A Conceptual Framework for Research into Co-operative Enterprise

TitleA Conceptual Framework for Research into Co-operative Enterprise
Publication TypeDiscussion Paper
Year of Publication2011
Tertiary AuthorsMazzarol, T, Simmons, R, Limnios, EM
Secondary TitleCEMI Discussion Papers
PublisherCentre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI)
ISSN Number1448-2541
Keywordsco-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.