Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Conrad J. Kasperson

Emeritus Professor of Business, Organizations and Society
Office: HAR

Professional Biography

My off-work interests include playing squash, restoring and driving Austin-Healey sports cars, and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.


B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Research Interests

My research interest is in the transformation of the Polish economy and society since the cold turkey switch from communism to       democracy and a free market economy.

Grants & Awards

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2001.

Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to the International Postgraduate Management Center, University of Warsaw, Poland (91-46237), January to May, 1992.

U.S.I.A. Academic Program Specialist Grant to investigate management education in Poland (6208210 & IA-264-2G) , 1990.

Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to the School of Management, University of Warsaw, Poland (88-46237), July, 1988 to January, 1989.

National Science  Foundation Grant DSI 76-16742 for the study of scientific innovation.


Kasperson, C. J.  Principles of Marketing  Warsaw, Poland: WSPIZ, 2001 (in English and Polish).

Kasperson, C. J. and Dobrzyński, M. “Training and Development for a Market Economy: The Case of Poland,” in Culpan, R. and Kumar, B. N. (eds) Transformation Manage­ment: Organizational Reforms in Post-Communist Countries.  Westport, CT: Quo­rum, 1995.

Kasperson, C. J.  “Optics East”, a case in Cavaleri, S. A. and Obłój, K. Management Systems: A Global Perspective.  Belmont, CA: PWS-Kent, 1993.

Kasperson, C. J.  “Foreign Participation in Management Training in Poland: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?” Executive Development, 1993, 6, 4, 11-14.

Dobrzyński, M. and Kasperson, C. J.  “Management Education in Poland: Problems and Possibilities,” European Forum for Management Development, forum 92/3, 1992, 23 - 27.

Obłój, K. and Kasperson, C. J.  “Selling and Buying a Polish State-owned Enterprise: Future Value Versus Present Price,” Business and Economic Studies on European Integration, WP 12-92.  Copenhagen: Institute of International Economics and Management, 1992, 1 - 24.

Obłój, K., Szczepankowski, P. and Kasperson, C. J.  Wycena Wartości Ekonomicznej: Feniks w  Łodzi.  Warsaw: Zakłodów Przemysłu Pończoszniczego, 1992, 1 - 67.

Kasperson, C. J.  and Obłój, K.  “Training Polish Managers in a New Economic Era,”  RFE/RL Research Report , 1992, 1, 11, 64-67 .

Kasperson, C. J.  “Poznaj Klienta Lepiej Niż on Zna Siebie,” International Post-graduate Management Center Newsletter, Warsaw, March, 1992, 7.

Kasperson, C. J.  A Review of Management Education in Poland.  Washington: U.S.I.A., 1990.

Kasperson, C. J.  “Wpływ Niepewnoci na Podejmowanie Decyzji i Struktur (The Impact of Perceived Uncertainty on Decision-making and Struc­ture),”  Doskonalenie Kadr Kierowniczych, 1989, 30, 3, 35-40 (in Polish).


“The Liberal Arts and Organization Analysis,”  Faculty Welcome Address at 2003 Convocation, August, 2003, Franklin & Marshall College.

“Poland’s Transformation:  1988 to 2001,” The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award Lecture, Feb. 2002, Franklin & Marshall College.

“Harley-Davidson,” Case Association at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management, 2000, Danvers, MA.

Keynote presentation of “Community Schools Without Walls.”   Sixtieth Annual Conference of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Philadelphia, Nov. 19-23, 1997.

“The Need for Synchronizing Management Development and Economic Restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe.” Academy of International Business -- US Northeast Annual Conference, 1996.

“Managerial Qualifications and Economic Restructuring in Eastern Europe:  The Need for Synchronization,” 21st Annual Conference of the European Inter-national Business Academy, 1995, Urbino, Italy (with B. Bozso).

“Hypercompetition in Management Education in Poland,” 20th Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy, 1994, Warsaw, Poland.

“Management Education in Poland: Problems and Possibilities,” The Ukranian Business Outlook Conference, 1992, New Britain, CT.

“What Poland May Learn From the West about Management Training (with M. Dobrzynski),” and “State of the Art: Learning From the International Experience,” Conference on Modernizing Management Development in Poland, 1992, Warsaw.

“Organizational Pluralism:  Why?, and How Do We Get There?”  The First Malaysiana Muda International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 1991.

“Contemporary American Business Practices:  The Board of Directors and Strategic Man­agement,” Institut Administracji i Zarzadzania, Warsaw, 1988.