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Original scientific paper
https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1

Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles

Jasmina Božić ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Department of Sociology, Ivana Lučića 3, 10 000 Zagreb
Armano Srbljinović
Lucija Lučan

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APA 6th Edition
Božić, J., Srbljinović, A. & Lučan, L. (2020). Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles. Socijalna ekologija, 29 (3), 335-361. https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1
MLA 8th Edition
Božić, Jasmina, et al. "Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles." Socijalna ekologija, vol. 29, no. 3, 2020, pp. 335-361. https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Božić, Jasmina, Armano Srbljinović and Lucija Lučan. "Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles." Socijalna ekologija 29, no. 3 (2020): 335-361. https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1
Harvard
Božić, J., Srbljinović, A., and Lučan, L. (2020). 'Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles', Socijalna ekologija, 29(3), pp. 335-361. https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1
Vancouver
Božić J, Srbljinović A, Lučan L. Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles. Socijalna ekologija [Internet]. 2020 [cited 2021 December 03];29(3):335-361. https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1
IEEE
J. Božić, A. Srbljinović and L. Lučan, "Croatian co-operatives’ story of revival: overcoming internal obstacles", Socijalna ekologija, vol.29, no. 3, pp. 335-361, 2020. [Online]. https://doi.org/10.17234/SocEkol.29.3.1

Abstracts
We conducted semi-structured interviews with leaders or members of 45 Croatian co-operatives covering the different types of co-operatives from all historical regions to identify six main groups of internal obstacles to stronger development of co-operatives in Croatia: 1) those stemming from the “dual” nature of co-operatives, 2) free riding, 3) lack of innovative management, 4) insufficient focus on vertical cooperation among co-operatives, 5) lack of strategic steps toward a division of labor and horizontal cooperation, and 6) underdeveloped cooperation maps and protocols. Upon discussing each of these with a view on how the respective obstacles could be overcome, we conclude that through combined top-down and bottom-up efforts much can still be done to revive hundreds of local co-operatives that have barely survived or are inactive. The co-operatives themselves should be more pro-active in establishing bottom-up platforms for cooperation. Among possible improvements of governmental actions, we particularly recommend extending targeted project grants to also cover specific activities intended to enhance horizontal and vertical cooperation.

Keywords
co-operatives; Croatia; horizontal cooperation; networking; qualitative research; small entrepreneurship; vertical cooperation

Hrčak ID: 247729

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/247729

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