Essex Business School is partnering with Co-Tech to introduce a pioneering placement programme focusing on teaching students “Cooperative Management and Marketing”. Specifically, it will provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge about managing and marketing cooperative and worker-owned businesses. It will offer them the academic knowledge and practical experience to effectively promote consensus and democratic based collective decision-making as well as balancing revenue production with maximizing social impact. It will also explore how collaborative advantage and cooperative networks can be used as sources of enhanced value creation for improving processes, services, and products. The module enables students to undertake a short placement (a minimum of 120 hours) with an external Placement Provider. The student will be required to complete an independent research project which is informed by their placement, and additionally will complete a number of reflective tasks relating to their placement. The student will actively use the links between the knowledge and skills developed in their academic course, and the work-based skills and knowledge developed in carrying out their placement role, to inform a research project based on a specified aspect of their placement work.
We are looking for cooperatives within Co-Tech who would be interested in hosting a student. Activities would involve including them in day to day decision-making within the organisation and engaging them with real life “problem solving” linked to 21st century Cooperative Management and Marketing. Participating cooperative would be working closely with the academics at the University of Essex in order to ensure this a successful and empowering experience for all involved. We will also implement a range of innovative and accessible frameworks for undertaking this placement virtually if necessary.
Please contact the Module Lead Professor Peter Bloom if interested at firstname.lastname@example.org