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Farmers' reactions to the internationalisation of cooperatives

Ollila, Petri and Nilsson, Jerker and Hess, Sebastian (2014). Farmers' reactions to the internationalisation of cooperatives. Agricultural and Food Science. 23:4, 291-306
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This study examined the extent to which farmer cooperatives enjoy social capital within their memberships as they become internationalised. The empirical basis was a survey of farmers in Finland. Findings from limited dependent variable regression models suggest that the farmers who are most loyal to their cooperatives tend to oppose its foreign investments. Another group of farmers tended to switch membership status between different cooperatives, and a third group tended to opt out of cooperatives. The two latter categories were characterised by a lower level of social capital, and both of them welcomed the cooperatives' international operations. This finding was more significant for individual farm types than the social capital-linked opposition to internationalisation. A general conclusion is that the internationalisation of cooperatives seems to affect the members' trust in the cooperative differently. Thus there is increasing heterogeneity within the memberships which may give rise to governance problems.

Authors/Creators:Ollila, Petri and Nilsson, Jerker and Hess, Sebastian
Title:Farmers' reactions to the internationalisation of cooperatives
Series/Journal:Agricultural and Food Science (1795-1895)
Year of publishing :2014
Depositing date:2015
Volume:23
Number:4
Page range:291-306
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:Scientific Agricultural Society of Finland
ISSN:1795-1895
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E10 Agricultural economics and policies
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Agrovoc terms:agricultural cooperatives, internationalisation, finland
Keywords:Agricultural cooperative, internationalisation, social capital, Multi-Nominal Logit model, Finland
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2398
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2398
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000346131800005
ID Code:11864
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:11 Feb 2015 11:40
Metadata Last Modified:20 Feb 2015 02:23

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