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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 focuses on agricultural cooperatives and other market structures in the agro-food chains. The research concerns the various stages in the value chains 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 was employed at SLU in 1989 he worked as an associate professor of marketing 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 each issue of the monthly magazine Lantbrukets Affärer an. 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, as well as Journal of Co-operative Studies.

Selected publications

Antonova, M., J. Nilsson & A. Potopova (2022). Obstacles for agricultural cooperatives in Russia: The competencies of experts. International Journal of Food System Dynamics, 13 (3), 247–261.  DOI:

Nilsson, J. (2022). Agricultural cooperative development and institutional change. Swedish examples from 1990 to 2020. International Journal of Food System Dynamics, 13 (2), 115–127. DOI:

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. 9:668361. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.668361

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

Hakelius, K. & 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 & 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). Organisationosmuster der Genossenschaftsundernehmung. Pp. 157-173, Beiträge sur kritischen Genossenshaftsforschung, Herausgeber: J. Brazda & H. Blisse. Eigenverlag des FOG, Wien (Wiener Studien des Forschungsvereins für Genossenschaftswesen, Neue Folg, Band 24).

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

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

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

Yu, L. & J. Nilsson (2017), Capital constraints of farmers’ cooperatives: From the perspective of social capital theory, Zhongguo nongcun guancha, Issue 5, ISSN: 1006-4583

Feng, L., Friis, A. & Nilsson, J. (2016). Social Capital among Members in Grain Marketing Cooperatives of Different Sizes. Agribusiness, 32 (1), 113-126.

Nilsson, J., S. Golovina, S. Hess and A. Wolz. (2016) Governance of production co-operatives in Russian agriculture. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 87 (4), 541-562

Wolz, A., Golovina, S., Nilsson, J., Hess, S., (2016). Reviewing changing institutional conditions for private farming in Russia. Outlook on Agriculture 45(2): 111-116.

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

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

Nilsson, J. and C. Rydberg (2015)- Factors behind the Fonterra Shareholders’ Rejection of the Board’s Capital Restructuring Plan of 2007. Journal of Cooperatives 30; 1-27.


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