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?