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Jerker Nilsson

Jerker Nilsson


Jerker Nilsson is a Professor of Business Administration (emeritus), specifically in cooperative business and agro-food marketing.



Jerker Nilsson’s research is focused on agricultural cooperatives and other market structures in the agro-food chains. The research concerns in principle market stages from the field to the food, always with the market as a point of departure. The theoretical home of the projects is either institutional theories or social psychology.




Before Jerker Nilsson became employed at SLU in 1989 he worked as a senior lecturer at Copenhagen Business School (1982-1989) and Aarhus University (1977-1982). He earned an MBA (1967) and a PhD (Business Administration) (1980) at University of Lund.

Jerker Nilsson writes chronicles (in Swedish) for practitioners in the agro-food sector – presently one chronicle in each issue of the monthly magazine Lantbrukets Affärer. During all his years at SLU he has been active in extension services, communicating scientific information to business and society.

Jerker Nilsson is a member of the Editorial Boards of Agribusiness: An International Journal, and Journal of Cooperative Studies. 


Jerker Nilsson is supervising students’ MSc theses on topics concerning inter-organizational relations and agro-food market conditions. 

Selected publications

Yu, L. and Nilsson, J. (2021), Farmers’ assessments of their cooperatives in economic, social and environmental terms: An investigation in Fujian, China. Frontiers in Environomental Science. Environmental Economics and Management.

Morfi, C. Nilsson, J., Hakelius, K., and Karantininis, K. (2021). Social networks and member participation in cooperative governance. Agribusiness 37 (2), 264-285

Hakelius, K. and Nilsson, J. (2020). The logic behind the internal governance of Sweden’s largest agricultural cooperatives. Sustainability. 12, 9073. doi:10.3390/su1221907 

Nilsson, J., Helgesson, M., Rommel, J., Svensson, E. (2020). Forest-owner support for their cooperative's provision of public goods. Forest Policy and Economics, 115, 102156.

Golovina, S., S. Hess, J. Nilsson and A. Wolz (2019). Networking among Russian Farmers and their Prospects for Success. Post-Communist Economics, 31:4, 484-499, DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2018.1537737

Yu, L. and J. Nilsson (2019). Social capital and financial capital in Chinese cooperatives. Sustainability. 11. 2415; doi:10.3390/su11082415

Nilsson, J. (2018). Governance costs and the problems of large traditional co-operatives. Outlook on Agriculture¸ 47(2), 87-92,

Morfi, C., J. Nilsson and H. Österberg (2018). Why farmers involve themselves in cooperative district councils. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 89,4, 581-598

Yu, L. and J. Nilsson (2018). Social capital and the financing performance of farmer cooperatives in Fujian Province, China. Agribusiness, 34 (4), 847-864.

Feng, L., Friis, A. and Nilsson, J. (2016). Social capital among members in grain marketing cooperatives of different sizes. Agribusiness; An International Journal, 32 (1), 113-126.

Golovina, S., Nilsson, J. and Wolz, A. (2015). The role of production cooperatives in Russian agriculture. In Schmitz, A. and Meyers, W.H. (eds.), Transition to Agricultural Market Economies. The Future of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. Wallingford, U.K.: CABI, 72-80.

Morfi, C., Ollila, P., Nilsson, J., Feng, L. and Karantininis, K. (2015). Motivation behind members’ loyalty to agricultural cooperatives. In Windsperger, J., Cliquet, G., Ehrmann, Th. and Hendrikse, G. (eds.). Interfirm Networks - Franchising, Cooperatives and Strategic Alliances. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing AG, 173-190.

Nilsson, J. and Rydberg, C. (2015). Factors behind the Fonterra shareholders’ rejection of the Board’s capital restructuring Plan of 2007. Journal of Cooperatives 30: 1-27.

Nilsson, J. and Lind, L.W. (2015). Institutional changes in the Swedish meat industry. British Food Journal.

Golovina, S., Hess S., Nilsson J. and Wolz A. (2014). Social capital in Russian agricultural production co-operatives. Post-Communist Economies 26: 522-536.

Nilsson, J., Liljenstolpe, C., Lind, L.W., and Liang, S. (2014). A farmer-controlled business from a farmer perspective. Journal of Chain and Network Science 14: 201-211.

Ollila, P., Nilsson, J. and Hess, S. (2014). Farmers’ reactions to the internationalisation of cooperatives. Agricultural and Food Science 23: 291-306.

Tuna, E. and Nilsson, J. (2013). Institutional mismatch in a transition economy. The collapse of Swedmilk. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 3: 84-100.

Golovina, S., Nilsson, J. and Wolz, A. (2013). Members’ choice of production cooperatives in the Russian agriculture. Post-Communist Economies 25: 465-491.

Nilsson, J. and Ollila, P. (2013). Cooperative values in internationalized operations. Agribusiness: An International Journal 29: 1-2.


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