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Business schools and co-ops

Co-ops and the cooperative model more broadly should have a larger presence in the business school classroom.

I am writing this from the annual Academy of Management conference in Philadelphia, the largest gathering of management scholars in the world. Yet a search of the word “cooperatives” on the conference website delivers zero hits out of the 20,000 papers presented at the meeting.

Why has business school research and teaching largely ignored co-ops? The answer to this question is part historical, part ideological.  

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