Managing Internationalisation Tensions in Producer Cooperatives

Frank Siedlok, Ziad Elsahn, Lisa Callagher

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Cooperatives, an important part of Oceania’s economies, are attracting renewed interest as an organisational form for addressing societal challenges. Yet that mission often depends on growth and internationalisation strategies, which introduce multiple tensions that can lead to an erosion of cooperative principles. How cooperatives can successfully manage such tensions arising from internationalisation has been understudied by IB scholars. Our study of Zespri shows that the transfer of cooperative principles is possible when internationalisation is viewed as an incremental process of learning and active managerial agency aimed at reconciling competing logics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number19419
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAIB Insights
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2021


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