For too long, cooperatives have been considered marginal players in
the global economy, and as unrealistic venues for the aspirations of
new and experienced members of the labour force. This marginalization
shows in business, municipal and legal discussions, and curricula,
where cooperative structures are rarely mentioned, let alone
presented as viable options.
at Work presents a range of success stories in employee ownership
and worker owned-and-governed cooperatives. The authors further show
how such firms embody important and highly contested ideals of
democracy, shared equity, and social transformation. Throughout this
volume, the authors present a range of practical lessons, strategies,
and resources based on their pioneering, international research.
latest volume in The Future of Work series has a strong
ethical stream, consistent with yearnings for more inspired forms of
business revealed in many public opinion polls. The book is
future-oriented, using contemporary as well as historical examples to
teach lessons that are not necessarily time-bound. It is essential
for anyone seeking a window onto the future of cooperative
entrepreneurial practice and grassroots democracy.