Model Growth: Do employee-owned businesses deliver sustainable performance?

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherEmployee Ownership Association
Publication statusPublished - 2010
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Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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Research by Cass Business School, sponsored by The John Lewis Partnership, looks at how employee-owned businesses performed before and during the recession. Based on an in-depth survey of senior executives and an analysis of the financial data of over 250 companies, the study finds that employee-owned firms: • create new jobs more quickly than conventionally structured businesses - they recruit more employees at a faster rate and reward employees with higher wages; • are nevertheless as profitable as conventional businesses; • are more resilient: their performance is more stable over business cycles, and they have outperformed the market during the downturn; • are also more robust: employee-owned businesses have a lower risk of business failure.