Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Cooperative Responses to Global Challenges


The seminar will be based on oral presentations in plenary sessions by invited speakers and in parallel workgroups.

Wednesday, March 21

from 11:00          Registration: Conference Office


14:00 - 15:00      Plenary Session I: Welcome   |   Chair: Markus Hanisch
                            (Will be simultaneously translated into German)

  • Markus Hanisch, Chair of the conference, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, President of Humboldt University Berlin
  • Knut Nevermann, State Secretary of Education and Science, Berlin
  • Christoph Linzbach, Federal Ministry of Senior Citizens, Youth and Family Affaires, Berlin
  • Eckhard Ott, Chairman of the Board of Directors, German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation

15:00 - 15:30         Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00      Plenary Session II: Key Notes     |   Chair: Markus Hanisch

                            (Will be simultaneously translated into German)
  • Global challenges and the International Year of Cooperatives
    Jomo Kwame Sundaram
    , Ass. Secretary General, United Nations DESA, New York

  • Rural producer organizations in the 21st century
    Marie-Hélène Collion
    , Lead Agriculturist, World Bank, Washington D.C.

17:00                  Opening of the Conference Exhibitions and Poster Sessions

  • Posters Session, Cooperative History, Best Practice Cooperative Enterprises 
  • Cooperative museums, historical exhibitions, selection of cooperative enterprises, and research poster will be presented.


19:00                   Conference Dinner      Hotel Radisson Blue

Thursday, March 22

9:00 - 10:30      Parallel Session I a: Models comparing the cooperative with the Investor oriented firm (IOF)
 |   Chair: Jerker Nilsson
  • Coordination in cooperatives versus IOFs
    Li Feng; George Hendrikse

  • Can cooperatives compete with privately owned firms regarding product quality and reputation?
    Guenter Schamel

  • Customer commitment: comparing cooperatives and IOFs in farm supplies
    Jos Bijman; Frans Verhees

  • The efficiency of cooperatives and investor-owned companies: an application to Polish dairy sector
    Katarzyna Aleksandra Gradziuk

9:00 - 10:30      Parallel Session I b: Linking producers and consumers    |   Chair: Markus Hanisch

  • Consumer-producer alliance in the food value chain: rationales and evolution of Sanchoku
    Akira Kurimoto

  • The role of producer-consumer cooperative federation to tackle the problem of market failure in agriculture: a case study from Hyderabad, India
    Zakir Hussain Shaik

  • Community-supported agriculture and consumer cooperatives in India
    Nina Osswald; Markus Hanisch

  • Korea's consumer cooperatives and SCM (Supply Chain Management): Using system dynamics simulation
    Dasom Kim, Sang Sun Park, Seungkwon Jang

9:00 - 10:30      Parallel Session I c: Cooperative provision of services    |   Chair: Larry Haiven (requested)

  • An alternative to state or private delivery of public utilities: the role of cooperatives in Canada’s rural areas
    Larry Haiven

  • A new database on financial services cooperatives: description and first result
    Jean Roy

  • The revival of cooperative coffee marketing services in Uganda
    Nana Afranaa Kwapong; Ephraim Nkonya

9:00 - 10:30      Parallel Session I d: Managing the dairy market I   |   Chair: Martin Odening

  • Determinants of milk quality and productivity among dairy cooperative members and non-members in Ethiopia
    Clarietta Chagwiza

  • Prices paid and value for members: dairy processing and marketing cooperatives in three Italian provinces
    Chiara Cazzuffi

  • Strategies and effects of milk producers´ organisations in the Czech Republic
    Tomas Ratinger; Iveta Boskova; Miluse Abrahamova

  • Cooperatives and producer prices - evidence from analyzing the European dairy sectors
    Markus Hanisch; Malte Müller; Jens Rommel

9:00 - 10:30      Parallel Session I e: Policies towards cooperatives   |   Chair: Juhani Laurinkari

