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Participation, Entrepreneurship and Self-Management: a new labor culture?

This paper discusses the changes in the labor culture resulting from the flexibilization processes of the past decades, in which the emphasis on more work autonomy paradoxically has brought more subordination, under the umbrella of entrepreneurship. Thus, the article examines the idea of participation in companies and the use of self-control and self-management in work teams; the reinterpretation of informality as entrepreneurship, and the associated work in cooperatives under the umbrella of social entrepreneurship. The idea of participation and accountability, even in different organizational settings, represents a way for the workforce to obtain more autonomy and emancipation in the referential context of capitalism or any other economy, which would merge or coexist with different forms of production and property. This idea, with varying degrees, represents the beginning of a labor culture marked by the values of the so-called flexible capitalism: increasing individualization and the market as an indicator of the social relations.

Entrepreneurship; Informality; Self-management; Solidarity economy; Labor culture


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