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Business Functions and Conflicting Interests in Agricultural Cooperatives

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  • Sandro Sillani
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    This work is based on the hypothesis that members of cooperatives share their business privileges with co-heads (Associations, social groups ). In particular it is shown how some cooperation principles and the Italian norms on cooperatives’ profit division generate a principal-co-head problem not foreseen by the principal agent theory models available in literature.Therefore, using a model derived from the principal agent theory of Baumol for enterprises with diffused shareholdings, conflicting interests that arise from the formulation of the cooperatives’ aims and from profit division are discussed.Finally, throughout the analysis of economic accounts of some cooperatives, the existence of conflicting interests between farmers and co-heads foreseen by the theory are verified and the negative effects of this conflict on the members’ entrepreneurship, on the transparency of balance sheets and on self-financing of firms are highlighted.

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    Article provided by Associazione Rossi Doria in its journal QA.

    Volume (Year): (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (May)

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    Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0139
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