Marcelo Vieta

Marcelo Vieta
University of Toronto | U of T · Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University, Canada

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Introduction
Marcelo Vieta is Associate Professor in the Program in Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Marcelo does research in the sociology of work, the social and solidarity economy, economic democracy, critical community development, cooperatives and the new cooperativism, workplace and organizational learning and social change, critical theory.
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - present
Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW)
Position
  • Co-founder and Executive Committee Memeber
July 2014 - present
University of Toronto
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
May 2013 - September 2014
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Position
  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (53)
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This article considers Argentina’s empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (worker-recuperated enterprises, or ERTs) as transformative learning organizations . ERTs are illustrative of how workers’ conversions of capitalist firms into worker cooperatives—especially conversions emerging from troubled firms and in moments of deep socio-economic cri...
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Recent years have witnessed a re-emergence of business rescues and buyouts of failing firms or of firms with succession issues to cooperatives. In our current times of lingering economic crises and austerity, in particular, worker-initiated business conversions to cooperatives—or worker-recuperated enterprises—are directly addressing chronic under-...
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In Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina, Marcelo Vieta homes in on the emergence and consolidation of Argentina’s empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (worker-recuperated enterprises or ERTs, also known as worker-recovered companies or WRCs in English), a workers’ occupy and recuperation movement that surged at the turn-of-the-millennium in t...
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Despite the implied centrality of students to studentification research, much of the current debate on universities and urban change often ignores the voices of students. Common presumptions about students attending universities take for granted middle-class trajectories that do not account for their variegated identities and experiences. This pape...
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This article considers organizational solidarity in practice—modes of organizing rooted in solidarity, relationality, coalition-building, and difference. It does so by studying two Latin American illustrative cases: Bolivia’s campesino-indígena movements coalescing traditional practices and urban-neighborhood experiences in order to self- organize...
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Coming later this year, Cooperatives at Work will be part of the Future of Work series published by Emerald. A forward-looking, theoretically-informed, global review of key features and trends of worker cooperativism, the book places considerations of democracy, equity, solidarity, and social justice squarely in the framework of the climate emergen...
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Most of Canada’s 1.2 million small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been affected by the pandemic, compounding serious issues facing Canada’s economy, including the potential for large-scale business closures due to the growing number of retirement-aged owners without a formal succession plan. One social economy option in Canada to save bu...
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Canadian universities are increasingly relying on private-sector participation in the provision of student housing through new means and strategies, such as financialization and public–private partnerships (P3s). Such participation is furthering the transformation of students as consumers and universities as neoliberal subjects embracing business p...
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Purpose This paper promotes a critical approach to co-operative studies by contributing new theoretical insights. The aim is to propose a new view on the co-operative firm as a socioeconomic phenomenon embedded into the local contexts in which it is situated. Sociological and economic analyses have mainly explored the relationship between co-operat...
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This article seeks to understand Indigenous social enterprise in a “current state snapshot” and in a complex historical context. Specifically, the authors begin by placing into theoretical context social enterprises serving Indigenous communities. The framework for Indigenous social enterprise is related to theories of Indigenous entrepreneurship a...
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This article homes in on the recuperative and learning dimensions of Argentina’s empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores worker cooperatives (ERTs, worker-recuperated enterprises). Drawing on the author’s sociological, ethnographic, and political economic work with Argentina’s ERTs since 2005, the article theorizes autogestión – the collective se...
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After several years of economic crisis, people are increasingly demanding more socially responsible economic activities rather than speculation, and better distribution of social wealth. This structural crisis is encouraging some groups to use their common resources to self-organise local services in order to mitigate public sector withdrawal and m...
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After several years of economic crisis, people are increasingly demanding more socially responsible economic activities rather than speculation, and better distribution of social wealth. This structural crisis is encouraging some groups to use their common resources to self-organise local services in order to mitigate public sector withdrawal and m...
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This perspectives article offers an overview of the Programa Facultad Abierta (Open Faculty Program) written by its faculty protagonists. Through the creation and continuation of this program the authors describe the evolution of the program that emerged from the sociopolitical context of Argentina’s 2001-2002 economic crisis. As a university exten...
