Strategy Performation to Avoid Degeneration : How producer cooperatives can achieve social and economic goals

Siedlok, Frank and Callagher, Lisa and Elsahn, Ziad and Korber, Stefan (2024) Strategy Performation to Avoid Degeneration : How producer cooperatives can achieve social and economic goals. Organization Studies, 45 (1). pp. 31-57. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

Due to tensions between social, cooperative and competitive goals, producer cooperatives often degenerate by abandoning their cooperative and social goals or fail economically. We show how these pressures to degenerate into business-as-usual can be resisted and even reversed through a longitudinal study of Zespri, a cooperative responsible for 30% of global kiwifruit exports. We employ a performativity lens to theorise the organising involved in regenerating cooperative principles while introducing new competitive strategies. We explicate three types of performativity: performative dualism, instrumental performativity and performative multiplicity, and offer nuanced insights into how different performative struggles unravel and temporarily resolve through different modes of ordering (distribution, coordination and mutual inclusion). Our insights further contribute to organisation studies about cooperatives’ tendencies to degenerate/regenerate by showing the importance of organising the multiple, and sometimes conflicted, views of actors in a generative and productive way. Those findings can be extended to other democratically managed and hybrid organisations.

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Journal Article
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Organization Studies
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?? no - not fundedorganizational behavior and human resource managementstrategy and managementmanagement of technology and innovationsdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ??
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221092
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Deposited On:
06 Jun 2024 10:30
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Yes
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Published
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06 Jun 2024 10:30