Participative corporate management

In participatively managed companies, the management includes all employees into the decision-making processes, asking for their opinion on both substantial as well as personal issues. Employees vote on decisions and select their representatives – possibly from their own ranks – on a regular basis.

Success factors

  • A proper balance between relevant, general, participatively implemented decisions and small-scale, independently made decisions.
  • Embodied rules, rituals, and values.
  • Trainings can be conductive to the development of necessary competences.
  • Technical systems can speed up decision-making and voting processes while guaranteeing anonymity.


  • Handling losing an election and the associated personal consequences.
  • The bottom-up decision-making processes are generally a bit slower.
  • Employees’ willingness to participate is crucial to its overall success.

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