The publication of this volume marks an important event for The William Davidson Institute. It is the result of a major WDI research venture that focused on the transition process at the firm level. The research speaks to both the concerns of researchers that focus on issues of organization, management, and strategy, and also to the individual managers and leaders who are trying to transform their organizations. This focus on the firm-level dynamics reflects a major thesis that the Institute has been advancing with respect to the transition process--until the transition occurs at the firm level, the process is not complete.
This book is also an important reminder of the large network of researchers and practitioners that has been formed by the Institute. The hundreds of Institute Fellows, Associates, and Affiliates around the world have contributed in an important way to the understanding of the transition process. Their working papers, articles, and books have been widely read and have informed private, as well as public policy decisions. Conducting worldwide research on the transition process is a difficult procedure, but this book is evidence that the issues and the network are clearer now than ever before.
Table of Contents
Contents: A.P. Brief, J.P. Walsh, D. Denison, Managing Organizational Change in Transition Economies. Part I: Rethinking the Organizational Environment. L.A. Keister, Insider Lending and Economic Transition: The Structure, Function, and Performance Impact of Finance Companies in Chinese Business Groups. D. Guthrie, The Emergence of Market Practices in China's Economic Transition: Price Setting Practices by Shanghai's Industrial Firms. P.W. Beamish, A. Delios, Japanese Investment in Transitional Economies: Characteristics and Performance. D. Candea, R.M. Candea, Understanding and Managing Challenges to the Romanian Companies During Transition. L.P. King, Strategic Restructuring: Making Capitalism in Post-Communist Eastern Europe. C. Vlachoutsicos, Russian Communitarianism: An Invisible Fist in the Transformation Process of Russia. Part II: Creating New Organizational Systems and Structures. A. Yeung, K. DeWoskin, From Survival to Success: The Journey of Corporate Transformation at Haier. M. Dierkes, X. Zhang, Corporate Transformation and Organizational Learning--The People's Republic of China. K.L. Newman, Radical Versus Incremental Change: The Role of Capabilities, Competition, and Leaders. M. Weinstein, Emergent Compensation Strategies in Post-Socialist Poland: Understanding the Cognitive Underpinnings of Management Practices in a Transition Economy. I.L. Zinovieva, Why Do People Work If They Are Not Paid? An Example From Eastern Europe. J. Fehér, M. Szigeti, The Application of Change Management Methods at Business Organizations Operating in Hungary: Challenges in the Business and Cultural Environment and First Practical Experiences. I.B. Gurkov, Organizational Changes in Russian Industrial Enterprises: Mutation of Decision-Making Structures and Transformations of Ownership. Part III: Integrating Organizational Cultures. N. Lynton, Human Resource Management in the Restructuring of Chinese Joint Ventures. M.D. Kennedy, A Cultural Analysis of Homosocial Reproduction and Contesting Claims to Competence in Transitional Firms. S. Ferencikova, Foreign Direct Investment as a Factor of Change: The Case of Slovakia. I. Perlaki, Building Successful Companies in Transition Economies. R.A. Roe, I.L. Zinovieva, E. Dienes, L.A. ten Horn, Firm Ownership and Work Motivation in Bulgaria and Hungary: An Empirical Study of the Transition in the Mid-1990s. Part IV: Conclusion. D. Denison, Summary: Building an Agenda for Research and Practice.
"...this volume is a sampler with some real treats, and the editor and his center are to be commended for compiling them here. Whether for sociologists, organizational development consultants, or teachers looking for some contemporary cases on the transition from communism, there is something enjoyable here for every palette."
—Administrative Science Quarterly