Integration in an Explanatory Sequential Design Mixed-Methods Study: The Case of a Secondary Cooperative

Noel G Asiones


This single case study explored the experience and practice of Rochdale’s 6th cooperative principle by the Union of Church-based Co-operatives in the Philippines to understand its relevance to the globalized co-operative movement. The findings suggest that the union has systematically implemented programs and services to meet its objectives to unite and strengthen the members. The study offers three policy directions and measures focused and targeted toward the issues that could have hampered a more
effective performance. First, it needs to push for a broader and more diverse funding base to enhance its capacity to influence and meet its members' needs. Second, it needs to take bold steps to encourage unresponsive officers to invest their physical and mental
energy at a more desirable level. Third, it needs to formulate strategies and enhanced packages to increase the quantity and quality of its membership. The study adds to the limited literature on the viability and advantage of cooperation among primary cooperatives. It concludes by suggesting some potential avenues for future research on collaboration among co-operatives.

Keywords: case study, church-based co-ops, co-operative principles, group cohesion, performance level, types of co-operatives

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