Managing Communist Enterprise, Rutgers-Camden, 21 April 2017

Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970


A Symposium


Rutgers University, Camden

April 21st 2017

12pm – 2pm, Faculty Lounge (second floor of Armitage Hall, 311 North Fifth Street, Camden, NJ)


Philip Scranton (Rutgers, Camden)


Pal Germuska (EUI – Florence)

Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton)

Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology)


The business history of communist eastern and central Europe has not yet received the attention that it deserves. This symposium is organized around a significant new paper by Phil Scranton, entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970,” that itself emerges from a major project being undertaken by Professor Scranton and Professor Patrick Fridenson to examine the evolution of global business practices in the second half of the twentieth-century.  Based in extensive research in previously unused archives and sources, the paper uncovers the fascinating and often surprising story of management in three key European economies, essentially opening up a hitherto neglected field of study in business history.


Professor Scranton will briefly present the paper before we hear three invited commentaries, from Pal Germuska (EUI), Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton), and Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology). Following a response from Professor Scranton, the final hour of event will be reserved for audience discussion. The lead paper and all three commentaries will subsequently be published in Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History. 

Everyone intending to attend is strongly encouraged to download and read the lead paper in advance. Please note that in order to access the PDF of this unpublished paper, you will first need to log in with your BHC website credentials.


All are welcome. The event is free and registration is not required, though it would be appreciated if notices of intent to attend could be sent to Andrew Popp at All enquiries should be addressed to the same address.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Rutgers University, Camden and of the Business History Conference.