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There is no human Leader, there is no human power capable of opening the door to conquer or dominate my heart, neither with cleverness nor with violence.      J. M. Arizmendiarrieta. Reflections. p. 46

Why co-operative isomorphism


First, co-ops are very important organisations. They are profitable and supply elementary needs where profit-oriented corporations see no business.  There are more than one billion co-op members around the world. They provide over 100 million jobs around the world. As estimated by United Nations in 1994, the livelihood of nearly 3 billion people was made secure by co-operative enterprise.

Second, co-ops are the only business organisations who all refer to the same set of values and principles. This set of values has universal appeal. They are accepted by all religions and the atheists. They are pertinent all over the continents and cultures. They refer to universal aspects of human dignity. It means the research can be conducted globally, and the results can be applied globally as well.

Third, education and training are one of the Co-op Principles. It means they should, by definition, be interested in this research and its results. If the results are interesting for them, they will be interested to implement them.

Fourth, co-operative isomorphism with investor-owned companies and loss of the co-op identity is noted in a number of studies. It is rooted in the way business professionalism is defined. It is present in patterns and practices in solving ambiguities, and it often results from legal and regulatory structures which support investor-owned companies.