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Cooperative Member Relations

An Analysis of the Relationship between Communications Policies and Member Commitment to Cooperatives.
by David Trechter and Robert P King. Publication for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000.

Best Practices for Membership and Marketing in Food Co-ops
Cooperative Development Services, Let's SOAR, September 2002

Contract Design for Improving Membership Commitment in French Cooperatives,
By Sabine Duvaleix, Jean Cordier, and Vincent Hovelaque
Selected Paper
Annual Meeting of American Agricultural Economics Association
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 27-30, 2003

Cooperative Member Responsibilities and Control
CIR 1 Section 7. 26 pgs. Reprinted 1993. C. H. Kirkman, Jr
USDA Rural Development

Coops! ...and you
This University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives website offers learning modules on a number of cooperative topics; general information on co-ops; scholarship information and much more.

Decision-Making in Cooperatives With Diverse Member Interests
Research Report 155. 18 pgs. 1997. Bruce J. Reynolds.
USDA Rural Development

Designing Membership Structures for Large Agricultural Cooperatives
Research Report 75. 49 pgs. 1988. Gillian Butler
USDA Rural Development

Effective member relations essential to keep co-op spirit alive & kicking
By Jim Wadsworth Rural Cooperatives March/April 2001

An Examination of Member and Non-member Issues in Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Cooperatives in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Region. Publication for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000

Influence costs in heterogeneous cooperatives: A formal model of sales distortion,
By Peter Bogetoft and Henrick B. Olesen
Selected Paper, American Agricultural Economics Association - 2003

Keeping Cooperative Membership Roles Current
CIR 37. 28 pgs. Reprinted 1991. Donald A. Frederick
USDA Rural Development

Location, Location, Location...and Site, Site, Site: Co-ops are Retailers, Too
By Peter Davis, Cooperative Grocer January/February 2001

Marketing Member Involvement - The American Experience,
by Ann Hoyt. From The World of Cooperative Enterprise, 1995, published by the Plunkett Foundation.

Member Influence in Cooperatives: Contributions of Scandinavian Studies to the Research Conducted in the United States,
By Petri Ollila
Plan B Paper
Michigan State University, 1983 (7.7mb)

Member Labor Programs,
by Marilyn Scholl, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, 1991.

Member Linkage Tool Builds Policy and Action
By Karen Zimbelman, Cooperative Grocer January/February 2001

Members Make Co-ops Work
CIR 12. 29 pgs. 1993. C.H. Kirkman, Jr., and Gene Ingalsbe
USDA Rural Development

Membership Structural Design: A Pilot Test on DHI Cooperatives
Research Report 131. 23 pgs. 1994. Thomas W. Gray and Gillian Butler
USDA Rural Development

Modeling Members Response to Farmer Owned Alternative Capital Management Strategies
by Francisco Diaz-Hermelo, Edward Smith, and Allan Gray. Publication for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000.

New Internet name for cooperatives provides new marketing, membership opportunities
By Paul Hazen Rural Cooperatives March/April 2001

Newsletters as Marketing Tool
By Patricia Cumbia Cooperative Grocer November-December 2000

Organizing and Conducting Cooperatives' Annual Meetings
CIR 21. 63 pgs. Revised 1992
USDA Rural Development

Participation in Ag Cooperatives: Scale, Regression Analysis
Research Report 165. 1998. Thomas W. Gray and Charles A. Kraenzle
USDA Rural Development

Patron Demand Deposit Account Financing: An Update.
by Ken Duft and Erica Brueckner. Publications for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000

Surveying Members on Membership,
by John Corbett. From The Cooperative Grocer, Nov./Dec. 1996.

For those co-ops that aren't doing it already, the author recommends conducting a special survey on membership knowledge, needs, lifestyles and desires.

Voting and Representation Systems in Agricultural Co-ops
Research Report 156. 12 pgs. 1997. Bruce J. Reynolds, Thomas W. Gray and Charles A. Kraenzle
USDA Rural Development

What motivates members to participate in the governance of consumer co-operatives? A study of the Co-operative Group
Johnston Birchall and Richard Simmons University of Sterling Research Report No. 2 January 2004

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