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Industrial Transformation in Europe
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Industrial Transformation in Europe
Process and Contexts

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© 1996 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This volume is essential reading for all those interested in emergent developments in Europe. At a time when the forces of globalization are demanding industrial and organizational transformations throughout industrialized and industrializing nations, the book also makes a notable contribution through its unique analysis of the complexities, diversities and socio-political embeddedness of such major change.

Focusing particularly on central and eastern Europe, the contributors examine the economic management activities of state agencies in the move from command to market economies and the attempted creation of viable firms for such economies. They look at the changing roles of different interest groups and the various forms of corporatism which are emerging. They also explore various aspects of the restructuring of work systems, including the building of new forms of labour relations in post-socialist Europe. The role of foreign capital and multinationals in shaping host government industrial strategies is addressed, and the ways in which relatively successful industrial regimes can suffer from a lack of flexibility in the face of outside forces are also discussed.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Gert Schmidt
Europe in Flux
Change in East and West  
Richard Whitley
Transformation and Change in Europe
Critical Themes  
 
PART TWO: PATTERNS OF INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION IN EUROPE: INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS
Gert Schmidt
Introduction
Gernot Grabher
The Elegance of Incoherence
Economic Transformation in East Germany and Hungary  
Christian von Hirschhausen
From Privatization to Capitalization
Industrial Restructuring in Post-Socialist Central and Eastern Europe  
Jeffrey Henderson, Richard Whitley, Gyorgy Lengyel and Laszlo Czaban
Contention and Confusion in Industrial Transformation
Dilemmas of State Economic Management  
Hugo Radice
Organizing Markets in Central and Eastern Europe
Competition, Governance and the Role of Foreign Capital  
 
PART THREE: REGULATION OF INTERESTS: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
Gert Schmidt
Introduction
Eckhard J Dittrich and Michael Haferkemper
Labour Relations in the Making
Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic  
Melanie Tatur
Towards Corporatism? The Transformation of Interest Policy and Interest Regulation in Eastern Europe
 
PART FOUR: WORK RESTRUCTURING IN EAST AND WEST: LIMITS AND DIRECTIONS
Gert Schmidt
Introduction
Roger Penn and David Sleightholme
Skilled Work in Contemporary Europe
A Journey into the Dark  
Hans-Joachim Braczyk, Gerd Schienstock and Bernard Steffensen
The Region of Baden-W[um]urttemberg
A Post Fordist Success Story?  
Krzysztof Konecki and Jolanta Kulpi[ac]nska
Enterprise Transformation and the Redefinition of Organizational Realities in Poland
Csaba Mak[ac]o and P[ac]eter Novosz[ac]ath
Employment Relations in Multinational Companies
The Hungarian Case  

`The papers in this book make a notable contribution to our understanding of the transformation porblems faced b;y East European economies. They also offer a convicing critique of ht goals and methods pursued by many Western experts who have rushed in to leave their mark on the transformation proces' - Economic and Industrial Democracy

`The range and extent of the empirical material on which these chapters draw is impressive, as are the analyses offered by the contributors. There is no doubt that the book fills a gap in a field where there has been a relative lack of cross-country comparative studies.... The most important point is that the book demonstrates both the significance of institutional legacies and the variety and diversity of transformational processes andtheir contingent nature' - Europe - Asia Studies

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Eckhard Dittrich

Gert Schmidt

Richard Whitley

Richard Whitley is Professor of Organizational Sociology at the Manchester Business School, Manchester University. He is the author of Business Systems in East Asia: Firms, Markets and Societies (Sage, 1992). More About Author

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