Conclusions and lessons learnt

TitleConclusions and lessons learnt
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMazzarol, T, Reboud, S, Limnios, EM, Clark, D
Book TitleResearch Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise: Case Studies of Organisational Resilience in the Co-operative Business Model
ChapterChapter 28
Paginationpp. 695-738
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
CityCheltenham UK Northampton USA
ISBN Number978-1-84542-905-8
KeywordsCo-operatives, conclusions, lessons learnt, research objectives
This chapter provides an overview of the previous 27 chapters outlined in this research handbook. Here we seek to draw together the threads of this work and provide not only a set of conclusions for our book, but to examine the common patterns and key findings that emerge from this substantial range of contributions. The chapter is structured around the key research questions that were outlined in chapter one and used as a focus for the entire research project. It also examines the relevance of the conceptual framework for research into co-operative enterprise that was described in Chapter 2. In structuring this chapter we have divided it into a discussion of each of the first five parts that comprise the book. This commences with a review of the theoretical foundations and moves onto the work associated with organisational transformation. In the following sections we examine the process of co-operative governance and the measurement and communication of member value, financing of co-operatives and their role in innovation. Before concluding we discuss future research directions as well as implications for policy and practice. The key lessons learnt and research questions arising from each chapter is in the Appendix.