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Ole Ø Madsen

Cross-border mergers between agricultural co-operatives -a governance perspective

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A merger between agricultural co-operatives involves two merger processes - one concerningthe two co-operative business firms and the other concerning the two co-operative societies,i.e., the ownership organisations. These two merger processes are mutually dependent. If amerger involves co-operatives in different countries, each with its own institutional structures,farming conditions, legal framework, and other attributes, the merger between the cooperativesocieties is due to be difficult, requiring large efforts to attain the necessary degreeof homogeneity. At the same time it must be recognised that the driving force behind a crossbordermerger is the top management teams of the co-operatives, and these persons have onlyweak connections to the co-operative societies, and limited knowledge about the socialnetworks within the memberships. These observations imply that there are some challenges tocross-border mergers between agricultural co-operatives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Research areas

  • Co-operative, agriculture, agribusiness, merger, cross-border, transnational, governance

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