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SOC227H5 Lecture Notes - Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Industrial Democracy, Total Quality Management


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC227H5
Professor
John Kervin

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SOC 227 WORK & OCCUPATIONS Session #10
EMPLOYEE POWER
Topics:
Ee Power
Ee Ownership
Key issues
1. Grass Roots Collectives
Mondragón
2. Conversions
Mohawk Valley Community Corporation
Conclusion
Readings: Ch. 6: 302-338
-> involves 5 sections:
1. technology, basically in the labour process
-does todays workplace technology contribute to inequality?
-subsection on Lensky: reduces inequality
->can increase inequality
-> “technological determinism” pg 302
2. critique on new management approaches
-> is it the management approaches that contribute to management- employee
problems?
-> TQM, total quality management
-> read last part of section first, important
3. Health and safety
-> wont be covered in test
4/5. Employee ownership
->can companies succeed when employees have more power or actually own the
company
Question of the week
whats behind job losses?
why do we see job losses?
-> shrinking government is one reason
->globalization leads to job losses
-> close a plant and move it to third world country means Canada does not have it
-> information technology
-> robots do all the work, automated work
-> has a role to play
-> globalization depends on IT, but globalization is not said to be the reason for loss of
jobs
Issue: employee-management conflict: what happens when we give employees more
control and more autonomy
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EMPLOYEE POWER
Industrial democracy: help make decisions like “what is our company is going to do?”
Minimal
More substantial
Most
EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP
Key Issues
1. How to manage the firm as a whole
->organizational governance
->someone has to make decisions about product lines, investments, what money
company has is to make more money, who is our supplier going to be? etc.
2. How to organize the specific work the firm does
-> technology decision making
-> make decsion about investing in technology, work individuals or work teams?
can employee owned frims be as efficeient?
does it vanish?
2 kinds:
1. Grass Roots Collectives
-> started from scratch
->“producer cooperatives”
History
-> started way back in 1700’s
-> knights of labour involved in setting up
->predated unions
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