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Fair trade and organizational innovation in Nepal: lessons from 25 Years of growth of the Association of Craft Producers (ACP)

Biggs, Stephen and Lewis, David (2009) Fair trade and organizational innovation in Nepal: lessons from 25 Years of growth of the Association of Craft Producers (ACP). European Journal of Development Research, 21 (3). pp. 377-396. ISSN 0957-8811

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Abstract

The history of the Association of Craft Producers, a fair trade organization in Nepal, illustrates an important point often ignored during research on development organizations: that each will evolve along unique lines, not easily fitting into standard categories of 'for-profit' business, 'non-profit' organization, 'charity' or 'development non-governmental organization' used in the literature. Instead, organizational structures, ideas and cultures are constructed by practice as highly contingent processes and based on diverse logics. We argue against the managerialist idea that such organizations can be viewed simply as variants or 'hybrids', and we challenge conventional emphases on organizations as unitary structures or systems within an environment in favour of a more interactive, dynamic perspective in which actors in organizations are seen to change the environments in which they are located. Such an approach also provides support to ideas about 'positive deviance' as a method of learning that can potentially avoid formulaic thinking.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejdr/index.html
Additional Information: © 2009 Palgrave Macmillan
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Civil Society (CCS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2009 08:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24693/

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