By examining the cooperative elements of the John Lewis structures of ownership and governance, we illuminate a number of issues faced in realizing the principles ascribed to employee-owned cooperatives – notably, with regard to ‘democratic member control’, ‘member economic participation’ and ‘autonomy and independence’.
Many thanks to Abby Cathcart, Peter Cox, Richard MacVie, Ewan McGaughey and Peter Smith (Partner Constantin) as well as to participants in the ‘Cooperatives’ UMASS-Boston CMS Paper Development Workshop held in August 2012, for their very useful help and comments in the preparation of this article. All errors remain ours.
Paranque, B. and Willmott, H. (2016), "Cooperatives – An Alternative to Capitalism? The Case of the John Lewis Partnership
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