The Cooperative Business Movement, 1950 to the Present

The Cooperative Business Movement, 1950 to the Present

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The United Nations declared 2012 the year of cooperatives, emphasizing that there is an alternative to privately owned firms. While greed and mismanagement have caused world financial and economic crises, co-ops offer another type of business for economic activities that is less exposed to aggressive capitalism. This book provides a problem-oriented overview of the development of cooperatives over the last fifty years. The global study addresses the major challenges cooperatives face, such as the organizational innovations introduced to acquire necessary risk-capital and implement growth-related strategies, the wave of demutualization in developed nations and their ability to construct an original consumer politics. The contributors to this volume discuss the successes and failures of the cooperatives and ask whether they are an outdated model of enterprise. They document a wave of foundations of new co-ops, new forms of collaboration between them and a growing trend toward more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus. 17 tables
  • 1139558838
  • 9781139558839

About Patrizia Battilani

Patrizia Battilani is Professor of Economic History at the University of Bologna, Italy. Battilani is co-author of Cooperation, Networks, Service: Innovation in Outsourcing (with G. Bertagnoni, 2010). She has had articles published in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, the Journal of Tourism History and Entreprises et Histoire. Harm G. Schroter is Professor of Economic History at the University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Schroter is president of the European Business History Association and is on several editorial boards. His most recent book is The European Enterprise: Historical Investigation into a Future Species (2008).show more

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Introduction: principal problems and general development of cooperative enterprise Patrizia Battilani and Harm Schroter; Part I. Cooperative Issues in a Global Overview: 1. The geographical dimension of the cooperative movement Ann Hoyt and Tito Menzani; 2. A world of variations: sectors and forms Vera Zamagni; 3. Cooperative movements in the Republic of Korea Hongjoo Jung and Hans Jurgen Rosner; 4. '... What is the end purpose of it all?': the centrality of values for cooperative success in the market place Ian MacPherson; 5. Why cooperatives fail: case studies from Western Europe, Japan, and North America, 1950-2010 Peter Kramper; 6. Co-ops' new challenge: demutualization and its problems Patrizia Battilani and Harm Schroter; Part II. Selected Core Issues of Cooperative Enterprise in a Historical Perspective: 7. Legal frameworks and property rights in US-agricultural co-ops: the hybridization of cooperative structures Fabio Chaddad and Michael Cook; 8. The performance of workers' cooperatives Verginie Perotin; 9. Organization: top down or bottom up? The organizational development of consumer cooperatives, 1950-2000 Espen Ekberg; 10. The politics of commercial dynamics: consumer cooperative adaptations to post war consumerism in the UK and Sweden, 1950-2010 Katarina Friberg, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, Anthony Webster and John Wilson; Conclusion: 11. The decisive factors of cooperatives' future: their nature, longevity, role, and environment Patrizia Battilani and Harm more

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