Report for Cooperative Development Scotland to advise on framework for future measurement of performance in Employee-owned firms.

Activity: ConsultancyConsultancy (in kind)


The University of York Management School was commissioned by Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) in January 2009 to create a preliminary framework for measuring the impact of employee-owned companies on the Scottish economy. In line with the stated requirements of CDS the report provided the following: 1. a wide-ranging review of the empirical literature on employee-owned firms. It both provided details of major studies that have been conducted on a variety of topics and drew attention to methodological issues relating to data quality and availability and to the costs and benefits of various analytical approaches. 2. It undertook an assessment of the data held by CDS, bearing in mind the type of evaluations that have been conducted in academic research to date. 3. It identified a set of potential research questions, based on the literature to date. It considered methodological issues associated with these questions, and highlighted the type of data that will be necessary for such questions to be empirically addressed. 4. It recommended an approach to future research in the Scottish employee-owned sector which explicitly takes into account methodological issues such as difficulties in securing relevant and high quality data.
Period1 Jan 200930 May 2009
Work forCooperative Development Scotland, United Kingdom