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Worker Ownership In Enron's Wake - Revisiting A Community Development Tactic, Peter R. Pitegoff Jan 2004

Worker Ownership In Enron's Wake - Revisiting A Community Development Tactic, Peter R. Pitegoff

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Worker ownership of business enterprise has long been touted as a vehicle for community economic development. Employee stock ownership plans in leveraged buy-outs, ESOPs and broad-based stock options in going concerns, and worker cooperatives in selected sectors - the experience has varied widely in goals, method, and outcome.

This Article reflects on the continued utility of worker ownership as a component of community development and calls attention to contrasts with conventional corporate governance and goals. Rather than an end in itself or just another way of doing business, worker ownership can be a vital element of a broader job creation, community ...