Impossible Organizations: Self-Management and Organizational Reproduction


Stryjan's notable study outlines a new theoretical perspective on self-managed organizations based on the perception that, in this instance, theory best proceeds from organizational practices as they are applied in such organizations. The work describes the functioning of and the pre-conditions for successful self-management and reproduction. Examples deal primarily with worker cooperatives and to a lesser extent with two closely related clusters of organizations: worker-owned enterprises and Israeli kibbutzism. All three organizational types have clear, formally defined bodies of members who take part, actually or potentially, in making and implementing decisions; the basis for all decisions is situated within the organization.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1989


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