Roles of Managers

Cooperatives March 07, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Authors: John Park, Texas A&M University,, and Tommy Engelke, Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council

Photo courtesy of NRCS-USDA

Cooperative managers implement the cooperative business’ policies set by the board of directors. Managers initiate and adopt short-range plans of the cooperative, while the board of directors sets the long-range goals for the business. Employees report to the managers because the managers are in charge of carrying out everyday operations of the business. In turn, managers coordinate and control daily business activities and employees.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.