Companies We Keep Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place

ISBN-10: 160358000X

ISBN-13: 9781603580007

Edition: 2nd 2008

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Description: Part memoir and part examination of a new business model, the 2005 release ofThe Company We Keepmarked the debut of an important new voice in the literature of American business. Now, inCompanies We Keep, the revised and expanded edition of his 2005 work, John Abrams further develops his idea that companies flourish when they become centers of interdependence, or communities of enterprise. Thoroughly revised with an expanded focus on employee ownership and workplace democracy,Companies We Keepcelebrates the idea that when employees share in the rewards as well as the responsibility for the decisions they make, better decisions result. This is an especially timely topic. Most of the baby boomer generationthe owners of millions of American businesses will retire within the next two decades. In 2001, 50,000 businesses changed hands. In 2005, that number rose to 350,000. Projections call for 750,000 ownership transitions in 2009. Employee ownershipin both the philosophical and the practical senseis gathering steam as businesses change hands, and Abrams examines some of the many ways this is done. Companies We Keepis structured around eight principlesfrom Sharing Ownership and Cultivating Workplace Democracy to Thinking Like Cathedral Builders and Committing to the Business of Placethat Abrams has discovered in the 32 years since he cofounded South Mountain Company on the island of Marthas Vineyard. Together, these principles reveal communities of enterprise as a potent force of change that canand will improve the way Americans do business.

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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 11/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Journalist William Harold Greider caught public attention in 1981 with an article he wrote for the Atlantic Monthly entitled The Education of David Stockman, about the initiation of then President Reagan's new director of the Office of Management and Budget. Greider documented Stockman's decline from optimism as he struggled to balance the federal budget while accommodating the president's fiscal plan to reduce income taxes and increase defense spending, which became known as "Reaganomics." Its depth of political analysis won Greider several awards. In 1982 the article was included in a book, The Education of David Stockman and Other Americans. William Harold Greider was born in 1936 and graduated from Princeton University in 1958. He is a columnist and the national affairs editor for Rolling Stone magazine. He has also written the books Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country (1988), The Trouble with Money: A Prescription for America's Financial Fever (1989), and Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy (1992).

Foreword
Introduction to the Second Edition
Cornerstones
Sharing Ownership
Cultivating Workplace Democracy
Challenging the Gospel of Growth
Balancing Multiple Bottom Lines
Celebrating the Spirit of Craft
Practicing Community Entrepreneurism
Thinking Like Cathedral Builders
Committing to the Business of Place
A Company to Keep
Acknowledgments
Appendices
South Mountain Employee Ownership Particulars
Employee Ownership Transition Process
Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Decision Making
Notes
Reading List
Index
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