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Cooperatives in transition

studies of ownership during a merger

Nilsson, Lovisa (2010). Cooperatives in transition. Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
ISBN 978-91-86197-73-5
[Licentiate thesis]

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The aim of this thesis was to explore the relations and perspectives that members have on the cooperatives they patron. Agricultural cooperatives in the Swedish tradition have often been multipurpose cooperatives, thus serving farmers with a heterogeneous background. For this to be successful, it has been important to educate members and to develop the trust between members and other actors in the cooperative. In a merged cooperative, trust and heterogeneity may influence the uncertainty that the cooperative faces before the new organizational structure has been imposed. Thus the first paper in this thesis explores how trust among actors is developed and maintained after a merger, by analyzing the role member representatives has in mediating between members and managers. The second paper covers how heterogeneity in farmers' backgrounds may influence their heterogeneity in preferences for a reallocation of equity. The first paper shows that member representatives have a leadership authority that managers use for getting information accepted by members. The second paper shows that members in a cooperative have different perspectives on the cooperative depending on whether they have a high level of investments or a high level of patronage. The conclusions of the two papers are that member representatives are important in mediating information in a cooperative, possibly because of the face-to-face communication they have with both members and managers. And the different perspectives that members have on their cooperative may be explained by the heterogeneity in preferences that they have.

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Lovisa
Title:Cooperatives in transition
Subtitle:studies of ownership during a merger
Year of publishing :2010
Number of Pages:44
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
ALLI. Nilsson, L. (2010) Trust Keeping in a Merged Cooperative (manuscript) II. Nilsson, L. (2010) Reallocation of Equity (manuscript)
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-86197-73-5
Language:English
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:cooperatives, farmers associations, ownership, capital, decision making, farmers, human behaviour, interviews, statistical methods, sweden
Keywords:Cooperatives, merger, trust, equity, member commitment, Cooperatives, equity, heterogeneity, preferences, property rights, free rider problems, canonical correlation analysis, factor analysis
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-3078
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-3078
ID Code:2296
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: Lovisa Nilsson
Deposited On:20 May 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:17

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