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McKinsey on Cooperatives

Fall 2012
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Cooperatives have a member-ownership structure and democratic governance. They can strongly align on mission, strategy and long-term stability. In this report, we explore how cooperatives work and the opportunities they offer in our fast-changing, short-term focused environment.

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McKinsey on Cooperatives—Introduction

This publication offers a wealth of new thinking on a wide range of topics, including how cooperatives grow, the global trends they face, and the organizational and governance challenges they must overcome.

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How cooperatives grow

Contrary to popular belief, cooperatives and mutuals grow at similar rates as publicly traded companies. But the way they grow and their key opportunities are different.

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Improving cooperatives’ agility

Coops excel at gaining organizational alignment and mobilizing employees but can be slow in responding to emerging challenges and opportunities. Some leading coops are finding ways to beat the odds.

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The future of cooperatives: An executive roundtable

The current economic environment presents an opportunity for cooperatives, but they need to stay true to their values and adjust to the new realities of a busy, online world.

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Change is opportunity: Cooperative banks on the cusp of a new era

Profound change is roiling the financial sector, and coops are faced with several strategic questions.

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Retail coops: Staying competitive in a changing world

Six global trends are reshaping the retail industry, presenting retail coops with new challenges and opportunities. Now is the time to think through the implications.

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Five trends and their implications for agricultural coops

As markets shift, technology develops, and tastes change, the agricultural sector must adapt. Coops need to find their place in this new world.

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How great companies think differently

A Harvard Business School professor sees parallels between the great public companies she identified in her research and the cooperative movement.

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Another way to do business: An interview with the president and CEO of Desjardins Group

Monique F. Leroux talks about the role cooperatives play in democratizing business and giving individuals and communities a means for shaping their future.

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Capitalism for the long term

In this article from the Harvard Business Review, the global managing director of McKinsey & Company called for public companies to make changes that share some similarities with ways coops operate.

About this work

McKinsey on Cooperatives is published by McKinsey & Company. The research behind this publication was partially underwritten by Desjardins Group, Crédit Agricole, and CIBP, but conducted solely by McKinsey & Company.

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