What is it about?
Typically research splits organisational research into that in the private sector, public sector and not-for-profit sector. Yet, this ignores the fact that there are blurred edges between all three and specifically, that organisations (specifically co-operatives) can be not-for-profit in terms of not distributing profits, but also may be carried on for personal benefit. This paper considers the aspects of ownership and control and the nuances such a consideration would bring to organisational research.
Why is it important?
The taxonomy that we develop illustrates important distinctions between non-profit and cooperative firms in the primary healthcare sector and propose testable hypotheses. Funders and regulators must recognise the differences between these firms, if public funding of healthcare is to achieve the expected outcomes.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Carolyn J Cordery