Study level


Master of Philosophy


QUT Business School

School of Accountancy

Topic status

In progress.


Dr Craig Furneaux
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law
Associate Professor Wendy Scaife
Director of Centre
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


Cooperatives are unusual organizational structures, as they are highly democratic in nature (one member + one vote) and their successful operation involves delivery of environmental, business and social outcomes. Internationally, cooperatives are the 'normal' form of social enterprise, however in the Australian context they are considerably under researched legal form. In order to operate successful, cooperatives need to take into consideration the needs of multiple stakeholders, not the least their members and communities which they function to benefit. This thesis will examine the multiple accountabilities of cooperatives in Australia.

If you are interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Philosophy (Accountancy), and you are applying to commence your degree in Semester 1, 2018, you may be eligible for our School of Accountancy Accelerate Scholarship.


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