The Structure of Cooperatives

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Cooperatives exist in nearly every business sector and are organized in a variety of ways. Like other businesses in our economy, they range in size from organizations with only a few member-owners to massive and complex organizations with thousands. of member-owners. The way a cooperative is organized determines how it is operated, managed, and controlled by its members, and the types of benefits offered.
Cooperative structure can be classified into five types as follows: geographic, governance, functions, financial, and other arrangements. Each will be defined and discussed in this circular.

Authors: 
Tammy M. Meyer
Publisher: 
USDA
Year: 
1,994