Buying into Capitalism? Employee Ownership in a Disconnected Era

Brown, Ross, McQuaid, Ronald, Raeside, Robert, Dutton, Matthew, Egdell, Valerie and Canduela, Jesus (2018) Buying into Capitalism? Employee Ownership in a Disconnected Era. British Journal of Industrial Relations. ISSN 0007-1080

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This article considers whether employee ownership mitigates the negative workplace outcomes identified by the Disconnected Capitalism Thesis (DCT). Drawing on a programme of in-depth interviews with workers and managers in employee-owned businesses (EOBs), the article reveals how they are partially insulated from the vicissitudes endemic within contemporary capitalism. In contrast to the workplace outcomes envisaged within the DCT, these firms are characterized by strong workforce participation, high levels of employment security, active employee engagement and strong levels of employee creativity. Not only are these features beneficial for productivity and firm performance, they generate a form of 'connected' capitalism, partially offsetting wider negative systemic forces at play in the economy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 14:07
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:47

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