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Democracy at Work \u2013 Revisited


  • Andrea Jochmann-Doellll

    () (GEFA \u2013 Research and Consultancy)

  • Hartmut Waechter

    () (Universit\344t Trier, Fachbereich IV \u2013 BWL)


This article deals with a model of worker participation which was introduced in a German car dealership and repair shop in the 1960s and which goes far beyond the legal framework of German codetermination (\u201cMitbestimmung\u201d). The model comprises full codetermination in economic affairs, substantial gain-sharing, participation through work teams on the shop floor, and the \u201cneutralization of capital\u201d (i.e., transfer of owner\u2019s property rights to a foundation). The significance of these four elements is described in theoretical terms. The development was evaluated by interviewing a representative sample of the company\u2019s employees. The economic and social success of the company leads to the question of how industrial democracy can be further advanced in the future.

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  • Andrea Jochmann-Doellll & Hartmut Waechter, 2008. "Democracy at Work \u2013 Revisited," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 19(4), pages 274-290.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:doi_10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2008_4_jochmann-doell

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    industrial democracy; humanization of work; governance of small and medium-size enterprise (SME); codetermination;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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