Workforce participation : learning from the co-operative sector

DE NORMANVILLE, Clare, WREN, David and RIDLEY-DUFF, Rory (2015). Workforce participation : learning from the co-operative sector. In: 5th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Helsinki, June 30th - 3rd July. (In Press)

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This paper builds on a theoretical framework developed by Ridley-Duff and Ponton (2013) to advance research on workforce participation in the social economy. We extend their framework, then test its efficacy through a discussion of governance at the Mondragon Co-operative Corporation (MCC) and John Lewis Partnership (JLP). Our thinking is influenced by Arnstein (1969), Pateman (1970), Hyman and Mason (1995), Harley, Hyman and Thompson (2005) and Gaventa (2006). Using Gaventa’s work on ‘spaces’, we offer a new composite framework to generate insights into the social practices at MCC (in Spain) and JLP (in the UK). We conclude by theorising that the ‘visible’ power of an enabling constitution combined with the ‘invisible’ power of social economy’s normative values and principles can reshape managerial identities. It does this by reinforcing the rights of worker-members to continually (re)claim the spaces in which workplace democracy occurs, and to use it to reverse the hiring relationship between capital and labour.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This project builds on a Business Innovation Project with Viewpoint Research CIC that features in a REF 2014 Impact Case (UoA 19 - Business and Management)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Ethical Organisations
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Depositing User: Rory Ridley-Duff
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2015 09:30
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2015 20:19

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