Preface and acknowledgements

John F. Wilson*, Anthony Webster, Espen Ekberg, Samuli Skurnik

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Globally, consumer co-operation has experienced a difficult period since the 1970s. Large scale failures in France, Germany and Austria were accompanied by loss of market share in the UK (including the failure of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society and its takeover by its English counterpart). Even in the Nordic countries, where consumer co-operation has always been more robust, new challenges from the non-co-operative sector had to be confronted. How did co-operative organizations in different countries cope with these challenges? What were the processes of strategic renewal that they undertook? How successful were they? These are the key questions that the collection will address, culminating in an analysis by the editors of the effectiveness of strategic renewal in the co-operative sector. This book is a study of strategic renewal in the consumer co-operative sector, using eleven international case-studies to demonstrate how the concept has been applied over the last fifty years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Consumer Co-operative Sector
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives on Strategic Renewal
EditorsJohn F. Wilson, Anthony Webster, Espen Ekberg, Samuli Skurnik
Place of PublicationNew York, US
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781003333838
ISBN (Print)9781032368016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

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