Worker-Recovered Companies in Brazil: self-management process assessment by applying multi-criteria decision support tools

  • Fernanda Santos Araujo Departamento de Engenharia de Produção do Centro Federal Celso Suckow da Fonseca CEFET/RJ - UnED Nova Iguaçu
  • Vicente Nepomuceno Oliveira
  • Denise Alvarez
  • Helder Costa
Keywords: Worker Recovered Companies (WRCs), Self-Management, Multi-Criteria Approach


Company recovery is a practice developed by workers who, in the imminence of becoming unemployed, negotiate or fight for access to the means of production of bankrupting companies, and start to manage them collectively, guided by the principles of self-management.  Nevertheless, how to assess self-management in worker-recovered companies (WRCs)? The criteria selected by a bibliographic review on the concept of self-management were used in dealing with the data collected by the Brazilian WRCs national mapping. A multi-criteria decision support tool was used to build a model for analyzing and classifying the companies in three categories related to their form of management. The multi-criteria approach allowed to create an assessment of self-management practices in the WRCs studied.