Written for those whose job it is to assist people to start their own businesses, or who are considering the merits of group as opposed to individual enterprise, this book looks at 13 case studies which all contain important lessons.
This volume is for anyone whose job it is to assist people to start their own businesses, or “income-generating projects”, and who is considering the merits of group as opposed to individual enterprise. Emphasis is placed on decision-making based on an understanding of the issues involved and on local needs rather than any preconceived preferences. “Their own idea” starts with a general introduction to workers' co-operatives and their history and present position in industrialized and developing countries. It explores 13 detailed case studies of workers' co-operatives in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Some of these projects have failed and others have succeeded, but they all have important lessons and warnings for anyone who may be involved in similar enterprises.
taught at Cranfield School of Management until 1995, and since then has worked mainly in India. He has published on enterprise development and microfinance. He was Chairman of Basix Finance from 1996 until 2006, and is Chairman of M-CRIL, the microfi nance credit ratingagency and business development, and author of numerous books and articles. He is the co-editor of What's Wrong with Microfinance? (Practical Action, 2007).