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Title:Essays on Organizational Form and Function in Agricultural Production Alliances
Author(s):Cozzarin, Brian Paul
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Westgren, Randall E.
Department / Program:Agricultural Economics
Discipline:Agricultural Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Economics, Agricultural
Abstract:This dissertation examines three firm-level issues related to the industrialization of agriculture. The first issue involves the conceptual choice of organizational form for industrialized swine production. Using models derived from various theories of the firm an integrated organizational form is shown to be more efficient in the long run relative to network (alliance) production. Secondly, system dynamics models are used to model different organizational forms. The dynamic empirical models demonstrate that properly structured networks may be competitive with integrated operations as well as offering producers a viable alternative to contract production. Thirdly, it is shown that organizational function is particularly important in terms of planning for and managing both committed and uncommitted slack resources in a network of swine production firms.
Issue Date:1998
Description:161 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904424
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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