XVIII. International Conference on Cooperative Studies (IGT/ICCS) 2016
IGT/ICCS 2016 – Cooperative Identity and Growth
The XVIII. International Conference on Cooperative Studies was held at the University of Lucerne from 14 to 16 September 2016. It proceeded the IGT/ICCS 2012, which was held in Vienna in September 2012. The conference followed the theme of “Cooperative Identity and Growth”.
The conference was organized on behalf of the Working Group of Institutes for Co-operative Studies (AGI) by the Competence Center for Cooperative Enterprises at the Institute of Business Law IFU | BLI of the University of Lucerne.
100 Researchers from 21 Countries
96 Researchers have written 58 contributions to the congress and three presentations without scientific papers. The scientists come from 21 countries – among them China (1), Brazil (2), New Zealand (2), Thailand (1) United States (1), India (1), Ethiopia (1), Canada (1), United Kingdom ( 2), Netherlands (1), Albania (3), Greece (2), Spain (3), Italy (2), Finland (3), France (3), Germany (35), Austria (7), Poland ( 5) Lithuania (3), Switzerland (15).
Number of researchers in the scientific contributions by country, IGT / ICCS 2016
The scientific contribuations address the identity and growth of cooperatives. By this, industry-specific topics (financial services, housing, energy, agriculture, social cooperatives) and cross-sectoral themes (foundations, law, politics and society) are treated. Top universities are represented such as the University of St. Gallen, the EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, the University of Helsinki, the University of Amsterdam, the University of São Paulo, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the University of Cologne and the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Cooperatives are the future
Cooperatives guarantee a sustainable economy and create reasonable jobs. Even the Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer showed himself as a supporter of the cooperative idea in his opening speech. “It is a perfect model for the economy and the state. If the fundamental liberal values of cooperatives are to be lived in our society and if we solve our own problems by sharing we have a great future.”
Franco Taisch, professor of business law at the University of Lucerne, is sure “that cooperatives are a sustainable alternative to the one-dimensional profit maximization in favor of a single stakeholder group. In order to solve current problems and challenges, the cooperative provides a great potential with its democratic structure, the ban on unilateral dividend maximization and as a driver of innovation. Participatory economics is the future.”