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The Role of Workers in Management


  • Al Campbell

    () (University of Utah, Salt Lake City)


Independent of whatever other advantages it might have for the workers, worker ownership has repeatedly demonstrated in the real world that it is no guarantee for worker participation in management. The participation of workers in management as a first step toward worker self-management requires institutions and practices that will both allow such participation and promote it. This paper considers, in the frame of four standard issues in worker self-management, six specific institutions and practices common to the collection of co-ops that constitute the Mondragón complex that have generated meaningful worker participation in management in this large corporation.JEL classification: J54, L29, M19

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  • Al Campbell, 2011. "The Role of Workers in Management," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 43(3), pages 328-333, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:43:y:2011:i:3:p:328-333

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    economic democracy; workers’ participation in management; Mondragón; cooperatives;

    JEL classification:

    • J54 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Producer Cooperatives; Labor Managed Firms
    • L29 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Other
    • M19 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Other


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