  • Public policy support for agricultural cooperatives: an organizational economics approach
    Constantine Iliopoulos

  • Cooperatives and producers’ organizations in Polish agricultural: legal and economic aspects
    Aneta Suchoń

  • Selective award of a public privilege: an analytical evaluation of an obstacle to the growth of credit unions in the UK
    Richard A Werner

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30      Parallel Session II a: Access to finance   |   Chair: Nathanael Diba Ojong

  • The role of no frills accounts in financial inclusion: evidence from Hooghly, India
    Chirodip Majumdar
  • Taking them seriously: credit unions as vehicles for microfinance delivery in Cameroon
    Nathanael Diba Ojong

  • Agriculture cooperative financial institutions: the Portuguese case
    Maria de Fátima Ferreiro; Sérgio Lagoa
  • Microfinance lending program of cooperatives in Cebu, Philippines: Realities, benefits and women’s participation
    Fedinand Tesado Abocejo

11:00 - 12:30      Parallel Session II b: Cooperative performance and management in financial crisis   |   Chair: Bouke de Vries

  • How much and for how long? The growth and the dynamics of Italian cooperative banks from 2004 to 2009
    Ivana Catturani; Maria Lucia Stefani

  • Performance of European cooperative banks in the recent financial and economic crisis
    Nicole Smolders; Ian Koetsier; Bouke de Vries

  • Cooperative banking in crisis and transition: credit unions in Ireland
    Robert Bruce Graha

  • Performance of German cooperative banks during the financial crisis
    Andreas Bley

11: 00 - 12:30      Parallel Session II c: Central and Eastern Europe Country Session  |   Chair: Ivan Boevsky

  • Values, social dimensions and results from the development of worker producers cooperatives in Bulgaria
    Julia Markova Doitchinova; Albena Todorova Miteva; Ivan Stoykov Kanchev

  • Visions on the modernization of consumer co-operatives and the increase of its impact upon the socio-economic development of the republic of Moldova
    Larisa Savga

  • Factors influencing farmers' willingness to organize for collective marketing in Slovenia
    Andrej Udovc

11:00 - 12:30      Parallel Session II d: Theorizing the cooperative idea   |   Chair: Vladislav Valentinov   

  • Understanding the rural third sector: insights from Veblen and Bogdanov
    Vladislav Valentinov

  • Member involvement in small and large farm supply cooperatives
    Jerker Nilsson; Li Feng; Anna Friis

  • On the survival of agricultural cooperatives: evidence from an econometric study of age dependence in organizational mortality
    Damien Rousselière; Iragaël Joly

  • The renewed case for farmers’ cooperatives: diagnostics and implications from Ghana
    Gian Nicola Francesconi; Fleur Wouterse

12:30 - 14:00   Lunch

14:00 - 15:30      Plenary Session III
  • One hundred years of academic output in peer reviewed journals: the evolution of cooperative research and the way ahead
    Michael Cook
    , University of Missouri, USA
  • Award ceremony: OIKOCREDIT Young researchers award
  • Showcase: Conference events in the International Year 2012

16:15 - 17:45      Parallel Session III a: Cooperative management of natural resources    |   Chair: Konrad Hagedorn

  • The increasing importance of cooperative institutions for sustainable natural resource governance
    Konrad Hagedorn

    • Community-based cooperation for transition towards clean cooking fuel
      Bibhu P. Nayak; Veena Aggarwal; Christine Werthmann

    • Collective environmental governance as key instrument of climate change adaptation with landscape approach
      Stefanie Christmann; Aden Aw-Hassan

    16:15 - 17:45      Parallel Session III b: Managing the dairy market II   |   Chair: Reiner Doluschitz

    • Cooperative responses to changes in the institutional and economic environment
      Lampros Lamprinakis

    • New York dairy farms' adoption of management tactics during economic slowdown
      Pei Xu

