A Conceptual Framework for Research into Co-Operative Enterprise

Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI) Discussion Paper Series No. DP1102 (ISSN 1448-2541)

43 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2012 Last revised: 6 Aug 2012

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Tim Mazzarol

University of Western Australia

Richard A. Simmons

University of Stirling - Department of Applied Social Science

Elena Mamouni Limnios

The University of Western Australia

Date Written: December 9, 2011

Abstract

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: the need to build identity; the need to build social capital and the need to build sustainability. The application of resilience architecture to help understand the dynamic behavior of the co-operative enterprise over time is also discussed.

Keywords: co-operative enterprise, social capital, conceptual framework, member value

Suggested Citation

Mazzarol, Tim and Simmons, Richard A. and Mamouni Limnios, Elena, A Conceptual Framework for Research into Co-Operative Enterprise (December 9, 2011). Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI) Discussion Paper Series No. DP1102 (ISSN 1448-2541). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2015641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2015641

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Richard A. Simmons

University of Stirling - Department of Applied Social Science ( email )

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Elena Mamouni Limnios

The University of Western Australia ( email )

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