Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Management

Summer 2017 quarter (Second Session)

Taught by

  • UG

This course will offer a general overview of the worker cooperative business model, in context of the history of cooperatives and international definitions of cooperatives. A multimedia approach will be used combining lectures, case studies, panel discussion, films, and games to help students learn about the unique challenges of worker ownership and democratic management. A specific focus of the course will include the governance and accountability models used to manage a business in which the employees own and control their workplace and how worker-owners balance the needs of the business with the needs of the individual member.  Students will complete a research project comparing either the governance or accountability model of an existing worker coop to a traditional business within the same industry.

Program Details

Fields of Study

business and management

Preparatory For

management, cooperative development, human resources


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tue/Thu, 5-9p

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online