Is there a democratic model which is common to business, associations and cities ?

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Secretary, the association Accomplir

Michel HERVÉ

CEO, Hervé Thermique

Christophe ASSENS

Senior lecturer, University of Versailles–Saint-Quentin


Research director, CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : National Centre for Scientific Research)

Seminar Social life | Thursday May 18, 2006 - 9h - 11h30

In January 2006, Michel Hervé presented his company Hervé Thermique to the École de Paris. It is a company characterised by a simple hierarchical structure ; has methods for self-appraisal ; has objectives which the company fixes for itself ; has individuals who are self-educated, autonomous and responsible for their work ; is organised by group management ; has collective management of the rules ; believes in transparency ; and has a strong emphasis on communication. These characteristics create a company which functions ‘democratically’, according to Élisabeth Bourguinat. Alain d’Iribarne questions the use of this term since it is a family-run company. Is it possible to adapt the way this company works to organisations such as associations or town councils ? Surely, they are more likely to function democratically, but in practice are often thought not to follow their objectives ?

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This session was published in issue n°62 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Entreprendre et administrer.

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