Resources

swirlsThe new teaching and learning publications developed through the KTP are made available on an open access basis here. Click on the title to download the resource in pdf format.

Democratic Enterprise

The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives in recognition of the impact that co-operative enterprise has on more than three billion people across the globe. Co-operatives contribute to national and local economies in virtually every country by championing an ethical approach to business underpinned by internationally agreed values and principles. Yet despite the wide-ranging successes of co-operatives, in financial terms as well as in the development of sustainable communities, the study of these democratic forms of enterprise remains surprisingly absent from the curricula of most university business schools around the world. Designed primarily for undergraduate students, Democratic Enterprise provides an introductory-level analysis of democratic models of enterprise, namely co-operatives and employee-owned businesses. A supplement to any course that deals with these topics, it also stands alone as a template for academics who wish to incorporate material on democratic models of enterprise into courses relating to economics, business studies, sustainable development, enterprise, and organisational theory and behaviour.

The Co-operative Model in Practice

This timely collection of essays draws together the research of fourteen international scholars to examine how the co-operative business model functions in practice within diverse cultural and social contexts. It includes case studies of co-operatives and credit unions operating in different national settings across Britain, continental Europe, Australasia and the Americas. Together the essays show how the concept of democratic co-operation, applied to enterprise in commercial markets, developed into the basis of a truly global movement. The Co-operative Model in Practice will be of interest to students and scholars in economics, business studies, sustainable development, history, and organisational theory and behaviour. It also serves as a valuable resource for policy-makers seeking alternative models for organising enterprise and society.

Co-operative Entrepreneurship

Co-operative Entrepreneurship provides an informative practical guide to the nature and process of establishing a co-operative enterprise. Drawing on best practice and international guidelines, this text is suitable for students engaged in new venture creation projects, as well as graduates looking to develop their commercial idea. Each chapter contains an interview with a person who has collaborated with others to set up a co-operative business. Their success stories, while less well known to the general public than those of capitalist entrepreneurs, show that it is possible to combine profitability with democracy, efficiency with ethics. These real-life accounts, coupled with clear explanations of entrepreneurial processes, make essential reading for young people looking for inspiration and an alternative way of generating employment.