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Photo copyright: Jennie Erdal

David Erdal

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: David Erdal has worked for over 20 years in transferring ownership of companies to all their employees. As chairman of Tullis Russell, the paper manufacturing company based in Scotland, he designed and led their employee buyout, completed in 1994. From 2001 he was MD of Baxi Partnership, a fund aimed at structuring and financing all-employee buyouts. In this capacity he helped Loch Fyne Oysters become wholly employee-owned in April 2003. Recognising that the story was worth telling, he stepped back to write the book LOCAL HEROES.

He has also worked with other employee-owned companies, and given advice on employee ownership in several countries, including Slovenia, Zimbabwe and China. He has a BA in Chinese from Oxford (1970), an MBA from Harvard (1981) and a PhD from St Andrews (2000). He lives in Scotland.

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BEYOND THE CORPORATION: HUMANITY WORKING Non-Fiction (Business) 320 pages Bodley Head - March 2011 A book for our times. Offering inspiration and vision in the wake of the financial meltdown, it is the story of ordinary people who share the ownership of the businesses where they work. 'One of the most influential business books of the year.' -- David Robinson, The Scotsman.com  

BEYOND THE CORPORATION: HUMANITY WORKING

Non-Fiction (Business) 320 pages
Bodley Head - March 2011

A book for our times. Offering inspiration and vision in the wake of the financial meltdown, it is the story of ordinary people who share the ownership of the businesses where they work.

'One of the most influential business books of the year.' -- David Robinson, The Scotsman.com  

LOCAL HEROES Narrative non-fiction Viking, 5 June 2008 Employee ownership specialist David Erdal tells the story of seafood company Loch Fyne Oysters: built by an assortment of colourful characters and vulnerable to attack when its founder and major shareholder died, it was rescued into employee ownership. 'An extraordinary story.' -- Sir Menzies Campbell

LOCAL HEROES

Narrative non-fiction
Viking, 5 June 2008

Employee ownership specialist David Erdal tells the story of seafood company Loch Fyne Oysters: built by an assortment of colourful characters and vulnerable to attack when its founder and major shareholder died, it was rescued into employee ownership.

'An extraordinary story.' -- Sir Menzies Campbell