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Project-Based Governance Framework for an Agri-Food Cooperative

Agroforestry Engineering Department, Higher Technical School of Agronomic, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), 28040 Madrid, Spain
Research Department, School for Industrial Organization (EOI), 28040 Madrid, Spain
Bioagroprojects Biotech PPM, 12540 Villarreal, Spain
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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1881;
Received: 30 March 2018 / Revised: 11 May 2018 / Accepted: 31 May 2018 / Published: 5 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Project Management and Sustainable Development)
In a context that approaches the limits of environmental and social problems, and in view of the challenges that the agri-food sector faces today, the need to produce more food, linking environmental sustainability and human health, constitutes a means for sector organizations to turn these new conditions into opportunities to achieve their strategic objectives in project governance. The objective of this study is to analyze the governance of an agri-food cooperative comprised of farmers with more than 40 years of experience. In addition, we propose, based on the findings obtained, a plan for the organization to integrate the culture of the projects and project management in its governance system. This paper is based on a conceptual framework that takes into account the systemic nature and dynamics of social and organizational interactions, with the aim of moving towards sustainability within the agri-food system, through the analysis of an empiric study in the agriculture cooperative sector in the southeast of Spain. The findings show that working by projects offers a novel and effective governance model for the sector, and that integrating expert and experienced knowledge, working with people, is a fundamental condition for moving towards sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: agri-food; cooperative; project management; organizational competences; project-based governance agri-food; cooperative; project management; organizational competences; project-based governance
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Herrera-Reyes, A.T.; Carmenado, I.D.R.; Martínez-Almela, J. Project-Based Governance Framework for an Agri-Food Cooperative. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1881.

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