A study of city management in three European capitals: Warsaw,
Stockholm and Rome revealed many interesting aspects of the
relationship between present, modern management and the cities' past.
For example, the difficulties experienced by city management in Warsaw
did not seem to stem from its communist past, but from the sediments of
a much older rationalist-legalist frame of action. These problems are
aggravated by a negative attitude towards imitation of foreign models.
The presentation discusses different ways in which cities relate to
their management traditions.
is Professor of Management Studies of Gothenburg
Research Institute at School of Economics and Commercial Law of
Göteborg University, where she is responsible for the research program Organizing in Action Nets.
Barbara Czarniawska is an internationally recognized Swedish researcher
and she is in particular known of her studies on organizations. She has
participated actively in several international research programs and
she has published many books, the latest one being "A tale of
three cities, or the glocalization of city management" (2002, Oxford
Professor Barbara Czarniawska received the Wihuri International Prize
in 2003. She is the first researcher of economics as well as the
first woman to obtain the Wihuri Prize.
She was born in Bialystok in Poland, and she obtained her Master’s
degree in Social and Industrial Psychology at Warsaw University (1970)
and Ph.D. in Economic Sciences at Warsaw School of Economics