Friend, Diane B (2020-04). Texas Agricultural Cooperatives: A Study in Governing Competencies. Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon


  • Agricultural cooperatives possess a unique business structure, unlike investor-owned firms. One of the most important differences is how an agricultural cooperative is run and controlled by owner-directors. However, when it comes to governance, finding leadership competencies that applies to both, remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to identify and assess governance competencies and in doing so share the findings with industry practitioners to further train and develop leadership capacity on boards of directors of agricultural cooperatives. The findings suggest that it is possible to identify, categorize, and establish an instrument to measurement governance competencies. This mixed method study, brings to light an area in agricultural cooperative governance that has not been previously examined.

publication date

  • April 2020