The Executive Leadership Program: Co-Operatives and Mutuals (ELP-CM) has been designed by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol and Dr Elena Limnios, recognised experts in the field, following extensive research into the needs of co-operative and mutual organisations. The program will apply theory and industry best practice to the organisational realities of the participants.
In addition, the leadership requirements of high performance co-operative and mutual organisations will be assessed and participants will be given the opportunity to better understand their own leadership strengths and opportunities. This self reflection will be achieved through sessions that are both challenging and respectful, allowing participants to learn from each other.
The Crucial Need for the ELP-CM
While there are many general management and development programs on the market, most do not meet the specific requirements of this sector, which has acknowledged the need for a dedicated course that captures the unique nature of the co-operative enterprise business model.
Many aspects of the way co-operative and mutual enterprises are managed are similar to more conventional businesses. However, there are also many important differences. These relate to areas such as their governance, accounting procedures, distribution of share capital and voting rights, human resources, communications, marketing and strategic purpose.