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Forest owners' associations in a changing society

Kronholm, Thomas (2015). Forest owners' associations in a changing society. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:102
ISBN 978-91-576-8402-8
eISBN 978-91-576-8403-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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In recent decades structural changes in the forestry sector have changed forest owners’ characteristics and thus the member base of forest owners’ associations. More general social trends have also changed how individuals and organizations interact with each other. A major challenge for the forest owners’ associations is thus to adapt their service offers and organizational structures to fit the needs of current and future members. The objective of the project this thesis is based upon was to examine processes that are shaping the future membership of forest owners’ associations in Sweden and identify elements that are likely to affect their relationships with members and (hence) their cooperative nature. To meet this objective, the issue was addressed from different angles and organizational levels in studies reported in four appended papers. Paper I showed that renewal of district councils is a slow process in which election committees play a central role. However, they were found to act passively and select candidates from narrow pools, which restrict the councils’ representativeness and raises risks of strategic misalignment with members’ interests as it severely limits inputs from several user groups in decision-making processes. Paper II showed that in order to meet the changing member needs the organizations are currently focusing their strategic efforts on developing new services to support members’ management activities and ownership issues, improve education offers, and become strong political actors. Paper III showed that members who had traded timber with the association displayed significantly higher affective commitment, but not calculative commitment, than both non-members and members who had traded with other organizations. Thus, the findings suggest that the associations should focus on communicating their core values and strengthening members’ identification with the organization, as this will have stronger effects on their loyalty than fostering calculative relationships. Paper IV provides support for the findings in Paper II, showing that young adults generally have limited familiarity with forestry activities. Further they rarely discussed forest issues with their parents. Thus they did not feel comfortable in discussing their own future as potential forest owners since they lacked understanding of the personal implications for them in practice.
A key highlighted finding is that the main challenges for the organizations are connected to their democratic governance processes.

Authors/Creators:Kronholm, Thomas
Title:Forest owners' associations in a changing society
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:22 October 2015
Number of Pages:65
IKronholm, T. & Staal Wästerlund, D. (2013). District council members and the importance of member involvment in organization renewal processes in Swedish forest owners' association. Forests 4, 404-432.
IIKronholm, T. How are Swedish forest owners' associations adapting to the needs of current and future members and their organizations? Department of forest resource management, Umeå.
IIIStaal Wästerlund, D. & Kronholm, T. Family forest owners' commitment to service providers and the effect of association membership on loyalty. Department of forest resource management, Umeå.
IVKronholm, T. & Staal Wästerlund, D. Elucidation of young adults' relationships to forests in northern Sweden using Forest Story Cards. Department of forest resource management, Umeå.
Place of Publication:Umeå
Publisher:Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8402-8
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8403-5
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E20 Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms
K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Agrovoc terms:forest management, private ownership, cooperative activities, land ownership, associations, participation, human behaviour, sweden
Keywords:cooperative, membership, family forest owner, member relationship, reproductive perspective, commitment
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ID Code:12729
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
External funders:Norra skogsägarna / Norra Timber
Deposited By: Thomas Kronholm
Deposited On:22 Oct 2015 10:08
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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