Welcome to AICCON International Resources CentreIn this section of the Aiccon website you can find a map of the world university based and non-university based centres focusing on non-profit and cooperation sectors and activities.
This list was created between September 2005 and April 2006 by visiting the different centres' websites and classifying them according to several criteria related to relevant features of the centres.
It is important to specify that the institutions appearing here are not ranked, but simply listed and classified in the light of their specific features with regard to the classification adopted.
By choosing a continent or a country from the interactive world map in the previous page or by means of the dynamic research, you can find more than 400 organisations which either directly produce or publish research and knowledge about non-profit and cooperative organisations all around the world.
By exploring the map you can find:
To identify a centre as "Research Centre" we only consider the mission or the strategic objectives of the organisation; analogously, we consider as "Documentation Centres" those centres which include in their websites interesting resources without carrying out research activities in a systematic way. The University Based Centres are connected to parts of the structure of the academic institution they belong to (i.e. departments, research centres within faculties).
We then use the term "Network" to refer to organisations involved in a systematic partnership with other organisations located in different countries or continents, as well as to international organisations endowed with national sections pursuing, within each single country in which they are present, a common strategy and mission.
The "Teaching Centres" only promote education and learning activities with regard to the aforementioned topics, without systematically carrying out research activities on them.
By choosing the centres by topic you can find one or more of the following different themes:
Even though we are aware that some of these topics are not specifically related to non-profit and cooperation issues (i.e. corporate governance, local development, business ethics and ethics and economics), we include them in the classification due to their relevance for both non-profit and cooperation theories and practices.
By looking at the centres by approach, we can distinguish among:
We used the approach only for the classification of Research Centres, not for the Documentation Centres. Often, visiting the Documentation Centres' websites we find many kinds of documents and resources with different approaches, so we used the approach only to underline the centre's research activity.
For every centre there is a link to the website's homepage and several links to the online resources you can find on the website. The description is made by reporting the contents of the website's pages.
We have identified the following resource typologies:
We chose to maintain the original website language when it was English, Italian, German, French or Spanish. In the other cases we used the English Version.
The map is a first step of an open work, so if you find a missed centre or a mistake in your work, or if you want to give us your opinion about the map, you can indicate it by writing to Aiccon: email@example.com