Attempting to understand this concept of co-operative entrepreneurship poses a great challenge, in both its complexity and its novelty in the scientific field. Collective and co-operative entrepreneurship may represent a way forward for reinventing the future and addressing challenges.
All these questions echo among researchers and practitioners who have interests in co-operation. IRECUS will organize a research conference at University of Sherbrooke – Longueuil campus, close to Montréal downtown, to explore this theme. All co-operators – researchers, developers, policy makers, practitioners and students of co-operatives, social enterprises and social economy from all countries and co-operative sectors – are welcome to present their research and share their knowledge in order to learn and inform all stakeholders of the potential of co-operative entrepreneurship and challenges that need to be addressed. We solicit contributions that address these issues from a theoretical or empirical perspective, but are not limited to the following themes:
T1. Collective entrepreneurship and the co-operative model T2. Co-operative ethics and values in entrepreneurshipT3. Management of the co-operative enterpriseT4. Co-operative conversions and succession planningT5. Co-operative differentiated management of peopleT6. Co-operative entrepreneurship: a tool for entrepreneurial developmentT7. Supporting tools for the construction of a co-operative project (e.g. business model)T8. Education and entrepreneurship: the co-operative perspectiveT9. Sustainable development and co-operative entrepreneurshipT10. Co-operative entrepreneurship and performance measurementT11. Millennials and co-operative entrepreneurshipT12. The motivations and leadership of co-operative entrepreneursT13. Government institutions, policies and co-operative entrepreneurshipT14. Contributions of co-operative entrepreneurship to the communityT15. Other themes on co-operatives and the co-operative movement
Abstracts should follow this format:
- Title of paper- Names and affiliations of all contributors- Main theme/objective of the paper - Methodological and/or Conceptual approach- Key findings/conclusions- Bibliography (max. 4 sources)- (Up to) Four ‘Keywords’- Contact details for corresponding author
If you propose an organised session, at least four (4) papers on a common theme must be included They should include a description of the theme discussed and the names and paper titles from all presenters and their institutions.
All proposals are subject to peer review.
Please submit your proposal for any of session type using the following link: (Hyperlink)
Case Study Competition
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) are sponsoring a student case study competition!
The case used in this competition will focus on a governance or policy issue relevant to co-operatives. The competition is designed to test students’ ability to apply concepts from the classroom to real world issues and will allow them to showcase their problem-solving capabilities using the case-study method. Examples of case topics include:
- analysis of credit union mergers and their impact on governance structures- management decision making in co-operatives- strategy and co-operative identity in competitive markets
Interested students should email email@example.com for more information on how to apply. Travel bursaries may be available for qualified participants.
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2019
December 15 – January 30:- Evaluation and selection process
15 February 2019:- Notification of acceptances (and refusals) and instructions for presentation. - Publication of list with the accepted and sessions.
March 15, 2019:- Final Date for Early Bird registration
May 1, 2019:- Final date for all authors´ registration (Only the papers for which at least one author is registered by May 1st (payment validated) will be included in the Conference program!)
May 10, 2019:- Deadline for the upload of full texts of papers or presentations to be presented and discussed during the conference
May 20, 2019:- Full papers available on-line
May 27th-May 30th, 2019:- Conference
For any question, please send an email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to University of Sherbrooke – Longueuil campus in 2019!