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Tecnología y trabajo asociado: en busca del equilibrio


  • Alfonso Carlos Morales Gutiérrez

    () (Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (ETEA) adscrita a la Universidad de Córdoba)

  • José Antonio Ariza Montes

    () (Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales (ETEA) adscrita a la Universidad de Córdoba)


This paper considers the conflict between cooperatives and technology. Data and examples are given from various empirical studies carried out in Spain and show that there is no general support for the optimistic hypothesis that cooperatives need to humanise opportunities for technological adaptation in order to avoid conflicts. Firstly, it is noted that the use of technology in this type of enterprise is usually very much limited by the activity. The impact of technology on the manufacturing sector is very different to that on cooperatives offering services or professional activities. Secondly, technology depends on business strategy. According to the Miles and Snow classification as applied to cooperatives, those in the industrial sector develop reactive and defensive strategies, whereas professional cooperatives show different strategies. This strategic behaviour and the increasing trend towards the creation of cooperatives in the industrial and services sectors leads to the conclusion that this type of enterprise tends to avoid the problems associated with industrial technology by the greater need for funds and the destruction of jobs involved in technological adaptation.

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  • Alfonso Carlos Morales Gutiérrez & José Antonio Ariza Montes, 2004. "Tecnología y trabajo asociado: en busca del equilibrio," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 49, pages 217-237, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2004:i:49:p:217-237

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    Associated Work Cooperatives; Technology; Strategy;

    JEL classification:

    • J54 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Producer Cooperatives; Labor Managed Firms
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • P13 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Cooperative Enterprises


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