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March, 1998
(Source: ICA Review, Vol. 91 No. 1, 1998, pp.110-111)

ICA International Co-operatives Research Conference
Values and Adding Value in a Global Context
13-17 May 1998, University College Cork, Ireland
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Call for Papers
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Organised with the assistance of Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, and in collaboration with the HRD Committee of ICA.

As we near the end of the current millennium, it is becoming increasingly clear that competition is becoming more intense. With deregulation and the changing role of governments, the financial pressures on many co-ops has become extreme. Yet there are numerous examples where co-ops seem to have reinvented themselves - developing value based practices and adding economic value. Researchers can play a constructive role analysing such developments both theoretically and practically, and help create a robust dynamic independent co-operative movement in the years to come. This year we are also inviting papers for a special workshop on Education, Training and Development: "Making a difference through value-based training" - reflections and research on content and methodology"; this workshop will be organised in conjunction with the HRD Committee of the ICA.

It is expected that research may be based on case studies of co-operative experience, sectorial or country analyses, comparative studies, and theoretical analysis. Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers based on their dissertation research. The conference will consist of plenaries and parallel workshops. Themes and workshops will be loosely linked; papers will be clustered into workshops on similar subject areas, so far as possible. Participants should indicate which theme their paper addresses. Paper presentations will be of about 20 minutes duration followed by questions. The following themes may prove particularly important (but we would welcome suggestions of others that participants feel would attract significant contributions):

Themes
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1. Capital, Markets and Globalization - the consumer and agricultural sectors
2. Strategies for Growth and Development - credit unions, workers, financial services
3. Social Co-ops and the Welfare State
4. State Policy and Co-ops - unemployment, exclusion, contracts, privatisation
5. Co-op Reconstruction - Eastern Europe
6. Trust and Co-operation - social audit, co-operative identity, and values
7. Development and Training - adding value (with HRD Committee)
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Values and Adding Value in a Global Context 13-17 May 1998
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Payment Arrangements
Payment should be made by 9 April or your registration may be cancelled.
Registration fee: before 31 March, 1998: CHF 250 per person.............
Registration fee: after 31 March, 1998: CHF 275 per person...............

(Includes participation in sessions, coffees, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, and visit)

Fee for accompanying person: CHF 240 - Mr/Mrs.............................................
(Includes same as full participant except for coffees).
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Payment: - Either by bank transfer (please enclose copy) to: United Bank of Switzerland - UBS Geneva, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland. Account number:205.202.60 Q; Swiftcode: UBSWCHZH12A Or credit card: Visa

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Please return to: Alina Pawlowska, ICA, 15 route des Morillons, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland. Fax: 41 22 798 4122, E-mail: ica@coop.org