Values at Work: Employee Participation Meets Market Pressure at Mondragón / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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The Mondragón cooperatives are changing in important ways as a direct result of both external pressures to be more competitive and the rise of consumerism, as well as through the modification of internal policies toward greater efficiency. One of the most remarkable aspects of the changes is that some of the same business slogans now heard around the globe are being adopted in this set of organizations renowned for its strongly held internal values, such as participatory democracy, solidarity, and equality. Instead of emphasizing the special or unique qualities of the Mondragón experience, this book demonstrates the case's relevance to trends in all sectors and across the industrialized world.
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"Can democracy in the workplace co-exist with global competitiveness? George Cheney seeks answers from the workers and managers of the Mondragón cooperatives, providing a balanced and sensitive record of their contemporary voices."
"George Cheney provides new insight into the evolution of the Mondragón cooperatives, and the key tensions between their internal and external environments. This book ranks with the best of the organizational and sociological writing to date on Mondragón, and it productively uses the Mondragón case to reflect on larger issues at stake between innovative organizations and 'global' markets."
"Values at Work is a provocative read on the prospects for workplace democracy in today's hyper-competitive global economy. George Cheney excels in showing how both cooperatives and conventional corporations must reconcile relentless marketization of our cultural and economic life with the democratic spirit."