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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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The impact of the co-operative ethos on the creation of shared value: a case study of Lincolnshire Co-operative Society

The impact of the co-operative ethos on the creation of shared value: a case study of Lincolnshire Co-operative Society

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(p.261) 15 The impact of the co-operative ethos on the creation of shared value: a case study of Lincolnshire Co-operative Society
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Mainstreaming Co-Operation
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Phil Considine

Martin Hingley

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.003.0015

This chapter examines the ways that a co-operative creates shared value for the community that it serves and works to define the concept of ‘Co-operative Advantage’ in a context where competitive advantage is more commonly discussed. It uses a case study approach, based on research conducted between 2008 and 2013 with the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society, in the East Midlands of the UK. The chapter details the co-operative’s approach, and contrasts it with that of a standard investor owned firm (IOF) model. It suggests that the co-operative identity and practices are effective in creating shared value, enhancing the co-operative’s competitiveness while simultaneously advancing the economic and social conditions in the wider community.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement (UK), Co-operative identity, Lincolnshire Co-operative Society, Shared value, Investor owned firms (IOFs), Corporate social responsibility (CSR), Retailing, Organisational culture, Employee relations, Management

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