Edited by Katherine K. Chen and Victor Tan Chen
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Our everyday lives are structured by the rhythms, values, and practices of various organizations, including schools, workplaces, and government agencies. These experiences shape common-sense understandings of how “best” to organize and connect with others. Today, for-profit managerial firms dominate society, even though their practices often curtail information-sharing and experimentation, engender exploitation, and exclude the interests of stakeholders, particularly workers and the general public.
This Research in the Sociology of Organizations volume explores an expansive array of organizational imaginaries, or conceptions of organizational possibilities, with a focus on collectivist-democratic organizations that operate in capitalist markets but place more authority and ownership in the hands of stakeholders other than shareholders. These include worker and consumer cooperatives and other enterprises that, to varying degrees:
- Emphasize social values over profit
- Are owned not by shareholders but by workers, consumers, or other stakeholders
- Employ democratic forms of managing their operations
- Have social ties to the organization based on moral and emotional commitments
Organizational Imaginaries explores how these enterprises generate solidarity among members, network with other organizations and communities, contend with market pressures, and enhance their larger organizational ecosystems. By ensuring that organizations ultimately support and serve broader communities, collectivist-democratic organizing can move societies closer to hopeful “what if” and “if only” futures.
This volume is essential for researchers and students seeking innovative and egalitarian approaches to business and management.
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Articles about the Book
VCU News (“Sociologist’s book earns award for contributions to advancing economic democracy“), July 11, 2022
Business Wire (“Rutgers Awards New Prizes for Economic Democracy“), June 27, 2022
Op-ed: Fortune magazine (“Cooperatives can make economies more resilient to crises like COVID-19“), May 19, 2021
In The Fray magazine, May 7, 2021
Markets, Power, and Culture blog, April 6, 2021
Table of Contents
- “What If” and “If Only” Futures beyond Conventional Capitalism and Bureaucracy: Imagining Collectivist and Democratic Possibilities for Organizing
Katherine K. Chen and Victor Tan Chen
Part I: Working: Enacting Collectivist-Democratic Practices Through Everyday Interactions
- The Emotional Dynamics of Workplace Democracy: Emotional Labor, Collective Effervescence, and Commitment at Work
- Resisting Work Degeneration in Collectivist-Democratic Organizations: Craft Ethics in a French Cooperative Sheet-Metal Factory
Stéphane Jaumier and Thibault Daudigeos
Part II: Networking: Connecting Communities through Collectivist-Democratic Practices
- Moral Community as a Yardstick for Alternative Organizations: Evaluating Employee Ownership and Its Place within the Socioeconomic Order
- The Iron Cage Has a Mezzanine: Collectivist-Democratic Organizations and the Selection of Isomorphic Pressures via Meta-Organization
- A Matrix Form of Multi-Organizational Hybridity in a Cooperative-Union Venture
James M. Mandiberg and Seon Mi Kim
- Economic Democracy, Embodied: A Union Co-op Strategy for the Long-Term Care Sector
Part III: Reworking: Challenging and Transforming Capitalist Economies through Collectivist-Democratic Practices
- Organizational Infrastructures for Economic Resilience: Alternatives to Shareholder Value-Oriented Corporations and Unemployment Trajectories in the U.S. during the Great Recession
- It Takes More Than a Village: The Creation and Expansion of Alternative Organizational Forms in Brazil
M. Paola Ometto, Asma Zafar, and Leanne Hedberg
- Ownership and Mission Drift in Alternative Enterprises: The Case of a Social Banking Network
Jason Spicer and Christa R. Lee-Chuvala
- Participatory Democratic Organizations Everywhere: A Harbinger of Social Change?
A conversation with Joyce Rothschild