    • Role of cooperatives in enhancing long-term competitiveness of farmers: evidence from dairy sector in Uttarakhand state of India
      Dwaipayan Bardhan; M.L. Sharma

    16:15 - 17:45      Parallel Session III c: Coops in poverty alleviation   |   Chair: Hans-H. Münkner

    • Cooperatives for development policy – concepts and misconceptions

    • The effects of coffee marketing cooperative performance on member household characteristics in Ethiopia: the case of coffee cooperatives in Sidama Zone
      Amsaya Anteneh Woubie

    • What do we know about cooperatives and poverty reduction? A literature review
      Nana Afranaa Kwapong; Markus Hanisch

    • Searching for viable sustainable income-generating alternatives: the case of coffee cooperatives in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, Veracruz, Mexico
      Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert; Ludger Brenner; Christoph Schaller; Juliane Strubel

    16:15 - 17:45      Parallel Session III d: Globalization of markets   |   Chair: Petri Ollila

    • The international development of French cooperative groups: the influence of territorial constraint
      Maryline Filippi; Olivier Frey; Stéphanie Peres

    • About the importance of Hungarian co-operative law in the globalization
      Mária Réti

    • Farmer’s solidarity and the process of producer cooperatives’ internationalization
      Petri L.A. Ollila; Jerker Nilsson

    16:15 - 17:45      Parallel Session III e: The status and inclusion of women    |   Chair: Ingrid Schmale

    • Impact of micro-finance on the development of women self-help group members
      Bhavya Venkatesh Kodigehalli; Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara; Umesh K.B
    • Does participation in microcredit cooperatives improve the value of women´s time use? Evidence from India
      P. Mahendra Varman
    • Women Self-Help Groups as cooperative ventures for generating social capital and targeting poverty in rural Rajasthan
      Asutosh Pradhan

    Side event: Podium discussion

    (in German language)

    • 19:00 – 21.00    Genossenschaften – Ein Gewinn für Alle   |   Chair: Andreas Wieg

    Friday, March 23

    8:45 - 10:15   Parallel Session IV a: Governing the reform of the energy sector   |   Chair: Lars Holstenkamp

    • Role of multipliers in German energy cooperatives
      Richard Robert Volz

    • Is electricity from a cooperative more worth? On the willingness to pay for electricity from cooperative enterprises
      Jakob Robert Müller; Jens Rommel; Julian Sagebiel

    • Governance and financing of German energy cooperatives
      Jakob Robert Müller; Lars Holstenkamp

    • Cooperation in infrastructure governance: overcoming coordination failures and conflicts in power provision for irrigation in Andhra Pradesh, India
      Christian Kimmich

    8:45 - 10:15   Parallel Session IV  b: Cooperative Democracy: The formation of Social Capital   |   Chair: Jennifer Meyer-Ueding

    • Members` organizations? The difficult proportion of Hyderabad’s co-operatives and RWAs to participative governance and the consequential waste of potentials
      Jennifer Meyer-Ueding

    • Enhancing cooperatives with the ethics of social capital
      Patricia Illingworth

    • Self Help Groups (SHGs) ontogenesis and urban poor access to service deliveries in municipal areas
      Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara

    8:45 - 10:15   Parallel Session IV c: Studies in the foundations of cooperatives   |   Chair: Philipp Degens

    • Social capital, firm size and the pattern of service outsourcing in Italy
      Matthias Bürker; Gaetano Alfredo Minerva

    • Heterogeneous firms and corporate social responsibility: an analysis in times of crisis
      Marcella Mulino; Luisa Giallonardo

    • Success factors of co-operative founding processes
      Philipp Degens; Johannes Blome-Drees

    8:45 - 10:15   Parallel Session IV d: New developments in cooperative organization   |   Chair: Nicole Göler von Ravensburg

