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Prof. Michael Ward

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Michael Ward

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Food Business & Development

Food Business & Development
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

+353-21-490-3000 Michael.Ward@ucc.ie

Biography

Michael Ward is Professor of Food Business and Development (Co-operative Organisation) and researcher in the Centre for Co-operative Studies (currently on sabbatical leave).

Michael’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of co-operative business, organisation theory and management.

Currently, Michael is a member of the Plunkett Ireland Taskforce. This taskforce was set up by the UK-based Plunkett Foundation in 2014 to support its work in developing and funding co-operative initiatives in the Republic of Ireland. 

 

Research Interests

All aspects of Co-operative Business: Agricultural and Rural Co-operatives, Community and Workers Co-operatives and Credit Co-operatives.

My work is located in the fields of organisation theory and management. I am actively engaged in productive research and publication in three main areas of co-operative activity: agricultural & rural co-operatives, community & workers' co-operatives and credit co-operatives. Each area is represented in recent journal publications.

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Affiliations

  • Member of Committee of Management., Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland. (30-DEC-99 /)
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Modules

  • Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance
  • Rural Development: Application and Practice
  • Practical Training Placement
  • Co-operative Food Processing and Supply
  • Co-Operative Organisation: Theoretical Application and Practice
  • The Role of Communications in Food Business
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Other Activities

  • Recent External Reviews
  • Reviewed Higher Certificate in Cooperative Management (May 2010) and Diploma in Cooperative Management (July 2010) for Faculty of Commerce, Administration and Law, University of Zululand, South Africa.
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Committees

  • Member of Committee of Management, Society for Co-operative Studies, Ireland. (1999 / 1999)
  • Member, NUI BSc. Rural Development Academic Board. (1999 / 1999)
  • Michael Ward was appointed to the taskforce based on his expertise and knowledge of Ireland and the co-operative movement, and his connections within the rural community development and co-operative sectors., Plunkett Ireland Taskforce (2014 / 2016)
  • Member of Committee, UCC Committee on Adult Continuing Education (2007 / 2011)
  • Member, UCC Committee on Academic Workload Distribution Model (/)
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Education

  • NUI Maynooth , BA (Hons), Sociology, Geography (1976)
  • NUI Maynooth , HDip, Education (1977)
  • NUI Maynooth , MA, Geography (1980)
  • NUI UCC , PHD, Sociology (Co-operative Organisations) (1987)
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Employment

  • Professor - Head/Director, 2008-present, University College Cork (/)
  • Senior Lecturer, 2003-2008, University College Cork (/)
  • Lecturer, 1993-2003, University College Cork (/)
  • Temp - Lecturer, 1989-1993, University College Cork (/)
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Teaching Interests

  • Modules Co-ordinated:
  • FE4009 Co-operative Business and the Rural Economy
  • FE6103 Rural Development FE3702 Understanding Mutual Organisations FE1004 The Role of Communications in Food Business FE6703 Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance FE2702 Mutual and Credit Union Business FE6102 Co-operative Organisation FE3704 Individual Research Report FE6104 Practical Training Placement FE3703 The Ethos and Values of Mutual Businesses
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Recent Postgrads

  • Zemen Ayele (UCC PHD) "The Impact of Saving and Credit Co-operation on Food Security in the West Amhara Region Ethiopia." (2014)
  • Una Murray (UCC PHD) "Mainstreaming as a policy approach: child labour in agriculture." (2011)
  • Aisling Murtagh (UCC PHD) "The defining characteristics of alternative food initiatives in Ireland: a social movement battling for an alternative food future?" (2015)
  • Ashling Moroney (UCC PHD) "Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland." (2011)
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Consultancy

