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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1906; doi:10.3390/su9101906

Coordination of Cooperative Knowledge Creation for Agricultural Technology Diffusion in China’s “Company Plus Farmers” Organizations

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School of Management, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, Jiangxi, China
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School of Economics and Management, Jiangxi Science & Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330038, Jiangxi, China
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Received: 27 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 21 October 2017 / Published: 22 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife)
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Abstract

Cooperative knowledge creation is important for the promotion of agricultural technology diffusion in “company plus farmers” alliance organizations in China. A coordination mechanism is necessary to improve cooperative knowledge creation. A game model was developed to explain the mechanism. The model’s equilibrium was analyzed in noncoordination and coordination scenarios. Eight propositions and two corollaries were proposed and then verified by numeric analysis. We found that (1) the coordination of cooperative knowledge creation is valuable for increasing profit in agricultural technology diffusion; (2) companies and farmers are playing a game, and subsidy coefficients and degree of effort mainly influence their decisions; (3) key factors in the game are success probability and profit sharing proportion that influence the profits of a company and the farmers; (4) discount factors also influence profits, but do not influence the total profit in the coordination scenario; and (5) enhancing success probability, choosing a proper profit sharing proportion, and improving other parameters would be beneficial to the development of knowledge creation, as well as agricultural knowledge diffusion. This research provides a novel illustration of the coordination mechanism for cooperative knowledge creation for increasing the efficiency of agricultural technology diffusion in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: coordination mechanism; cooperative knowledge creation; agricultural technology diffusion; game model; company plus farmers; China coordination mechanism; cooperative knowledge creation; agricultural technology diffusion; game model; company plus farmers; China
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Yu, D.; Zhou, R. Coordination of Cooperative Knowledge Creation for Agricultural Technology Diffusion in China’s “Company Plus Farmers” Organizations. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1906.

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