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Social Capital among Members in Grain Marketing Cooperatives of Different Sizes


  • Li Feng
  • Anna Friis
  • Jerker Nilsson


ABSTRACT According to social capital theory, small cooperatives with simple business operations have more social capital in their membership than large, complex cooperatives. The geographical and social proximity among members, and between members and leadership, fosters social capital. This proposition is investigated empirically using data from member surveys in three Swedish farm supply and grain marketing cooperatives that vary greatly in size, from about 36,000 to 1,600 and 150 members. The findings strongly support the view that the smaller the cooperative, the higher the social capital, expressed in terms of members’ involvement, trust, satisfaction, and loyalty.

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  • Li Feng & Anna Friis & Jerker Nilsson, 2016. "Social Capital among Members in Grain Marketing Cooperatives of Different Sizes," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 32(1), pages 113-126, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:32:y:2016:i:1:p:113-126

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    1. Musson, Anne & Rousselière, Damien, 2018. "Exploring the effect of crisis on cooperatives: A Bayesian performance analysis of French craftsmen cooperatives," Working Papers 279350, Institut National de la recherche Agronomique (INRA), Departement Sciences Sociales, Agriculture et Alimentation, Espace et Environnement (SAE2).
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