Worker Directors and Worker Ownership/Cooperatives

Raymond Markey*, Nicola Balnave, Greg Patmore

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Abstract

Employee participation in organizational decision making at the strategic management level is manifested in two main ways: first, employee representatives sitting alongside shareholder representatives on the boards of public companies and state-owned enterprises; and second, producer cooperatives in which the workers own the organization. Producer cooperatives are also likely to have extensive employee representation on their boards. However, the two forms of participation fundamentally differ. Employee representation on the boards of public companies and state-owned enterprises constitutes employee participation as employees, in common with the other forms of participation examined here. Producer cooperatives owned by the employees constitutes participation as owners. This article separately examines these two approaches to employee participation in organizational decision making at the strategic management level. It then analyses the incidence and effectiveness of each form of participation. The article concludes with general observations about the comparative viability and basis for each form.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations
EditorsPaul J. Gollan, David Lewin, Adrian Wilkinson
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages237-257
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780191584817
ISBN (Print)9780199207268
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2010
Externally publishedYes

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    Markey, R., Balnave, N., & Patmore, G. (2010). Worker Directors and Worker Ownership/Cooperatives. In P. J. Gollan, D. Lewin, & A. Wilkinson (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations (pp. 237-257). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199207268.003.0010