Mads Mordhorst, Kristoffer Jensen

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This chapter explores the strategic response of co-operative management toward globalization and the resulting outcome. It aims to develop the tensions which large-scale co-operatives need to address in the context of global pressures. The chapter discusses how the identified tensions impacted the co-operative sector in Denmark and how it has come to be seen as an important pillar of Danish society. In the field of business history, co-operative business has lived on the margins of scholarly interest. The new wave of studies had a shared core as they discussed the role of co-operatives in previous times and also foregrounded their continued present-day importance in some countries and sectors, thereby stressing that co-operatives had competitive advantages overlooked by mainstream economists. In Denmark the co-operative idea was first tried out in the 1850s based on English and German models. Globalization and competition changed the structure of the co-operatives in Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to the Makers of Global Business
EditorsTeresa da Silva Lopes, Christina Lubinski, Heidi J.S. Tworek
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9781315277790
ISBN (Electronic)9781315277813
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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