Co-operative Governance Symposium

  • Governance systems (structures, processes, dynamics) that focused on the fit with the enterprise model vs. leaning into conventional corporate governance approaches designed for investor-owned corporate models.
  • Contemporary frameworks with due consideration of situational dimensions (e.g. membership type(s), size, stage in the lifecycle, enterprise purpose, culture, competition, regulations, etc.).
  • Governance in the context of humanistic economics and management theories as more appropriate for co-operative enterprises than the alternative assumptions underlying agency theory.
  • Theory combined with practice. Examples of successful co-operatives that experiment with and/or fully embrace core aspects of co-operative governance.
  • Challenges of implementing co-operative governance practices, and how these are addressed.
  • Governance practices connected to the long-term sustainability of co-operatives and their ability to create value for (current and future) members and society.
  • Implementing change in co-operative governance – what are the triggers; how does change happen; how are new needs assessed.

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