Member Commitment in Co-operatives: The Utilitarian Approach

Jussila, Iiro; Goel, Sanjay; Tuominen, Heidi
September 2012
Business & Management Research;Sep2012, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p9
Academic Journal
Research on co-operative organizations has posited member commitment to the co-operative as a critical issue for sustainable and successful co-operation. A review of literature on member commitment reveals that a variety of antecedents for a need to, desire to, or obligation to maintain their patronage have been identified. The purpose of this paper is to gather together existing ideas that have been put forward aligning with the utilitarian approach to member commitment. In other words, this paper provides a framework valuable for future research and practice on the topic. The main intellectual contribution is that this paper provides an advanced outline and additional rigor to the map of sources for utilitarian commitment in the context of co-operative organizations.


Related Articles

  • Video: SELC's Vision of a Cooperative Future.  // Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter;Nov2014, p11 

    A video of a presentation on the comprehensive vision of a Cooperative Economic future, from the 2014 Fifth Annual Fall Celebration of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) is presented.

  • The Untold Story of the Evergreen Cooperatives. McFellin, Atlee // Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter;Nov2016, p7 

    The article reports on the contributions of the global innovation model, Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland to develop sustainable regional economies in the world.

  • Governance, sustainability and the New Zealand SME sector. Horsley, John; Ahmed, Daud // Keeping Good Companies (14447614);Dec2011, Vol. 63 Issue 11, p665 

    The article discusses how sustainability emphasizes increased commitment from business from social, environmental, economical and cultural interests in New Zealand. It examines the inter-reliance of governance and sustainability, and reveals that 97 percent of enterprises in the country are...

  • Instrumental and Integrative Logics in Business Sustainability. Gao, Jijun; Bansal, Pratima // Journal of Business Ethics;Jan2013, Vol. 112 Issue 2, p241 

    Prior research on sustainability in business often assumes that decisions on social and environmental investments are made for instrumental reasons, which points to causal relationships between corporate financial performance and corporate social and environmental commitment. In other words,...

  • Safety is Part of Sustainability. Kendall, Sara // Environmental Forum;Mar/Apr2014, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p16 

    The author discusses the need for industry professionals to consider health and safety of workers as part of the sustainability programs of an organization. She cites the lack of effort of organizations to make safety as core part of the sustainability strategy though its has long been part of...

  • CO-OPERATION IN THE COMMUNITY. Simon, Giles // Permaculture Magazine;Summer2008, Issue 56, p7 

    The article discusses how co-operative enterprises work as a team. It features Clapham Community Co-operative in Great Britain, which provides sustainable fuel for the village, and Growing with Grace, a worker-cooperative which produces seasonal vegetables in Clapham. According to Eddie Leggett,...

  • Measurement and Comparison of Different Dimensions of Sustainable Coastal Fishing Management in Beach Seine Cooperatives in Guilan. Choobchian, Sh.; Kalantari, Kh.; Asadi, A.; Motlagh, S. A. Taghavi // Journal of Agricultural Science & Technology;Nov/Dec2015, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p1463 

    Sustainable coastal fishing management includes different components and factors. One of the practical initiatives to achieve sustainability is to evaluate or measure different criteria of sustainability and measuring sustainability of each system needs its own indicators. This study aimed to...

  • WHICH IS THE BETTER PREDICTOR OF EMPLOYEE TURNOVER INTENTIONS: JOB SATISFACTION OR ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT? A LITERATURE REVIEW. Ahmad, Arfat; Ahmad Rainyee, Riyaz // International Journal of Information, Business & Management;Feb2013, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p2 

    Organizational commitment and job satisfaction are widely studies as predictors of employee turnover intentions. Many studies reported significant relationships among job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and turnover intentions. However, the relation between them is still controversial....

  • HOW HAVE THINGS CHANGED?  // New Internationalist;Jun2004, Issue 368, p19 

    Presents data showing the co-operative membership trends in the International Co-operative Alliance between 1975 and 2002. World population; Growth of membership in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania; Decline of membership in Europe.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics