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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SU's Shipper Presents Case Study at Rutgers

Dr. Frank Shipper SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Frank Shipper, professor of management in Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, recently was invited to participate in Rutgers University’s Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso.

His presentation, “Mondragon – Cooperative Culture and the Globalization Process: When Does the Need for Compromise Become Compromising?” focused on a case study conducted with Dr. Olivier Roche, interim associate dean of the Perdue School, Charles Manz of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Fred Freundlich of Mondragon Unibertsitatea.

The study focused on the globalization process of the world’s largest integrated cooperative network, Spain’s Mondragon Corporation. Founded as an employee-owned cooperative by five engineers in 1955, the company originally made stoves and heaters. Today, it employs nearly 75,000 people worldwide as an integrated group of more than 250 cooperatively owned businesses, subsidiaries and affiliated organizations, boasting annual sales of over $17 billion.

Shipper spoke on the evolution of Mondragon’s culture, and the organizational and decision-making changes it has undergone due to globalization pressures it has faced since the early 1990s.

In addition to Mondragon, Shipper has researched extensively the shared governance and ownership management model and its role in many top companies, such as W.L. Gore and Associates, Herman Miller, Equal Exchange and TEOCO (The Employee-Owned Company). His studies have been referenced by national media, including MSNBC and The Wall Street Journal, and featured on The Aspen Institute’s CasePlace website.

His work has been translated into multiple languages and distributed to over one million people in more than 140 countries in the past five years. Also, he has received several grants and awards to continue his work, including The Foundation for Enterprise Development Grants, Rutgers’ prestigious Louis O. Kelso and Kevin E. Ruble Fellowships, and a 2014 University System of Maryland Regents’ Award for Excellence in research and scholarship.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.


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