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This chapter focuses on cooperatives in four representative Latin American countries--Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico--in order to highlight their historical trajectories, evolutionary trends, and potential for further development. These representative countries reflect the range of cooperative development in Latin America, both historically and...
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This brief paper, entry "B" in the edited book "The Cooperative Firm: Keywords" (Bernardi & Monni, 2016) reviews the particularities of the phenomenon of "workers' buyouts" -- a business restructuring, rescue, or conversion process whereby employees purchase an ownership stake in the business that employs them.
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This paper summarizes the key findings from the report "The Italian Road to Recuperating Enterprises and the Legge Marcora Framework: Italy's Worker Buyouts in Times of Crisis." The report homes in on worker-recuperated enterprises (imprese recuperate dai lavoratori) in Italy, specifically focusing on Italy's worker buyouts (WBOs)—the form of worke...
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This chapter discusses different models of worker cooperatives ranging from those that are predominantly economic associations, or a form of employee ownership, to those that are more collectivist and emphasize workplace democracy, community commitment, and cooperative ideals. Worker cooperatives that focus upon employee ownership are primarily a v...
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Empirical evidence has shown that cooperatives are diverse organizations that efficaciously address a plurality of socio-economic needs. Cooperative organizations are effective in provisioning for myriad life needs, and do so in more democratic and sustainable ways than investor-owned firms. Rooted in the unique principles and values that distingui...
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This article provides reflections on a social return on investment (SROI) research process with Good Foot Delivery, a work integration social enterprise in Toronto, Canada, engaged in package delivery and employing people with developmental challenges. The article has three aims: (1) to assess Good Foot's key business inputs, activities, and output...
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Empirical evidence has shown that cooperatives are diverse organizations that efficaciously address a plurality of socio-economic needs. Cooperative organizations are effective in provisioning for myriad life needs, and do so in more democratic and sustainable ways than investor-owned firms. Rooted in the unique principles and values that distingui...
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Argentina's empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (worker-recuperated enterprises, ERTs) are formerly investor-or privately-owned businesses in crisis ultimately taken over and reopened by their employees, most commonly as worker cooperatives. Since 2002, the Programa Facultad Abierta (Open Faculty Program) of the Faculty of Philosophy and Lite...
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This paper highlights the first phase of a research program, completed in late 2014 and early 2015, that homes in on worker-recuperated enterprises (imprese recuperate dai lavoratori) in Italy. The paper specifically focuses on Italy’s worker buyouts (WBOs) facilitated by its Legge Marcora (Marcora Law) framework—the form of worker-recuperated ente...
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The objective of this article is to examine social enterprises in Ontario, Canada, as part of the “Social Enterprises Models in Canada” research of the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project. The report presents an analysis of the historical, contextual, and conceptual understanding of social enterprises in Ontario. Five...
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This article seeks to understand Indigenous social enterprise in a “current state snapshot” and in a complex historical context. Specifically, the authors begin by placing into theoretical context social enterprises serving Indigenous communities. The framework for Indigenous social enterprise is related to theories of Indigenous entrepreneurship a...
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This working paper is the Canadian component of the “International Comparative Social Enterprise Models” (ICSEM) project. The objective of this report is to examine social enterprises at the national level focusing on the context, models and institutions of social enterprises in Canada. The analysis shows regional difference in the historical devel...
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This report sets out to review the experiences, innovations and challenges of new non-financial co-operatives in Canada. The research questions guiding this research are the following: 1) How have non-financial co-operatives in recent years from across Canada’s provinces and territories and in different economic sectors, sought to meet their membe...
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The crisis of Argentina’s neoliberal model that escalated throughout the 1990s, driven in part by the zealousness of how IMF-sanctioned structural reforms were implemented, would eventually culminate in the model’s temporary implosion over the years spanning the turn of the millennium. For workers living through this crisis, traditional union tacti...
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Argentina’s empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (worker-recuperated enterprises, or ERTs) began to emerge in the early 1990s. They became consolidated in the late 1990s to early 2000s as more and more smallandmedium- sized enterprises (SMEs) began to fail or declare bankruptcy as a result of the country’s sharp neo-liberal turn. Traditional u...
