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Jaroslav Vanek, participation and labor management: an assessment including some bibliometric analysis

Derek C. Jones (Economics, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, USA)

Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership

ISSN: 2514-7641

Article publication date: 19 October 2020



The main aim of this paper is to provide an assessment of the intellectual impact of the work of Jaroslav Vanek in the related fields of participation and labor management (hereafter, PLM) and participation and employee ownership (hereafter, PEO).


This paper used mixed methods including bibliometric analysis.


Vanek's work, particularly the General Theory of Labor-Managed Market Economies, (Vanek, 1970) is the building block for the modern scientific study of cooperatives and for helping to establish the fields of PLM and PEO. Vanek (1970) continues to be the highest cited publication each year that investigates the pure case of a labor-managed firm. Arguably his work has played a significant role is setting the stage for the development of adjacent fields in economics such as the new institutional economics. For an economist, his work has had an unusually strong impact on work outside of economics.


No similar assessment has been undertaken before.



An earlier draft of this paper was presented at the IAFEP conference, Ljubljana, July 2018. The author is grateful to conference participants for comments, particularly Jeffrey Pliskin, Janez Praznikar and Jan Svejnar.


Jones, D.C. (2020), "Jaroslav Vanek, participation and labor management: an assessment including some bibliometric analysis", Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership, Vol. 3 No. 2/3, pp. 93-105.



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