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Should Cooperatives Aim for Growth?

Internal growth is not an absolute and universal imperative for entities in the SSE. There is an appropriate size for every market and every business model. Internal upsizing may sometimes be needed, as is the case with many small worker cooperatives or large supply cooperatives (energy, telecommunications, credit, etc.), while in other instances it is merely an option, and an often dangerous one at that. 

However, SSE entities can also grow through inter-cooperation, which may even include replicating or dividing the project. These strategies are not mutually exclusive over the course of an entity’s lifespan, and may even complement each other well. 

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