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Friis, Anna, 2011. Medlemmarnas syn på lantbrukskooperativa företag : en jämförelse mellan föreningar av olika storlek. Second cycle, A1E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



During the last decade several cooperatives have struggled against many problems. Especially
in North America several cooperatives have been forced to reconstruct, merge or have been
purchased by other firms. There are many reasons behind these problems, but one observation
made on these cooperatives implies that they have one thing in common. The cooperatives are
all very large and have a complex business structure.
Lantmännen is one of the largest cooperatives in the Nordic Countries with its main office in
Sweden. In Nilsson et al. (2009) there are observations made that the issues Lantmännen are
struggling against occur from the fact that it has a large and complex organization structure.
Due to the large and complex organization Lantmännen´s members have a low amount of
trust in the board of directors.
This study aims to compare member trust between three Swedish cooperatives in the grain
business. The three cooperatives are Lantmännen, Varaslättens Lagerhus Ek. Förening from
Västergötland and Södra Åby Lokalförening from Skåne. Västergötland is a province in the
south west of Sweden, and Skåne is a province in the southern of Sweden. These cooperatives
have the same core business with grain handling and sales of farm inputs. They are, however,
very different in terms of the number of members, the amount of vertical and horizontal
integration and size of the collective capital. Lantmännen has 36 000 members and has
operations in 18 counties. Varaslättens Lagerhusförening has around 1 500 members and it
has its business in Västergötland. Södra Åby is the smallest cooperative with around 165
members and its operations are in the south of Skåne.
In order to realize this study a survey had to take place. Questionnaires have been sent to the
members of Varaslättens Lagerhusförening and Södra Åby Lokalförening. Data had already
been collected from the members of Lantmännen in another study (Kihlén 2007). The
response rate was over 70 percent from both cooperatives. This must be considered as very
The data indicates that the members of Lantmännen have lower trust to their board of
directors and the members are not satisfied with the cooperative’s business. The members of
the smaller cooperatives are much more satisfied with their cooperative, and have more trust
to their board of directors. The members of the smaller cooperatives think it is very easy to
get contact with the board of directors, and they are also very committed to their cooperative.
In general the members of the smaller cooperatives have a larger ownership feeling towards
their cooperative.

Main title:Medlemmarnas syn på lantbrukskooperativa företag
Subtitle:en jämförelse mellan föreningar av olika storlek
Authors:Friis, Anna
Supervisor:Nilsson, Jerker
Examiner:Hakelius, Karin
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:678
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1E
Student's programme affiliation:EKNMP Economics and Business Administration, Programme with specialisation in Natural Resources 240 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:kooperation, förtroende, attityd, storlek, Lantmännen, Varaslättens Lagerhusförening, Södra Åby Lokalförening
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Deposited On:23 Aug 2011 07:36
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