A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Director selection in agricultural cooperatives - The process and the roles in the Finnish context

Open Access publication

Publication Details
Authors: Huhtala Kari, Tuominen Pasi, Tuominen Terhi
Publisher: Cogent OA
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Cogent Business and Management
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 1
ISSN: 2331-1975
eISSN: 2331-1975
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access publication


Director selection is linked with contradictory board roles which call
for the need of multiple approaches. In cooperatives, which are member-
and user-driven rather than profit-driven, this approach is essential.
The aim of this study is to analyze director selection in agricultural
cooperatives by using a qualitative approach and hence, contribute to
theory development. The results indicate that the director selection
process and roles contain several paradox issues in two dimensions:
administrative culture as well as the roles and authority of important
actors. The paper contributes to the understanding of (1) mechanisms and
relationships inherent in the process of director selection in
agricultural cooperatives (2) the administrative culture as well as the
roles and authority of the actors in the process and (3) paradoxes which
help us to understand tensions in director selection under the
requirement of fulfilling both the performance task and the conformance
task. The paper discusses the results against the current board theories
and suggests a new paradox dimension. It is suggested that
director selection should be studied further from the perspectives of
(1) implications of the use of authority and (2) the implications of the
administrative culture.

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