Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094
August 2017 Vol. 6(8): pp. 202-214
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Technical Assistance, Solution for the Identity Crisis of the Agricultural Cooperatives

Amanda Vargas Prieto

 

Amanda Vargas Prieto, administradora de empresas, magíster en Inteligencia Económica y Estrategias Competitivas, Doctora (PhD) en Ciencias Económicas, investigadora postdoctoral del Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales - CLACSO. Profesora Asociada de la Universidad de La Salle, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales, Bogota, Colombia.

Email: amvargas@unisalle.edu.co

 

Accepted 05 June, 2017

 

Abstract

The emergence of cooperative groups created by companies with a co-operative status, upstream production, and private companies, downstream, resulted in the rupture of their relationship with their members (Vargas Prieto, 2014). This paper addresses the role of the agricultural extension in strengthening the co-operatives/members’ relation in order to resolve the inherent identity crisis of such groups. A qualitative method based on the case study of five groups allowed us to study the interactions between communities through a new mode of knowledge management characterized by the interaction between functional groups and communities of practice: the Model 3 (Vargas Prieto, 2015). We show that agricultural advisors act as translators between the two cognitive communities and this facilitates the resolution of the identity crisis of agricultural cooperatives

Keywords: Agricultural Extension, Extension System, Agricultural Cooperatives, Cognitive Communities, knowledge management.


 

The emergence of cooperative groups created by companies with a co-operative status, upstream production, and private companies, downstream, resulted in the rupture of their relationship with their members (Vargas Prieto, 2014). This paper addresses the role of the agricultural extension in strengthening the co-operatives/members’ relation in order to resolve the inherent identity crisis of such groups. A qualitative method based on the case study of five groups allowed us to study the interactions between communities through a new mode of knowledge management characterized by the interaction between functional groups and communities of practice: the Model 3 (Vargas Prieto, 2015). We show that agricultural advisors act as translators between the two cognitive communities and this facilitates the resolution of the identity crisis of agricultural cooperatives

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