March 23, 2009

Democracy in the workplace

Have you ever thought about what democracy can mean for the workplace? Do democratic workplaces exist? Maybe you have heard of Semco. But are there other companies using democracy? If so, how do they apply democratic principles? And what does that lead to? Does it work? Who benefits? Doesn't it make organizations very slow? Is there still a hierarchy in democratic organizations? Traci Fenton (photo) founder of worldblu has given a lecture at the University of Michigan which addresses these and other questions about democracy in the workplace. It surely does not answer all my questions but I think it is an interesting place to start exploring the question of how democracy in the workplace might be useful. View it here. Your experiences and comments on this are welcome.

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