ABSTRACT In this paper we expand the agribusiness co-op literature by studying the re-engineering process of marketing cooperatives (co-ops). More specifically we discuss and empirically examine organizational innovations adopted by marketing co-ops in Greece. We hypothesize three types of relationships: a) the influence of organizational (i.e., collective ownership, control and cost/benefit allocation) and strategic (i.e., market and brand orientation) attributes on organizational performance; b) the influence of organizational attributes on market orientation; and c) influences among strategic attributes. Data for this study were collected from a largescale survey with CEOs of marketing co-op in Greece. The results show that strategic attributes have a much greater influence on organizational performance than organizational attributes have, as only a few among the examined elements of re-engineered attributes have a (marginal) positive influence on performance. This result raises the question whether the influence of the re-engineered structures on performance has been over-emphasized in the co-op literature. Moreover, the results demonstrate positive influences among the strategic attributes of co-ops, contrary to the non-significant results of organizational attributes on market orientation. This may imply that organizational attributes do not seem to act as drivers or barriers to the adoption of strategic attributes, and, hence, reinforces the conclusion that emphasis in co-op theory and practice should also be also placed on the strategies and tactics that co-ops should adopt and implement in order to capture market benefits. Keywords: marketing cooperatives, attributes, organizational, strategic, performance, Greece
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||An International Workshop: Rural Cooperation in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Past, Pathways to the Future, Rehovot, Israel - |
Duration: 15 Jun 2009 → 17 Jun 2009
|Workshop||An International Workshop: Rural Cooperation in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Past, Pathways to the Future, Rehovot, Israel|
|Period||15/06/09 → 17/06/09|
Benos, T., Kalogeras, N., Verhees, F. J. H. M., & Pennings, J. M. E. (2009). Marketing Cooperatives' Re-engineering: Influences among Organizational Attributes, Strategic Attributes & Performance. 1-44. Paper presented at An International Workshop: Rural Cooperation in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Past, Pathways to the Future, Rehovot, Israel, .