Democratic Enterprise: Ethical Business for the 21st Century

Diarmuid Padraig McDonnell, Elizabeth Chalmers Macknight, Hugh Donnelly

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The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives in recognition of the impact that co-operative enterprise has on more than three billion people across the globe. Co-operatives contribute to national and local economies in virtually every country by championing an ethical approach to business underpinned by internationally agreed values and principles. Yet despite the wide-ranging successes of co-operatives, in financial terms as well as in the development of sustainable communities, the study of these democratic forms of enterprise remains surprisingly absent from the curricula of most university business schools around the world.

Designed primarily for undergraduate students, Democratic Enterprise provides an introductory-level analysis of democratic models of enterprise, namely co-operatives and employee-owned businesses. A supplement to any course that deals with these topics, it also stands alone as a template for academics who wish to incorporate material on democratic models of enterprise into courses relating to economics, business studies, sustainable development, enterprise, and organizational theory and behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAberdeen
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Number of pages186
ISBN (Print)9780955534225
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSSRN Electronic Journal
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISSN (Print)1556-5068


  • co-operatives
  • employee ownership
  • democratic enterprise
  • sustainable business
  • responsible business


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