Exploring Innovations in Internal Governance in European Agricultural Cooperatives

Colloque International Diversité et Durabilité des Modèles Agricoles Coopératifs dans un Contexte de Crises de la Mondialisation, November 6-7, 2012, Paris, France

Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 018/2013

17 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2013

See all articles by W.J. Jos Bijman

W.J. Jos Bijman

Wageningen UR - Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI)

Ger van der Sangen

Tilburg University

Markus Hanisch

Independent

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Agricultural cooperative in Europe are experimenting with innovation in internal governance structures. Due to changes in the market environment, but also in business organisation legislation, cooperatives feel the need to adjust their internal governance in order to enhance market orientation, attract high quality managers, strengthen member commitment, and overall reinforce cooperative entrepreneurship. In this paper we present an overview of the different innovations in the internal governance mechanisms that can be found among agricultural cooperatives in the European Union. We present theoretical explanations for these innovations and we discuss their implications for member control and manager accountability, but also for performance and further development of the cooperative.

Keywords: internal governance, hybrid ownership structures, board models, cooperatives

Suggested Citation

Bijman, W.J. Jos and van der Sangen, Ger and Hanisch, Markus, Exploring Innovations in Internal Governance in European Agricultural Cooperatives (2012). Colloque International Diversité et Durabilité des Modèles Agricoles Coopératifs dans un Contexte de Crises de la Mondialisation, November 6-7, 2012, Paris, France, Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 018/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2187895 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2187895

W.J. Jos Bijman

Wageningen UR - Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) ( email )

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Ger Van der Sangen (Contact Author)

Tilburg University ( email )

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Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

Markus Hanisch

Independent

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