Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation across Borders

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Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation across Borders . Darryl Reed and J.J. McMurty (eds) Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009).

In their efforts to internationalize in the emerging global economy, co-operatives not only face a variety of problems that are common to all firms, but encounter specific challenges due to their particular value commitments, forms of incorporation and organizational structures. These features of cooperatives are generally seen as a major source of competitive disadvantages and may cause significant trade-offs, forcing cooperatives to choose between living up to their principles of member ownership and control and remaining economically viable. Critics argue that such trade-offs signal the increasing irrelevance of cooperatives in a global economy. Advocates, however, counter that cooperatives may have unique competitive advantages which can be exploited in a global economy and that current trade-offs facing cooperatives can be overcome with the development of new international and transnational cooperative institutions and practices. Cooperatives, they claim, represent a much more sustainable and equitable form of production and may form the basis for viable, alternative approaches to development. This collection examines these debates about the roles of cooperatives in our increasingly global economy.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Preface.......................................................................................................vii
 
Introduction.................................................................................................1
 
Chapter One.................................................................................................7
Analysing the Internationalization of Co-operatives
Darryl Reed
 
Chapter Two..............................................................................................54
Co-operative Globalization: Corporate Globalization’s Unheralded Other
J.J. McMurtry
 
Chapter Three............................................................................................85
Co-operative Principles: Guidance or Hindrance for the Globalization 
of Co-operative Firms?
Wendy Carruthers, Erbin Crowell, and Sonja Novkovic
 
Chapter Four............................................................................................111
Mondragon’s Response to the Challenges of Globalization:
A Multi-locatization Strategy
Greg MacLeod and Darryl Reed
 
Chapter Five............................................................................................141
Fair Trade: A Model for International Co-operation 
Among Co-operatives?
Erbin Crowell and Darryl Reed
 
Chapter Six..............................................................................................178
Worker-Recovered Enterprises as Workers’ Co-operatives: 
The Conjunctures, Challenges, and Innovations of Self-Management 
in Argentina and Latin America
Marcelo Vieta and Andrés Ruggeri
 
Chapter Five............................................................................................141
Fair Trade: A Model for International Co-operation Among Co-operatives?
Erbin Crowell and Darryl Reed
 
Chapter Six..............................................................................................178
Worker-Recovered Enterprises as Workers’ Co-operatives: 
The Conjunctures, Challenges, and Innovations of Self-Management 
in Argentina and Latin America
Marcelo Vieta and Andrés Ruggeri
 
Chapter Seven..........................................................................................226
The Social Economy in Quebec: Lessons and Challenges 
for Internationalizing Co-operation
Marguerite Mendell
 
Chapter Eight...........................................................................................242
Globalization and Co-operative Development: 
The Challenges of the Alternative Globalization Movement
Ananya Mukherjee Reed and Darryl Reed
 
About the Contributors............................................................................273

Creator - Author(s) Name and Title(s): 
Darryl Reed and J.J. McMurty (eds)
Publication Information: 
This book first published 2009
Date: 
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Publisher Information: 
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Toronto
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