    • Pupils‘ cooperatives and the acquisition of competences for sustainable development
      Nicole Göler von Ravensburg
      ; Winfried Köppler; Felix Schulz-Stahlbaum
    • The co-operative as a legal form for “liberal professions”? The example of lawyers in Austria
      Elisabeth Reiner

    • Overcoming the open source dilemma - How cooperatives enhance the internet community to develop open source software for industry and commercial users?
      Andreas Wieg; Dirk Kalmring; Carsten Emde

    • Reporting shared value on open source developments
      Jesus Garcia-Garcia; Mª Isabel Alonso de Magdaleno 

    • Cooperatives as social integration instruments in the Basque country
      Itziar Villafañez Perez

    8:45 - 10:15      Parallel Session IV e: Cooperative management of natural resources    |   Chair: N.N

    • Effect of leasehold forestry in poverty alleviation in Hadikhola VDC, Nepal
      Kanchan Joshi

    • Understanding policy-related collective action to address farming challenges of European water management
      Andreas Thiel; Laurence Amblard; Esther Blanco; Sergio Villamayor Tomas; Dimitrios Zikos

    • An instituional analysis of water governance in the Qiyi irrigation district, North China
      Xiaoxi Wang; Ilona Otto-Banaszak

    • Institutions and the R&D of GM-crops
      Valborg Kvakkestad


    10:15 - 10:45   Coffee Break

    10:45 - 12:15   Parallel Session V a: Governing the cooperative   |   Chair: George Hendrikse

    • Board structure variety in cooperatives
      George W. Hendrikse; Jerker Nilsson

    • Ownership and control in agricultural cooperatives
      Fabio Chaddad; Constantine Iliopoulos

    • Analyzing patterns of internal governance in cooperative organizations
      Jos Bijman; Markus Hanisch
    • Adapting corporate governance schools of thought to the cooperative model
      Michael Cook
    • What drives agribusiness co-ops performance over time? A longitudinal survey-based study
      Panagiota Sergaki; Theodoros Benos; Nikolaos Kalogeras

    10:45 - 12:15   Parallel Session V b: Mastering demographic change   |   Chair: N.N.

    • Living the age
      Axel Viehweger; Alexandra Brylok

    • Crisis of globalization and rural multipurpose co-operatives in Japan
      Takeshi Murata

    • Member value in cooperatives
      Peter Suter; Markus Gmuer

    10:45 - 12:15   Parallel Session V c: Challenges in cooperative practice   |   Chair: N.N.

    • The TAZ cooperative
      Konny Gellenbeck

    • Oikocredit - Cooperative investment in people
      Karl Hildebrandt

    • Executing the co-operative purpose via acquisition of an IOF: the Pohjola case
      Saila Rosas; Iiro Jussila; Pasi Tuominen

    • Co-operative enterprise against finance investors
      Mathias Fiedler 

    10:45 - 12:15   Parallel Session V d: Policies towards cooperative development   |   Chair: Florian Roßwog

    • Cooperative response of cotton-growing farmers in Uzbekistan to national cotton policy burden and regional water scarcity
      Nodir Djanibekov; Utkur Djanibekov

    • Rural credit cooperatives in India: responses to reforms
      Sharad N.; Girish Bansal Thakkar

    • Opportunities and threats of the new regulation and supervision structure for savings and credit cooperatives in Mexico
      Florian Roßwog; José Manuel Bautista Serrano

    • Brazilian cooperativism: cooperative act
      Rafael Carvalho Cunha

    12:30 - 13:15    Plenary Session IV: Cooperatives responses to global challenges

    • Results and outlook

    requested: Carlo Borzaga, George Hendrikse, Hans-H. Münkner,  Marie-Hélène Collion, Markus Hanisch, Michael Cook, Eckhard Ott, 

    13:15            Lunch

    14:15            Side Events

    • Verband Sächsischer Wohnungsgenossenschaften e.V.: meeting for the foundation of "Global Cooperatives"
    • EU-Tender „Support for Farmer’s Cooperatives“: internal project workshop