  • O. McCarthy & R. Briscoe : Credit Union Rationalisation - a report to the AGM of the Irish League of Credit Unions.
  • R. Briscoe & O. McCarthy : Comharchumainn Forbartha Pobail (community co-operatives). A report to the Board of Directors of Udaras na Gaeltachta. 66 pages
  • R. Briscoe & O. McCarthy : Ceantar na nOileán: Development Issues - a report entitled to the Development Issues Division of Udarás na Gaeltachta
  • R. Briscoe : Membership development in Waterford Co-operative society (now Glanbia) - a report to the Board of Directors. 55 pages
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Professional Achievements

Honours and Awards

  • Royal Irish Academy: 12,700 euro as PI with colleagues from UCC, Queens & University of Ulster for a study entitled Gender Issues in Credit Unions, North & South of the border (1999)
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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2014 Reflexive Resilience and Community Supported Agriculture: The Case that Emerged from a Place
Moore O., McCarthy O., Byrne N. & Ward M (2014) Reflexive Resilience and Community Supported Agriculture: The Case that Emerged from a Place. : Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development [Details]
2014 Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward M (2014) Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement. : Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management [Details]
2012 The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility
Power, C., O’Connor, R., McCarthy O. and Ward M (2012) The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility. : International Journal of Co-Operative Management [Details]
2012 Credit Union Restructuring: Don't forget the member!
Byrne, N, McCarthy, O, Ward, M. & JJ. McMurtry (2012) Credit Union Restructuring: Don't forget the member!. : International Journal of Co-Operative Management [Details]
2011 Structure and Culture: The Evolution of Irish Agricultural Co-operative
Murtagh A. & Ward M (2011) Structure and Culture: The Evolution of Irish Agricultural Co-operative. : Journal of Rural Co-Operation [Details]
2009 The Potential of the Co-operative Form for Farmers' Markets in Ireland: Some Lessons from the USA and UK
Moroney A., R. Briscoe, O. McCarthy, M. O'Shaughnessy & M. Ward (2009) The Potential of the Co-operative Form for Farmers' Markets in Ireland: Some Lessons from the USA and UK. : Journal of Co-Operative Studies [Details]
2009 Food Democracy in Practice: a case study of the Dublin Food Co-op
Murtagh, A. and M. Ward (2009) Food Democracy in Practice: a case study of the Dublin Food Co-op. : Journal of Co-operative Studies [Details]
2007 An Alternative Approach to Oversight: The case of the supervisory committee in Irish credit unions
Byrne, N. O. McCarthy & M. Ward (2007) An Alternative Approach to Oversight: The case of the supervisory committee in Irish credit unions. : International Journal of Co-operative [Details]
2007 Emerald pastures-Ireland's Dairy Co-ops adopt range of strategies in response to changing markets
Ward. M (2007) Emerald pastures-Ireland's Dairy Co-ops adopt range of strategies in response to changing markets. : Rural Co-operatives USDA [Details]
2007 Moneylending in Ireland within a context of a widespread Credit Union
Byrne N., O. McCarthy & M. Ward (2007) Moneylending in Ireland within a context of a widespread Credit Union. : Journal of Public Money & Management [Details]
2007 Small Advantages-Are small co-ops still viable in Ireland's dairy pastures?
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward (2007) Small Advantages-Are small co-ops still viable in Ireland's dairy pastures?. : Rural Co-operatives USDA [Details]
2006 Is Small Both Beautiful and Competitive? A Case Study of Irish
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward (2006) Is Small Both Beautiful and Competitive? A Case Study of Irish. : Journal of Rural Co-operation [Details]
2006 Artists' Co-operatives: An Analysis of their Potential Contribution to the Development of the Visual Arts in Ireland
Byrne, N., Carroll, B. & Ward, M (2006) Artists' Co-operatives: An Analysis of their Potential Contribution to the Development of the Visual Arts in Ireland. : Ica Review of International Co-Operation [Details]
2003 Irish Credit Unions:Exploring the Gender Mix
McKillop D.G., R. Briscoe, O. McCarthy, M. Ward & C. Ferguson (2003) Irish Credit Unions:Exploring the Gender Mix. : VOLUNTAS: Official Journal of the International Society for Third Sector Research [Details]
2001 Opportunities and Challenges in Communications for Credit Unions
McCarthy, O. & M. Ward (2001) Opportunities and Challenges in Communications for Credit Unions. : Journal of Co-operative Studies [Details]
2001 Communicating the co-operative message: a case study of the Irish credit union movement
McCarthy, O. & M. Ward (2001) Communicating the co-operative message: a case study of the Irish credit union movement. : Review of International Co-operation [Details]
2001 The input of co-operative banking in local development structures: an empirical study of the European LEADER Programme in Ireland
Buendia, Martinez I., O. McCarthy, R. Briscoe & M.Ward (2001) The input of co-operative banking in local development structures: an empirical study of the European LEADER Programme in Ireland. : Revue Economie et Solidarities [Details]
1999 Serving the periphery: community co-operatives in Western Ireland
Briscoe, R., O. McCarthy, & M. Ward (1999) Serving the periphery: community co-operatives in Western Ireland. : Review of International Co-operation [Details]

