1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Cooperative Economics and Management

    650 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cooperatives have spread across virtually all continents. Today, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) recognizes over 3 million cooperatives with 1 billion cooperative members or about 12% of the human population, and serving many more members of the public, collectively owning trillions in assets. This handbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject and the current state of affairs with regard to the study of cooperation in the economy generally and of the cooperative and related sectors particularly.

    It highlights the essential issues and debates, and provides a future research agenda, outlining the distinctions and similarities between individual and (inter)organizational cooperation, and explores the connections of cooperative economics and management to fundamental ethical principles. The book examines coopetition and the similarities and differences between competitive economics and cooperative economics, identifying to what extent and how cooperative economics and management is more capable of addressing the problems of global neoliberalism, such as ecological collapse, wealth inequity, value capture and distribution, including via online platforms, and social/relational problems.

    The book offers a variety of new research and theory-building from various disciplines, particularly focusing on the fields of economics and management, but extending beyond these disciplines to domains such as sociology, psychology, anthropology and political science. It will become the standard reference work for a broad and large audience of scholars, researchers and students, but also interested professionals, policymakers, regulators, and cooperators in the field, wishing to orient themselves in a global, rapidly developing movement and field of study, with reference to issues of producing and allocating resources, focusing on the impact of cooperation on issues like risk, trust, the development of preferences, institutional governance, networks and inequity.

    Cooperative Economics & Management: An Introduction Part I: Theoretical Foundations 1. Relational Economics and Cooperative Organizations 2. The Formation and Performance of Labor-Managed Firms: An Economic Perspective 3. Cooperatives beyond Markets and Firms 4. Cooperatives and the Common Good 5. Beyond the Western-centred Paradigm in Cooperative Economics 6. Worker Cooperatives and Other Cooperatives 7. A Theory of the Integrated Collaborative Enterprise Part II: Methodology 8. A Framework for Shifting Away from Capital-focused Measures of Success 9. Cooperative Organizations as Complex Adaptive Systems 10. Reflections on the Measurement of Organizational Democracy: Conceptual, epistemological, and methodological aspects 11. Jerome Warren,  Process-Oriented Research Methodologies and their Suitability for Analyzing Cooperative Enterprise 12. A Path Dependency Approach to Study Australia’s Cooperatives 13. The Cooperative Ethos in Knowledge Creation: How Anthropology Informs Cooperative Economics Part III: Management, Organization and Entrepreneurship 14. The governance of commons by social corporations: A theoretical governance model 15. Critical issues of co-operative governance in large co-operatives: Who eventually wields power?  16. Democratic Ownership: Scale Through Leverage 17. The Strategic Role of Cooperative Enterprise as Intermediary of Ambidexterity 18.Revisiting the ‘Spillover Thesis’ in Participatory Workplaces and Worker Cooperatives 19.Sortition and the Democratic Governance of Cooperatives 20.A Model of a Full Cooperative with Internal Currency: An approach to strengthening the cooperative economy 21.Non-financial cooperatives through the lens of finance: why should they differ from non-cooperatives? Part IV: Innovation 22. Coopetition in financial cooperative meta-organizations 23. Pegasus Enterprise: An Innovative Form of Cooperative for an Alternative Model of Entrepreneurship 24. Leadership for cooperatives’ digital transitions: From an individualistic to a collectivistic perspective 25. Platform cooperatives, a model of commons and sustainability 26. On the Foundations of Open Cooperativism 27. Cooperative Online Communities 28. Linking Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Bonds for Transforming Societies 29. Relational, Ecological Cooperation With and As Part of More-than-Human World(s) Part V: Sustainability 30. Why a Green and Resilient Future Must be a Cooperative Future 31. Social Economy and Environmental Protection: How to Improve Understanding 32. Economy for the Common Good -  a cooperative and sustainable approach to the economy 33. Are Worker Cooperatives Green? Some Reflections in Terms of Governance 34. Sustainability in Mondragon Worker Cooperatives: The Challenge of Implementation 35. Contributions of Cooperatives to the Challenges of the Circular Economy and the Product Service Systems in a Context of Environmental Transition 36. Project-based Cooperatives as a Means for Civic Engagement to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals



    Jerome Warren is Société Fédérale de Participations et d'Investissement (SFPI) Chair at the Academie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.

    Lucio Biggiero is full professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Information and Economics of the University of L’Aquila, Italy.

    Jamin Hübner is a Research Professor at LCC International University, Klaipėda, Lithuania.

    Kemi Ogunyemi is Full Professor at Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria.