agricultural economics, cooperative principals, organizational behavior
This paper will first define what a cooperative principle is. The dangerous viewing principles as cooperative objective or independent of rules and discipline are discussed. Second, a set of commonly used cooperative principles are critically examined for their implications for cooperatives as business organizations. Third, an alternative set of principles are advocated to eliminate the confusion currently existing. Finally, a potential role of the Extension Service and vocational agriculture instructors in assisting their clientele in the current crisis is reviewed.
Department of Economics, South Dakota State University
Number of Pages
Schmiesing, Brian, "Basic Cooperative Principles and Methods of Doing Business" (1985). Economics Staff Paper Series. 36.