Books

Year Publication
2006 Meeting the Credit Needs of Low-Income Groups: Credit Unions-v-Moneylenders
Byrne, N, McCarthy O. & Ward, M (2006) Meeting the Credit Needs of Low-Income Groups: Credit Unions-v-Moneylenders. : Combat Poverty Agency [Details]
2003 The Role of the Supervisory Commitee in Credit Union Governance
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward M (2003) The Role of the Supervisory Commitee in Credit Union Governance. : Centre for Co-operative Studies [Details]
2002 Women in the Irish Credit Union Movement: North & South
McKillop D., O. McCarthy, M. Ward, R. Briscoe & C. Ferguson (2002) Women in the Irish Credit Union Movement: North & South. : Oak Tree Press [Details]
2002 Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions
O'Connor R., O. McCarthy & M. Ward (2002) Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions. : Centre for Co-operative Studies [Details]
2001 Credit Union Communications
McCarthy O., O'Fathaigh M. & Ward, M (2001) Credit Union Communications. : Centre for Co-operative Studies [Details]
2000 The competitive advantages of co-operatives
Briscoe, R & M. Ward (2000) The competitive advantages of co-operatives. : Centre for Co-operative: UCC [Details]
2000 The co-operatives of Ireland
Briscoe, R. & Ward, M., Colm Hughes, Olive McCarthy & Mary O'Shaughnessy (2000) The co-operatives of Ireland. : Centre for Co-operative Studies, NUI Cork [Details]
1999 An analysis of youth involvement in Irish credit unions
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward (1999) An analysis of youth involvement in Irish credit unions. : Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
1999 Credit union services: opinions, challenges and opportunities
Bowen, M., M.O'Fathaigh & M. Ward (1999) Credit union services: opinions, challenges and opportunities. : UCC: Cork [Details]
1999 Credit Unions and Job Creation
McCarthy O., Briscoe R. & Ward M (1999) Credit Unions and Job Creation. : Centre for Co-operative Studies [Details]
1982 The Co-operative Idea
Briscoe, R., M. Ward, et al (1982) The Co-operative Idea. : Centre for Co-operative Studies: UCC [Details]
1982 Co-operation between Co-operatives: a case study of agricultural co-operatives in the North East of the Republic of Ireland
Ward, M., R. Briscoe & M. Linehan (1982) Co-operation between Co-operatives: a case study of agricultural co-operatives in the North East of the Republic of Ireland. : Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]

Edited Books

Year Publication
2011 The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy
(2011) The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. : Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M : Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
2005 Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social
(2005) Helping Ourselves: Success Stories in Co-operative Business and Social. : Briscoe, R & M. Ward : Oak Tree Press [Details]
2000 The co-operatives of Ireland
(2000) The co-operatives of Ireland. : Briscoe, R. & M. Ward : Centre for Co-operative Studies: UCC [Details]

