Who is it for?

Senior managers, CEOs and board members.

What will participants learn?

We are delighted to announce that we have once again partnered with Saint Mary’s University, Canada to deliver our Executive Education course.

Get your team into gear with a look at the movement’s history and how modern co-ops fit within the ‘social solidarity economy’.

Learn how to manage the co-operative equilibrium. We’ll focus on a model that captures the uniqueness of co-ops, building on the dual nature of a member’s usership and ownership. We’ll address issues of core values and their purpose, the co-op business model, and balanced scorecard to lead into discussion of a co-operative equilibrium. Emphasis is placed on the alignment from co-op values to key performance indicators. We’ll discuss cases of co-ops successfully managing this equilibrium.

Then we’ll make the move from a potential identity crisis to the New Co-operative Paradigm (NCP). The traditional co-operative model is being challenged, leading to an identity crisis. A model to better understand this reality will be introduced, taking into consideration both co-operative rules and market rules. In response to this state of crisis, an NCP is being proposed, showing how the emerging market rules can be very advantageous to co-ops. Examine case studies and dive deep into implementation success stories such as the customer orientation strategy.

Your staff will gain exposure to emerging concepts in the field of management and governance in the context of co-operative enterprises. Explore the theory on new types of co-operative business (e.g. social and solidarity co-operatives). This course will provide your team with tools to better understand the existing culture in your co-op along with techniques that promote engaged participation by members.

How will participants learn?

During the course they’ll learn by getting involved with:

  • Whole and sub-group discussion with practical activities
  • Q&A sessions
  • Self-reflection activities to think about how they’ll apply what they’ve learned to a wider context

What did previous attendees say?

Don't just take our word for it, listen to what our previous attendees had to say about the course on YouTube!


You can also see one of our written testimonies below too:

“The 3-day Executive Education programme gave me an invaluable insight into what truly makes a co-op different. I came away with examples from other co-ops that really made me think about the role leaders play in bringing co-op values and purpose to life. It was also great to feel part of a wider co-op community and share insights and experiences about some of the common dilemmas we face.”


Nicola Rowe, Senior Leadership Development Manager, The Co-operative Group (UK)

To arrange a telephone call to find out more or to discuss a timeline for your co-op let us know below: 

Register your interest here