Further Information on 1997 Conference

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                         July 1997

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International Co-operative Alliance
INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVES RESEARCH CONFERENCE
ICA RESEARCH COMMITTEE
THE CO-OPERATIVE ADVANTAGE IN A CIVIL ECONOMY
2-5 OCTOBER 1997, BERTINORO, Nr BOLOGNA, ITALY

Chair: Roger Spear, Co-ops Research Unit, Open University, Milton Keynes,
 K7 6AA, UK , Tel 0044 1908 653054; Fax 0044 1908 652175; 
Email R.G.SPEAR@OPEN.AC.UK
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DEAR FRIENDS 					June 1997

Enclosed, please see further details on our conference in Bertinoro, outside
 Bologna in October this year. Things are going extremely well, with registrations
 well advanced, and an excellent venue. We also have some other news:

FUTURE PLANS 
Next year we plan our international conference in Cork, Ireland around 13-17th of May 1998, 
and we are also planning a collaboration with the Women's Committee (and others) for 
a joint conference on Women, Entrepreneurship and Co-operatives, later in 1998, 
probably in Paris in the middle of October.  

PUBLICATIONS
We want to increase the visibility of research to other researcher and to co-operators 
world-wide through electronic communication, an internet web page, and regular 
publications of research papers. In past years we had a special issue of the Review 
of International Co-operation, which was dedicated to some of the best papers from 
our conferences. The response has been very positive and we intend to do the same 
this year. And there may be the option of publishing some or all of the papers in Italy.

RESEARCH REGISTER
In collaboration with the UK Society of Co-op Studies (in particular Peter Davis of Leicester
 University), Mary Treacy, director of ICA communications has helped set up an International 
Register of Co-op Researchers. This is can be accessed via the ICA Web site with an interactive
 form for entries; this data base of researchers is also available on the Web Site in a searchable f
ormat. If you go on the web to the page 

http://www.coop.org/scs/research.html 

you will find a link called: "Search the research register", click on that and you get the search 
page where users can enter their query. I think this way of communicating will become 
increasingly important, and I'd like to start getting a register of everyone's email address.

Finally Best Wishes for a fruitful and stimulating '97.Roger Spear and the International 
Research Committee - Akira Kurimoto, Lou Hammond-Ketilson, Yohanan Stryjan, 
Alina Pawlowska.

P.S.  In order to facilitate future communication, we really need email addresses and/or
 fax numbers - please send as soon as possible.


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INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVES RESEARCH CONFERENCE
ICA RESEARCH COMMITTEE
THE CO-OPERATIVE ADVANTAGE IN A CIVIL ECONOMY
2-5 OCTOBER 1997,  BERTINORO, Nr BOLOGNA, ITALY
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FURTHER INFORMATION
Organised with the assistance of Bologna University, Diploma in Economics of 
Co-operatives and Nonprofit Organisations, Forli, and the Italian Institute for 
Co-operative Studies - L.Luzzatti.

As the economic world becomes more global and competitive, most types of 
cooperatives are rethinking their roles within their sectors, in the global economy 
and in the civil society where their non-economic role has a continuing vital 
importance. The structures and strategies they adopt vary considerably from country 
to country, from one cooperative movement to another, and from sector to sector.
 There have been economic failures, and some moves away from co-operative values; 
but there have also been also

Researchers have a vital role in identifying the key features of the changing tapestry 
of co-operative activity - and drawing out the theoretical and practical lessons. It is 
expected that research may be based on case studies of co-operative experience, 
sectoral 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

1. Rethinking the Welfare State
* Social services - the role of social co-ops
* Co-ops, employment and labour markets

2. Co-operation and Trust
* Multi-stakeholder co-ops and civil society
* Social audit and civil society
*Co-operatives in civil society - their wider impact and importance for values 
and socio-economic activities.

3. Renewal, Innovation and Change
*Organisational learning (how are co-ops regenerating, sustaining membership,
 restructuring)
* Structures and strategies for coping with the changing agricultural world.
* Innovation and change in banking and credit unions. 
* Public policy on Co-ops

4. Co-operatives and Privatisation 
* Eastern Europe - the changing conditions of co-operation (new market 
relations, post-communist transition, privatisation, restitution, and economic 
reconstruction);
* Western Europe - contracts, issues and strategies in new "public sector" markets 

Main language(s) used - English, but some informal interpreting may take place 
through participants.  Plenaries will be translated (Italian/English), and there will 
be a parallel workshops in Italian to examine important Italian issues on Saturday
morning. 
The Conference will be held in Bologna University Residential Centre,(a castle which
 was once the residence of the prince-bishop), in Bertinoro, a charming town near 
Forli and Bologna, Italy.  Transport will be organised between Bologna and Bertinoro.
 Participants may be interested to know that the local area has the best wines in 
Emilia Romagna!

