The Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management (JCOM) is committed to be the leading international journal for the study of cooperation-based organizations and institutions. The journal provides the primary forum for the advancement and dissemination of scientific knowledge on organizing, managing and governing cooperation-based arrangements. It deals with questions on how, why and when the cooperation-based organizations and institutions are formed, operate and succeed, fail and disappear, and what can be done to influence the outcome.
The journal will include topical, high-quality, and original contributions - research papers, reviews, and syntheses as well as book and conference reviews, and more practical oriented discussion and short communication papers. The overarching perspective of the JCOM is the different ways and means to manage, govern, and organize cooperation. Cooperation-based organizations, institutions, and arrangements are defined broadly and include, for example:
• alliances, franchising, joint-ventures, family-owned enterprises, public-private partnerships etc.
• co-operatives, mutual insurers, credit unions, etc.
• associations, clubs, guilds, etc.
• networks, ecosystems, peer economy, open innovation, collaborative governance etc.
• cooperation enabling technologies/models/ideas such as blockchains, platforms, metaverse etc.
Finally, we encourage research (while NOT limiting our scope) that focuses on the potential and utility of the cooperation-based models in tackling the grand challenges of our time. These include global issues such as sustainable development regarding climate adjustment, social inclusion, ethical digitalization or fair platform economy.
The journal facilitates theory elaboration on the topic of cooperation-based organizations and has a multi-/interdisciplinary tradition stemming from business economics, economics, legal studies, and administrative science in particular. JCOM will therefore encourage contributions that make rigorous use of a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. The journal will also welcome critical disciplinary discourse.
JCOM strives to attract and engage an international scholarly readership. University libraries and individual academics are the primary target groups. However, given the scarcity of rigorous and well marketed journals with similar foci, the JCOM also seeks to attract professional audiences. This is important given that the ultimate test for theoretical contributions is the application of the new knowledge in the practices of organizations and in the praxis of individuals.