|Title||The Role of Management Behavior in Agricultural Cooperatives|
|Author(s)||Michael L. Cook|
|Abstract||Mintzburg's managerial working role model is used to explore the ways
role and behavior of the general manager of a user-oriented firm differ
from those of the manager of an investor-owned fimn (IOF). It is argued
that, in the roles of conflict resolution, resource allocation, information
spokesperson, and leadership, the challenges of a user-oriented manager
are not only significantly different but often more difficult.
It is concluded that managers comfortable with complexity; technical-operation, people-oriented resource allocation; multi-stakeholder communication; and with strong coalition-building skills are most successful in user-oriented organizations.