Document Type

Research Progress Report


University of Montana Rural Institute

Publication Date



Economics | Labor Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Worker cooperative corporations are a particular way of organizing business and employment opportunities. They usually involve a for-profit business that is owned by the worker-members who are employed there. A worker cooperative must perform the same major functions as any other organized business. It must obtain sufficient financing, manage its personnel, and produce and market its product or service. Its staff engage in the same management activities as any other business: planning, staffing, controlling, organizing, and leading.


employment and vocational rehabilitation, economic development, worker cooperatives, rural, disability

Granting Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research


This work was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service Cooperative Agreement Number RBS-99-17, with additional support from The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research HB33. The Contents of this progress report do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Agriculture, nor should readers assume endorsement by the federal government.

Project Number

DoA: RBS-99-17; NIDRR: HB33