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posted by on Wednesday March 08 2017, @10:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the socialism-at-work dept.

BBC reports

Do you really need someone to tell you what to do at work? Three years ago, Swedish software consultancy Crisp decided that the answer was no.

The firm, which has about 40 staff, had already trialled various organisational structures, including the more common practice of having a single leader running the company. Crisp then tried changing its chief executive annually, based on a staff vote, but eventually decided collectively that no boss was needed.

Yassal Sundman, a developer at the firm, explains: "We said, 'what if we had nobody as our next CEO--what would that look like?' And then we went through an exercise and listed down the things that the CEO does."

The staff decided that many of the chief executive's responsibilities overlapped with those of the board, while other roles could be shared among other employees. "When we looked at it we had nothing left in the CEO column, and we said, 'all right, why don't we try it out?'" says Ms Sundman.

Because they are all in charge, workers are more motivated, [says Henrik Kniberg, an organisational coach at the firm]. Crisp regularly measures staff satisfaction, and the average is about 4.1 out of five.

Last March, VentureBeat said

Crisp, a boutique consultancy company in Sweden, is made up of approximately 30 people, but none of them are truly "employees". They have zero managers; not even a CEO. Decisions are made through consensus, and instead of relying on some manager to allocate tasks, Crisp developed its own protocol detailing the chain of responsibilities when a new task appears.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 09 2017, @01:06AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 09 2017, @01:06AM (#476804)

    Your ignorance of what ALREADY exists is showing.

    In the Basque country of Spain there is Mondragon. [] (orig) []
    That cooperative started in 1956 with 6 worker-owners and currently has 100,000 worker-owners.

    In northern Italy, cooperatives are as common as sparrows.
    This region [] has them by the thousands. [] (orig)[1] []

    [1] The magic number as of this posting is "8,100".
    That's about 30 percent of their economy.

    Here's another region with lots of worker co-ops [] (chiefly fruit producers, wineries, and dairies).

    One big reason co-ops are so big in Italy is that (in 1985) their politicians pulled their heads out of their asses and made intelligent changes to their national unemployment insurance policy.
    Professor of Economics Richard Wolff, PhD Discusses Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian Economic Theories (and Cooperatives) [] (orig)[2] []

    [2] You're looking for "the Marcora Law" near the bottom of the page.

    It amazes me how long these examples have existed and how many people are totally ignorant of them.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

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