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Title: Case Studies of Strategic Alliances in U.S. Beef Production
Authors: Gillespie, Jeffrey M.
Bu, Angel
Boucher, Robert W.
Choi, Won-Jun
Keywords: cattle industry
industry structure
strategic alliances
transaction costs
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Calf marketing, commercial beef carcass, and natural/implant-free beef strategic alliances were examined via case study to determine alliance structure and whether each addressed risk, transaction costs, capital availability, and other concerns. All alliances were structured differently through vertical or horizontal coordination, and each had been established within the past 12 years. Alliance administrators reported that an advantage to cow-calf producers was higher cattle prices received relative to producers outside the alliances. The alliances reduced transaction costs and increased information flow among segments. Alliances did not specifically address risk or increased access to capital for technology adoption or expansion purposes.
Identifiers: 0738-8950
Institution/Association: Journal of Agribusiness>Volume 24, Number 2, Fall 2006
Total Pages: 24
From Page: 197
To Page: 220
Collections:Volume 24, Number 2, Fall 2006

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