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Internacionalizacién de cooperativas agrarias. El modelo de la empresa española Covap S.C.A.

Revista Venezolana de Gerencia (Impact Factor: 0.07). 01/2011; 16(53):9-33.

ABSTRACT This paper analyzes the situation of cooperative organizations facing the internationalization process, focusing the study on the specific case of agricultural cooperatives, due to their leading role in the econornic frarnework ofthe European Union. The case analysis rnethod is applied to review the status ofthe Cooperativa Agraria Valle de los Pedroches (CaVAP SCA) (Agrarian Cooperative of the Los Pedroches Valley), located in Andalusia (Spain). This case is presented as an exarnple of how, after 50 years, an originally srnall catllernen's cooperative has becorne one of the first-e1ass agricultural cooperatives, leading sales in Spain and exporting its products to over 23 countries, which inelude dernanding rnarkets such as the United States. Findings show, on the one hand, the requirernents and challenges that agricultural cooperatives rnust face in the internationalization process, in addition to the difficulties associated with this type of societal structure; and, on the other hand, the need to create a rnultinational cooperative rnodel as a principal contribution frorn cooperative societies to future econornic developrnent

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