Nine Czechoslovak managers schooled in Marxism and trained in Soviet-style central planning have come here for a crash course in capitalism.
Friday, after attending a lecture at Georgetown University on "Managing for Profits," Jan Masak, 42, director of the postal department for the Czechoslovak Republic, said he and other visiting managers began the program with "a very strong belief in the free market."But they have come to realize, he said, that "there may be some stones on this way . . . that, in addition to the invisible hand, there may be an invisible foot, which can kick us."
The program for the managers was developed after Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel, during a visit here in February 1990, asked Georgetown University to help his country make the transition to a market-oriented economy.
Besides attending lectures, the managers have been participating in mock situations aimed at teaching them about the free market. After the morning lecture Friday, the Czechoslovaks participated in a management simulation workshop in which they operated a make-believe glass manufacturing company with 4,000 workers and $200 million in annual sales.