Visualising organisations over time and space: The Visual Atlas of Australian Co-operatives

Greg Patmore*, Nikola Balnave, Olivera Marjanovic

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There has been an upsurge of interest in co-operatives as an alternative business model since the Global Financial Crisis and the UN’s declaration of 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives. While this upsurge of interest is welcome, there has been a long history of co-operatives in Australia since at least 1833. Unfortunately, the rich history of Australian co-operatives is poorly documented and overlooked in the major accounts of Australian history. The Visual Atlas of Australian Co-operatives History Project aims to explain the fluctuations in co-operatives over time and regional clusters through combining the skills of historians and business information researchers. The data is drawn from a wide range of sources including published histories, the Trove newspaper database, government sources and co-operative records. The Visual Atlas is based on Tableau software which allows researchers to chart the development of Australian co-operatives over time and space. This chapter, besides outlining the theoretical explanations of co-operative development and the VAACHP, also highlights a preliminary result in terms of the upsurge of co-operatives in Western Australia following the First World War.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary issues in work and organisations
Subtitle of host publicationactors and institutions
EditorsRussell D. Lansbury, Anya Johnson, Diane van den Broek
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429439919
ISBN (Print)9781138341920
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2019


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