Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives


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National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, Dulles, VA

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Research is important in strengthening cooperatives' operations and services to members. It is important that the Center conduct research to remain up-to-date on the latest trends affecting cooperatives such as financial and marketing strategies and structural challenges.

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The Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives prides itself in providing research in two key areas:

  • Academic/Public
  • Specific/Confidential



This area of research fits the traditional role of University research. Topics are general, information is published in publicly available reports, and articles and funding is usually obtained from government agencies or foundations. Many of these research efforts have and will focus on the issues facing the traditional cooperatives. The Center already has conducted and completed several research projects in this arena and will continue to do so as the need arises and funds are available.


Many of the NGCs operate in the arena of branded products, strategic decisions based upon knowledge of competitors' plans, and marketing based on product positioning, price strategy, promotion, and place. In order for the Center to serve the real needs of these cooperatives, it must have the ability to conduct research specific to a single cooperative and to hold the analysis and results confidential for some length of time. Similar situations and needs may arise with traditional cooperatives, particularly in the area of structural changes. Again, the Center's staff may not "do the research," but they can be instrumental in assisting the cooperative by identifying the appropriate University and private experts to conduct the research.


These proposals, education and research, are intended to provide the flexibility of the Center to be responsive to the real needs of both traditional and new processing cooperatives in the region, and to also meet the needs of a specific cooperative.

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