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Institutional changes in the Swedish meat industry

Nilsson, Jerker and Westerlund Lind, Lena (2015). Institutional changes in the Swedish meat industry. British Food Journal. 117 :10 , 2501-2514
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-11-2014-0378


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explain institutional changes in the Swedish meat industry after major external events. Design/methodology/approach - Analysis based on secondary data sources and interviews with people involved when the dominant meat co-operative in Sweden underwent major changes. Findings - The decline in the Swedish meat industry is interpreted using the theory of institutional change presented by Aoki (2007, 2011). The country's former national agricultural policy created a specific set of norms and values. Co-operatives were considered to be indispensable. The co-operative sector was large and hierarchically organised. Therefore, external signals did not create sufficient endogenous processes within the co-operatives. Co-operative adaptation to rising competitive pressure took place only reluctantly and belatedly. Hence many farmer-members defected and the major co-operative faced finally insurmountable problems. A strong ideological conviction caused the once dominant co-operative to collapse and much of the Swedish meat industry to disappear. Originality/value - This study shows that strong ideology (here a conviction about the advantages of politically governed co-operatives) can hamper endogenous processes within an organisation. Management may ignore outside influences, to the extent that even a large industry is impaired. Other large, hierarchically structured and top-governed organisations with a strong ideology may behave in a similar way.

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Jerker and Westerlund Lind, Lena
Title:Institutional changes in the Swedish meat industry
Series Name/Journal:British Food Journal
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:15 February 2015
Page range:2501-2514
Number of Pages:14
Publication Type:Research article
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:Sweden, corporate culture, cooperatives, agricultural and rural legislation, abattoirs
Keywords:Sweden, Institutional change, Co-operatives, Agricultural policy, Conversion, Slaughterhouse
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Web of Science (WoS)000366472200005
ID Code:13015
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:04 Feb 2016 14:26
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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