100 Researchers from 21 Countries

During three days in Lucerne, over 1,000 participants devoted themselves to questions about the cooperative movement. Our Institute looks back on a successful meeting and acknowledges the large number of contributions.

Academics, entrepreneurs and politicians emphasised the reinforcement of identity and growth of cooperatives from 14 to 16 September 2016 at the XVIIIth International Conference on Cooperative Studies (IGT/ICCS) in Lucerne. 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.”