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PhD Defence

19 November 2021

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Madeg Le Guernic will defend his PhD entitled "Governance & performance of cooperatives in agriculture" on November 29th, 2021 at 9:30 am (Salle des Actes de la Faculté des Sciences Economiques, Université de Rennes 1).

Madeg Le Guernic will defend his PhD in front of the following jury:

  • Véronique Bessière (Université de Montpellier), referee
  • Peter Wirtz (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3), referee
  • Avner Ben-Ner (Université du Minnesota, Etats-Unis), examinator
  • Philippe Jeanneaux (VetAgro Sup), examinator
  • Hélène Rainelli-Weiss (Université de Rennes 1), examinator
  • Damien Rousselière (AGROCAMPUS OUEST, UMR Smart-Lereco), co-supervisor
  • Simon Cornée (Université de Rennes 1), co-supervisor
  • Jean-Laurent Viviani (Université de Rennes 1), co-supervisor

Abstract

The standard governance theories predict the failure of cooperatives. User-owned, user-controlled and user-benefited organisations, cooperatives possess a unique ownership structure which makes them susceptible to face various governance problems according to the property-rights and agency theories. Paradoxically, cooperatives are not a marginal phenomenon worldwide. They are long-lasting, resilient to crises organisations, in particular in the agricultural sector. This observation suggests some weaknesses in the classical conceptualisation of cooperatives’ governance and performance. Based on a meta-analysis, a systematic literature review and a stochastic production     frontier approaches, our results show that several dimensions of this organisational form deserve more academic attention. The understudied macro-institutional environment, including the existence of a federative network, shapes the effects of cooperatives on their members. Understanding how members collectively build sustainable institutional arrangements calls for an equal consideration of the economic and democratic dimensions of the cooperative through alternative theoretical frameworks. These approaches allow for better understanding of the members’ ability to overcome and take advantage of institutional and group constrains such as member heterogeneity.