The Democratic Organisation: Democracy and the Future of Work

1st Edition

Thomas Diefenbach

June 24, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 328 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367361464 - CAT# 326819
Series: Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

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Current models of organisation divide people into owners and workers, managers and employees, forcing especially the latter to obey, to behave and to function well within a managerial and functional pecking-order. However, there is no natural law suggesting the existence or need of such organisations, even not in market economies and definitely not in modern democratic societies – and there is no justification for such types of organisations. The democratic organisation provides the institutions and organisational context so that individuals can maintain and pursue their fundamental freedoms and inalienable rights, dignity and creativity. Diefenbach develops and provides step by step a systematic and comprehensive, thorough and detailed general model of the democratic organisation. He describes the democratic organisation’s fundamental principles and values, governance and management, structures and processes, the ways it functions and operates both within the organisation as well as towards others and the environment.

Arguing that most current organisations are orthodox, hierarchical, anti-democratic, oppressive, unfair and unjust; this book presents a viable alternative, a better type of organisation - the democratic organisation. This book will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of management, organisation studies, strategic management, business ethics, entrepreneurship, and family business.


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