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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - ICA-CCR Conference Berlin 2019

COOPERATIVES AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY

Call for contributions to the ICA - CCR European Research Conference

Berlin 21.08 - 23.08.2019

New technologies, global environmental hazards and rapidly merging markets are transforming the pace and principles of social interaction. Modern cooperative businesses actively coproduce fundamental changes of their political, business and cultural environments. In the process, cooperative principles and organizational concepts themselves become the subject of renovation and revitalization. This ICA - CCR European Research Conference will discuss the various roles of cooperative organizations in ongoing transformations. Located between East and West, the city of Berlin stands as a symbol for systemic transformations and provides the ideal background for discussing cooperative transformations. What roles can organizations based on voluntary membership, economic cooperation and democratic rule play in key areas like business transformation, sustainable resource management, democratization or civil society activation? What new areas and spaces may cooperative business models occupy? What can the various cooperative networks and associations at different levels of aggregation contribute? At the level of single entities, conference participants will discuss how cooperatives manage change and how they influence the speed by which members and communities are affected. Across societal and organizational tiers (up to the ICA or the EU levels), participants will discuss the role of cooperative networks and associations as potential knowledge brokers and co-designers of fundamental change processes.

 

New technologies, global environmental hazards and increasingly integrated markets are transforming the pace and principles of social interaction. Modern cooperative businesses actively contribute to fundamental changes of political, business and cultural environments. In the process, cooperative principles and organisational concepts themselves become the subject of renovation and revitalisation.
 

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The ICA - CCR European Research Conference 2019 in Berlin will discuss the role of cooperative organisations in ongoing transformations. What could be the role of organisations based on voluntary membership, economic cooperation, and democratic rule in key areas such as business transformation, sustainable resource management, the democratisation of service infrastructures, or civil society activation? What are the new areas and spaces cooperative business models may occupy?
 

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What contributions could cooperative networks and associations at different levels of aggregation make? At the level of single entities, conference participants will discuss how cooperatives manage changes as well as how cooperatives influence the speed by which members and communities are affected. Across societal and organisational levels, participants will discuss the role of cooperative networks and associations as potential knowledge brokers and co-designers of the process of transformation.
 

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Conference contributions may cover a wide range of connected research themes at different levels of social interaction. Empirical as well as conceptual work will be presented and discussed.