Cooperatives in the Global Economy presents a unique collection of research-based chapters contributed by leading social and economic thinkers that provide critical insights into how the cooperative business model meets the challenges of the complex global problems in today’s competitive economy. Apart from theoretical arguments in favor of the value-based cooperative business model, this book presents the performance indicators of various forms of cooperatives, their potentialities, and challenges they face across borders. The contributors reexamine how cooperatives empower the marginalized population of the world by bringing them into the mainstream of socio-economic activities through creating employment opportunities, working towards alleviation of poverty, ensuring for more equitable distribution of scarce resources, and providing the basis for a sustainable economy and its meaningful growth. Today, in the global competitive economy, the challenges for cooperatives are enormous due to their particular value commitments, forms of incorporation, and organizational structures. In spite of the presence of several challenges, cooperatives promote economic growth and social justice. In this context, this book also presents the critical roles of cooperatives in balancing economic, social, and environmental concerns to build a better, equitable, and sustainable world.
Tapas R. Dash is an international consultant, professor, and research advisor at CamEd Business School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Introduction by Tapas R. Dash
Part I: The Cooperative Enterprise and Why do We Need It?
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need Cooperatives to Make the Business World Plural? By Vera Zamagni
Chapter 2: Moral Commitment as a Driver for Successful Business Development: The Cooperative Way by Greg MacLeod
Chapter 3: Cooperative Management in Emerging Markets by Satyendra Singh
Part II: Cooperative as a Viable Business Model: Performances, Potentialities and Challenges
Chapter 4: Agricultural Cooperatives and their Role in Poverty Reduction in Tanzania by John Sumelius, Stefan Bäckman & Faustine K. Bee
Chapter 5: Effectiveness of Farmers’ Cooperatives in Agricultural Development: Evidence from the State of Assam, India by Niranjan Roy
Chapter 6: Cooperatives as Organizational Choice: Past and Present Developments in the Post-Yugoslav Space by Franci Avsec
Chapter 7: The Role of Cooperatives in Improving Financial Inclusion in the Philippines by Karen P. Quilloy & Jan Danica S. Asma
Chapter 8: Cooperatives and Rural Development: Historical Perspectives and Experiences from Tanzania by Emmanuel Maro Nyankweli & Tafuteni Nicholaus Chusi
Chapter 9: Workers’ Cooperative Movement in Argentina and other Latin American Countries: An Alternative to Unemployment and Precarious Work by Andrés Eduardo Ruggeri
Chapter 10: Managing Cooperatives in South Africa: An Economic Perspective by Ravinder Rena
Chapter 11: Strengthening the Role and Further Development of Cooperatives in the Republic of Armenia by Suren Movsisyan
Chapter 12: Benefits and Challenges of Agricultural Marketing Cooperatives in Moshi District, Tanzania: The Experience from Mweka Sungu, Mruwia, and Uru North Njari Cooperative Societies by Gratian Cronery Rwekaza & Paulo Anania Fute
Chapter 13: Emerging Issues in the Management of Cooperatives in India by Tapas R. Dash
The cooperative form of enterprise attracts, today, growing interest, and for good reason. Cooperatives in the Global Economy is at once timely, original, and useful in policy making. It is a must-read for those interested in how the world could be a fairer and more enjoyable place.
As the world economy struggles with a viable response to the scourges of climate change, exploding income, wealth inequality, an accelerating extinction of species, and declining life in the oceans, it becomes clear that we need viable alternatives. This book explores the opportunity to grow business alternatives with the purpose to meet human need and replace our current simple and dangerous enslavement to the needs of capital.