Murray Fulton

Fellow in Co-operatives and Public Policy
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Director and Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Associate member, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

101 Diefenbaker Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon  SK  S7N 5B8
Phone: (306) 966–8507
Fax: (306) 966–8517

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Oxford
  • MSc, Texas A&M
  • BSA, Saskatchewan
Murray graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977 with a BSA in agricultural economics, receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal. After completing his MSc in agricultural economics at Texas A&M in 1978, Murray attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. Receiving his BA from Oxford in 1980, he returned to Saskatoon and joined Saskatchewan Mining Development Corporation as Director, Market Research. In 1982, he returned to university to begin his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1985, at which time he joined the University of Saskatchewan. He served as director of the Centre from 1995 to 2000 and took up the reigns for another five-year term in January 2014.

Murray’s research and teaching interests are focused in a number of areas, including industrial organization, agricultural industry analysis, co-operative theory, and community development. He is the co-author of a number of books and reports, including Canadian Agricultural Policy and Prairie Agriculture, The Changing Role of Rural Communities in an Urbanizing World, Co-operatives and Community Development, Climate for Co-operative Community Development, Economic Impact Analysis of the Co-operative Sector in Saskatchewan, and Co-operatives and Canadian Society. He has also written numerous articles and papers on industrial organization, co-operatives and agricultural policy. He has worked on research projects for the Economic Council of Canada and has served as the consultant to the Saskatchewan government and the Federal/Provincial Task Force on the Role of Co-operatives and Government in Community Development. Murray is a past member of Saskatoon Credit Union’s board of directors.
Recent publications include:
  • K. Giannakas, M.E. Fulton, and T. Awada. 2017. “Hiring Leaders: Inference and Disagreement About the Best Person for the Job.” Palgrave Communications 3, no. 1 (2017). Springer US: 1–6. doi:10.1057/s41599-017-0019-y

  • “Three Things to Remember When Building a Board,” Brett Fairbairn, Murray Fulton, and Dionne Pohler, Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post, 9 August 2017.

  • K. Giannakas, M.E. Fulton, and J. Sesmero. 2016. “Horizon and Free-Rider Problems in Cooperative Organizations.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 41, no. 3: 372–92.

  • Murray Fulton and Travis Reynolds. “The Political Economy of Food Price Volatility: The Case of Vietnam and Rice.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 97, no. 4 (July 2015): 1206–26.

  • Cathy Baylis, Murray Fulton, and Travis Reynolds. “The Political Economy of Export Restrictions: The Case of Vietnam and India.” In Food Security in a Food Abundant World: An Individual Country Perspective, vol. 16, ed. A. Schmitz, P.L. Kennedy, and T.G. Schmitz. 177-197. 10.1108/S1574-871520150000016007.

  • Jason Heit, M.E. Fulton, and B. Fairbairn. 2014. “Autonomy and Identity: Constraints and Possibilities in Western Canada’s Co-operative Retailing System.” In Co-operative Canada: Empowering Communities and Sustainable Businesses, ed. Brett Fairbairn and Nora Russell. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

  • F.N. Uzea and M.E. Fulton. 2014. “Mechanisms for Effective Alliance Management: Insights from a Federated Cooperative Marketing System.International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 17, no. 1: 95-126.

  • M.E. Fulton and J. Vercammen. 2013. “Optimal NGO Financing of a Resource Management Certification Scheme.” Environmental & Resource Economics 58, no. 4 (August): 605–26.

  • M.M. Atkinson and M.E. Fulton. 2013. “Understanding Public Sector Ethics: Beyond Agency Theory in Canada’s Sponsorship Scandal.” International Public Management Journal 16, no. 3: 386–412.

  • M.E. Fulton and K. Giannakas. 2013. “The Future of Agricultural Cooperatives.” Annual Review of Resource Economics 5: 61–91.

  • M.E. Fulton and K. Giannakas. 2012. “The Value of a Norm: Open Membership and the Horizon Problem in Cooperatives.” Journal of Rural Cooperation 40, no. 2: 145–61.

  • M. Cule and M.E. Fulton. 2013. “Corporate Governance and Subjective Well-Being.” Applied Economics Letters 20, no. 4: 364–67.

