Director and Fellow in Co-operatives and Public Policy
Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Associate member, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics
101 Diefenbaker Place
University of SaskatchewanPhone: (306) 966–8507
Saskatoon SK S7N 5B8
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 B.S.A. in agricultural economics, receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal. After completing his M.Sc. in agricultural economics at Texas A&M in 1978, Murray attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. Receiving his B.A. 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 Ph.D. 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:
- Heit, Jason, 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.
- Uzea, F. N. and M.E. Fulton. 2014. “Mechanisms for Effective Alliance Management: Insights from a Federated Cooperative Marketing System.“ International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 17(1): 95-126.
- M.E. Fulton and J. Vercammen. 2013. “Optimal NGO Financing of a Resource Management Certification Scheme.” Environmental & Resource Economics (August).
- 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(3).
- M.E. Fulton and K. Giannakas. 2013. “The Future of Agricultural Cooperatives.” Annual Review of Resource Economics 5.
- 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(2): 145–61.
- M. Cule and M.E. Fulton. 2013. “Corporate Governance and Subjective Well-Being.” Applied Economics Letters 20(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(2): 625–48
- M.E. Fulton and K. Larson. 2009. “Overconfidence and Hubris: The Demise of Agricultural Co-operatives in Western Canada.” Journal of Rural Cooperation 37(2): 166–200
- M.E. Fulton and J. Vercammen. 2009. “Optimal Two-Part Pricing in a Carbon Offset Market: A Comparison of Organizational Types.” Southern Journal of Economics 76(2): 513–32
- P. Bontems and M. Fulton. 2009. “Organizational Structure, Redistribution and the Endogeneity of Cost: Cooperatives, Investor-Owned Firms and the Cost of Procurement.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 72(1): 322–43
- M. Cule and M. Fulton. 2009. “Business Culture and Tax Evasion: Why Corruption and the Unofficial Economy Can Persist.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 72(3): 811–22
- M.E. Fulton and K. A. Larson. 2009. “The Restructuring of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool: Overconfidence and Agency.” Journal of Cooperatives (Special Issue) 23:1–19.
Publications with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives include:
- 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.