Conference Announcement and Programme

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                         November, 1996




               CO-OPERATIVE INNOVATION AND CHANGE 

               INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVES RESEARCH
                           CONFERENCE 
               26-29TH SEPTEMBER 1996, TARTU, ESTONIA


Organised with the assistance of The Academic Society for
Co-operative Studies, Estonia


Most types of cooperatives all over the world are going
through a period of enormous change.  The forces of change are
both external: changing economic and  political systems in the
cooperatives' environment, and internal:  the changing needs
and values of the cooperatives'corpus of  members, and of the
organizations themselves. The parameters of change and the
responses to the forces of change vary from country to
country, and from one cooperative movement to another, and
from one sector to another. These issues are throwing up
co-operative winners and losers at an alarming rate, and
researchers have a vital role in drawing out the theoretical
and practical lessons. A variety of research approaches may
prove fruitful - case studies of co-operatives, sectoral or
country analyses, comparative studies, and  theoretical
analysis.  

Themes that emerge from study of these issues include:

*    The changing conditions of co-operation (new market
     relations, post-communist transition, 
     internationalization,  etc)

*    Strategies for coping with the changing world, and for
     coping with internal organizational change (e.g. changing
     support & regulatory policies for agriculture)

*    Innovation as a response to, and a force for, change (new
     types of co-ops, new initiatives in old co-ops, new ways
     of managing and empowering staff and members)

*    Organisational learning and the management of change 
     (the methods and processes used by management to
     effectively change their organisations and the impact on,
     and role of,member participation and involvement)

*    Co-operative renewal (how are co-ops regenerating,
     sustaining membership, restructuring, improving corporate
     governance)

Organising Committee: Yohanan Stryjan, Stockholm School of
Business, Prof.Walter Krinal, Prof. Henn Elmet, Academic
Society, Lea Sudokova, MAI, and Roger Spear, Open University.

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          ICA CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH COMMITTEE

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          CO-OPERATIVE INNOVATION AND CHANGE

          26-29th September 1996, Tartu, Estonia



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
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09.30-10.00 INTRODUCTORY SESSION 

Chairman : Roger Spear, ICA Research Committee 

          Prof. Mait KLAASSEN, Rector of Estonian Agricultural 
          University
          Mr. Voino KULL, Mayor of Tartu 
          Doc. Yohanan STRYJAN (Stockholm School of Business) 


10.00-11.00 PLENARY SESSION 

Chairman    :  Roger Spear, ICA Research Committee

Juri GINTER :  Director of Rural Development Institute, (MAI)
               Different Perspectives for Co-operatives and
               Co-operation (on the Basis of Estonian
               experience).

Roger SPEAR :  Governance in Democratic and Member-based
               Organizations.


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break (cafeteria in cellar)


11.30-13.00 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS 1 and 2


WORKSHOP 1 - NEW FORMS OF OWNERSHIP AND INCORPORATION
     
Location: Main building
Language: English/Estonian (simultaneous translation)
Chairman: Juri Ginter

Jerker NILSSON :    New Generation Co-ops: What, Why and How?

Amir HELMAN    :    The Share-holding Co-operative System in
                    China

Yohanan STRYJAN:    Between ownership and membership:
                    collective farms and owners' cooperatives
                    in the Czech Republic.


WORKSHOP 2 - CO-OPERATIVE VALUES IN PRACTICE

Location: Old Manor House
Language: English
Chairman: Sven-Ake Book

Kai BLOMKVIST   :   Social Reporting in Cooperatives 

David SEAMAN    :   Co-operative Values in Practice: The Co-op
                    as a Responsible Retailer

Lars WESTERLUND :   The Organization of the Housing
Co-operative Industry


13.00-14.00 LUNCH in institute cafeteria


14.00-15.30 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS 3 and 4


WORKSHOP 3 - REPORTS FROM CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENTS


Location: Main building
Language: English/Estonian (simultaneous translation)
Chairman: Jerker Nilsson


Hideo ISHIZUKA     :     New Trends of the Co-operative
                         Movement in Japan

Zofia CHYRA-ROLICZ :     Adaptation of Polish Co-operatives to
                         Free Market's Requirements

Laurentiu AVRAMESCU, Iulian RUGINA, and Mircea COCIU: 

Adaptation of Romanian Handicraft and Production Co-operatives
to the Free Markets Economy Requirements 



WORKSHOP 4 - SOCIAL ECONOMY I


Location: Old Manor House
Language: English 
Chairman: Tom Johnstad

Rafael Chaves AVILA, Antonia Sajardo MORENO: 

The Processes of Cooperation in the Social Economy. A
Theoretical Sythesis

Akira KURIMOTO:     Co-operative Response to the Ageing
                    Society: The case of Japan

Phil GOVER    :     A Theoretical Exploration of the Social
                    Economy

15.30-16.00 COFFEE BREAK


16.00-17.30 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS 5 and 6


WORKSHOP 5 - ORGANIZATION AND INNOVATION

Location: Main building
Language: English 
Chairman: Yohanan Stryjan

Tom JOHNSTADT: Co-operatives and Federations
Eric BIDET   : 
J.-F. DRAPERI: The Role of Co-ops in the Construction of
               markets.


WORKSHOP 6 - ESTONIAN ONLY SESSION

Location: Old Manor House
Chairman: Prof LEETSAR


Markus SEPPELIN:    istegevuse arendamine Eestis Soome-Eesti
                    hisprojekti kogemusel (Finnish paper in
                    Estonian: Development of co-operation in 
                    Estonia and experiences of joint project).

Heino MÍLLER:       Pllumajandustehnika hiskasutamisest
                    taludes
Jaan KIVISTIK:      Raskustest histute taastamisel Eesti
                    Vabariigi pllumajanduses



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
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9.00-10.30  PARALLEL WORKSHOPS 7 and 8

Workshop 7 - Social Economy II 

Location: Main building
Language: English
Chairman: Roger Spear

Alceste SANTUARI:   New markets of social and health services:
                    are they open to co-operative societies?
                    The case of the Italian social
                    co-operative societies.
Claudio TRAVAGLINI: Italian social co-operatives between
                    mutuality and solidarity: a new role of
                    mutualistic firm rebuilding social welfare
Judith FOGGIN-BROWN: Developing Care Co-operatives in the
1990's a longitudinal study

WORKSHOP 8 - CREDIT UNIONS

Location: Old Manor House
LANGUAGE: English
Chairman: Kai Blomkvist

Simeon KARAFOLAS:   Credit Co-operatives in Greece
Charles FERGUSON:   Innovation and Change in the Northern
                    Ireland Credit Union Industry
Donal McKILLOP:     UK Credit Unions: An examination of
                    Membership Bias

10.30-11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.00-12.30

WORKSHOP 9 - COOPERATIVES AND ESTONIAN SOCIETY

Location: Main building
Language: English 
Chairman: Jerker Nilsson

Prof. Jaan LEETSAR and Olle KERNER: 
     The Role of Co-operatives in a Renewing Society 

Hans-Jurgen SCHAFFLAND:  Estonian Co-operative Law

Mati TAMM:     The problems of producers co-operatives and
               farmers co-operative movement

Maive RUTE:    Financing of small and medium-sized firms



12.30-14.00  LUNCH


14.00-15.30 Plenary session and closing


Round Table: The future of cooperation?

Location: Main building
Chairman: Roger Spear

Panelists :    Sven Ake Book, Akira Kurimoto, Jerker Nilsson,
               Yohanan Stryjan, Jaan Leetsar



15.30  Planning session