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In the first decade of the 21st century, efforts to create alternatives to neoliberalism emerged in many parts of Latin America. Social movements across the region took to the streets, occupied abandoned factories, and started to create new democratic spaces, solidarity networks, and social economy initiatives. In one country after another, progres...
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This paper explores the promise that Herbert Marcuse found in late modernity’s technological inheritance—his “other side” to his critique of technological rationality. With the goal of beginning to recover Marcuse’s desire for technological reform and a more hopeful project for a contemporary critical philosophy of technology, the paper first situa...
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Argentina’s worker-recuperated enterprises (empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores [ERTs]) have shown to be promising grassroots solutions by workers to the sociopolitical and socioeconomic crises that resulted from the country’s collapsing neoliberal model at the turn of the millennium. The author first explores the historical conjuncture in wh...
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In this paper I set out to exegetically work through Marcuse’s dialectically enfolded and historically materialist concept of “technological rationality” as it is presented in his most acclaimed book, One-Dimensional Man. In the process, I outline what Marcuse means by “technological rationality” and clarify how he situates the concept within his b...
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Present-day world organizes itself in according to rules of fitness and uselfulness imposed by world market invisible hands. Therefore, virtuality will be ever present in free time activities, work, learning and other contexts. This advance towards virtua En la medida en que la «aldea global» continúe organizándose de acuerdo a los principios de ef...
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En la medida en que la «aldea global» continúe organizándose de acuerdo a los principios de eficiencia y practicalidad dictados por la mano invisible del mercado, el cambio hacia lo virtual será progresivo y cada vez más presente en el ocio, el trabajo, la educación y en otros muchos entornos. Esta tendencia, iniciada con la llegada de Internet, fu...

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Worker-recovered companies, worker-recuperated enterprises, worker-occupied and taken companies or firms or enterprises or factories... This phenomenon is known by many terms in English. In Spanish, they are known as empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores (worker-recuperated enterprises...my prefered term). When writing about them, I use the Spanish acronym ERT/ERTs. I also use WRCs (worker-recuperated/recovered companies). Call them what you will, they are a world-wide phenomenon and increasing in uptake in multiple countries the world over as world capitalism continues to unfold but under perpetual crisis. In countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay (where the phenomenon unfolds as labour-conflict recuperations), or Italy, France, and Spain (where we find mostly negotiated recuperations, but also labour conflict ones), and also in Canada, the US, the UK, and elsewhere, workers and other labour, social and solidarity economy, and community protagonists continue to invent ways of occupying, taking over, converting, and re-starting once-capitalist or public firms as worker owned and controlled cooperatives.
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The Conversion to Co-operatives Project (Co-opConvert) – funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grants, and supporting the objectives of SSHRC’s Insight and Connection programs – is a research, knowledge mobilization, and policy development partnership designed to create knowledge and enhance sustainable cross-sectoral networks in order to better understand the business conversion to co-operative (BCC) solution in Canada. It aspires to grasp more fully the BCC model in Canada and to explore why BCCs are not more compelling for Canadian business owners. The project brings together two of Canada’s leading research centres for co-operative and social economy research – the University of Toronto’s Centre for Learning, Social Economy, & Work (CLSEW) and the Université de Sherbrooke’s Institut de recherche et d’éducation pour les coopératives et les mutuelles (IRECUS) – with the co-operative development expertise of the national federation – Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC). Two Primary Objectives of the Project The Co-opConvert project and partnership has been formed to conduct research, mobilize knowledge, create capacity, and influence policy in order to create awareness of the co-op option for closing SMEs. It particularly aspires to understand why BCCs are not more compelling for Canadian SME owners who are retiring, to explore and map the organizational and contextual dynamics of the few BCCs that have formed in Canada, and to better grasp why and how BCCs are beneficial for sustaining jobs and for the socio-economic wellbeing of local economies and communities. Responding to SSHRC’s “Imagining Canada’s Future” challenge area “New ways of learning for an evolving society and labour market,” the project’s two key objectives are: Objective 1: to identify the necessary enabling environments for BCCs in Canada (SSHRC Insight goals). Objective 2: to build capacity for BCCs in partnership with Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (SSHRC Connection goals).