Foundations for Worker Co-op Series: Governance and Management

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The purpose of this session is to begin identifying the management and governance needs in a cooperative. We introduce participants to three distinct roles worker owners play as owners and policy-setters of a business (governance), managers of a business (carrying out the policy), and workers in a business (engaging in the core operations).  We will be focusing particularly on the distinction between governance and management. We brainstorm decisions cooperatives have to make, and introduce a “test” for whether these decisions should be considered governance or management decisions. In this session we provide examples of management and committee structures within cooperatives (e.g. task delegation components of a business that help it run smoothly) and governance structures within cooperatives.