Forum Polonia events

Talk and Discussion

Remembering while forgetting:
The role of memory in city management

Introduction by Prof. Barbara Czarniawska

Wednesday, the 24th of March 2004,  6 p.m.
Marin sali, Taiteilijakoti Lallukka (tilausravintola)
Apollonkatu 13, Helsinki.

The talk is based on the results of the research project
Managing Big Cities (Stockholm-Warsaw-Rome).


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.

About the speaker

PhotoBarbara Czarniawska 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 University Press).

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 (1976).