Inside the Romanian communist economy: state planning, factory and manager

Sucala, Voicu Ion (2018) Inside the Romanian communist economy: state planning, factory and manager. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The aim of this research was to examine the main organisational and social characteristics of the Romanian industrial enterprise under communist rule. The research explored the complex relations between state planning bodies, enterprises, and the managers. The research’s approach was multi-disciplinary drawing on industrial management, economics, organisation studies sociology, and political science. The research had also a consistent trans-disciplinary character because it aimed to create an over-arching perspective on Romanian industrialisation process.
The approach employed in this study was the one labelled by Burrell & Morgan interpretivist. This means that author’s set of assumptions over society and social research lies on the subjective side of the philosophy of science dimension, and is characterised by an integrationist view over society.
The research methods employed were predominantly qualitative, based on interpretation of data collected using interviews and document analysis.
The empirical research focused on the formation and key features of Romanian industrial enterprises, on the process of negotiation of the plan objectives between enterprises and central state structures, and on the analysis of the human resources processes of the enterprise.
The empirical findings offer an in-depth perspective over the practices, mechanisms, and actors involved in the activity of the Romanian industrial enterprises for almost four decades. The findings also confirm the consistent potential of the interpretive approach to provide a better understanding of the way organisations work in a challenging environment as the communist regime was.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Centralised planning, communist Romania, factory and manager.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Supervisor's Name: Cox, Prof. Terry and White, Prof. Stephen
Date of Award: 2018
Depositing User: Voicu Ion Sucala
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-30636
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 10:13
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 12:47

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