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Today’s views of leadership and management have significantly expanded to incorporate a variety of elements such as rewards, visions, and worker participation. However, most perspectives still view leadership as something that is assigned to a designated person who then exercises influence downward toward subordinate followers. In many ways the persistent top-down command and control theme that supports established leadership thought and practice prevents organizations from fully tapping into their human resources, in turn limiting their flexibility to meet the challenges of increasingly dynamic, complex, and competitive environments.

Shared Entrepreneurship replaces the top-down approaches of the past with a new framework that draws strengths and innovation from collaboration and sharing. This book is divided into two main sections. The first section consists of six chapters which provide an in-depth overview and discussion of shared entrepreneurship. The second section consists of eight original case studies commissioned by the authors, featuring such companies as Herman Miller, Inc., SRC Holdings, and W.L. Gore & Associates.

Table of Contents
1. Shared Entrepreneurship: Toward an Ethical, Dynamic, Empowering, Freedom-Based Process of Collaborative Innovation; Frank Shipper, Charles C. Manz, Karen P. Manz, Bill Nobles
2. Shared Leadership: The Do’s and Don’ts in Shared Entrepreneurship Enterprises; Frank Shipper, Charles C. Manz
3. Shared Governance: Structures and Processes; Olivier P. Roche, Richard C. Hoffman, Marvin O. Brown
4. Innovation through Shared Entrepreneurship; Marc D. Street, Vera L. Street, Frank Shipper
5. Culture in Shared Entrepreneurial Organizations; Thomas J. Calo, Wayne H. Decker, Christy H. Weer
6. Shared Entrepreneurship: A Path Forward; Frank Shipper
7. SRC Holdings: Winning the Game While Sharing the Prize; Vera L. Street, Marc D. Street, Christy H. Weer, Frank Shipper
8. Herman Miller: Unrelenting Pursuit of Reinvention and Renewal; Frank Shipper, Karen P. Manz, Stephen B. Adams, Charles C. Manz
9. Equal Exchange: Doing Well by Doing Good; Benita W. Harris, Frank Shipper, Karen P. Manz, Charles C. Manz
10. Principled Entrepreneurship And Shared Leadership: The Case Of TEOCO (The Employee Owned Company); Thomas J. Calo, Olivier Roche, Frank Shipper
11. Employee Ownership and the Entrepreneurial Spirit: The Case of HCSS; Olivier Roche, Frank Shipper
12. MBC Ventures, Inc.: An ESOP with a Union Partner; Richard C. Hoffman, Marvin O. Brown, Frank Shipper
13. Developing Global Teams to Meet 21st Century Challenges at W. L. Gore & Associates; Frank Shipper, Charles C. Manz, Greg L. Stewart
14. KCI Technologies, Inc.: Engineering the Future, One Employee at a Time; Vera L. Street, Christy H. Weer, Frank Shipper

This book received the inaugural William Foote Whyte and Kathleen King Whyte Book Prize recognizing a book or volume that makes a significant contribution to the advancement of economic democracy. View the acceptance speech by Frank Shipper which describes the book below: