Park, John L.; Friend, Diane; McKee, Greg; Manley, Matthew T.
The training of a board of directors for a cooperative business often focuses on the fiduciary duties and skills needed by the cooperative. However, this focus fails to recognize that high performing boards, which are comprised of individuals dedicated to self-improvement, strengthen the cooperative structure. This article presents a framework for cooperative governance, which is characterized by three levels: self, board, and cooperative. The authors suggest a more robust and holistic approach to director training.