Community-Based Enterprises in Italy: Definition and Governance Models

23 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2014

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Federica Bandini

University of Bologna

Renato Medei

Management Department

Claudio Travaglini

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: January 13, 2014

Abstract

In recent years, a new form of co-operative business is taking shape in Italy: the community-based enterprise, a community acting collectively at both management and business level, to pursue common goals. Community-based enterprises grow on a system of networks of free relationships among the members of a local community, with a high degree of reciprocity; when individuals work together in a business systems, relationships become social relationships. The complex of the community members’ relationships, objectives and expectations towards the company reflects necessarily on governance models that should follow a multistakeholder pattern. Multistakeholdership implies a direct and active participation of subjects bearing conflicting interests in the decisional process. This paper describes community-based enterprises in Italy, draws their governance models, and emphasizes how the passage from opening to different stakeholders to implementation of multistakeholder governance is very slow and difficult to put into practice.

Keywords: Community-based enterprises, Cooperatives, Corporate governance

JEL Classification: M1, M14

Suggested Citation

Bandini, Federica and Medei, Renato and Travaglini, Claudio, Community-Based Enterprises in Italy: Definition and Governance Models (January 13, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2408335 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2408335

Federica Bandini

University of Bologna ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40100
Italy

Renato Medei (Contact Author)

Management Department ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca, 34
Bologna, 40100
Italy
+39-051-2098085 (Phone)
39-051-6390612 (Fax)

Claudio Travaglini

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40100
Italy
++390541434311 (Phone)
++390541434327 (Fax)

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