|Title||From “Old Red Socks” to Modern Human Resource Managers? The Transformation of Employee Relations in Eastern Germany|
|Year of Publication||1994|
|Series Title||CAHRS Working Paper Series|
|Institution||Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies|
|Keywords||East Germany, economy, employee relations, GDR, German Democratic Republic, government|
Excerpt] With the dramatic and unexpected opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, began a far-reaching process of transformation in every aspect of society within the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany). Indeed by October 1990, the GDR had been unified with and absorbed into the larger German Federal Republic (the former West Germany) and no longer existed as a separate political entity.1 The basic principle guiding German unification was the replacement of East German laws, institutions, and practices with West German laws, institutions, and practices -- in politics, the economy, and civil society.