METHOD

Cooperative Management

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The co-operative method of management is modelled after participatory democracy: depending on their size, co-operative members not only vote for their board members or representatives but directly participate in the management and decision-making process of the organization.

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Problems and Purpose

According to Co-operatives UK, businesses, groups or organizations which embrace the co-operative model "are run not by institutional investors or distant shareholders, but by their members." The co-operative method of business management is modelled after participatory democracy: depending on their size, co-operative members not only vote for their board members or representatives but directly participate in the management and decision-making process of the business. [1]

Co-operatives grew out of socialist thought which sees the worker as increasingly abstracted and removed from the products of their work. In contrast, "as businesses owned and run by their members, co-operatives offer a solution to the growing sense of powerlessness people feel over business and the economy, giving them control of the businesses they are closest to - whether they shop at them, work at them or supply them." [1] 

Origins and Development

Participant Recruitment and Selection

How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Mondragón Co-operative Corporation 

References

[1]. https://www.uk.coop/about/what-co-operative

External Links

http://reconomy.org/the-potential-of-the-co-operative-business-model/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235432100_Co-operative_Enterprise_A_Unique_Business_Model

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