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Title: The motives for cooperation in work organizations
Authors: Lopes, Helena 
Santos, Ana C. 
Teles, Nuno 
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Project: DIME (Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe) – EU 6th Framework Programme 
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Institutional Economics
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
Abstract: This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of cooperation in productive ventures, conceived of as collective action endeavours that require cooperation rather than mere coordination. It is argued that cooperative behaviour is grounded on three kinds of ‘common goods’, defined as goods that are shared and recognized as beneficial by the workers. These comprise common goals, relational satisfaction, and moral norms and values. The commonly held goods are associated with motives and behavioural rules which constitute both the reasons for cooperating and the means through which the dilemmatic nature of cooperation is overcome. It is further argued that the binding character of these rules is closely linked to humans’ ability and opportunity to communicate. Normative guidelines relative to management practices and directions for future research are also derived.
ISSN: 1744-1374
DOI: 10.1017/S1744137409990038
Rights: openAccess
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