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Creating virtuous circles: worker-managed firms and local communities

Nathalie Colasanti, Rocco Frondizi, Marco Meneguzzo


The purpose of this paper is to investigate recovered factories and the relevance of the relationships they build with their local community and external stakeholders. Compared with traditional firms, recovered factories’ survival depends on a series of variables such as the impossibility of resuming production and the risk of being in conflict with the owners of the firm. We will present a case study resulting from fieldwork, and we will observe how recovered factories live and act in their environments. Our finding is twofold: on the one hand, workers choose to open the factory to the local community in order to cooperate in defining their activities; on the other hand, the community itself provides vital support in ensuring the factory’s survival.

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