ORGSTUDY 490 - Advanced Research Team
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Cooperative Enterprises in a Changing Global Economy
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
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Students will be given permission to register for the course at the discretion of the instructor.
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Advisory Prerequisites:
STATS course recommended.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Cooperative Enterprises in a Changing Global Economy

This is an advanced research course that will be dedicated to researching how cooperatives adapt to changing global economic conditions. Cooperatives are hybrid organizations: business enterprises that are jointly owned by their members and operated democratically for members’ economic and social benefit. As an example, a small coffee farm in Costa Rica might choose to belong to a cooperative because it provides access to resources otherwise unavailable to a single farm: information, training, processing equipment, and higher selling prices. While cooperatives exist all over the world (including the US), our focus will be on those that help improve the lives of people in developing and middle-income countries. This project is intended to develop an understanding of how the structure of cooperatives allows them to adjust to changing patterns of consumption and trade. Would it be better for the Costa Rican coffee farm to join a smaller cooperative that can promote specialty coffee or a larger one that can maximize prices by selling large volumes? Are cooperatives able to adjust well when the markets for their goods are altered, or does their structure make them vulnerable to change?

In addition to learning about cooperatives as a type of organization, students will work to develop a database on the status of cooperatives across lower and middle income countries. Additionally, students will gather more detailed historical and organizational data about  particular focus cases and take part in virtual interviews with cooperatives.

***You can take this course for 1-4 credits, but 3 credits is the default. 

Class Format:

Two 1.5 hour lectures/week


ORGSTUDY 490 - Advanced Research Team
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001 (LAB)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LAB)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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