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Book chapter - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Board structure variety in cooperatives

Hendrikse, George WJ; Nilsson, Jerker


This paper investigates why agricultural cooperatives exhibit different principles for the allocation of decision rights between the Board of Directors and the Management. A mass-action interpretation of the Nash equilibrium in an investment proposal game shows that, on the one hand, board structure variety is an equilibrium outcome while, on the other hand, the traditional model (the board has full control) and the management model (the professional management makes up the Board of the cooperative society) perform better than the corporation model (the Management is in full control of the cooperative firm).

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Contributions to Management Science
2022, pages: 13-23
Book title: Networks in International Business : Managing Cooperatives, Franchises and Alliances
ISBN: 978-3-031-18136-8, eISBN: 978-3-031-18134-4
Publisher: Springer

Authors' information

Hendrikse, George WJ
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Business Administration

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