Gisela Redondo-Sama, DEUSTO researcher at the Centre for Applied Ethics, published an article at the Scientific Journal Qualitative Inquiry, providing evidence on leadership practices in the context of competitive cooperativism that contribute to strengthening democracy.
According to the researcher, “research on successful cooperativist actions has been found to generate social impact through the creation of employment and the promotion of economic growth. The article presents the way in which leaders in nontraditional businesses assess qualitatively the social impact of the improvements linked to such actions beyond the economic dimension”. It includes the results of several interviews, including the voices of members and nonmembers of cooperatives occupying diverse positions in organisations and showing how the exercise of dialogic leadership supports the strength of democratic principles and the quality of employment. The results revealed that the processes of empowerment related to cooperative organisations enable a kind of qualitative assessment of social impact that provides evidence of how successful cooperativist actions play a role in the development of more democratic and participatory organisations.
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