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Co-operatives Research Unit

Consultancy

We rely mainly on external funds to conduct research on co-operatives and other organisations in the social economy.

Our major research areas have included:
  • Analysis of commitment and satisfaction using exchange theory.
  • Studies of economic performance and financial structure.
  • Worker buyouts of failing and bankrupt enterprises.
  • The maintenance and degeneration of internal democracy.
  • Structures and strategies for co-op development.
  • Women and collective working.
  • Historical analysis of co-operative support organisations.
  • Co-operation as a social dynamic.
We reply mainly on external funds to conduct research on co-operatives and other organisations in the social economy. And our recent research areas are:
  • Social enterprises in UK & Europe.
  • Employee ownership and participation.
  • Management in the social economy.
  • Ethical consumers and markets.
  • Innovative financial instruments and institutions in the social economy.
  • Historical studies of co-operatives.