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August 1983, Vol. 106, No. 8
of employee-owned firms
Corey Rosen and Katherine Klein
Contrary to popular belief, employee buyouts of troubled companies actually represent only a small percentage of all employee-owned companiesmost employee ownership plans are set up in profitable ongoing companies. Further, employee-owned firms have an impressive record of job creation, with an average annual employment gain three times that of comparable conventional firms. Most of the plans provide for substantial employee control over company policy, giving employees full voting rights on their shares. The average employee-owned firm has 630 employees; all industries are represented, although there is some concentration in both durable and nondurable goods manufacturing.
These are conclusions from a recent survey conducted by the National Center for Employee Ownership. Although they are preliminary and must be regarded cautiously, they seem to support the contention that employee ownership can be a mechanism to improve business performance and economic equity.1
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1 For detailed arguments for and against employee ownership, see Employee Ownership: a Handbook (Arlington, Va., National Center for Employee Ownership, 1982).
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