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Sociology of Companies

The model for stock corporations, is to make profit. Which is not inherently wrong. However, the model is flawed because personal involvement in the company is not a requirement to be a stockholder. With the lack of personal involvement, with the lack of being informed, it is too easy for investors to choose to invest only in corporations that produce the greatest return on investment. In other words, the lack of personal involvement leads to a disconnect between an individual's motivations, and the moral outcomes of the actions of the corporation. Therefore, corporations that obtain profit tend to be rewarded, regardless of the moral cost on society.

This, in turn, tends to lead to a working environment that promotes profit above morality. A positive feedback loop is created, where individuals increasingly disregard moral judgement in favor of profit.

A possible solution, would be to outlaw investments for one who does not participate in the labor of a company, for a number of hours per month. An example model for this is called a worker cooperative. In worker cooperatives, each shareholder is only allowed one vote. Different types of worker cooperatives could exist, where voting was greater with the level of individual involvement (through a function of hours worked, or money invested), upholding the principles of self governance.


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sociology/self-governance.1461529889.txt.gz · Last modified: 2016/04/24 20:31 by marcos