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RESEARCH

One of GEZKI’s main research activities is in relation to the social economy, and the Institute’s members have vast experience and a long history in various fields in this subject. The social economy is researched from the perspective of economy and law.

With regard to economic analysis, we perform business analyses of social economy organisations, focusing on characteristics that move away from the capitalist model. Since these are democratic organisations based on participation and self-management, we focus mainly on the characteristic elements they present in relation to other business organisation models. We analyse three areas of participation: capital, decisions and benefits.

Firstly, regarding the territorial dynamics of social economy organisations, we study their implication in the local development of their territory. Thus, from a social innovation perspective, we analyse the innovative governance models and transformative entrepreneurship models created by these organisations in their environment. Secondly, we analyse the public policies used by public agencies to promote experiences in social economy. And thirdly, on a more global level, we study how social economy organisations develop their internationalisation processes and we perform a critical analysis of the opportunities and conflicts generated within those processes.

In terms of legal analysis, our research topic is the law in relation to the promotion and development of the social economy. From a legal perspective, and basing ourselves on the Spanish Social Economy Law (Law 5/2011, of 29 March), which was a global milestone, as well as cooperative law we also analyse the law regarding other types of figures: work societies, friendly societies, special employment centres, social companies and associations and foundations.

GEZKI’s research work can be summarised into five main lines, all focused on analysing the different areas of social economy organisations:

  • Democracy and employee participation in the company.
  • Social and solidarity economy and social innovation.
  • Governance and law of social economy organisations.
  • Public policies to promote the social economy.
  • Globalisation and internationalisation of social economy organisations.

The studies conducted by members of GEZKI in relation to these research lines are published in books and scientific journals and presented at international conferences. Moreover, the master’s dissertations submitted by the students of the official master’s degree Social and Solidarity Economy of the UPV/EHU enrich the Institute’s research work.

LATEST PROYECTS

Democracy and employee participation in the company

La Participación de las personas trabajadoras en el capital de las empresas

Este proyecto de investigación da continuidad a dos estudios anteriores elaborados en GEZKI sobre la participación de las personas trabajadoras en sus empresas. El primero abordó la participación, en general, en la gestión, los resultados y el capital. El segundo se centró en la participación en resultados. El que ahora se presenta constituye un guía para la implantación práctica de una participación en el capital. Está destinada a todo tipo de empresas, independientemente de su forma jurídica, en las que se quiera compartir la titularidad del capital (en sentido amplio o estricto) con las personas trabajadoras. No son éstas quienes inician el proyecto ni quienes tienen la mayoría de control (como ocurre en las cooperativas o las sociedades laborales), pero sí comparten la propiedad y, con ella, los resultados y la gestión de la empresa en que trabajan. Es un modelo fomentado desde las instituciones públicas y que ha demostrado ser beneficioso para todas las partes implicadas en la vida económica, empresas, personas trabajadoras y territorio en el que se asientan.

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Governance and law of social economy organisations

Cooperativas de Enseñanza: un modelo singular basado en el compromiso de la comunidad educativa

2018-2019

El informe tiene como objetivo destacar las características específicas de las cooperativas de enseñanza que actúan en el ámbito de la Comunidad Autónoma Vasca, y se encuentran asociadas a Erkide-Irakaskuntza.

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