Measurement Costs and Agribusiness Governance: A Multiple Case Study Applied to Beef Agrichain (Custos De Mensuração e Governança no Agronegócio: Um Estudo de Casos Múltiplos no Sistema Agroindustrial da Carne Bovina) (Portuguese)

Organizações Rurais & Agroindustriais, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 359-375, 2008

17 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010

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Silvia M. Q. Caleman

Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS) - Department of Administration

Renato Luiz Sproesser

Federal Univesristy of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS) - Department of Administration

Decio Zylbersztajn

University of São Paulo (USP) - Department of Administration

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Measurement Cost Theory (MCT) and Transaction Cost Economics (TCE) are both theoretical frameworks applied to the study of economic transactions. In the MCT, the attributes’ measurability is a key variable for identifying efficient modes of governance. The application of MCT to agri systems coordination is the context of this work, whose objective is to identify the governance mechanisms adopted in the beef chain. The transaction attributes of five beef chain subsystems and their degree of measurability

(MCT) were analyzed according to TCE. An increasing gradient of coordination in function of the increase of asset specificity was observed, moving from one extreme of the spot market, exemplified by the commodity subsystem, to vertical integration, exemplified by organic beef. The same gradient is observed when the attributes’ measurability is considered as the explanatory variable, with the exception of the organic beef subsystem. It was concluded that the MCT is a theoretical framework that can be applied to the study of agri systems, as its analysis that is in line with that offered by the TCE, but is also more flexible and operational.

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Keywords: Beef, Governance Mode, Competitiveness, Transaction Cost Economics, Measurement Costs Theory.

Suggested Citation

Caleman, Silvia M. Q. and Sproesser, Renato Luiz and Zylbersztajn, Decio, Measurement Costs and Agribusiness Governance: A Multiple Case Study Applied to Beef Agrichain (Custos De Mensuração e Governança no Agronegócio: Um Estudo de Casos Múltiplos no Sistema Agroindustrial da Carne Bovina) (Portuguese) (2008). Organizações Rurais & Agroindustriais, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 359-375, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1715526

Silvia M. Q. Caleman

Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS) - Department of Administration ( email )

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Renato Luiz Sproesser

Federal Univesristy of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS) - Department of Administration ( email )

Av. Fernando Corrêa da Costa, nº 2367
Bairro Boa Esperança
Cuiabá, MT Mato Grosso 78060-900
Brazil

Decio Zylbersztajn (Contact Author)

University of São Paulo (USP) - Department of Administration ( email )

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