Organizational problems and worker co-operation : a comparative analysis of two case studies.
This thesis is based around a participant observation study of
two ~lhQlefood shops in the South of England: one a co-operative. the other
a partnership/collective. The case studies illuminate the organizational
problems encountered in both enterprises during the fieldwoEi<. and explore
~ossible underlying reasons for the particular profile of organizational
problem found within each enterprise. It argues that the character of the
problems found to occur was strongly influenced by the relationship, over
time, between three variables: 'external forces', social and economic aims.
The pursuit of one set of aim at the expense of the other, particularly, was
found to be inverse).y related to the nature of the organizational problems
The thesis indicates that many critics and promoters of co-operatives
alike make presuppositions about the nature of co-operatives and co-operation
which are not corroborated by empirical evidence.
The main conclusion of the study is that for co-operative
organizations to minimise the likelihood of the occurrence of serious
organizational problems, their members must strive to develop a con5ci~usness
of the relationship between the three variables and a 'balance' between social
and economic aims.