Co-operative Enterprise

Module description

Summary:

In this module, students work in groups to develop a co-operative business plan that could be launched on graduation.  This could be anything where there is an identified primary social need (e.g. housing) or secondary social need (e.g. leisure).  Students are given step by step guidance about how to form a co-operative business by a range of invited guest speakers with expertise in different areas of co-operation.  Through the process of developing a co-operative business plan, the students will be required to engage with the aims of the module.

Additional Information:

Internationalisation

Co-operatives are found throughout the world and the principles enshrined by the International Co-operative Alliance form the basis of the business models developed in this module.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a key consideration in the viability of the business plans developed in this module, in line with the seventh principle of co-operation set out by the ICA, which states: ‘Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members’.

Employability

The module will be of value to students seeking to work in environments where knowledge of co-operative principles and working practices are important.  For example, government posts, NGOs and businesses that transact with co-operatives.  You will also develop team work skills and co-operative solutions to common problems like ‘free riders’ and leadership conflict.

Full module specification

Module title:Co-operative Enterprise
Module code:BEM3038
Module level:3
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Adrian Bailey - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

None

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

Module aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce students to expert guest speakers who are involved in supporting co-operative development
  • explain the importance of co-operative values and principles to member based businesses
  • explore how co-operatives as a social economic model can contribute to community development
  • provide an in-depth analysis of different types of member owned business
  • equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience to develop a co-operative business plan that aligns with co-operative values and principles

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. articulate the elements that make co-operatives distinctive organisations vis-à-vis, state run enterprises, investor owned businesses and social purpose enterprises (e.g. charities).
  • 2. identify opportunities in which co-operative enterprises might be best placed to meet social needs.
  • 3. design and communicate a co-operative business plan, using oral presentations and written documents, that is congruent with co-operative values and principles.
  • 4. critically evaluate the effectiveness of different co-operative enterprises and their associated legal, financial and organizational forms.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. relate, in writing and verbally, debates about co-operative enterprise to wider trends in economy, society and culture, including the provision of public services and the changing role of the state.
  • 6. connect the practitioner and academic worlds vital to the success of co-operative enterprise, in the presentation of theory, concept and evidence.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. identify the value of specific skills that support co-operative enquiry. These skills involve individuals developing an awareness about the challenges faced by the co-operating group, effectively evaluating their personal capabilities in relation to those possessed by other group members, and taking on different roles at different times in the collaborative process in the best of interests of the group; for example, with respect to teamwork, leadership, empathy, and inter and intra group collaboration.
  • 8. exercise autonomy through independent learning including the effective use of time and resources to deliver a group presentation and contribute to a business plan.
  • 9. demonstrate appropriate and innovative use of ICT and IT.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
341160

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours20lectures
10Tutorials
4Workshops

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Class DiscussionsVaries from session to session1-9Verbal
Class ExercisesVaries from session to session1-9Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual Paper302500 words1-7, 9Written
Group Presentation 3030% Group presentation of 20 minutes comprising per student input of c.750 words or equivalent. 1-9Verbal & written feedback
Group business plan 40no more than up to 6000 words1-9Written feedback
0
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual PaperIndividual Paper - 2000 words1-7. 9
Group Business Plan and PresentationIndividual Business Plan - 3000 words1-7. 9

Syllabus plan

Defining Co-operatives
1. Co-operatives as Social Enterprise
2. Co-operative Organisational Forms
3. Co-operation: The Philosophy of Working Together

Creating Co-operatives
4. Social Needs and Economic Justification
5. Opportunities for Co-operative Enterprise
6. Legal Frameworks
7. Marketing
8. Capitalisation
9. Economic Forecasting
10. Group Workshop
11. Group Workshop

Communicating Co-operatives
12. Presenting Your Business Plan

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Birchall, J. (2011) People-Centred Business: Co-operatives, Mutuals and the Idea of Membership, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan

ESRC (2009) ESRC Seminar Series: Mapping the public policy landscape. The third sector – discussions around key public policy issues pp. 27 – 32. Swindon: ESRC.

Hall, J.K., Daneke, G.A., Lenox, M.J. (2010) ‘Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship: Past Contributions and Future Directions’ Journal of Business Venturing 25 (5) 439-448

Mayo, E., Moore, H. (2001) The Mutual State: How local communities can run public services, New Economics Foundation

Murray, R. (2011) Co-operation in the Age of Google: A review for Co-operatives UK – draft for comments, [downloaded 20/02/2012 http://www.uk.coop/sites/default/files/downloads/Co-operation%20in%20the%20Age%20of%20Google%20for%20consultation_1.pdf ]

Gijselinckx, C., Develtere, P. (2008) ‘The Co-operative Trilemma: Co-operatives between market, state and civil society’, Working Papers on Social and Co-operative Entrepreneurship [downloaded 20/02/2012 http://www.cooperatiefondernemen.be/wp/WP%20SCE%2008-01.pdf ]

Ridley-Duff, R. J., Bull, M. (2011) Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice. London: Sage Publications

Ridley-Duff, R. J. (2009) ‘Cooperative Social Enterprises: Company Rules, Access to Finance and Management Practice’, Social Enterprise Journal 5(1), 50-67

Ridley-Duff, R.J. (2007) ‘Communitarian Perspectives on Social Enterprise’, Corporate Governance 15(2), 382-394

Pestoff, V. (2009) ‘Towards a Paradigm of Democratic Participation: Citizen Participation and Co-production of Personal Social Services in Sweden’, Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics 80(2), 197-224

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Co-operatives UK

http://www.uk.coop/

www.uk.coop/simplylegal [Downloaded 20/02/2012]

 

The Co-operative Group

http://www.co-operative.coop/enterprisehub/

 

The Co-operative Movement and Related Institutions

http://www.thenews.coop/

http://www.ica.coop

http://www.plunkett.co.uk/

http://www.coopfinance.coop/

http://www.employeeownership.co.uk/

http://www.co-opstudies.org/

http://cooperative-curriculum.wikispaces.com/

Origin date

12/03/2012

Last revision date

13/01/2015