Book Chapters

Year Publication
2014 Irish agricultural co-operative modelling and re-modelling: Responding to a dynamic business and policy environment
McCarthy O. & Ward M (2014) Irish agricultural co-operative modelling and re-modelling: Responding to a dynamic business and policy environment. : Mazzarol, Tim et al : Edward Elgar Publishing [Details]
2012 Sustaining the co-operative approach in an era of change: A case study from Cork Ireland
McCarthy O. & Ward M (2012) Sustaining the co-operative approach in an era of change: A case study from Cork Ireland. : : Community Enterprise Trust Soctland [Details]
2012 From co-operatives to conventional businesses and back again: the Irish co-operative experience
Briscoe R., McCarthy O. & Ward M (2012) From co-operatives to conventional businesses and back again: the Irish co-operative experience. : : Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan [Details]
2011 Amalgamation and federated co-operative models: A place for both in the development of the Irish credit union movement
Byrne N., Ward M., Prendergast K., Power C (2011) Amalgamation and federated co-operative models: A place for both in the development of the Irish credit union movement. : : Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
2011 An overview of co-operatives and the co-operative ethos in Ireland
McCarthy, O., Briscoe R. and Ward M (2011) An overview of co-operatives and the co-operative ethos in Ireland. : : Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
2011 Credit unions and community wellbeing
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (2011) Credit unions and community wellbeing. : : Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
2011 The role of credit unions in financial capability
Byrne, N., Power, C., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (2011) The role of credit unions in financial capability. : : Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
2010 People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe and M. Ward (2010) People in Control: The Promise of the Co-operative Business Approach. : : Gill & Macmillan [Details]
2007 The evolution and growth of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward (2007) The evolution and growth of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. : : New Rochdale Press [Details]
2005 Developing Ourselves
Briscoe, R., O. McCarthy, M.Ward & B. Thompson (2005) Developing Ourselves. : : Oak Tree Press [Details]
2005 Introduction: A better way of doing business
Briscoe, R. & M. Ward (2005) Introduction: A better way of doing business. : : Oak Tree Press [Details]
2005 Co-operative and Social Enterprises - A Role in Revitalising Rural Communities
Briscoe, R., Ward, M., & O Shaughnessy, M (2005) Co-operative and Social Enterprises - A Role in Revitalising Rural Communities. : : [Details]
2005 What Co-ops have in Common?
Briscoe R. & Ward M (2005) What Co-ops have in Common?. : : [Details]
2005 Feeding Oursleves II: Farmers' Co-ops & Food
Ward M (2005) Feeding Oursleves II: Farmers' Co-ops & Food. : : [Details]
2005 From the Cradle to Retirement & Beyond
Briscoe R. & Ward M (2005) From the Cradle to Retirement & Beyond. : : [Details]
2005 The way forward
Briscoe R. & Ward M (2005) The way forward. : : [Details]
2002 Spoldzielnie Rolnicze W Irlandii! (Irish Rural Co-operatives)
McCarthy O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward (2002) Spoldzielnie Rolnicze W Irlandii! (Irish Rural Co-operatives). : : Uniwersytet Mikolvaja Kopernika, Torun [Details]
2001 Mutuality through Credit Unions: a cross-national approach
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward (2001) Mutuality through Credit Unions: a cross-national approach. : : Routledge [Details]
2000 Ireland's multipurpose dairy co-ops
Ward, M (2000) Ireland's multipurpose dairy co-ops. : : Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC [Details]
2000 The spirit of credit union in Ireland
Ward, M (2000) The spirit of credit union in Ireland. : : Centre for Co-operative Studies [Details]
2000 Ireland's community co-operatives
Briscoe R., O. McCarthy, & M. Ward (2000) Ireland's community co-operatives. : : [Details]
2000 Redesigning the credit union for the New Millennium
McCarthy, O., R. Briscoe & M. Ward (2000) Redesigning the credit union for the New Millennium. : : Oxford: Plunkett Foundation [Details]
1983 Co-operatives: past, present and future. What do you think?
Ward, M (1983) Co-operatives: past, present and future. What do you think?. : : University College, Cork [Details]
1983 Unemployment and work
Ward, M (1983) Unemployment and work. : : Centre for Co-operative Studies [Details]

