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Dr. Valentina Fava


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Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Berufliche Bildung und Arbeitslehre
Fachgebiet Arbeitslehre/Technik
Sekr. MAR 1-1
Marchstraße 23
10587 Berlin

Raum MAR 1.039

Telefon: +49 152 38929303
Telefax: +49 (0)30 314-21120



01/2001 – 12/2003
PhD, Economic and Social History, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano (Italy). Thesis Title: Date of Award, 8 April 2004 Mentor: prof. Franco Amatori
01/1994 – 11/1999

University Degree in History (110/110 cum laude), Dipartimento di Storia e Scienze della Documentazione Storica, Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy). Mentor: prof. Duccio Bigazzi and Giulio Sapelli
09/1995 – 06/1996

ERASMUS fellowship, Depts. of Historical Studies, Russian Studies, and Politics, Bristol University (UK)

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09/2015 – present
IPODI Marie Curie Fellow School of Humanities, Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies and Technology, Berlin, Germany. Research project: The Automobile Industry goes Global: Foreign Capital, Networks, Actors and modernisation of the Russian Automobile Industry. Mentor: prof. Hans Dienel
02/2014 –  present
Partner of the Research Cluster "Diversification of the Economy", Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies: "Choices of Russian Modernisation", Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki
08/2009 – 04/2014

 University Researcher, Helsinki, Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (Finland), Research project: “Multinational Corporations, Transfer of Technology, and Learning Process in the Socialist and Post-socialist Context”. Leave of absence: 8/2011-6/2012; Part-time: 6/2012-4/2014.
09/2006 – 08/2008
Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute (EUI), Department of History and Civilization, San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence (Italy). Mentor: prof. Giovanni Federico.
12/2004 – 04/2006

Research Fellowship (assegno di ricerca), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Milan (Italy).
Leave of Absence: 9/2005-2/2006.

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Research Funding and Membership to International Research Projects

  • 01/2015 - (leave of absence)

    Purkyne Fellowship

    Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR, Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.

    Research Project: From Sovietisation to European Integration: Foreign Technology, Networks, Actors and the Socialist and post- socialist car manufacturing.

  • 01/2009-12/2009

    Research Assistant,
    European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, project: PRAGES (Practising Gender Equality in Science), Seventh Framework Program, Project leader: prof. Giulia Calvi; part-time from 08/2009.

  • 09/2008- 08/2009

    Research Fellowship
    , Foundation for the History of Technology in the Netherlands, Eindhoven Technical University.

  • 04/2004- 12/2004

    Research Assistant,
    Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Milan (Italy). Project leader: Prof. Franco Amatori, Project: Entrepreneurship.

  • 04/2004- 12/2004

    Research Assistant,
    Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Milan (Italy), Milan (Italy) and Business History Unit of the London School of Economics (UK), “European business performance in the 20th Century”. Project leaders: Prof. Franco Amatori, Prof. Youssef Cassis.

  • 09-12/2002

    Visiting Fellowship
    , Kyoto Graduate School of Economics (Japan).

  • 02-05/2001

    Honorary Fellowship,
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, (USA); depts. History, Industrial Relations, Russian and Eastern European Studies.

  • 09/2000- 02/2001

    Fellowship for Specialization Abroad,
    Università degli Studi of Milan (Italy).

List of Publications (selected)




  • The Socialist People’s Car. Automobiles, Shortages and Consent in the Czechoslovak Road to Mass Production, Amsterdam University Press, series: Technology and European History (isbn: 978 90 8964 399 5), 2014.
  • Translated and re-worked version of: Storia di una fabbrica socialista. Saperi, produzione e tecnologia nella storia della Skoda Auto (1918-1964), Milano, Guerini Associati, Collana Ripensare il Novecento, 2010 (isbn: 978 88 6250 195 8). 
  • with Chiara Casalino (eds.), La Fiat nel mondo, il mondo della Fiat. Il mercato mondiale dell’auto e i lavoratori dell’industria automobilistica nelle carte dell’Archivio storico Fiat, Quaderno dell’Archivio storico Fiat, Serie Strumenti, Venezia, Marsilio, 2002 (isbn: 9788831778862).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “La Fiat e la Autovaz di Togliatti. Alla ricerca del fordismo perduto”, StoricaMente. Laboratorio di Storia, n. 9, 2013.

