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Title: Spaces of possibilities : Workers' self-management in Greece
Authors: Kokkinidis, George
First Published: 17-Feb-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Organization, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1350508414521098
Abstract: This article focuses on the process of workers’ self-management brought about by a wave of experimentation with alternative organizational forms taking place in Greece since the beginning of the current financial crisis. The discussion is supported by empirical evidence from qualitative fieldwork conducted in three workers’ collectives. Drawing on the findings of my research, I argue that the members’ values and everyday practices give shape and meaning to their aspirations of creating a space that not only critiques the existing forms of work but also puts into practice other possibilities that give emphasis to reciprocal relationships and prioritize collective working, egalitarianism and autonomy. I also argue that their established consensus-based decision-making models, far from representing a state of agreement, allows—within collectively determined boundaries—the creation of a space where diverse opinions flourish rather than being suppressed.This encourages the development of more inclusive models of participation and the construction of rule-creating rather than rule-following individuals.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1350508414521098
ISSN: 1350-5084
eISSN: 1461-7323
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Sage Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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