Cooperatives and Collective Entrepreneurship: Law, Policy and Practice – 6807
Cooperative and mutual business forms have been widely used for purposes of economic development, workforce development and social innovation.
Historic examples include agricultural cooperatives, rural electric cooperatives, insurance mutuals and fraternals, credit unions, health maintenance organizations, housing cooperatives and mutually organized non-profits with significant earned income. This seminar will:
- Illuminate public policy considerations for cooperative forms
- Explore processes related to formation, governance, operations and distribution
- Consider several common and not-so-common practices of this business model
- Discuss and debate the merits — both economic and social — of coops as a “double bottom line” business form
Grading will be based upon a group project and presentation, an individual paper, and class participation.