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The Agrifood Cooperative Netchain: A Theoretical Framework to Study its Configuration

Garcia Martinez, Marian, Garcia Perez, Ana Maria (2007) The Agrifood Cooperative Netchain: A Theoretical Framework to Study its Configuration. Food Economics - Acta Agriculturae Scand Section C, 4 (1). pp. 31-39. ISSN 1650-7541.


This paper proposes a research framework of the design and configuration of agrifood chains where the focal firm is a second-tier cooperative (group of affiliated cooperatives) in order to assess the alignment of (relational) governance structures and coordination mechanisms in these chains with supply chain management (SCM) principles. The theoretical framework draws on the Relational View of inter-organisational competitive advantage and the Theory of Networks given that inter-cooperative vertical relationships are embedded in horizontal ties between firms (first-tier cooperatives) of social rather economic nature. The conceptual framework developed herein will help theory building in SCM, but most importantly it will advance current knowledge on the scope of SCM in the agrifood cooperative sector.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Business process/operations
Depositing User: Marian Garcia
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2008 10:32 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 13:47 UTC
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