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Understanding the spatial organization of agricultural co-operative groups (In French)


  • Olivier FREY (Coop de France & INRA-SAD)


The processes of localization/delocalization of activities attest that space is important in firm’s strategies. Merger and acquisition contributes too modify the spatial organization of firms. This paper aims at analyzing the spatial organization at the level of groups of firms. The conceptual framework combines an analysis in terms of proximity and theories of the firm. We study the co-operative agricultural groups, which are relevant to question the territorial anchoring of the firm. Spatial indicators are proposed and mobilized at different levels of organization of the groups. Results show the importance of territorial anchoring in the strategies of co-operatives heads of the group. However, the development of big co-operative groups could lead to changes in the spatial logics facing a context of globalization.

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  • Maryline FILIPPI (EGERIE-GRES) & Olivier FREY (Coop de France & INRA-SAD) & Pierre TRIBOULET (INRA-SAD), 2007. "Understanding the spatial organization of agricultural co-operative groups (In French)," Cahiers du GRES (2002-2009) 2007-16, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.
  • Handle: RePEc:grs:wpegrs:2007-16

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    NAAgricultural cooperatives; Mutualist control; Territorial anchoring;

    JEL classification:

    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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