Co-operative Enterprise Research Unit (CERU)
CME Economic & Social History of WA Study
CME Sustainable Business Model Study
CME Strategic Development Program
ACMEI Study of the Australian CME sector
CERU has produced several research publications including books, journal articles, and conference and discussion papers. It also offers access to a range of publications not readily available via other channels.
Value Creation in the CME Business ModelIn a CME value is cocreated between the member and the enterprise through their commercial interaction. This involves economic transactions (e.g., buying or selling) as patron, and buying shares as an investor. However, the value that a CME generates for its members is more than just an economic transaction, it is also about a sense of ownership and belonging to a community of common purpose.
William Clifton, pioneer of the wA co-op movementThe Albany Co-operative Society Limited, founded in 1867, was the first co-operative established in Western Australia. It lasted nearly twenty years and left an indelible, although largely overlooked legacy. Its history is entwined with the story of its founder, William Carmalt Clifton, the manager of the P&O Steamship Co. coaling station at Albany.
The Friendly Societies - Pioneers of the CME SectorCo-operative and Mutual Enterprises (CMEs) is a term that refers to a range of related organisations comprising co-operatives, mutuals, friendly societies, building societies, and credit unions. CMEs…
Co-operatives and social Enterprise: are they a replacement for Mainstream capitalism?Not all co-operatives distribute profits to their members. They choose instead to reinvest all profits back into the business for the common good of all members. This does not make them “‘non-profit” entities only non-distributing ones.
a decade of hunting co-operatives and mutuals - lessons from the aCMEI studyThe ACMEI project’s origins date back to 2009, when the WA Co-operatives Federation engaged with myself and my research team at UWA to examine the co-operative and mutual enterprise business model. We were investigating the factors influencing the strategic behaviour of CME business models as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant involving our industry partners.