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The Cooperative Enterprise

Practical Evidence for a Theory of Cooperative Entrepreneurship

  • Gert van Dijk
  • Panagiota Sergaki
  • George Baourakis
Book

Part of the Cooperative Management book series (COMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Business Principles in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 3-24
    3. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 25-32
    4. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 33-46
    5. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 47-66
    6. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 67-112
    7. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 113-121
  3. Business Principles in Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 125-171
  4. Lessons Learnt

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 175-199
    3. Gert van Dijk, Panagiota Sergaki, George Baourakis
      Pages 201-204

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a study of cooperatives as a two-layer entrepreneurial model, and analyzes cooperative enterprises. Above all, it explores how inducements (from the firm) and contributions (from its members, in their respective roles) are aligned, and seeks to answer the question of what this means for managing each cooperative as a firm as well as a group.
The book is divided into three parts, the first of which begins with an analysis of specific aspects of cooperative enterprises, with a focus on the added value of cooperation, the weighing of interests, and a behavioral perspective on the imminent communities and their goals. In a structured approach, the book examines the various facets of relationships in cooperatives on a transactional, financial and control level. Further, a case study on the Dutch cooperative Rabobank illustrates what happens when members fail. In turn, part two concentrates on integrating the lessons learned with the existing economic literature on cooperatives, so as to contribute to a theory of cooperative management. Finally, the book links the theoretical approach to practice: in the third part, it reports on the outcomes of using a computerized simulation game to show members of cooperatives how to manage their business and the cooperative business at the same time, enabling them to understand and actively practice two-level entrepreneurship.

Keywords

Member democracy and influence Cooperatives in agribusiness Cooperative governance Market failure Gamification Added value of cooperation Member benefits Transaction costs Cooperative development Cooperative strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Gert van Dijk
    • 1
  • Panagiota Sergaki
    • 2
  • George Baourakis
    • 3
  1. 1.TIAS School for Business and SocietyTilburg UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural EconomicsAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Department of Business Economics and ManagementMediterranean Agronomic Institute of ChaniaChaniaGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16279-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16278-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16279-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-401X
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4028
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