Cooperative Management and Marketing – Capstone Module

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
15 September 2023


Requisites for this module
(BE400 or BE410 or BE511) and BE425
BE938, BE939



Key module for


Module description

This module is available only to students in the Essex Business School undertaking an independent research project, replacing the standard final year project.

This module will provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge about managing and marketing cooperative and worker-owned businesses. It will offer them the academic knowledge and practical experience to effectively promote consensus and democratic based collective decision-making as well as balancing revenue production with maximizing social impact.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To teach innovative management and marketing techniques through its application and practice and through critical reflection on those processes.

  • To increase the employability of students by developing and enhancing their transferrable and subject-specific knowledge and skills within a range of cooperative and worker-owned organisations as well as more conventional private, public, and third sector organisations interested in these perspectives.

  • To increase the employability of students by developing and enhancing skills linked to consensus building, collaboration, collective decision-making, producing social value, and effectively running cooperative and worker-owned organisations.

  • To develop in students a critical understanding of the ethical issues involved in cooperative management and marketing.

  • To encourage better understanding of personal and professional development planning, professional ethics, and reflective learning.

  • To introduce students to key skills in creating and sustaining cooperative based value at all levels of the organisation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand, theoretically and practically, value creation within cooperative based work settings

  2. To connect subject-specific theory to practice.

  3. Develop presentational skills.

  4. Develop independent research skills.

  5. Improve their personal professional skills.

  6. Apply academic knowledge and experience to produce a significant piece of project work

Module information

This module will also explore how collaborative advantage and cooperative networks can be used as sources of enhanced value creation for improving processes, services, and products. The student will be required to complete an independent research project working closely with a cooperative organisation of their choice.

The student will actively use the links between the knowledge and skills developed in their academic course to inform a research project based on a specified organisational challenge experienced by their chosen cooperative organisation.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Three 1-hour lectures in the autumn term.
  • Six 30-minute formal supervision meetings.
  • Two optional drop-in group sessions in the spring term.

The scheduled formal supervision meetings are to discuss your chosen research challenge, research proposal and receive support throughout the completion of your work.

Weekly office hours to discuss the project with module team. These will be used to create, monitor, and informally evaluate their personal development plans and progress in the module.

Contact hours and supervisory sessions will be arranged for you to discuss the progress of your work and receive formative feedback.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   COOPERATIVE CASE STUDY    25% 
Coursework   INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT    60% 
Practical   VIDEO PRESENTATION    15% 

Additional coursework information

  • Video Presentation.
  • Cooperative Case Study.
  • Individual Assignment.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Georgios Kokkinidis, email:
Dr Camila Vergara, email:
Dr Christina Ferreira, Dr Elise Lobbedez, Prof Phoebe Moore, Dr James Mulddon, Dr Rodrigo Nunes, Dr Stevphen Shukaitis



External examiner

Dr Muhammad Asif Khan
Available via Moodle
Of 494 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
494 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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