Managing Internationalisation Tensions in Producer Cooperatives
AIB Insights, Vol. 21, Issue 1, 2021, https://doi.org/10.46697/001c.19419
Posted: 18 Oct 2021
Date Written: 2021
Cooperatives, an important part of Oceania’s economies, are attracting renewed interest as an organisational form for addressing societal challenges. Yet that mission often depends on growth and internationalisation strategies, which introduce multiple tensions that can lead to an erosion of cooperative principles. How cooperatives can successfully manage such tensions arising from internationalisation has been understudied by IB scholars. Our study of Zespri shows that the transfer of cooperative principles is possible when internationalisation is viewed as an incremental process of learning and active managerial agency aimed at reconciling competing logics.
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Keywords: Tension, cooperatives, co-operatives, internationalisation, zespri
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