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Vertical markets and cooperative hierarchies [electronic resource] : the role of cooperatives in the agri-food industry /
edited by Kostas Karantininis and Jerker Nilsson.
imprint
Dordrecht : Springer, c2007.
description
xiv, 285 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1402040725 (hd.bd.), 9781402040726 (hd.bd.)
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Dordrecht : Springer, c2007.
isbn
1402040725 (hd.bd.)
9781402040726 (hd.bd.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
International conference proceedings.
Memorial volume.
catalogue key
8095225
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kostas Karantininis is research professor of Economics of Agri-Food Supply Chains and Cooperatives at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark. Jerker Nilson is professor of Cooperative Business at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
Summaries
Main Description
Agricultural cooperatives have strong market positions in agri-food industries, in many countries. In recent decades we have witnessed significant changes in competition, distribution of market power and governance structures of agri-food chains. Between vertical market structures, cooperative principles, and hierarchical governance structures, cooperatives have been continuously adjusting in their strive for competitiveness, innovation, and survival. They have implemented alternative governance structures, employed new financial instruments, and invented novel organizational set-ups. Consequently, some members feel that the traditional cooperative traits are fading. The competitiveness of agricultural cooperatives is puzzling to many observers, considering that cooperatives, at least in principle, deviate from the profit maximizing drive of the investor-owned firms. Furthermore little is known about the effect of governance structures of todaya's cooperatives on the agri-food industry. Vertical Markets and Cooperative Hierarchies comprises a selection of sixteen newly written essays that provide clarification to issues pertinent to contemporary cooperatives. Twenty three internationally recognized scholars of agricultural cooperatives, from a variety of disciplines such as industrial organization, finance, sociology, networks, and political theory, contributed theoretical work and empirical observations from different countries. The book is divided into five Parts: I. Cooperatives: between markets and hierarchies; II. Governance; III. Internal organizational issues; IV. Conduct of cooperatives; and V. Cooperative performance.
Main Description
This book collects sixteen essays that provide clarification to issues pertinent to contemporary cooperatives. Twenty three internationally recognized scholars of agricultural cooperatives from a variety of disciplines such as industrial organization, finance, sociology, networks, and political theory contributed theoretical work and empirical observations from different countries.
Long Description
Agricultural cooperatives have strong market positions in agri-food industries, in many countries. In recent decades we have witnessed significant changes in competition, distribution of market power and governance structures of agri-food chains. Between vertical market structures, cooperative principles, and hierarchical governance structures, cooperatives have been continuously adjusting in their strive for competitiveness, innovation, and survival. They have implemented alternative governance structures, employed new financial instruments, and invented novel organizational set-ups. Consequently, some members feel that the traditional cooperative traits are fading. The competitiveness of agricultural cooperatives is puzzling to many observers, considering that cooperatives, at least in principle, deviate from the profit maximizing drive of the investor-owned firms. Furthermore little is known about the effect of governance structures of today's cooperatives on the agri-food industry.Vertical Markets and Cooperative Hierarchies comprises a selection of sixteen newly written essays that provide clarification to issues pertinent to contemporary cooperatives. Twenty three internationally recognized scholars of agricultural cooperatives, from a variety of disciplines such as industrial organization, finance, sociology, networks, and political theory, contributed theoretical work and empirical observations from different countries. The book is divided into five Parts: I. Cooperatives: between markets and hierarchies; II. Governance; III. Internal organizational issues; IV. Conduct of cooperatives; and V. Cooperative performance.
Main Description
Agricultural cooperatives have strong market positions in agri-food industries, in many countries. In recent decades we have witnessed significant changes in competition, distribution of market power and governance structures of agri-food chains. Between vertical market structures, cooperative principles, and hierarchical governance structures, cooperatives have been continuously adjusting in their strive for competitiveness, innovation, and survival. They have implemented alternative governance structures, employed new financial instruments, and invented novel organizational set-ups. Consequently, some members feel that the traditional cooperative traits are fading.The competitiveness of agricultural cooperatives is puzzling to many observers, considering that cooperatives, at least in principle, deviate from the profit maximizing drive of the investor-owned firms. Furthermore little is known about the effect of governance structures of today's cooperatives on the agri-food industry.Vertical Markets and Cooperative Hierarchies comprises a selection of sixteen newly written essays that provide clarification to issues pertinent to contemporary cooperatives. Twenty three internationally recognized scholars of agricultural cooperatives, from a variety of disciplines such as industrial organization, finance, sociology, networks, and political theory, contributed theoretical work and empirical observations from different countries. The book is divided into five Parts: I. Cooperatives: between markets and hierarchies; II. Governance; III. Internal organizational issues; IV. Conduct of cooperatives; and V. Cooperative performance.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
The Cooperative: Between Market and Hierarchy
Cooperatives: Hierarchies or Hybrids?p. 1
The Network Form of the Cooperative Organization - An Illustration with the Danish Pork Industryp. 19
Networks, Innovation and Performance - Evidence from a Cluster of Wine Cooperatives (Languedoc, South of France)p. 35
Governance
Conversions and Other Forms of Exit in U.S. Agricultural Cooperativesp. 61
The Structure of Marketing Cooperatives -A Members' Perspectivep. 73
Agency and Leadership in Cooperatives -Endogenizing Organizational Commitmentp. 93
Internal Organization
Lock-in of Farmers in Agricultural Cooperatives - Reviving the Effect of Exit by Means of Constitutional Amendmentsp. 115
Two Vignettes Regarding Boards in Cooperatives versus Cooperatives - Irrelevance and Incentivesp. 137
Regulation, Governance and Capital Structure in Cooperativesp. 151
Conduct
Cooperative Forward Integration in Oligopsonistic Markets - A Simulation Analysis of Incentives and Impactsp. 169
European Dairy Cooperative Strategies - Horizontal Integration versus Diversityp. 195
Sales Distortion in Heterogeneous Cooperativesp. 213
Do Consumers Care about Cooperatives? A Franco-Swedish Comparative Study of Consumer Perceptionsp. 225
Performance
The Horizon Problem Reconsideredp. 245
The Horizon Problem in Agricultural Cooperatives - Only in Theory?p. 255
Performance of Cooperatives and Investor-Owned Firms: The Case of the Greek Dairy Industryp. 275
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