Published Reports

Year Publication
2011 Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland
Moroney A., Briscoe R., McCarthy O., O'Shaughnessy M., Ward M (2011) Effective structures for farmers' markets in Ireland. [Details]
2010 The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability
Byrne N., Power C., McCarthy O. and Ward M (2010) The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability. [Details]
2005 Meeting the credit needs of low income groups: Credit unions versus moneylenders
Byrne N., McCarthy O., Ward M (2005) Meeting the credit needs of low income groups: Credit unions versus moneylenders. [Details]
2003 The Role of the Supervisory Committee in Credit Union Governance
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward M (2003) The Role of the Supervisory Committee in Credit Union Governance. [Details]
2002 Training and Education in Irish Credit Unions
Byrne N., McCarthy O. & Ward, M (2002) Training and Education in Irish Credit Unions. [Details]

Other

Year Publication
2002 Mutual and Credit Union Business
Briscoe R. & Ward M (2002) Mutual and Credit Union Business. : Other [Details]

Conference Publications

Year Publication
2011 ; (2011) An examination of the tensions and challenges associated with operating as a social enterprise, the case of Irish social enterprises
Curtis, A., O' Shaughnessy, M, Ward, M (2011) ; (2011) An examination of the tensions and challenges associated with operating as a social enterprise, the case of Irish social enterprises. [Details]
2008 An Analysis of the relationship between the credit union board and the manager- the manager's perspective
Prendergast, K., N. Byrne & M. Ward (2008) An Analysis of the relationship between the credit union board and the manager- the manager's perspective. [Details]
2004 No study, no credit union: an Irish perspective on education and training in credit unions . In: Karafolas S. & Stryjan Y eds
Byrne N., McCarthy O., & Ward M (2004) No study, no credit union: an Irish perspective on education and training in credit unions . In: Karafolas S. & Stryjan Y eds. [Details]

Conference Contributions

Year Publication
2014 An Opportunity to Enhance Farm Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Poster Presentation]
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A ., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (2014) An Opportunity to Enhance Farm Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Poster Presentation]. [Details]
2014 The Potential for Co-creation in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation]
Byrne,N, McCarthy, O; O'Loughlin, D & Ward, M (2014) The Potential for Co-creation in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2014 Enhancing Farm Level Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Oral Presentation]
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A., Ward, M., McCarthy, O., and Power, C (2014) Enhancing Farm Level Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2009 The community impact of credit unions in rural Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract]
O'Connor R., Power C., McCarthy O. & Ward M (2009) The community impact of credit unions in rural Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract]. [Details]
2005 [Conference Organising Committee Member]
Ward, M (2005) [Conference Organising Committee Member]. [Details]
2005 [Oral Presentation]
Ward, M (2005) [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2005 Artists co-operatives and their potential to contribute to the development of the visual arts sector in Ireland. [N/A]
Byrne, N., Carroll, B. & Ward, M (2005) Artists co-operatives and their potential to contribute to the development of the visual arts sector in Ireland. [N/A]. [Details]
2005
Byrne, N., Carroll, B. & Ward, M (2005) . [Details]
2004 Strategic responses of Irish Agricultural Co-operatives to the changing agri-business and rural development. [Invited Oral Presentation]
Briscoe R. & Ward M (2004) Strategic responses of Irish Agricultural Co-operatives to the changing agri-business and rural development. [Invited Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2004 [Oral Presentation]
Ward, M (2004) [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2003 No Study, No Credit Union: An Irish Perspective on Education and Training in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation]
Byrne N., McCarthy, O & Ward, M (2003) No Study, No Credit Union: An Irish Perspective on Education and Training in Credit Unions. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2000 [Oral Presentation]
Ward, M (2000) [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
1998 [Oral Presentation]
Ward, M (1998) [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
1996 [Conference Organising Committee Member]
Ward, M (1996) [Conference Organising Committee Member]. [Details]
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