The extended governance of cooperative firms: inter-firm coordination and consistency of values.

Sacchetti, Silvia and Tortia, Ermanno (2014). The extended governance of cooperative firms: inter-firm coordination and consistency of values. In: VIII Colloquio Scientifico sull'impresa sociale, 23-24 May 2014, Perugia, Italy, IRIS Network and Università di Perugia.



Cooperatives are characterised by mutual-benefit coordination mechanisms aimed at the fulfilment of members' welfare. The paper considers cooperative principles and suggests a layered framework that relates principles, governance choices, and related aims or values. We then consider an extended notion of governance, whereby those who impact on strategic decision-making are not to be searched only within the internal governance bodies, typically the board of directors, the managers or the assembly, but also outside the cooperative, as in the extended network of production relationships in which the organisation is embedded. We then analyse the features of production linkages and their potentials in the accomplishment of cooperative principles.

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  • 88-909832-0-5, 978-88-909832-0-7
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  • We wish to thank Carlo Borzaga, Lorenzo Sacconi, and Vladislav Valentinov for comments and advice on previous versions of this paper. Thanks to participants in the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) Biannual Conference held in Rutgers University, New Jersey in July 2012, to participants in the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS) Workshop held in New Lanark, Scotland, in June 2012. Special thanks to Flaviano Zandonai and Paola Iamiceli for agreeing to be interviewed about the CGM consortia and the network contract. Finally, we would like to thank Colin Campbell at Assist Social Capital, colleagues at the School of Applied Social Sciences at Stirling and Euricse for supporting and encouraging debate and research on related themes.
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  • cooperatives; cooperative principles; control; production networks; monopoly capitalism; democratic governance
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  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
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  • Silvia Sacchetti