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Title: Organizational problems and worker co-operation : a comparative analysis of two case studies.
Author: Woolham, John.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3572 5560
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1986
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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 encountered. 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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Labour studies