Research and Resources

Applied research is a critical source of knowledge for our programs, and our faculty plays an active role in contributing to the growing international body of co-op research. The International Centre for Co-operative Management at Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University hosts symposia on relevant co-operative management topics. See events page for details on upcoming Symposia. Many people ask us about MOOCs (free, online learning) so you can jump down the page to see courses we recommend.

Working Paper and Case Study Series

The Centre's Working Paper Series publishes research papers and reports in the field of co-operative management, economics and governance. View them here.

Co-operative Governance 

The centre specializes in co-operative governance research and education. Our exploration is multifaceted and focuses on co-operative governance stuctures and processes that embrace participatory, people-centered and democratic practice. Learn more about our activities including our international research initiative, symposia and executive education course for ways to engage and join the dialogue. 

Co-ops & COVID 

The centre is engaged in a multi-year partnered research project investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian co-operatives and their resilience. Learn more.

International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management

View the journal editions here. In 2018, the Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting, as well as the International Journal of Co-operative Management joined forces. You can access the past issues of the Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Reporting (JCAR), a peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by the Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC), also at Saint Mary's University. The archives are located here for the International Journal of Co-operative Management (IJCM), a peer-reviewed and refereed journal produced by the International Centre for Co-operative Management in association with New Harmony Press Incorporated.

ICCM Program - Graduate and Faculty Papers and Publications

[Numerous academic publications by faculty members not listed here]

#GoCoop; People support cooperatives; Co-ops can too, with associations by Adam Trott, published in NCBA CLUSA's Cooperative Business Journal Winter 2021

The Centrality of Environmental Sustainability for the Co-operative Movement and the World by Nicolas Bickford, October 2020 in the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management
 
Are Co-operatives Embracing the SDGs and Sustainability? A Content Analysis of Annual Reports, Reports, and Websites by Fiona Duguid, October 2020 in the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management
 
Co-operative Sustainability Performance Measurement: The Role of the Co-op Principles and UN Sustainability Development Goals in the Reporting Model by Nik Rowlston & Fiona Duguid, October 2020 in the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management
 
Principle 3 and Indivisible Reserves (webinar) by Sonja Novkovic and Claude-André Guillotte, 2020 hosted by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada 

Workers' Self-Management in Argentina (book) by Marcelo Vieta, 2020

John McNamara Responds: New Belgium Brewery Goes Flat [to piece below by Novkovic and Crowell], January 2020

Five Critical Things Every Co-operative Leader Should Know by Wayne Schatz, December 2019 in the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management

Accounting for Co-operative Purposes: Reclaiming the Conversation by Maureen McColloch, December 2019 in the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management

“The Fuzzy Feeling Isn’t There”: Version One of the Cooperative Performance Indicator Tool Misses the Mark for Micro Coops by Eric M. Gosselin, December 2019 in the International Journal of Co-operative Accounting and Management

ESOPs or Co-ops? Depends on the long term goal, article released by Fifty by Fifty, by Sonja Novkovic and Erbin Crowell, December 2019

Power in Purpose: Cooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals, article in the NCBA CLUSA Cooperative Business Journal, Fall 2019 by Karen Miner and Sonja Novkovic

Economic Impact of the Co-operative Sector in Canada, by Fiona Duguid and George Karaphillis, released by Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, 2019

Cooperative Management: An effective model adapted to future challenges, (book) by Daniel Cote, 2019

Meeting the Needs of Independent Workers at Vancity Credit Union, article released by Filene Institute by Graduate Diploma Graduate Eric Bulmash, April 2019

The New Economy: Are cooperatives transformative, or just businesses?, article in the NCBA CLUSA Cooperative Business Journal, Fall 2018 by Sonja Novkovic

Beyond the Economy, article in the NCBA CLUSA Cooperative Business Journal, Fall 2017, by Sonja Novkovic and Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Challenges and strategies for public awareness raising about the identity of the co-operative business model, Presentation for the United Nations, Expert Group Meeting Co-operatives for 2030, Delivered by Karen Miner, November 2016

From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation (book) by Tom Webb, 2016

Five Ways Leading a Co-operative is Different than a Corporation, by Kate Rodriquez featuring Karen Miner, published byThe Economist

Co-operatives for Sustainable Communities: Tools to measure co-operative impact and performance, book Edited by: Leslie Brown, Chiara Carini, Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Lou Hammond Ketilson, Elizabeth Hicks, John McNamara, Sonja Novkovic, Daphne Rixon and Richard Simmons. 2015.

Novkovic Sonja, Miner Karen. "Co-operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in the Face of Complexity" (Spring - 2015)

The Fifth Co-operative Principle in Action: Mapping the Co-operative Educational Initiatives of Canadian Co-operatives by Erin Hancock & Annabelle Brault, 2015

Governance Symposium Summary Report

Sustainability Reporting for Co-operatives: A Guidebook - by Yuill Herbert, Rebecca Foon, Fiona Duguid (ICCM Instructor), prepared for the International Co-operative Alliance

Relevance and Impact of Co-operative Business Education - by Karen Miner, Managing Director and Instructor, ICCM Program and Claude-André Guillotte, IRECUS, Université de Sherbrooke

Worker Co-operatives and Employment Law in Canada - by John McNamara, ICCM Masters Graduate, PhD Candidate

Mondragon and the United Steelworkers - Erbin Crowell, Master's Graduate

Defining the Co-operative Difference. Journal of Socio-Economics 37(6):2168-2177 · December 2008. By Sonja Novkovic.

Cooperative Capital: What It Is and Why Our World Needs It? - by Alan J. Robb, James H. Smith, and Tom Webb (co-founder ICCM programs, former ICCM Managing Director, and ICCM Instructor)

Workers, Consumers and Small Business: Preliminary Reflection on Stakeholders and Co-operative Value and Principals - Tom Webb

From "Human Resource Development" to "Co-operative Relationship Development" - Tom Webb

ICCM Program Presentation at United Nations

Karen Miner, Managing Director, ICCM programs, was invited to present at the Expert Group Meeting held at the United Nations in New York City, November 16, 2016. Karen's paper "Challenges and Strategies for Public Awareness Raising About the Identity of the Cooperaive Enterprise Model" was part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: "Ensuring That No One Is Left Behind: The Cooperative Sector as a Partner in the Implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". A copy of the paper has been posted on the United Nations website.

MOOCs on Co-operatives

Although our Centre does not currently offer these, we wanted to share others that may interest you. If you have any to add to this list, please let us know.

"Towards a Co-operative Common Wealth" - Synergia

"Governance in Co-operatives" - University of Saskatchewan Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and Co-operatives First

 

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