Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Management
Summer 2017 quarter (Second Session)
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.
Fields of Studybusiness and management
management, cooperative development, human resources
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