|Title||The Business of Co-operative Education: Saint Mary’s University’s Master of Management -- Co-operatives and Credit Unions|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Chamard, J, Dutcher, S, Webb, T|
Experience demonstrates that managing a co-operative is more demanding and different from managing a capital based firm. The co-operative business difference and the lack of strong co-operative curriculum in business schools lead to the decision of Saint Mary's University to create a Master of Management program designed to weave together strong business skills and a knowledge of co-operative values and principles to provide co-operative business managers with the ability to create innovative co-operative business solutions. An integral part of the program is the use of co-operative learning techniques. The paper concludes:If co-operative businesses are to flourish while having to compete within capitalist economies, then we as co-operative educators have to try to provide up-and-coming co-operative managers with opportunities for the development of their analytical skills and co-operative values with which they can help counteract the pervasive investor mentality that is so common in the world today.