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Exploring Cooperative Management

Credit unions are cooperatives, of course, but what does that mean in practice? On the one hand, a credit union looks a lot like any business in that it needs revenue to exceed expenses, members must be well cared for, and employees must be paid. But in very interesting ways,...

The Blended Walmart Business Model

Chase. Community banks. Wells Fargo. Other credit unions. For years, the standard list of competitors has been static and well-understood. Get ready for a shakeup. Beyond online challengers like ING Direct or Ally Bank, lies perhaps the biggest competitive threat many credit unions have ever faced. It’s an organization with...

Competition, Deregulation and the Fortunes of Credit Unions

Barron, West, and Hannan examine the competitive effect of commercial and savings banks, savings and loan associations, and money-market mutual funds on the credit union movement. They look at evidence of competition between credit unions and other financial institutions, changes in the last twenty to thirty years that have eroded...

Dynamics of Populations of Credit Unions

Hannan, West, and Barron investigate the development of credit unions over time, focusing on organizational processes that shaped and continue to determine the evolution of credit unions. They clarify how the potential for future development of the credit union movement is shaped by the past dynamics of American credit union...