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30 July 2019
Business strategy; Business ethics; Employee-ownership & co-operatives
As the world of work and jobs is more uncertain than ever because of various trends impacting it, including the rise of robotics and the gig economy, Cooperatives and the World of Work furthers the debate on the future of work, sustainable development, and the social and solidarity economy of which cooperatives are a fundamental component.

Throughout the book, the authors, who are experts in their respective fields, do not limit themselves to praising the advantages of the cooperative model. Rather, they challenge the narrow understanding of cooperatives as a mere business model and raise debate on the more fundamental role that cooperatives play in responding to social changes and in changing society itself. The book is unique in tracing the historical connection between cooperatives and the world of work since the end of the First World War and the recent shifts and restructuring in enterprise and the workplace. It presents a redefinition of the very concept of work, focusing on organizational innovation.

This book is published in recognition of 100 years of the International Labour Organization, and gathers together research from leading experts who were brought together at an event co-hosted by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Edited by:   Bruno Roelants (International Co-operative Alliance), Hyungsik Eum (CICOPA Europe (European Confederation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives)), Simel Esim (International Labour Organization, Geneva), Sonja Novkovic (International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee), Waltteri Katajamaki (International Labour Office, Geneva)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9780367250843
ISBN 10:   0367250845
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   30 July 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bruno Roelants is the Director General of International Co-operative Alliance and was formerly Secretary General of CICOPA and of its regional organization, CECOP CICOPA-Europe. Hyungsik Eum is the Data Analyst at CICOPA and Strategy and Statistics Coordinator of the International Co-operative Alliance. Simel Esim is the Head of the Cooperatives Unit of the International Labour Office in Geneva. Prior to this, she was a Senior Technical Specialist in the ILO's Regional Office for Arab States. Sonja Novkovic is Chair of the Committee on Cooperative Research of the International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee. She is also the Academic Director in the Co-operative Management Education program and Professor of Economics at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada. Waltteri Katajamaki works at the International Labour Office in Geneva as a Technical Officer on Rural Economy and previously worked at the ILO's Cooperatives Unit.

Reviews for Cooperatives and the World of Work

At SEWA, we strongly believe that organizing poor informal workers into their own cooperatives and micro-enterprises, strengthens their collective bargaining power and generates sustainable employment & livelihood opportunities, thereby reducing poverty. With the informal economy on the rise, this book is a welcome addition to the ongoing debates on the future of work for the informal and rural economies of the Global South as well as the flexibilizing workforce of the Global North , Reema Nanavaty, Director, SEWA, India and member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work Through work, we create value and in good work, we find dignity and meaning. This book is an outstanding guide to the wealth of practice around the world in which co-operative models of enterprise serve to make work a transformative experience. , Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK

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