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Cooperatives--saviours or gravediggers of capitalism? Critical performativity and the John Lewis Partnership

Paranque, B. and Willmott, Hugh 2014. Cooperatives--saviours or gravediggers of capitalism? Critical performativity and the John Lewis Partnership. Organization 21 (5) , pp. 604-625. 10.1177/1350508414537622

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Abstract

The structures of ownership and governance at John Lewis, a major UK employee-owned retailer, have been commended by those who wish to recuperate capitalism and by those who seek to transform it. From a perspective of ‘critical performativity’, John Lewis is of special interest since it is celebrated as a successful organization and heralded as an alternative to more typical forms of capitalist enterprise. 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’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1350-5084
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 15:26
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/76589

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