The scope of agricultural cooperatives has increased by 7% over the last 15 years in the French food industry. It was mainly achieved through acquisitions of investor-owned companies (IOC). In some cases, farmer suppliers of acquired investor-owned companies have become co-operative members. In other cases, they have remained non-cooperative suppliers. Why? The research aims at delivering the reasons motivating decisions taken by co-operative members and suppliers of IOC acquired according to the following aspects: identity, strategy, finance and governance.
DECLERCK, F. and MAUGET, R. (2015). To “Co-operativize” Farmer Supplies of Investor-Owned Companies Acquired by Agricultural Co-Operatives: Motivations, Processes and Implications. In: ICA Research International Conference 2015.