  • “Dis(obbedire) nella fabbrica socialista. I rapporti di lavoro nello “stato degli operai”, Zapruder. Storie in movimento, n. 24 (January-April 2011), pp 41-56 (isbn: 9771723002008).

  • "Production versus Mobility: New Perspectives for an Old Dilemma" in G. Mom, G. Pirie, L. Tissaud (eds.), Mobility in History. The State of the Art in the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, Editions Alphil, Presses Universitaires Suisses, 2010, pp. 247-253.

  • “The automobile industry and CMEA integration. Evidence from the Czechoslovak case and reflections on a unexpected failure”, Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook, monographic issue on Economics and Integration in Western and Eastern Europe after the Second World War, Berlin, 2\2008, pp. 93-115 (isbn: 978-3-05-004454-5).

  • “Tecnici, Ingegneri e Fordismo: Škoda e Fiat nelle relazioni di viaggio in America” Imprese e storia, 22, 2000, pp. 201-249 (isbn: 88-15-07464-3).

Book sections, chapters in research books

  • "Les origines du Consorzio Macchine Utensili (COMAU) de FIAT: un succès italien entre l'URSS et la crise capitaliste (1966-1984)", in Serge Benoit et Alain P. Michel (dir.), Pierre Bézier, les machines-outils et le monde du génie industriel, Belfort, Editions de l'UTBM, 2015.

  • The Elusive People's Car: Imagined Automobility and Productive Practices in the 'Czechoslovak Road to Socialism' (1945-1968)", in L. Siegelbaum (ed.), The Socialist Car, Automobility in the Eastern Bloc, Cornell University Press, 2011, pp. 17-29. (isbn:978-0-8014-7738-6).

  • People's cars and People's Technologies: Skoda and Fiat Experts face the American Challenge (1918-1948), in Expert Cultures in Central Eastern Europe. The Internationalization of Knowledge and the Transformation of Nation States since World War I. Edited by Martin Kohlrausch, Katrin Steffen and Stefan Wiederkehr. Osnabrück: fibre, 2010, pp. 105-124 (= Einzelveröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Warschau. 23) (isbn: 978-3-938400-58-6).

  • Motor vehicles vs. dollars: selling socialist cars in neutral markets. Some evidence from the ŠKODA Auto case in A. Teichova, G. Burcerl Enderle, P. Franaszek, A Gap in the Iron Curtain: Economic relations between neutral and socialist countries in Cold War Europe, Warsaw, Jagellonian University Press, 2009, pp. 251-269 (isbn: 978-83-233-2532-1).

  • Un intruso al Castello di Praga. L'automobile nella Cecoslovacchia socialista (1948-1968) in F. Leoncini (a cura di), Alexander Dubcek e Jan Palach in Cecoslovacchia, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2009, pp. 259-279 (isbn: 978-88-498-2243-4).

  • Between American Fordism and "Soviet Fordism": the Czechoslovak way towards mass production in E.A. Rees et al. (eds), The Sovietisation of Eastern Europe. New Perspectives on the Post-War Period, New Academia Publisher, Washington DC, 2008, pp. 47-64 (isbn: 978-0-9800814-6-6).

  • with C. Brambilla, C. Casalino, V. Fava, F. Polese, D.Pozzi, Big business performance the 20th century: Italy in: C. Bratauset (ed.), Essays in European business performance in the 20th century: Italy. London School of Economics, Business History Unit Occasional Paper, 1, 2005, p.11-67 (isbn:0-7530-1863-2).

