A.A. (Anna) Petruchenya

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2013

PhD Project

Essays on Cooperatives, Networks, and Social Capita

This research proposal formulates goals of the PhD project “Cooperatives, Networks and
Social capital” and highlights progress achieved until the current date. The main objective
of the proposed project is to contribute to the existing body of knowledge about
cooperative organization form. This is accomplished through studying cooperatives from
the perspective of networks and social capital. More specifically, this project separates
between early and later stages of cooperative life cycle, and thus focuses on (i)
antecedents of the network phenomena and (ii) consequences of the network phenomena.
First part of this proposal discusses formation of cooperatives from the network
perspective and offers several ways to model cooperative emergence. Second part
identifies three research themes associated with later stages of cooperative life cycle.
Finally, the relevance of the project is discussed and detailed research planning is

Cooperatives, networks, social capital, life-cycle, member heterogeneity
Time frame
2013 -


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T10-45
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Supervisory team

Anna Petruchenya
Professor of Economics of Organization
Promotor, Daily supervisor
Anna Petruchenya
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese Economy and Business
Daily supervisor