Co-operative entrepreneurship: co-operate for growth

Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell, Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight, Hugh Donnelly

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Co-operative Entrepreneurship provides an informative practical guide to the nature and process of establishing a co-operative enterprise. Drawing on best practice and international guidelines, this text is suitable for students engaged in new venture creation projects, as well as graduates looking to develop their commercial idea.

Each chapter contains an interview with a person who has collaborated with others to set up a co-operative business. Their success stories, while less well known to the general public than those of capitalist entrepreneurs, show that it is possible to combine profitability with democracy, efficiency with ethics. These real-life accounts, coupled with clear explanations of entrepreneurial processes, make essential reading for young people looking for inspiration and an alternative way of generating employment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages62
JournalSSRN Electronic Journal
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • co-operatives
  • cooperatives
  • co-operaive enterprise
  • cooperative enterprise
  • entrepreneurship
  • sustainable business
  • employment


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