A conceptual framework for research into co-operative enterprise

TitleA conceptual framework for research into co-operative enterprise
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMazzarol, T, Simmons, R, Limnios, EM
Book TitleResearch Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise: Case Studies of Organisational Resilience in the Co-operative Business Model
ChapterChapter 2
Series Volumepp. 27-66
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
CityCheltenham UK Northampton USA
ISBN Number978-1-84542-905-8
Keywordsbusiness models, Co-operatives, conceptual framework
This chapter outlines a conceptual framework for understanding the business model of the co-operative enterprise. Business model analysis has become popular within management circles. The concept of a ‘business model’ first emerged in the 1950s. However, it really came to prominence within the academic literature in the 1990s. What we seek to do in this chapter is apply the available theory and concepts of business model analysis to the co-operative enterprise. In doing so we aim to demonstrate where the co-operative differs from investor owned firms (IOF) and how it is unique. We also provide a potential framework for researchers and managers to apply to co-operative enterprises when seeking to understand how they can achieve the best configuration of their existing resources. Business model analysis is a strategic process that is used to guide future business strategy.