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Directors’ Gender Role Identity and Performance : Gender and governance of a Korean consumer co-0perative, iCOOP. 7 th ICA ASIA-PACIFIC CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH CONFERENCE Kobe, Japan 26 th November 2012. Ah- young Kim Woosuk Choi Seungkwon Jang. ( Sungkonghoe University, Korea) .

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Directors’ Gender Role Identity and Performance : Gender and governance of a Korean consumer co-0perative, iCOOP

7th ICA ASIA-PACIFIC CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Kobe, Japan

26thNovember 2012

Ah- young Kim

WoosukChoi

Seungkwon Jang

(Sungkonghoe University, Korea)

contents
Contents

Introduction

Theoretical Background

Method

Result

Discussion

gr owth rate of co operatives in korea

Introduction

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Growth Rate of Co-operatives in Korea
  • NACF : National Agricultural Cooperative Federation
  • NFFC : National Federation of Fisheries Co-operatives
major challenges

Introduction

4 / 14

Major Challenges
  • How can the co-operative enterprises be

kept sustainable?

  • How can board members be motivated to take

part actively in governance processes of

co-operative?

female dominated boards of consumer co operatives in korea

Introduction

5 / 14

Female-dominated Boards of Consumer Co-operatives in Korea

Source : The Journal of the iCOOP Korea Cooperative Institute vol.8(2012)

korean women s participation in economical activities

Introduction

6 / 14

Korean women’s participation in economical activities

Source : Economically Active Population Survey(2011), Statistics Korea(http://kostat.go.kr)

research question

Introduction

7 / 14

Research Question
  • Does female dominance of the boards have

characteristics of femininity?

☞ Do only women have characteristics of femininity?

☞ Do only men have characteristics of masculinity?

research purposes

Introduction

8 / 14

Research Purposes
  • To identify the structural relationship of gender role identity, their own governance and financial performance among the primary co-operatives’ boards
  • To identify the structural relationship of gender role identity, their own governance and value centered performance among the primary co-operatives’ boards
gender role identity

Theoretical Background

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Gender role identity
  • Gender role identity (Weiten, 1997):

expectations about what is appropriate behavior for each sex

  • Masculinity : characteristics considered appropriate to a man
  • Femininity : characteristics considered appropriate

to a woman

- Androgyny : high levels of both masculinity and femininity

gender role identity1

Theoretical Background

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Gender role identity
  • BSRI (Bem Sex-Role Inventory ): measurement tool developed

by Bem (1974) to measure gender role identity

( masculine / feminine / androgynous /undifferentiated)

→ KSRI (Korean Sex-role Inventory): by Chung (1990)

  • Androgyny : Individuals increase flexibility and adaptability

(Bem, 1974; Chung, 1990)

co operative governance

Theoretical Background

11 / 14

Co-operative Governance
  • Co-operative Governance : the rules, the tools

and the concrete procedures through which co-operative

societies are managed (Shaw, 2006)

Co-operative

Governance

co operative governance1

Theoretical Background

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Co-operative Governance
  • The fundamental principles of governance:

democracy, representation, transparency

  • Spear, Cornforth and Aiken (2009):

“Co-operatives often find it difficult to maintain membership

involvement and commitment, particularly as organizations grow

and become more professionally led. As a result, there is a danger

that organizations can become dominated by their professional

staffs and lose their members.”

co operatives performance

Theoretical Background

13 / 14

Co-operatives’ Performance
  • Co-operative Performance (Davis, 2012)
hypotheses

Theoretical Background

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Hypotheses
  • Hypothesis 1

Explicit Governance

Explicit Governance

Gender Role Identity

Gender Role Identity

Financial Performance

Value centered

Performance

Implicit Governance

Implicit Governance

  • Hypothesis 2
hypothesis 1

Theoretical Background

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Hypothesis 1

Explicit Governance

Gender Role Identity

Of Board

Financial Performance

Implicit Governance

hypothesis 2

Theoretical Background

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Hypothesis 2

Explicit Governance

Gender Role Identity

Of Board

Value centered

Performance

Implicit Governance

samples

Method

18 / 14

Samples
  • 44 primary co-operatives in iCOOP
  • 328 directors (323 women and 5 men)
  • Survey questionnaire
  • Analysis: using SPSS 12.0 & Smart PLS 2.0.
variables1

Method

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Variables

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* The House Meeting is grassroots units for member participation in new iCOOP product development, food safety tests and campaigns.

result of hypothesis 1

Result

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Result of Hypothesis 1

The structural relationship among gender role identity of boards,

co-operative governance and financial performance

hypothesis 11

Theoretical Background

22 / 14

Hypothesis 1.

Explicit Governance

Gender Role Identity of boards

Financial Performance

H1-1 (-)

Implicit Governance

H1-3 (+)

H1-5 (-)

result of hypothesis 2

Result

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Result of Hypothesis 2

The structural relationship among gender role identity of boards, co-operative governance and value centered performance

hypothesis 21

Theoretical Background

24 / 14

Hypothesis 2

Explicit Governance

Gender Role Identity of Boards

Value centered

Performance

Implicit Governance

H2-3 (+)

H2-5 (+)

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Conclusion

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1) The gender role identity of boards affected

their governance and performance significantly.

☞ Androgyny made their activities energetically and

increased member’s participation.

2) The growth of female-dominated consumer co-operative

can promote the woman’s participation in economic and

social activities.

3) The research can promote further studies of co-operatives

because the present research might be the first empirical

research to analyze gender-conscious boards .

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