Businesses with a Difference: Balancing the Social and the Economic

Businesses with a Difference: Balancing the Social and the Economic

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Edited by Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, and Sherida Ryan
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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304 Pages
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Published May 2012
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Market-based social economy firms such as social enterprises, social purpose businesses, co-operatives, credit unions, and community economic development corporations aim to meet distinct social needs while making money. Do these types of businesses have the potential for growth in the modern economy? Are they destined to function only in areas where conventional firms cannot achieve a sufficient rate of return? Or will the role of social economy organizations change as businesses begin placing more emphasis on corporate social responsibility?

Building on the popular 2010 collection Researching the Social Economy, Businesses with a Difference explores the challenges and opportunities faced by firms that seek a genuine balance between their social and economic objectives. Through international case studies, including comparative analyses, this innovative collection highlights the unique issues that must be addressed when associations are accountable not to investors and shareholders, but instead to ordinary people.

Laurie Mook is an assistant professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University.

Jack Quarter is a professor and co-director of the Social Economy Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He is the author of Canada's Social Economy and Crossing the Line. He edited How to Start a Worker's Co-op and co-edited Partners in Enterprise: The Worker Ownership Phenomenon.

Sherida Ryan is the co-ordinator of the Community University Research Alliance on Social Business for Marginalized Social Groups at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


Introduction: Businesses with a Difference (Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, and Sherida Ryan)

Chapter 1: Historic Changes in the Canadian Credit Union Movement (Ian MacPherson)

Chapter 2: Non-Financial Co-operatives in Canada: 1955 to 2005 (Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook and Jennifer Hann)

Chapter 3: Co-operatives: Demutualization and Mutualization (Jorge Sousa)

Chapter 4: The Difference Culture Makes: The Competitive Advantage of Reciprocal, Non-Monetary Exchange (Ana Maria Peredo)

Chapter 5: Community Business Development (Greg MacLeod)

Chapter 6: Businesses with a Difference in Latin America: Argentina’s Worker-recuperated Enterprises and Venezuela’s Socialist Production Units (Marcelo Vieta, Manuel Larrabure, and Daniel Schugurensky)

Chapter 7: Top-Down and Bottom-Up: Challenges for Engaging Social Economic Businesses in Rural and Small Town Renewal (Laura Ryser and Greg Halseth)

Chapter 8: Land, Self Determination and the Social Economy in Fort Albany First Nation (Jean-Paul Restoule, Sheila Gruner, and Edmund Metatawabin)

Chapter 9: Social Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Perspective (Roger Spear)

Chapter 10: Exploring Social Transformation, Financial Self Sufficiency and Innovation in Canadian Social Enterprises (Tessa Hebb, Judith Madill, and François Brouard)

Chapter 11: Education for Social Economy (John Whitman)