Call for Papers: CASC 2019 Conference (jointly with ICA CCR and ACE)

A joint conference with ICA CCR, CASC and ACE
Montréal, Québec, Canada
May 27-31, 2019
Call for papers
Co-operative entrepreneurship: Theory and Best Practices

The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE), the International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research, and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation join to hold their annual conference together which will take place in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 27th to May 31st 2019. IRECUS-Université de Sherbrooke is organizing the conference in collaboration with Chaire Guy-Bernier from UQAM and the Centre for Study of Co-operatives of University of Saskatchewan, and we are now calling for papers.

For the PDF version of this call of papers, please click on this link.

Conference theme
Co-operative entrepreneurship encourages success in a collective manner: it is active in all human activities and business sectors and takes on an increasingly important role in today’s
contemporary context. How do we explain this trend? Does it translate a real cultural, social,
economic change into the relationship between people and work? Are we witnessing the outline of a societal response to the uncertainty of the world in which we evolve? Is co-operative entrepreneurship representative of a collective and shared vision of labour and
entrepreneurship? Can we talk about new opportunities for the co-operative model?

Attempting to understand this concept of co-operative entrepreneurship poses a great challenge, in both its complexity and its novelty in the scientific field. Collective and co-operative entrepreneurship may represent a way forward for reinventing the future and addressing challenges.

Call for papers
All these questions echo among researchers and practitioners who have interests in co-operation. IRECUS will organize a research conference at University of Sherbrooke – Longueuil campus, close to Montréal downtown, to explore this theme. All co-operators – researchers, developers, policy makers, practitioners and students of co-operatives, social enterprises and social economy from all countries and co-operative sectors – are welcome to present their research and share their knowledge in order to learn and inform all stakeholders of the potential of co-operative entrepreneurship and challenges that need to be addressed. We solicit contributions that address these issues from a theoretical or empirical perspective, but are not limited to the following themes:

T1. Collective entrepreneurship and the co-operative model
T2. Co-operative ethics and values in entrepreneurship
T3. Management of the co-operative enterprise
T4. Co-operative conversions and succession planning
T5. Co-operative differentiated management of people
T6. Co-operative entrepreneurship: a tool for entrepreneurial development
T7. Supporting tools for the construction of a co-operative project (e.g. business model)
T8. Education and entrepreneurship: the co-operative perspective
T9. Sustainable development and co-operative entrepreneurship
T10. Co-operative entrepreneurship and performance measurement
T11. Millennials and co-operative entrepreneurship
T12. The motivations and leadership of co-operative entrepreneurs
T13. Government institutions, policies and co-operative entrepreneurship
T14. Contributions of co-operative entrepreneurship to the community
T15. Other themes on co-operatives and the co-operative movement

Submission of your proposal
Three types of proposals are called:

1. Individual Paper
It provides the presenter with the opportunity to present on a topic for approximately 20 minutes. They will join 1 to 3 other presenters of a similar theme. Proposals for both empirical (including case studies) and theoretical papers are invited.

We invite practitioners, researchers, developers, policy makers and co-operative leaders t submit an abstract no longer than 350 words on the above topics, or other topics related to co- operative studies.

Abstracts should follow this format:
– Title of paper
– Names and affiliations of all contributors
– Main theme/objective of the paper
– Methodological and/or Conceptual approach
– Key findings/conclusions
– Bibliography (max. 4 sources)
– (Up to) Four ‘Keywords’
– Contact details for corresponding author

2. Panels
The Panel Proposal creates a space for a group of minimum three (3) presenters who have a
common theme in their presentations to self-select to present together. Panels can be proposed to showcase and discuss recent ground-breaking research or past/ongoing experience. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes each to present.

If you propose an organised session, at least four (4) papers on a common theme must be included. They should include a description of the theme discussed and the names and paper titles from all presenters and their institutions.

3. Workshop or Roundtable
The workshop or Roundtable is an opportunity for moderated discussion. A panel of discussants will be posed ideas or questions on a topic by a moderator and the audience. Discussants are not expected to and should not deliver formal papers.

All proposals are subject to peer review.

Please submit your proposal for any of session type using the following link:

Program for young scholars and young co-operators
Emerging scholars and youth practitioners’ sessions will also be an important part of the
conference. Young and emerging scholars (graduate students, post-doctoral students within two (2) years of receiving their degrees) are invited to submit their proposals according to the
guidelines stated above.

Case Study Competition
The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian
Association for Studies in Co-operation ( CASC) are sponsoring a student case study competition!

The case used in this competition will focus on a governance or policy issue relevant to co-
operatives. The competition is designed to test students’ ability to apply concepts from the classroom to real world issues and will allow them to showcase their problem-solving capabilities using the case-study method. Examples of case topics include:

• analysis of credit union mergers and their impact on governance structures
• management decision making in co-operatives
• strategy and co-operative identity in competitive markets

For more information about the student case study competition and on how to apply, please click on this link..

Also, interested students can email for more information on how to apply.

Travel bursaries may be available for qualified participants.

Important dates for submissions
Deadline for abstract submission for papers, panels and proposed workshops sessions is
December 15th, 2018.

Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2019

Official Language
The official language of the conference is English, but you are welcome to present in French and Spanish as well. Some sessions might allow for simultaneous translation.

Important dates
December 15, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission for papers and proposed sessions

December 15 – January 30: Evaluation and selection process

15 February 2019: Notification of acceptances (and refusals) and instructions for presentations; Publication of list with the accepted and sessions.

March 15, 2019: Final Date for Early Bird registration

May 1, 2019: Final date for all authors ́ registration (Only the papers for which
at least one author is registered by May 1st (payment validated) will be included in the Conference program!)

May 10, 2019: Deadline for the upload of full texts of papers or presentations to be presented and discussed during the conference

May 20, 2019: Full papers available on-line

May 27th-May 30th, 2019: Conference

Conference Organizing Committee
– Claude-André Guillotte, Professor and director, IRECUS, University of Sherbrooke
– Jocelyne Champagne Racine, Associate professor, IRECUS, University of Sherbrooke
– Sonja Novkovic, Professor, Saint Mary’s University, Chair of ICA-CCR
– Julien Gérémie, Deputy Executive Director, ACE
– Andrea Renaud, Board Chair, ACE
– Caroline Joly, Chair ACE
– Fiona Duguid, President, CASC
– Marie-Claude Beaudin, Researcher, Chaire Guy-Bernier

Scientific Committee
– Morris Altman, University of Newcastle, Australia
– Marie-Claude Beaudin, Chaire Guy-Bernier, UQAM
– Christina Clamp, Southern New Hampshire University
– Cynthia Giagnocavo, Universidad de Almeria, Spain
– Claude-André Guillotte, Professor and director, IRECUS, University of Sherbrooke
– Jessica Gordon-Nembhard
– Constantine Iliopoulos, Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Greece
– Akira Kurimoto, Hoseil University, Japan
– Davi Moura Costa, Universidad de Sao Paolo, Brazil

For any question, please send an email to the following address:

We look forward to welcoming you to University of Sherbrooke – Longueuil campus in 2019!

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