Aligning values and practice : a comparative analysis of management practices in worker managed co-ops using the co-operative index tool

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dc.contributor.advisor Haiven, Larry
dc.creator McNamara, John Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-15T14:31:09Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-15T14:31:09Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other HD2963 M335 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/28225
dc.description 308 leaves : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 261-289).
dc.description.abstract Co-operative organizations operate as an economic commons and focus on meeting the needs of their members. Co-operatives operate through an identity of values and principles that center the actions of the organization on the well-being of the members, not the return on investment. The co-operative difference translates into a cooperative advantage in the marketplace through the democratic control of the business by the member-owners that results in a high level of trust in the organization. Management of co-operatives follow three basic formats: a traditional hierarchy similar to most corporate modes of business, a collective model in which all members participate in the key decisions of the organization, and a sociocracy model in which interlinked autonomous teams manage the co-operative by consent. This dissertation considers how the method of managing either facilitates or hinders the expression of the co-operative identity, an internationally agreed-upon definition of the co-operative organizations that includes a set of values and principles. By using the Co-op Index Tool to measure the adherence to co-op values and principles in the organizational systems, climate and outcomes of worker-owned and worker-controlled co-operatives, it is possible to compare different management methods used by co-operatives. The comparative analysis indicates that sociocracy as a method of decision-making best supports adherence to the co-operative identity. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD2963
dc.subject.lcsh Cooperative societies -- Management
dc.subject.lcsh Cooperative societies -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Management -- Employee participation
dc.title Aligning values and practice : a comparative analysis of management practices in worker managed co-ops using the co-operative index tool en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management)
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.discipline Management
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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