Table of Contents

Research Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise

Research Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise

Case Studies of Organisational Resilience in the Co-operative Business Model

Elgar original reference

Edited by Tim Mazzarol, Sophie Reboud, Elena Mamouni Limnios and Delwyn Clark

Co-operatives are found in all industry sectors and almost all countries around the world. However, despite their significant economic and social contributions, the academic literature has largely ignored these important businesses. This book is a detailed examination of the co-operative enterprise business model and the factors that help to enhance its sustainability and resilience, as well as those forces that lead to its destruction.

Chapter 14: Common assumptions and co-operative membership: the case of the Irish credit union movement

Noreen Byrne

Subjects: business and management, strategic management


The focus of this chapter is to explore a number of common credit union assumptions which appear to be widely held both within and outside the credit union movement. These assumptions are ones which are primarily related to member behaviour and attitudes, namely, members' interest in volunteering, what the member values, their openness to mergers, their interest in credit union ethos and openness to a local economic development scope for credit unions. Over the years, as a credit union volunteer, researcher and policy advisor, the author has constantly come across these assumptions and the unquestioning acceptance of them, both in the credit union literature and in praxis. The purpose of this chapter is to explore their validity. This is particularly important at the current time, as these assumptions are informing key strategic decisions in the Irish credit union movement. The assumptions discussed in this chapter revolve around how the co-operative and others view the role of the member. This particularly ties into the first research question set out in this book, which examines the role of the member in the development and direction of a co-operative, and the second research question on member value. The chapter first sets out a context for the study through a brief discussion on the nature and definition of assumptions.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information