|Title||A Conceptual Framework for Research into Co-operative Enterprise|
|Publication Type||Discussion Paper|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Tertiary Authors||Mazzarol, T, Simmons, R, Limnios, EM|
|Secondary Title||CEMI Discussion Papers|
|Publisher||Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI)|
|Keywords||co-operative enterprise, Co-operatives, conceptual framework, member value, social capital|
This paper outlines a conceptual framework for approaching research into the co-operative enterprise business model and its sustainability. The model examines the co-op from three perspectives, that of the member, that of the co-op as a business entity, and the wider systems level. Key units of analysis for each level are outlined. Also considered within the model are three primary objectives for the co-op: i) the need to build identity; ii) the need to build social capital and iii) the need to build sustainability. The application of resilience architecture to help understand the dynamic behaviour of the co-operative enterprise over time is also discussed.