Marta Kahancová is the managing director of CELSI. Her research interests
are in Sociology of Organizations and Work; in particular, she studies work
practices and social interaction in multinational firms, industrial relations
and work-related migration. She has actively participated in many international
conferences, seminars and research projects. She has published in international
peer-reviewed journals in Industrial Relations, Sociology and Human Resource
Prior to her current position, Marta was a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary (2009–2010), a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne, Germany (2007–2008) and a lecturer at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2007–2008). Between 2002–2007, she has been a researcher at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR) of the University of Amsterdam. In 2007 she defended her PhD. in Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation ‘Making the Most of Diversity. Social Interaction and Employment Practices in a Multinational Firm’ studied why work practices of the same firm differ across Western and Eastern European subsidiaries, focusing on the social foundations of workplace employment practices. In 2009, this dissertation won the award Best dissertation in Sociology in the Netherlands in 2007–2008 by the Netherlands Sociology Association.
During her doctoral studies Marta worked on various research projects at AIAS and lectured at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. She also was a visiting researcher at European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Prior to her doctoral studies, in 2002 she earned a Master of Arts in Political Sciences and Political Economy at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; and in 2001 a Master of Science in Commerce at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
 Kahancová, M. (2013):
The demise of social partnership or a balanced recovery? The crisis and
collective bargaining in Slovakia, in Transfer: European Review of
Labour and Research Volume 19 Issue 2, May 2013
 Kahancová, M. (2013):
The European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion, publishes its flagship report „Industrial Relations in Europe
2012“ featuring „Chapter 2: Industrial relations developments in the new
member states in Central and Eastern Europe“ authored by Marta Kahancová.
 Kahancová, M. and Szabó, I. G. (2012): Acting on the Edge of Public Sector: Hospital Corporatization and Collective Bargaining in Hungary and Slovakia. FP7 GUSTO WP 6 paper, in: Governance of Uncertainty and Sustainability at Sectoral and Territorial Levels, (also as CELSI discussion paper No.1, 2012).
 Kahancová, M. and Kaminska, M.E. (2011): Emigration and labour shortages: An opportunity for trade unions in the New Member States?, European Journal of Industrial Relations, June 2011, vol. 17 no. 2, p.189–203
 Kahancová, M. (2010): One Company, Diverse Workplaces: The Social Construction of Employment Practices in Western and Eastern Europe, Palgrave Macmillan (2010), 280 pages
 Kahancová, M. (2010): Economic Interests, Company Values and Local Institutions: Shaping Soft Work Practices in a Multinational’s Subsidiaries in Western and Central Eastern Europe. Industrielle Beziehungen (2010), Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 170–191.
 Kahancová, M., Spillman, L.P. and King, L. (2009): Nina Bandelj From Communists to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe. Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2008. Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 353–367.
 Kahancová, M. (2008): Multinationals in Postsocialist Host Countries: Social Interaction and the Compatibility of Organizational Interests with Host-Country Institutions, MPIfG Discussion Paper 08 / 11, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (2008), Cologne
 Kahancová, M. (2007): Corporate values in local contexts: work systems and workers’ welfare in Western and Eastern Europe. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (2007), Working Paper 07/1
 Kahancová, M.
(2007): One Company, Four Factories: Coordinating Employment Flexibility
Practices with Local Trade Unions. European Journal of Industrial Relations
March 2007 vol. 13 no. 1 67–88
 Kahancová, M. (2007): Lokale arbeidsverhoudingen belangrijker dan centrale aansturing (Local employment relations more important than central diffusion). Zeggenschap – Tijdschrift voor arbeidsverhoudingen (2007), Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 36–37.
 Kahancová, M. and
Meer, M. van der (2006): Coordination, employment flexibility, and
industrial relations in Western European multinationals: evidence from
Poland. International Journal of Human Resource Management (2006), Vol. 17, No.
8, pp. 1379–1395.