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: 
Gianluca Fiorentini, Dept of Economics, University of Bologna, Claudio Travaglini,
 Dept of Business Administration, Bologna University, Italy, Sabina Schmidt, Bologna
 University, Andrea Bandini, Bologna University, Pietro Scalisi, L. Luzatti, Yohanan 
Stryjan, Stockholm Soedertoern University College, Alina Pawlowska, (Secretary to 
Research Committee), ICA Geneva, and Roger Spear, Open University (Chair of ICA 
Research Committee). We thank all these people for their hard work.

FOR ENQUIRIES AND ADVICE: Please contact Yohanan Stryjan (Email:  yohanan.stryjan@sh.se,internet ; Fax 46 8 5858 8010, or the Committee Chair, 
Roger Spear (address above).

ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS:
We have had a good response and some excellent abstracts, but there is still room for a 
few more papers - please fax or email abstracts as soon as possible. Deadlines for full 
paper - Participants to send master copy of paper to conference organiser by the end 
August, and make payments (hotel/registration) by the same date. Participants are 
asked to bring 30 copies of paper and disc.

CONFERENCE FEE :
We have managed to keep a moderate price level, largely thanks to the local 
organisers and the sponsoring Italian academic and co-operative organisations.
 Fee includes - registration, meals, coffee breaks, accommodation for 3 nights,
 reception,  and bus transfers between Bologna City and Bertinoro 
University Centre. 

Please note that registrations will lapse after August 30, if payment is not made, and 
accommodation may not be reserved.  We need to do this because of limits on 
accommodation, particularly to avoid the situation of latecomers having nowhere to 
stay. Subsidies : If in serious need of support, please apply to R. Spear. We have 
some though very limited) means to subsidise some participants. However we 
cannot cover travel expenses or expenses for accompanying persons.

TRAVEL:
There are frequent international flights to Bologna airport, and airport buses travel every 
20 minutes to the city centre. The reception at at Fondazione CESAR (Via Galliera 26, 
40126 Bologna) is a short walk from the main railway station.  There are good international 
connections to Bologna train station for those who prefer to travel by train. Late arrivals will
have to make their own way to Bertinoro (by train to Forli, then a 30 min. bus journey).

ACCOMODATION:
Accomodation for all participants (single room and double room rates) will be in Bertinoro, 
about 60km from Bologna, in the Bertinoro University Centre and in local hotels; see hotel and conference registration form below.  Local Contact : Sabina Schmidt and Andrea Bandini at
 Bertinoro University Centre, Via Frangipane 4&6, Bertinoro-Forli.   Fax: 0039 543 445231  


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OUTLINE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
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THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER

Early arrivals might like to visit Bologna - an Historic University City.
17.00pm Meet in Bologna City Centre for small welcome cocktail sponsored by 
Fondazione Cesar.
19.00pm Transfer to Bertinoro by bus
20.00pm Arrive and Check into accomodation (Bertinoro UniversityCentre); in 
the local Castle.
21.00pm Dinner in Bertinoro University Centre 

FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER

Breakfast  to 9.00 am
9.00 am Plenary Session - Introduction and Welcome
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee
11.00 - 12.30 Workshop Session 1
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch - Self Service Refectory
14.00 - 15.30 Workshop Session 2
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee
16.00 - 17.30 Workshop Session 3
17.30 - 18.00 Coffeee
18.00 - 19.30 Workshop Session 4
21.00 Meal in Local Restaurant

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER - Participation by Italian Co-operators

Breakfast to 9.30 am
9.30   - 11.00 Workshop Session 5
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.00 Plenary Session - Conference Close
13.0 - 14.00 Lunch - Self Service Refectory
14.00	- 15.00 Planning and Future Developments
Formal end of conference.
16.00 - 20. Sight-seeing tour
21.00 - Dinner in Local Restaurant 
SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Breakfast followed by:
9.30 Transfer to Bologna Airport by Bus