  • L. Lamprinakis and M.E. Fulton. 2011. “Does Acquisition of a Cooperative Generate Profits for the Buyer? The Dairyworld Case.” Agricultural Economics 42: 89–100.

  • A. Yiannaka and M.E. Fulton. 2011. “Getting Away with Robbery? Patenting Behavior with the Threat of Infringement.” Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 20, no. 2: 625–48

Publications with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives include:
  • Credit Unions in Canada: Design Principles for Greater Co-operation. Murray Fulton, Brett Fairbairn, and Dionne Pohler (37 pp.), 2017
  • When Big Co-ops Fail. Peter Couchman and Murray Fulton (20pp.), 2015
  • Governance as a Determinant of Success or Failure: What Other Co-ops Can Learn from Co-op Atlantic. Brett Fairbairn, Murray Fulton, and Dionne Pohler (22pp.), 2015
  • Cognitive Processes and Co-operative Business Strategy. Murray Fulton and Julie Gibbings (22 p.), 2006.
  • Farmers’ Association Training Materials (part of the China-Canada Agriculture Development Program prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency). Roger Herman and Murray Fulton (134 p.), 2006.
  • International Seminar on Legislation for Farmer Co-operatives in China: A Canadian Perspective. Daniel Ish, Bill Turner, and Murray Fulton (22 p.), 2006.
  • Co-operatives and Farmers in the New Agriculture. Murray Fulton and Kim Sanderson (60 p., Occasional Paper), 2003.
  • An Economic Impact Analysis of the Co-operative Sector in Saskatchewan: Update 1998. Roger Herman and Murray Fulton (864 p.), 2001.
  • New Generation Co-operative Development in Canada. Murray Fulton (30 p.), 2001.
  • The CUMA Farm Machinery Co-operatives. Andrea Harris and Murray Fulton (46 p.), 2000.
  • Farm Machinery Co-operatives: An Idea Worth Sharing. Andrea Harris and Murray Fulton (48 p.), 2000.
  • Farm Machinery Co-operatives in Saskatchewan and Quebec. Andrea Harris and Murray Fulton (42 p.), 2000.
  • Interdisciplinarity and the Transformation of the University. Brett Fairbairn and Murray Fulton (48 p.), 2000.
  • Response and Adaptation: Canadian Agricultural Co-operatives in the 21st Century. Murray Fulton and Julie Gibbings (91 p.), 2000.
  • Networking for Success: Strategic Alliances in the New Agriculture. Mona Holmlund and Murray Fulton (48 p.), 1999.
  • The Social and Economic Importance of the Co-operative Sector in Saskatchewan. Lou Hammond Ketilson, Michael Gertler, Murray Fulton, Roy Dobson, and Leslie Polsom (244 p.), 1998.
  • Working Together: The Role of External Agents in the Development of Agriculture-Based Industries. Andrea Harris, Murray Fulton, Brenda Stefanson, and Don Lysyshyn (184 p.), 1998.
  • A Discussion Paper on Canadian Wheat Board Governance. Murray Fulton (16 p.), 1997.
  • New Generation Co-operatives: Responding to Changes in Agriculture. Brenda Stefanson and Murray Fulton (16 p), 1997.
  • Comparative Financial Performance Analysis of Canadian Co-operatives, Investor-Owned Firms, and Industry Norms. Andrea Harris and Murray Fulton (152 p., Occasional Paper), 1996.
  • New Generation Co-operatives: Rebuilding Rural Economies. Brenda Stefanson, Murray Fulton, and Andrea Harris (24 p.), 1995.
  • The Co-operative Sector in Saskatchewan: A Statistical Overview. Louise Simbandumwe, Murray Fulton, and Lou Hammond Ketilson (54 p., Occasional Paper), 1991.
  • Patronage Allocation, Growth, and Member Well-Being in Co-operatives. Jeff Corman and Murray Fulton (48 p., Occasional Paper), 1989.
  • Co-operative Organizations in Western Canada. Murray Fulton (40 p., Occasional Paper), 1988.
  • Farm Interest Groups and Canadian Agricultural Policy. Barry Wilson, David Laycock, and Murray Fulton (42 p., Occasional Paper), 1988.