Democratic Enterprise: Ethical Business for the 21st Century

186 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2012

See all articles by Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell

Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell

University of Aberdeen - College of Arts and Social Sciences

Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hugh Donnelly

Judicial Commission of New South Wales

Date Written: April 2, 2012

Abstract

The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives in recognition of the impact that co-operative enterprise has on more than three billion people across the globe. Co-operatives contribute to national and local economies in virtually every country by championing an ethical approach to business underpinned by internationally agreed values and principles. Yet despite the wide-ranging successes of co-operatives, in financial terms as well as in the development of sustainable communities, the study of these democratic forms of enterprise remains surprisingly absent from the curricula of most university business schools around the world.

Designed primarily for undergraduate students, Democratic Enterprise provides an introductory-level analysis of democratic models of enterprise, namely co-operatives and employee-owned businesses. A supplement to any course that deals with these topics, it also stands alone as a template for academics who wish to incorporate material on democratic models of enterprise into courses relating to economics, business studies, sustainable development, enterprise, and organizational theory and behavior.

Keywords: co-operatives, employee ownership, democratic enterprise, sustainable business, responsible business

JEL Classification: A13, A22, L2

Suggested Citation

McDonnell, Diarmuid Padraig and Macknight, Elizabeth Chalmers and Donnelly, Hugh, Democratic Enterprise: Ethical Business for the 21st Century (April 2, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2041159 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2041159

Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen - College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Hugh Donnelly

Judicial Commission of New South Wales ( email )

Level 5, Thakral House
301 George Street
Sydney NSW, 2000
Australia

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