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The Managerial Transformation of Italian Co-operative Enterprises 1946-2010


  • P. Battilani
  • V. Zamagni


The Italian cooperative enterprises have prospered in the last thirty years in various sectors. In this essay we analyze the role played by managerilization in allowing Italian co-ops to compete nationally and internationally with capitalist enterprises. On the basis of a substantial set of company histories and managers interviews, we have built a three generations model of co-ops managers, which shows the changes that have allowed co-ops to become fully equipped with managerial skills. The strong leadership of umbrella organizations, the inner careers of most managers and legislation have been instrumental in avoiding demutualization, the killer of co-ops in many other countries.

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  • P. Battilani & V. Zamagni, 2011. "The Managerial Transformation of Italian Co-operative Enterprises 1946-2010," Working Papers wp789, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  • Handle: RePEc:bol:bodewp:wp789

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    1. P. Battilani & H. G. Schroter, 2011. "Demutualization and its Problems," Working Papers wp762, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    2. Menzani, Tito & Zamagni, Vera, 2010. "Cooperative Networks in the Italian Economy," Enterprise & Society, Cambridge University Press, vol. 11(01), pages 98-127, March.
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    1. Vera Negri Zamagni, 2012. "Interpreting the Roles and Economic Importance of Cooperative Enterprises in a Historical Perspective," Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, vol. 1(1), pages 21-36, December.

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