DIMENSIONS OF MEMBER HETEROGENEITY IN COOPERATIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON ORGANIZATION – A LITERATURE REVIEW

Julia Höhler, Rainer Kühl

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Abstract

Member heterogeneity is often seen as a disadvantage of cooperatives. Though, a comprehensive understanding of member heterogeneity, its dimensions and impacts on member interests, organizations and their performance is still missing. The following literature review is intended to summarize the existing literature on member heterogeneity with a focus on agricultural cooperatives in order to provide further areas of research. Different dimensions of heterogeneity are identified and ways of measuring their impact on cooperative organization are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-712
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Public and Cooperative Economics
Volume89
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cooperatives
  • D20
  • D70
  • L20
  • member heterogeneity
  • organization
  • Q13

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