Call for Papers: The Return to Europe - A Generation of Re-inventing National Identities
August 19, 2015
Special issue call for papers from Baltic Journal of Management - National Identities in Europe
Guest edited by Richard Brunet-Thornton, University of Economics, Prague, The Czech Republic and Ilona Bučiūnienė, ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania, focussing on the push to create national identitites in the countries of Warsaw Pact Europe.
What is the Special Issue about?
The transition from state-planned and controlled economies for many countries of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union demanded enormous changes not only in managerial styles but even more so in the practice of management itself. This arose as some management functions, such as Human Resource Management, did not existed. In some cases, the purpose and realisation was different when compared with their Western counterparts. Transformations have affected all management areas, as five decades of the State Socialism left an indelible imprint on individual minds, attitudes and behaviours as well as organisations, collective identities and practices and whole societies. The evolution over the past twenty-five years with both its successes and failures forms the central intent of this special edition.
Manuscripts should focus on management themes on:
- The state of management education in post-Communism with an emphasis on the growth of this discipline within educational, particularly state-sponsored, institutions;
- Collectivism versus individualism, public versus private – the transformation in decision-making and strategy formulation in which approaches, methods, tools and techniques have evolved over this period;
- The challenges and outcomes presented by generational gaps in management wherein members of an organisation comprise both employees with State Socialism imprint and those espousing the newly emerging free-market logics;
- The influence of the former State Socialist regimes on individuals and organisations operating in a radically different institutional settings (dominant neo-liberal arrangements after the decades of State Socialism);
- The transformation of management functions and their subsequent impact on performance;
- Managerial styles and practice: ‘the west is best’, ‘homemade’, or a ‘mix of both’? The challenges of reaching a workable consensus to the benefit of all is central to this discussion;
- Lessons learnt. A review of the various plans and strategies that encompassed the transition and in turn substantiate the accomplishments and document the reasons why some programmes failed;
- The role and importance of cross-cultural management in a global business and working environment – the challenges and encounters over the years and their subsequent impact on national management praxis.