Breaking the Mold

This website opens up the world of workplace democracy through a case study and simulation.  It can be used either as a curriculum supplement or a learning tool for anyone curious about economic democracy.

We begin with basic definitions and the story of the employee buyout of Marland Mold, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts plastics mold making company.

Following the Marland buyout story, there are three sets of lessons providing the chance to “try your hand”  at being an employee-owner.  Simply follow the  on-screen guidance  and you will explore the following issues:

  • Cooperative decision making
    • How does a company handle the tradeoff between getting employee input and getting things done?
  • Learning to think like an owner
    • Research has shown that a financial stake in one’s company is not enough to change employee attitudes. To be successful, management has to be up to the task of creating a new culture.
  • Shepherding innovation
    • How do “Equity” companies get people to work smarter?

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