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Local Cooperatives' Evaluation Of Business Investment Opportunities


  • Hine, Susan E.
  • Fulton, Joan R.
  • Loureiro, Maria L.
  • Vandeburg, Jennifer M.
  • McNamara, Kevin T.


Agricultural cooperatives have been restructuring, by way of mergers, acquisitions, joint-ventures, and strategic alliances, to increase efficiencies to remain competitive in a changing business environment. The research evaluating the reorganization of cooperatives has revealed that less than one-half of the restructured businesses are financially successful. There is the potential to significantly influence the future health of the cooperative business sector if, first, insights can be gained concerning the factors being considered by cooperative managers when making restructuring decisions and, second, extension education programs can be adapted to meet the greatest need. In this study we examine: (a) what methods of valuation cooperatives are using when evaluating new business opportunities, and (b) what factors influence the methods of valuation preferred by cooperatives when evaluating new business opportunities.

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  • Hine, Susan E. & Fulton, Joan R. & Loureiro, Maria L. & Vandeburg, Jennifer M. & McNamara, Kevin T., 2003. "Local Cooperatives' Evaluation Of Business Investment Opportunities," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 21(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:14677

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