Chiara Carini: Exploring the Co-operative Economy


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Chiara Carini, Euricse at the International Co-operative Alliance Global Conference in Cape Town, November 2013.

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Chiara Carini: Exploring the Co-operative Economy

  1. 1. Chiara Carini, Euricse Building Research Capacity, Cape Town – 3 November 2013
  2. 2. OUTLINE • Objective of the World Co-operative Monitor project • Population under study • Indicators • Data collection • Conclusions
  3. 3. OBJECTIVE OF THE Collecting economic, organizational, and social data about co-operatives worldwide in order to represent the co-operative sector in its organizational, regional, and sectoral diversity.
  4. 4. OBJECTIVE OF THE A tool for the co-operative sector • Raising the profile of co-operatives within their own industries and countries, as well as internationally; • Demonstrating the economic and social importance of co-operatives and mutuals; and • Highlighting good practice and highlighting successful co-operative business models and innovative approaches.
  5. 5. OBJECTIVE OF THE A tool for researchers • Building a periodically updated database about the largest co-operatives worldwide; • Integrating projects aiming at collecting, organizing and analyzing data relating to co-operatives at national, regional or sectoral levels; and • Creating a network of researchers and experts.
  6. 6. POPULATION UNDER STUDY 2 problems: • the diversity of national legislation (Roelants, 2009); • the organizational variety within the co-operative sector (Hansmann, 1988 Zevi et al., 2011; Fici, 2013).
  8. 8. INDICATORS The WCM Metrics Framework structure
  10. 10. INDICATORS The World Co-operative Monitor index • a Composite Indicator Statistical Methodology (CISM) that aggregates a set of single indicators by using weights which are understood to reflect their importance in the index; • CISM measures multidimensional concepts (competitiveness, wellbeing, environmental sustainability, etc.) which cannot be captured by a single indicator.
  11. 11. DATA COLLECTION Dual strategy • Integration of existing databases and rankings; • Online questionnaire
  12. 12. CONCLUSIONS • the World Co-operative Monitor project intends to propose an improved methodology for data collection and analysis of co-operatives worldwide; • In the next future these data can be used to define indicators useful to describe economic and social dimensions of the co-operative movement in each sector, country, area and in the world; • This presentation showed the methodological issues addressed in the first 2 years of the project. Not all of these issues have yet been solved; • For ICA and Euricse, it is important to establish collaboration with other research centers.
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