|Title||Co-operatives in the Fourth Sector The Role of Member-Owned Businesses in the Global Economy|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Mazzarol, T, Limnios, EM|
|Keywords||Co-operatives, fourth sector, member owned businesses|
Co-operative and mutual businesses are amongst the oldest and most enduring in the world. They comprise some of the largest business enterprises, take a wide variety of forms, and operate within many different industries. And yet, co-operatives have a lot in common – including a democratic model of governance and their member-owned structure. Co-operatives in the Fourth Sector: The Role of Member-Owned Businesses in the Global Economy contributes to the development of a better understanding of co-operative and mutual business, and how the member-focused nature of co-operatives is the fundamental driver of their success. Part I of this book contains four chapters that deal with the governance and financing of co-operatives. Part II includes two international cases that explore the significance of delivering member value to ensure co-operative sustainability. Part III, then, contains three chapters that examine the potential contribution of co-operatives in developing economies. Drawn from the research of a cross-section of international scholars, this work was a collaborative project between The University of Western Australia and Co-operatives WA.