Catalysing Co-Operation: Design of Self-Governing Organisations

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Cooperatives and people's organizations have presented an interesting yet difficult problem for sociologists, economists, organization theorists, and practitioners involved in their construction and management. Although such organizations are crucial in today's competitive world, their performance in developing nations has been less than optimal. This volume offers a new theoretical framework for understanding cooperatives and people's organizations. Author Tushaar Shah examines different cases—including dairy ...

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Cooperatives and people's organizations have presented an interesting yet difficult problem for sociologists, economists, organization theorists, and practitioners involved in their construction and management. Although such organizations are crucial in today's competitive world, their performance in developing nations has been less than optimal. This volume offers a new theoretical framework for understanding cooperatives and people's organizations. Author Tushaar Shah examines different cases—including dairy cooperatives, sugar cooperatives, and informal village-level water companies—and observes the great impact regional social conditions have on the operation and design of these cooperatives. In order for cooperation to be used as an effective instrument of socioeconomic development, these organizations must master the art of catalyzing cooperation, Shah argues. The author offers concrete recommendations on how to redesign cooperatives so that they will survive and succeed amidst stiff competition.
Catalyzing Cooperation provides a perceptive approach to creating more effective self-governing organizations that will benefit students, professionals, and researchers in a variety of fields, including social change, sociology of development, rural management, and development studies.

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Addressing the issue of how to build and manage self-governing people's organizations that will succeed in today's competitive market, the author challenges commonplace theories about what makes a cooperative successful, advocating four overarching principles which can be used to build robust, self-governing people's organizations. Printed in India. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803992979
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/19/1996
  • Pages: 316

Table of Contents

PART ONE: CHEMISTRY OF CO-OPERATION
Introduction
Leadership, Culture and Co-operation
Lessons from the Field - Olpad, Surat District
Fertile Grounds, Sterile Ideal
Co-operative Failures in Gujarat
PART TWO: THREE CASE STUDIES
Farmer Organisation for Lift Irrigation
Irrigation Companies and Tubewell Co-operatives of Gujurat
The Power of Design
Sugar Co-operatives as Engines of Economic Growth
The Design of the Anand Pattern
PART THREE: SYNTHESIS
Design
The Framework to Orchestrate Co-operation
Design Principles
Catalysing Co-operation
Overview and Applications

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