Prague in 2023, etc.)

Contact Info: 

Further questions can be sent to Antonie Doležalová