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Co-operatives Research Unit

Education and Training

The Open University is probably the best known distance learning organisation in the world. Work of the research unit has been used in various Open University course material including a course for the unemployed. We have also been involved in producing distance learning material for co-operatives and organisations in the social economy. These include three packs - Co-operative Working 1, 2, and 3 - to help people set up their own co-operative and improve its business and social performance; The Meetings Pack is intended to help organisations in the social economy improve the way they run meetings.

We also undertake face to face training on a contract basis, including:

  • Strategic management for technology co-operatives.
  • Management training for Third World co-operatives.
  • Strategic Management in the Social Economy.
  • Developing Buyouts and Turnrounds.