My health care administration and management
Master's Thesis (1990) dealt with SIZ
(Samoupravna Interesna Zajednica), a
social organization that was portrayed then as being unique to the
Yugoslav self-management socialism.
A New Source
In 2004, I
happened to read the book 'The
Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea' which recounts the history of the joint-stock
company, that pillar of corporate capitalism.
To illustrate how German companies differ from their
American counterparts, the authors point out that a German company is
often called Interessen Gemeinschaft (IG) (as in the IG
Farben of the Holocaust infamy).
It turns out that IG
roughly translates to community of interests in English and
as interesna zajednica
in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
Bingo, I said. That's where
Edvard Kardelj, the ideologue of self-management
socialism, got the idea. (In this undated
is seen to the right of Josip Broz Tito, then the president of
He blatantly plagiarized the term and turned
IG into SIZ by just adding an S (for samoupravna
or self-managed) in front of interesna zajednica.
I thought, this would have been interesting to discuss in my thesis had I known about it at the time. But now all of it is irrelevant: Kardelj is dead so are the self-managed socialism and Yugoslavia.
Such is the passing of life.