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Book Reviews

  • B. Rieger, The People’s Car. A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle, European History Quarterly vol. 44, 4 (2014).
  • D. Pozzi, Una sfida al capitalismo italiano: Giuseppe Luraghi, Journal of Transport History  vol. 35, 1 (2014).
  • L. Siegelbaum, Cars for Comrades, Transfers, Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 1, (2011).
  • S. Maggi, Storia dei trasporti in Italia, Journal of Transport History, 28, 1 (2007).

Encyclopaedia Entries

  • “Škoda” J.M. Merriman, J. Winter (eds), Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction, 5v, (Scribner Library of Modern Europe), Detroit, Charles Scribner’s Sons/Thomson Gale, 2006.
  • “Ferdinando Innocenti, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Roma, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana, 2006.

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Invited Workshops (since 2010 and selected)

16/6/2015, Università Bocconi, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, seminar: “Discussing the European Corporation”,  discussant.

7-8/5/2015, London School of Economics (LSE), workshop: “Economic Encounters in the age of Ideology. Exploring the business dimension of political confrontation in China, Russia, Europe (1945 – 1991)”; paper: “Between business interests and ideological marketing: USSR and the Cold War in Fiat corporate strategy (1957-1972)”.

20/11/2013, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg: invited presentation: “Between Corporate Profit and Cold War Politics: Fiat Strategy in the Soviet Union from 1965 to 1985”.

18- 20/04/2013, Institut für Osteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Wien, conference: “Loopholes in the Iron Curtain. Economic contacts between Eastern and Western Europe since the 1970s”.

28/03/2012, Centre de Recherches Historiques, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), invited presentation on: “Automobile Multinationals, Transfer of Technology and East-West Relations. Fiat Investments in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s”.

8/06/2011, Lappenranta (Finland), Lappenranta University of Technology (LUT), key note speaker : “Open your Research. Science across Boundaries”.

9/03/2011, Milan, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Assi Seminars in Business History, invited presentation: “Taylorism and Socialism. The History of Skoda Auto”.

15/09/2010, Evry, Paris, Colloque International "Pierre Bézier et les machines-outils", paper with Sigfrido Ramirez Perez: "The origins of Comau (Consorzio macchine utensili) and the global challenge".

6/07/2010, Hamburg, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany, Series of Seminars on: “Transnationality in the History of Eastern Europe. Probing a Concept”, invited presentation on Fiat activities in the Soviet Union 1965-1985.

10/03/2010, Florence, European University Institute (EUI), Workshop on "History of the Cold War" organized by Philip Ther e Kiran Patel; presentation on “Business and Cold War”.

Conference Participation (since 2013 and selected)


14-17/09/2015 Caserta, T2M Annual Conference: “The Future of Mobilities: Flows, Transports and Communication”; panel: “Knowledge and Technology Flows in the Past and Present of the (post)Socialist Automobile Industry”.

6-8/08/2015, Tokyo, ICCEES, 9th World Conference. Paper:A Factory at the Crossroad: Italian and Soviet Engineers Confronting on Mobility, Work and Environment in Togliatti and Turin (1965-1972)”.

3-7/08/2015, Kyoto, World Economic History Congress. Panel: Revisiting the role of foreign trade in socialist economies; paper: “The “Front-line of Our Enterprises”:  ENI, Fiat and the Italian-Soviet Economic Relations”.

09/2014, Paris, Fourth European Congress on World and Global History. Panel: Predicting Disasters in Peripheries?: Central State Planning in Socialist countries. paper: State Planning in International Context or Hidden Integration?”

08/2013, Uppsala, Sweden, European Business History Association Annual Conference: “Innovation and Growth”, paper co-authored with Ivan Tchalakov: “Chasing Corporate Entrepreneurship and Organizational Learning in Planned Economies: Bulgarian Electronics and Soviet Automotive Industry”.


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Professional Memberships

EBHA (European Business History Association), 2001-;

T2M (Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility) 2004-  (since 2013, member of the Board);

SISLAV, Società Italiana di Storia del Lavoro, 2012-;

SISE, Società Italiana degli Storici dell’Economia, 2012--

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