The impact of cooperative structure and firm culture on market orientation and performance
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 379–396, Autumn (Fall) 2004
How to Cite
Kyriakopoulos, K., Meulenberg, M. and Nilsson, J. (2004), The impact of cooperative structure and firm culture on market orientation and performance. Agribusiness, 20: 379–396. doi: 10.1002/agr.20021
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2004
Building on recent advances in cooperative literature and practice, we conceive two key organizational features of cooperatives: cooperative structure (in terms of control, ownership, and cost/pricing policies resulting in traditional and re-engineered co-ops) as well as entrepreneurial cooperative firm culture. Then we conceptualize and test the effect of these organizational features on the market orientation and performance of the cooperative firm relying on a sample of Dutch co-ops. We cannot establish a systematic influence of the cooperative structure; however, a significant influence of individualized member ownership on performance and of cost/pricing policies on market orientation has been found. Entrepreneurial firm culture has a significant effect on both market orientation and performance. [EconLit citations: L200, M310, Q130.] © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 20: 379–396, 2004.