Cooperative and Civil Society Governance Fourth Semester

CGG 652: Cooperative Management

Cooperative businesses exist in a wide variety of sectors, and represent a distinctive model for organizing labor, capital, and knowledge to produce goods and services. Entrepreneurs especially social entrepreneurs have to choose the best organizational model to achieve their objectives. This course intends to equip the student with the practical knowledge of cooperatives, a type of organization creates both social and economic value.

Course Contents

Unit 1: Conceptualization of Cooperatives       (LH 12)
  • Brief introduction to cooperatives
  • Historical development of cooperative throughout the world
  • Cooperative as an alternative model
  • Significance of cooperatives in socio-economic spheres
  • Cooperatives in developed and developing countries
Unit 2: Management in Cooperative Sector     (LH 12)
  • Concept of cooperative management
  • Principles of cooperative management
  • Goals of cooperative management
  • Aspects of cooperative management (conceptual understanding of accounting, finance, banking, marketing and human resource management )
  • Cooperative law
Unit 3: Business Plan in Cooperatives    (LH 8)
  • Concept of business plan
  • Situational analysis
  • Marketing plan
  • Production plan
  • Financial plan
Unit 4: Human Resource Management in Cooperative Organization        (LH 6)
  • Human resource planning in cooperatives
  • Labor laws
  • Employees’ performance plan
  • Human resource development in cooperatives
Unit 5: Corporate Governance and Cooperative         (LH 10)
  • Concept and significance of corporate governance
  • Theories of corporate governance
  • Application of corporate governance in cooperatives
  • Characteristics of good cooperative governance
  • Issues of cooperative governance in Nepal


  • Kamat, G. S. (2011). New Dimensions of Cooperative Management. New Delhi: Himalaya Publishing House.
  • Thakuri, C. B. (2010). An Anatomy of co-operative Movement in Nepal. Kathmandu: Upkar Prakashan.
  • Thompson, D. J. (1994). Weavers of Dreams: Founder of Modern Cooperative Movement. USA: The University of California.