Cooperative social entrepreneurship: reflecting on a decade of embedding cooperative studies in social enterprise courses

RIDLEY-DUFF, Rory (2018). Cooperative social entrepreneurship: reflecting on a decade of embedding cooperative studies in social enterprise courses. In: Co-operative Education Conference 2018, Federation House, Manchester, 1-2 May 2018. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In this paper, I examine how the rise of social enterprise (SE) offers opportunities for cooperative education and cooperative social entrepreneurship (CSE). Internationally, the impulse for SE arose out of changing attitudes to charity trading, sustainable development and the cooperative movement. In England, it has specifically cooperative origins dating back to 1979 at Beechwood College (Leeds). By the 1990s, worker cooperatives and their development agencies were collaborating to create the first SE support organisation and regional SE agency (Ridley-Duff and Southcombe, 2012). Up to 2002, SE was tightly integrated with cooperative development. After 2002, it was reframed to align with charity and public sector reform plans. I examine how CSE expresses a commitment to integrating and extending the application of cooperative values and principles into a wider range of SEs. CSE focuses on collaborative action that broadens the notion of the common bond through new approaches to cooperativism to build a social solidarity economy (SSE) (Curl, 2010; Ridley-Duff, 2015). In doing so, CSE gives more active consideration to the interests of labour, the local community and society in the design and development of co-operative enterprises.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The conference paper is based on a book chapter to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Co-operative College
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-operative, social entrepreneurship, mutuality, enterprise, education
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Ethical Organisations
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Management
Depositing User: Rory Ridley-Duff
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 11:49
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 13:42
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21020

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