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US Worker Co-Operatives and Their Spans of Management, Decision Making, and Governance: An Exploratory Analysis

Lambert, Thomas (2016): US Worker Co-Operatives and Their Spans of Management, Decision Making, and Governance: An Exploratory Analysis.

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Abstract

Much has been written over the years about worker co-operatives as an alternative to traditional forms of business organization and ownership. The literature has mostly covered the issues of whether worker co-ops are more productive, more profitable and/or have a longer existence than traditional firms. This paper tries to fill some gaps in the literature by covering topics rarely if ever mentioned in writings on worker co-ops by exploring their spans of management, their decision making with regard to investment and hiring, and the governance input from their local communities. The results from a recent survey are interesting from an organizational behavior or institutional perspective in that worker co-ops show themselves generally to be different from most of their counterparts.

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